57 reg cooper Clubman is now with dealer for the 3rd time to get the alarm sorted. It's been going off randomly when parked up. No animals, no time patterns or anything.
Each time it comes back the dealer claims to have fixed it but it keeps coming back.
Are the alarm triggers logged on the mini? I know with Clifford alarms you can recall the last few alarm triggers. Is something like this possible with the mini? It might help track the problem rather than have random parts of the alarm system replaced every time it goes to the dealer.
The alarm triggers are logged on the system. I had this issue with my car, they reckon the sensor for the alarm is above the grill in front of the mood light toggles and is bonded to the roof. And apparently when this sensor had come off the roof and was hanging loosely meaning that any vibrations could have been setting the alarm off.
I may be able to help you with this. My R56 hatch had been randomly been going off since I got it in Oct 07! Its now finally been sorted after I took it to another dealer! I wish i had done this in the first place! The car has been back countless times!
When the alarm goes off, do the indicators flash? There was an issue with the fusebox which MINI suggests the dealer replaces... Think mine has had 5! Anyway it turns out when the first dealer replaced alarm siren and tilt sensor back in 07, they damaged some of the connectors at the siren... thus the alarm going off for well over 16 months! Since the other dealer fixed this mistake, its been fine! This might be the same case for you if they have changed various bits of the system.
Mine has gone off (On my Clubman) randomly before now, but only 3 times that I know of in a year, so didn't think a massive problem.
However, whenever I park at my in my local cinema car park where there are lads hooning around in cars with big exhausts on my alarm has been going off every time (The red LED on the rev counter flashes continuously to let you know the alarm has been sounding whilst you have been away from your vehicle)!
I had my car replaced after the alarm kept going off, it first started 4 days after getting the car, the dealer said it needed a new smart fuse box and updated software, none of which was available so thay got me a new car, which one year and 23000 miles later is great
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