2011 Mini Countryman: The Hatch Is Closed. Oh, Wait, Maybe Not
February 03, 2011
Oh, what have we here? The back of our long-term 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman, and it looks like the hatch is firmly closed. In fact, it's so firmly closed that no combination of unlocking the car (via the remote or the universal switch on the center stack), hitting the hatch release button on the remote and pushing on the VW-style Mini-badge release latch, will open the hatch. It's stuck shut.
But the Countryman doesn't know anything about that.
Yep, as soon as the car starts moving, the hatch-open warning light illuminates accompanied by a "ding!". Fortunately, there's only one "ding!" and then you just see the warning. However, if you are driving in town, and stopping at lights and 4-way stops, you get a "ding!" every time you start moving again. (The warning icon only illuminates while the Mini is in motion.)
Warranty issue? You betcha. We'll give you a report after the Countryman pays a visit to the dealer.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor