I've got a much loved 2009 Mini Cooper convertible and have been looking forward to the warm weather for a bit of top down driving
On a sunny day a few weeks ago I opened the roof for the first time in a few months and noticed it was a bit slow in retracting. When I reached my destination I tried to put the roof back up, and to my horror it wouldn't close - the windows dropped a few inches and nothing else happened. After about 20 minutes it did close but very slowly and with a loud grinding noise coming from the motor that kicks in when the sunroof section closes.
I booked it into Mini and they had it for a day two weeks ago. They reported that it opened and closed perfectly normally and repeatedly for them and that they tried various diagnostic tests that showed nothing. Their best suggestion was that sometimes they have a 'funny turn' when opened for the first time after the winter and it should now be fine. I've owned the car since 2010 and never had an issue before.
I'm now terrified to open the roof in case it happens again and I can't close it at all - i was really hoping they'd find and fix a fault to put my mind at rest. I have nowhere safe or undercover to park the car if it fails when the Mini garage is shut and the manual closing instructions in the handbook look impossible!
So two questions peeps ... Firstly does the 'funny turn' scenario sound plausible and does anyone else have any experience of this. Secondly has anyone had a similar problem that DID result in the roof needing fixing and if so, what was the issue?
Thanks in advance everyone