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MINI COOPER AIRBAG R50 AND R56

HELLO ,
I have changed myself my old Mini Cooper steering wheel with a new R56 leather 3 spoke wheel with a new airbag.
Unfortunately new airbag has one socket and the car has 2 sockets, Wires to both are white and Brown.
I tried only the one socket and then also paralle but in both cases the AIRBAG LIGHT remains on .
Is there any solution , as I like this new steering wheel very much !
thank you
Stelios

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If you have a Mini that was buit pre 2006 i.e. a first gen Mini then your new steering wheel will not fit, you need to buy a 1st gen Mini 3 spoke steering wheel.

Akso, for issues regarding the airbag light DO NOT pay the dealer silly amounts of money to solve the problem. Please visit the following thread http://www.mini2.com/forum/first-generation-faults-fixes/130947-airbag-warning-light-petition-bmw-uk.html

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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I think those guys at knutz are ridiculous they have part changershey came be repaired they just won't give you that option. T working there. So much for actually sending the unit off for repair. It is not green to just replace parts. There are reputable companies that diagnose repair or rebuild these computers for minis they just won't tell you this. Google DME repair for MINI cooper or BMW Florida has a couple of places. Hope this helps. I took my car there with Air Bag light and they wanted $4000.00 to repair.

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Dont pa-y the dealer., I bought a used airbag computer off of ebay I installed it my self and had it matched and programed for a total cost of $250

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Hey Guys,

I have an 02 Mini. The airbag sign just came on in the last two weeks and Knauz Mini in Lake Forest, IL are charging $1200 to fix the problem. It only has 49k miles on it and I can't afford to spend that kinda money to fix a light. The dealer reported that I need to have the MRS (Mutliple Restraint System) control module replaced.

Does anyone have a cheaper solution? Any suggestions/resolutions will be highly appreciated.

Regards

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I have no answer, but I'm appalled you would give up your two-spoke for the three-spoke!

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Try this link,http://bridger.us/mini/files/steering_airbag.pdf
Good Luck


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