2022 Mini Cooper Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Air bag and powertrain issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Mini Cooper is meant to provide a different and unique experience to drivers. The automaker claims it “never looked so good,” but the appearance is all it seems to have. Besides how it looks, this car is dealing with defective air bags and a malfunctioning powertrain, both of which are giving it a bad name.

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Problems with the Air Bags

When a driver gets into an accident, they automatically expect that the air bags are going to protect them. However, that’s not the case with the new Mini Cooper models.

One NHTSA complaint reads, “…I was driving from a Highway # 30 from Caguas to Humacao Puerto Rico and when a try to take the exit for my House the car swept away and crashed. The airbags do not open and the Seat belt does not protect myself. I suffer many injuries in my head and body.”

As of now, the manufacturer has chosen not to discuss these issues publically. There’s nothing that can be found about why the air bags aren’t working or how to resolve it. Instead, customers are simply left finding out that the safety systems don’t actually work, in the worst possible circumstances. But hey, the car looks good while failing.

Problems with the Powertrain

Having a potent powertrain ensures that the drive is smooth and reliable. Yet, this is another problem that Mini Cooper customers are discussing.

Here’s another NHTSA review that must be read. “The car easily shifts to neutral while driving. It is an automatic car. If the shifter is bumped ever so slightly it shifts into neutral. It happens while traveling slowly or very fast. It has happened to me on a highway as well as when traveling very slowly. It is dangerous and certainly a safety issue, especially if traveling on a highway. I will include one date on this form, but it has happened many times.”

There’s nothing to find in the manufacturer’s communications about these problems. It’s impossible to get the automaker talking about what causes it or how to repair it. Instead, drivers probably feel like they are going insane every time the shifter slips, wondering if this is only happening to them. A quick search on the internet shows that it’s not a once-and-done circumstance, but Mini isn’t going to let people figure that out. For now, the company only wants owners to think about how pretty the car is. It’s true, the Mini Cooper is a pretty lawn ornament because that’s all it is good for.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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