Has been a common fault with the Renault glass sunroofs in the Senic ( I think) ..most have been shattering when going over a Cattle grid..( do a search on the interweb there are loads of discussions on various forums)..Renault won't admit to a problem, lets hope BMW take notice if its going to happen on the MINI.
Looked on internet - three were BMW family brands - 5 series, known issue with 3 series and one last gen MINI Cooper, but Renault Scenic also mentioned as per this thread - all same comment - shattered, no foreign objects. I have raised this with MINI Customer Service - awaiting response
I think my 02 MCS did this when it was parked outside in the summer. It's very unlikely that something fell on it, it just seemed to spontaneously get what looked like a fist sized hole in it, but there was nothing inside the car as you might expect if something hit it. It was parked in our driveway, 200 yards from the road, no-one ever walks by, and not in range of the baseball fields.
I ended up paying a fair bit of excess/deductible myself, as even as it is glass, which is covered by my policy with no deductible, but because it has "metal frames attached", they charge you the excess. Got to love it...
Was driving the brand new Mini Cooper S with the wife earlier today and out of no where the sunroof explodes. Sounded like gun fire!!! We were going over a large bridge with no road debris in sight. This car barely has 100 miles on it so far! I'll take it back into the dealer tomorrow and hope they will cover the cost with the default MINI warranty. Kind of made a big X shape hole. Checked the inside of the cabin, nothing came through. Sounded like it just decided it wanted to explode. Weird!
Just happened to me in my 2008 MINI Cooper S... I was driving along the highway, about 60 mph, nothing hit it, few cars around me and all of a sudden a very loud POP! I have it at the dealer now and it looks like they're going to give me grief about covering it under warranty. The sunroof has not worked correctly since I got it and now this!?!? Makes me very nervous about driving it, as perhaps the front sunroof will decide to also spontaneously explode?
I had the same experience in July 2009 when I was driving my 2008 Mini Cooper. The Hong Kong paid for the sunroof replacement cost "as a goodwill gesture", they say. Not under warranty. I just put up a new thread today (18 Sept 2009).
good thing I don't have a sun roof cause i didn't want it...but now I am reading about exploding ones too...gosh :/ That must be frightening driving then all of a sudden "BOOOM" Woah....or just finding it broken :/ it will defiantly creep me
Not sunroof but side window just shattered with no bangs etc on motorway with no other cars in sight. I believe there is a problem with the glass but BMW advise not and suggest that I go insurance route and if there is a problem they will handle via insurance co. This way any problem does not become public domain.
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