Feb 2nd, 2015
Say what you will about the technical deficiencies that led to the ConnectedDrive hack, BMW & MINI have turned around a fix very quickly. They’ve also used a worldwide over the air update to eliminate the problem – the first time we’ve heard of an international update like that ever.
Due to the nature of the security flaw it’s only found in vehicles with integrated cellular connections. Therefore the only MINIs that are affected are the 2015 F55 and 2014-2015 F56.
Official Release: As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles. This is the company’s response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has already closed this gap with a new configuration. continued →
Jan 25th, 2015
Earlier this week we broke that MINI had issues a sales stop of all Cooper models built from December 2013 to December 2014. We’ve now heard from several sources that the issue was nothing more than mis-labeled cargo weight capacity stickers. continued →
Jan 22nd, 2015
This weekend MINI USA sent dealers a delivery stop notice on the 2014 and 2015 model year Cooper model (not the Cooper S). We reached out to MINI and they confirmed the situation and issued an official statement for MotoringFile readers. continued →
Jan 20th, 2015
The news is light but certainly looks serious. According to multiple sources at dealers, MINIUSA has issued a delivery stop on all F56 MINI Cooper produced from Dec 2013 to Dec 2014. continued →
Jun 17th, 2014
File this under things you don’t want to ever have happen. Consumer Reports is reporting that their Cooper S test car’s shifter came off during “spirited” driving recently. continued →
Apr 22nd, 2014
Last week we reported that MINI USA had decided at the last minute to delay all F56 Cooper deliveries. Since that time MINI USA has not only sent us an official statement but also spoke with us off the record about the incident. You can read the official statement here. But as usual the off record comments are a bit more telling. They not only speak to the importance of the F56 launch but to the lessons learned from various R56 issues.
Apr 2nd, 2014
MINI USA has responded to our report with an official statement regarding the situation.
MINI USA STATEMENT
“At MINI, our owner safety and confidence is our first priority. Earlier this week, as part of our ongoing quality analysis, our team discovered that certain new MINI Hardtop vehicles could experience some engine coolant leakage from the oil filter housing. This can result in a power reduction and subsequently cause the yellow/red “engine overheating” warning light to light up. We immediately brought this issue to the attention of all of our dealers and issued an immediate stop delivery on all affected vehicles. For the small number of Motorers who have already taken delivery of their new MINI Hardtop, we are working to quickly and effectively replace the needed part at no charge.”
MINIUSA is holding all Cooper deliveries ahead of the 4/15 launch date due to a oil filter housing problem. We reported the news, courtesy of several sources, via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook yesterday but held-off reporting it on MF in order to confirm the details.