Daily Archives: January 17, 2012


MINI recall notice

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MINI / COOPER S 2007-2011
MINI / COOPER S CLUBMAN 2008-2011
MINI / COOPER S CONVERTIBLE 2009-2011
MINI / COOPER S COUNTRYMAN 2011
MINI / JCW 2009-2011
MINI / JCW CLUBMAN 2009
MINI / JCW CONVERTIBLE 2010-2011

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: JAN 10, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V008000
NHTSA Action Number: PE11036
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88,911

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2011 MINI COOPER S, 2008-2011 MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 COOPER JCW CONVERTIBLE, AND 2011 COOPER S COUNTRYMAN PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 14, 2006, THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2011. THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP THAT COOLS THE TURBOCHARGER HAS AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD THAT CAN MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT.

Consequence:
THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY SMOLDER WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-275-6464.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


WRC 2012 season begins with the Rallye Monte-Carlo

MINI WRC No. 37

Today begins the 2012 World Rally Championship season with the start of the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The MINI WRC Team is back for a full season this year.  Dani Sordo will again pilot the MINI John Cooper Works WRC No. 37 and hope to live up to that historical car number.  Kris Meeke will be back in a select number of rallies, but former private-team MINI driver Pierre Campana will drive Meeke’s No. 52 MINI in Monte Carlo.  Campana will have a female navigator, Sabrina de Castelli.

Some private teams return, as well.  The Armindo Araujo World Rally Team from Portugal will race the full season as well as Paulo Nobre from Brazil.

Vehicles competing against the MINI John Cooper Works WRC are the Citroën DS3 WRC and Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

WRC 2012 Schedule

Rallye Monte-Carlo Rallye Monte-Carlo 17 – 22 Jan 12
Rally Sweden Rally Sweden 09 – 12 Feb 12
Rally Mexico Rally Mexico 08 – 11 Mar 12
Rally Portugal Rally Portugal 29 Mar – 01 Apr 12
Rally Argentina Rally Argentina 27 – 29 Apr 12
Acropolis Rally Acropolis Rally 25 – 27 May 12
Rally of New Zealand Rally of New Zealand 22 – 24 Jun 12
Rally Finland Rally Finland 02 – 05 Aug 12
Rallye Deutschland Rallye Deutschland 24 – 26 Aug 12
Rally of Great Britain Rally of Great Britain 13 – 16 Sep 12
Rallye de France - Alsace Rallye de France – Alsace 04 – 07 Oct 12
Rally d'Italia Rally d’Italia 18 – 21 Oct 12
Rally de España Rally de España 08 – 11 Nov 12

Links

Follow updates on the MINI Motorsport website and Twitter feed.

View the WRC MINI World Rally Team page.  See Dani Sordo’s website and Facebook page and Pierre Campana’s website.

See Armindo Araujo’s website and Facebook page.

See Paulo Nombre’s Palmeirinha Rally website.

World Rally Championship website.