2002-2006 Mini Cooper S (R53)
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

My Poor Mini!!!!

  #1  
Old 09-11-2011, 12:08 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2
Exclamation My Poor Mini!!!!

Here is a long story to ask a short question:

2003 Mini Cooper S Sweet Chili Red

OK, so I went to work as usual (rain or shine like everyone else in America, except for DOT maybe) when some heavy rains came through the area. Received a company-wide email saying that one of the parking lots had flooded and if you parked in that area you may want to check on your car. Needless to say, I parked in that area. Of course they sent the email after it had reached it's highest poiint and was receeding, so by the time I got my pant legs rolled-up and slowly waded out to my car, the water line was millimeters from my door seam. I tried not to create a wake with my trek to the car and actually thought I had lucked out. Wrong! I opened my door and saw I had a half an inch of water on my floorboard.....NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I quickly jumped in it to move it from the lake and surprisingly it started up! I pulled it to high ground and kept it running and took an immediate inventory of what I could tell was wrong:

Navigation was a black screen
A/C Controls dead
Back-Hatch would not latch (weird)
Interior lights flickering

But what was really interesting was that when I shut the Mini off the windshield wipers (front and back) and the marker lights came on. Even after I pulled the key and made sure everything was switched off. What the heck? So I decided to just take it home, disconnect the battery and call the insurance company. Only after I got home did I realize I only had lights on the passenger side of the car. Oooppps. I guess that was why the insurance company told me not to drive it. Too late as I was zipping towards home when I called them. Anyway, they are sending a field rep out as soon as possible (they are overwhelmed with Irene claims) so it will be about 6 days before they even get to see it. The flooding happened on Weds,Sept 7 and I checked on it again today, Sat, Sept 11, and it is still wet and when I hooked up the battery it still ran the wipers and marker lights without my help and all the other issues are still there, plus a few other warning lights are now on. But now there is an awful smell inside that permeates everything. I had to change clothes and shower to try and get away from the smell after sitting in it to start it up.

So here is my question: Do you think they will repair it or total it?

I don't know exactly how much water was in it, but if i feel my way down the carpeted sidewalls, it starts feeling wet about an inch from the floor. I am really bummed about this as I had recently had my windows tinted and a custom exhaust installed. Just looking for others who have had similar experiences with flooding and insurance adjusters. I understand I can't hold anyone liable for any information they provide;0)
 

Last edited by Tandamonium; 09-11-2011 at 08:14 AM.
  #2  
Old 09-11-2011, 12:13 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,309
Default

Many adjusters will likely total it ... The Long term liability for corrosion/electrical gremlins ect scares them away ... The factory Navi alone is $3k plus add to that the entire carpets ect will need replaced, Add to that electrical harnesses , fuse blocks , relays , computers ect ect plus labor these will quickly add up to over the cost of the cars book value
 
  #3  
Old 09-11-2011, 08:17 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2
Default

Originally Posted by bad venge View Post
Many adjusters will likely total it ... The Long term liability for corrosion/electrical gremlins ect scares them away ... The factory Navi alone is $3k plus add to that the entire carpets ect will need replaced, Add to that electrical harnesses , fuse blocks , relays , computers ect ect plus labor these will quickly add up to over the cost of the cars book value

Thanks b-venge, that makes sense. Although I hate to lose the old girl and it is not worth me buying back and repairing as a salvage because I didn't even know where the battery was to pull the terminals on that awful day...sigh. Guess I'll start looking at replacement options in preparation. Atleast she was paid off
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Cogey
2002-2006 Mini Cooper (R50)
1
02-28-2015 05:50 PM
MrRTF
MCF Help & Suggestion Center
0
03-03-2013 04:13 PM
blueberrycoops
General Tech
0
10-01-2009 05:22 PM
kerms
General Tech
1
01-21-2008 04:00 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: My Poor Mini!!!!


Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.