Drivetrain Malfunction Fixed - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Drivetrain Malfunction Fixed

October 15, 2014

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Jay posted about the odd "Drivetrain: Check Soon" warning on our 2014 Mini Cooper. The car said it was okay to drive, so we did. We drove it to Long Beach Mini to find out what was going on...

As it turned out, our advisor didn't have much of an explanation. "Mini issued a software update last week that might fix your problem," he told us, but didn't know exactly what it updated. He added, "Your car is not the first we've seen with this problem recently. Some of the other cars stopped running when they got the warning light. It's good that didn't happen to yours."

Our car required an overnight stay to complete the work, which included two open service campaigns:

100112770300 — Update software for US-spec control units.

0071120200 — Install a new self-locking flange nut to attach the spare tire.

Codes were cleared, nuts were torqued and we were on our way. No charge for the work, as all was covered under warranty.

We've driven just 1,300 miles (the Mini loaner arrived with miles on the odometer) and already a warning light. It's a tough way to start. Here's hoping it's trouble-free for the remainder of our test.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 2,795 miles

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