It looks like that Engine Wiring Harness Campaign we reported on last week has been officially announced by MINIUSA. This news comes directly from the fine folks at MINIUSA HQ:

MINI is committed to delivering the ultimate in product satisfaction to you, our customer.

Quality monitoring has revealed that in some Cooper S Automatic vehicles, the engine wiring harness may not be routed correctly. As a result, the cable sheathing and line insulation may be chaffed while driving.

If this happens, it is possible that the engine will switch to the emergency,
failsafe mode (with reduced power output) or that vehicle cannot be restarted after
it has been switched off.

Letters will be sent to owners of affected 2005 MCS Automatics in the coming weeks.

Should you have any questions about this matter, please contact your Authorized MINI dealer. As always, if you need our assistance you may email us at or by telephone at 1.866.ASK.MINI.