Inside passenger takes several pulls before opening, what might be causing.

It seems I can only do it as other can't do it when trying get out of car. Cheers

My car has 80000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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Hello, thank you for writing in. The door handle is linked to the door latch with some rods that must be kept in place for the interior handle to work correctly. When the plastic clips which hold the rods in place break, they get extra slack and do not open the latch all of the way. You will want to start by opening up the door panel and doing a visual inspection. Look for a broken clip, a bent rod, or any other types of physical damage to the handle or door latch. You can then take corrective action from there. For more help resolving the issue, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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One of the most common reasons a car door won`t open from the inside is due to the child safety lock being engaged. Some vehicles have a powered switch that accidentally engages from the inside, whereas other cars have a manual latch that needs to be toggled on the door itself.
Just take some oil lubricant, like WD-40, and spread/spray it into the latch mechanism of your open door. Let the oil soak in for a little bit, then use a microfiber cloth to rub the oil into any visible parts of the latch. While performing this task, check to see if you can find any rust on latch components.
Over time, grime, dirt, or rust can collect inside the lock and cause it to jam. If damage occurred on the inside of the lock, a broken part may be lodged in the mechanism, causing it to stick.
Most door lock actuators are integrated into a door latch assembly, and you`ll find one at each door that has a power lock. Some lock actuators are separate from the latch, and they tend to be less expensive.
Use a small screwdriver or thin tool on interior doors.

Push an eyeglasses screwdriver, a paper clip hammered flat, or a very small butter knife into this hole. Push it straight through as far as you can, and turn or twist it until it catches a groove and the lock clicks open.

Newer vehicles are sealed up well in an attempt to limit noise intrusion into the cabin. So breaking that seal will require a bit more of a push. Try rolling down a window and opening the doors with this window wide open. The open window will allow the interior air to escape and the door should swing open easily.
If your MINI Cooper is equipped with remote keyless entry, you will be able to lock or unlock your doors when you are away from your vehicle.

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Inside passenger takes several pulls before opening, what might be causing.
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The door handle is linked to the door latch with some rods that must be kept in place for the interior handle to work correctly. When the plastic clips which hold the rods in place break, they get extra slack and do not open the latch all of the way. You will want to start by opening up the door panel and doing a visual inspection. Look for a broken clip, a bent rod, or any other types of physical damage to the handle or door latch. You can then take corrective action from there. For more help resolving the issue, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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