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#234 of 542 Re: 2004 MINI Cooper Clutch Problems [stephwisdom]
Aug 13, 2009 (12:19 pm)
This is very disheartening. I find it unbelievable that a clutch would go out at 14,500 miles -- and that's what they are telling me. They won't cover any of it. If a Ford Mustand can make it on two clutches in 230,000 miles, a brand new mini should make one year of use and I don't care if you are the worst driver in the world! My boyfriend successfully sued Mini in 2002 and I think I'm going that route. The posts here is making me think this is a bigger problem than Mini is letting on...
#235 of 542 02 transmission problems
Aug 15, 2009 (3:53 pm)
my 02 mini just died and it is the transmission. my mechanic is telling it will be $7000 to replace. I am just starting to come accross all the info on the net on this. wow! I had no idea this situation existed. I will call the dealer and MiniUSA Monday but does anyone have any advice?
#236 of 542 Re: 02 transmission problems [jmac1964]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:04 am)
I've called Mini of North America several times about my premature burnt clutch and they aren't doing anything to help out the situation.
#237 of 542 Re: 02 transmission problems [jmac1964]
Aug 20, 2009 (7:56 am)
please send me your email address to ramquistnc.rr.com and I will send you a copy of my email chain that was successful in getting Mini to provide part if I paid labor. BTW $7k is high.
#238 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [leahrocks]
Aug 20, 2009 (7:17 pm)
send me your email address at ramquistnc.rr.com and I will send you my email chain.
#239 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [ramquist]
Aug 20, 2009 (7:34 pm)
For some reason your e-mail address won't work for me. Is it ramquistnc.rr.com?????
#240 of 542 Re: 02 transmission problems [jmac1964]
Aug 21, 2009 (9:47 am)
Well, i got a call back from the dealer regarding my clutch. To remind you, so you don't have to scroll back through posts, I have an 05. First clutch blew at 22k miles, second one blew at 34k miles. They made me pay for the first--citing that it wasn't covered by warranty, because it was a "wearable" part, due to driver habits. They tried to pull the same crap this time. I emailed mini international. They asked for my VIN number. Next thing I know, my dealership is calling me, telling me that they're paying for the whole thing. However, the dealership guy's little speech was still laced with "under the table" hints--basically telling me that I blew the clutch because i'm a poor driver. I have had 6 cars in my lifetime, all have been standards, and i have NEVER blown a clutch. I love my Mini, but i can't afford to replace a clutch and flywheel every year. I'll be trading it in.
#241 of 542 I feel your pain!
Aug 21, 2009 (12:47 pm)
Wish I could find a car as small and responsive as the MINI without the MAJOR transmission/clutch problems. I've decided to hang onto my 2004 basic MINI (automatic) until I have another problem with the transmission! At that point I will dump the car for as much as I can get for it. Never, never again.....and, all those people who come up to me with envy in their eyes, leave with a whole new appreciation (or lack, thereof) for this clunker of a car!
#242 of 542 Re: 02 transmission problems [jmac1964]
Aug 30, 2009 (9:33 pm)
DISGUSTED with mini. First anger and then tears. 10k got a new tranny (under warranty). didnt think twice, gave bmw the benefit of the doubt and thought it was just a mistake. one in a million. now at 75k need a new tranny. not to mention ive had 2 dead batteries. and when i mean dead - i mean they couldnt even jump it regularly. the two truck had to use some super jumpers.
now i dont know what to do. i love the car but it will be just a pit of money. do i get a lawyer involved what. so confused and so lost
03 mini CVT