When you buy a used car and find a few quirky issues, it’s not uncommon to drop them off at your local mechanic to fix the problem. Unfortunately for one of my friends, that work ended abruptly when the shop found a nail (yes, the type that gets hammered) hammered into the fuse box with a wire around it and fed into the abyss of the dash.
The car in question is a 2006 MINI Cooper convertible with a non-turbo four-cylinder engine. My friend bought it last month and took a recommendation to drop it off to the good folks at One Way Automotive in North Little Rock, AR. The mission was to complete an oil change and give the car a general checkup.
What the shop initially discovered was that the convertible top didn’t seem to work consistently and there may have been some water damage throughout this car’s history. When I tried to track down the problem with the convertible top, this weird situation was found. One Way Automotive’s store manager told Carscoops he’s never seen anything like it.
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At this stage, the shop is a little shy about continuing to dig. As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve owned a fair share of BMW products and I know from experience that electrical problems can be a rat’s nest that never ends once you start pulling strings or, in this case, wires. What One Way doesn’t want to do is spend the customer’s money and end up not finding a real solution to the problems.
Unfortunately, the owner was not given a pre-purchase inspection and the dealer in question, Brooks Autoplex of North Little Rock, AR, has no return policy of any kind. At this point, they haven’t even delivered the title to the new owner either. Anyway, the worst case scenario potential has got my friend spinning.
While it’s likely that a fix is only an hour or two away, it’s possible that much more time will be spent figuring out the nail situation and convertible top. That doesn’t say anything about other things that may come up during the investigation.
Of course, it is possible that the main problems and the nail have nothing to do with each other, but without a thorough investigation it can be difficult to figure out.