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#248 of 548 Re: 2004 MINI Cooper Clutch Problems [boxingday]
Sep 27, 2009 (11:52 am)
When my Mini clutch (2005) went out at 24000 miles, I paid for it. When it went out again, 14k miles later, I did not. I emailed Mini International and let them know of my issues. They called the dealership, and my next clutch was paid for. That same week, I traded in my Mini for a Mercedes. I LOVED my Mini. LOVED it. However, I can't fathom dropping $2400 every year to get a new clutch, all the while, having the dealership tell me "it's the way you drive."
#249 of 548 Re: 2004 MINI Cooper Clutch Problems [stephwisdom]
Sep 27, 2009 (12:35 pm)
Do you still the the link to Mini international? I too will try that route and see if they give me any Joy...You are right about Mini blaming in on the way you drive. We only put 3000 miles on this car since we bought it 4 months ago. I will be pushing this in a big way....thanks for the info
#250 of 548 Re: transmission failure [karen31]
Sep 30, 2009 (9:26 am)
Are you still dealing with your law suit?
Please let me know whats going on...my email is boxingday26gmail.com.
#251 of 548 Mini Compromise...
Sep 30, 2009 (2:36 pm)
Just an update to all you Mini people out there in a world of dismay....
I just met with the Service manager of SF Mini and with the Mini Rep for northern Cal.
After a not so well presented repertoire from the Rep explaining how the problem with the clutch was not a manufactures issue I proceeded to re-educate this man on the fact that any clutch that can't last past 10,000 miles is ridiculous regardless of how bad a persons driving is. This clutch has been replace at 8000 miles and then again at 11000 and now with a new European driver (for the last 3000 miles) that has driven only stick shift for 26 years. I did a lot of research here on this site and found out about a class action law suit .......(I need more info)...Anyway I told these guys that I was not paying their estimate of $3600 plus tax......They had the car taken apart..without my permission....They had to replace either with the broken parts or new ones???? I offer to pay for the new parts!!!
We had a DEAL.....$1300 for me ....way less than $4000. I also told them that I am selling the car ASAP. Its lots of fun to drive but this will happen again and again.$$$$$$
Good Luck People.
#252 of 548 Re: Clutch dead after 31k miles [boxingday]
Oct 02, 2009 (4:02 pm)
We have a 2008 Mini S with 17,000 miles on it. Mini replaced the clutch at 6,490 miles and again at 14,438 miles. They obviously are having clutch problems whether they admit it or not! It's either a bad design or bad manufacturing of the clutch components.
#253 of 548 Re: Mini Compromise... [boxingday]
Oct 03, 2009 (6:18 am)
you are the only person on here with brains.
Coopers have always had problems with their clutches and trannies. Plus the Brits can't build cars.
People think they are cute or you get alot for your money. You have to have deep pockets . People buy them ,then write glowing reviews after 100 mile up to 5k. Then the clutch goes and they get on here for help. Mini has the worse realiability . VW is now better rated than the Mini,and thats sayin' something.
Mini buyers not all do not do their homework.
#254 of 548 Re: Mini Compromise... [puffin1]
Oct 03, 2009 (6:32 am)
I get that some people are having problems with their cluthces and part of it is probably because their is a bad batch of clutches out there. I think another part of it is people don't know how to drive and/or the MINI is heavily autocrossed.
My 2004 is still on the original clutch at close to 60,000 miles and neither myself nor the person I sold it to have ever had a problem with it.
That car saw some hard driving too during some autocrossing and a more then a couple of burnouts.
#255 of 548 Certified Pre-Owned '04 Mini Cooper Repairs
Oct 14, 2009 (4:16 am)
My Mini is in need of major repair. I drove the car 15,000.
The estimated cost of repairs is $6,600 for the following:
I bought the car, a 2004 Mini Copper S at a dealership. The car was Certified Pre-Owned and I paid for an extended warranty as well. I thought that I had covered my bases with warranties, inspections, certifications, & the added assurance of a reputable dealership. For me, buying a Mini meant that I was getting value, quality, and fun.
Unfortunately, my experience indicates something different...
Day 1 : I park the car in the garage and find that the bumper is two-toned, almost orange and yellow. It looks like someone used a home air brush kit. The bumper issue was not visible in the bright day light. Awesome.
Day 256: I hear a squeaking sound in the tire well. The tensioner, crankshaft pulley/ bolt are replaced. They also change the oil. Thanks goodness it's covered.
But why another issue?
Day 500 (+/-): Checkout Mini Cooper Soap Box for more details & video.
I really want resolution to this issue. Does anyone have advice?
#257 of 548 Re: Certified Pre-Owned '04 Mini Cooper Repairs [drea111]
Oct 16, 2009 (6:34 am)
I also purchased a 2004 Mini (basic,not S) as a certified pre-owned car from a Mini dealer. When I got it home I noticed the windshield was terribly pitted and the driver's seat was really "broken down" in a way which was very uncomfortable for me. The dealership replaced the windshield and the seat without so much as a "squeak". The warranty paid for all of it. It had about 44,000 miles on it. Within months, the transmission "died". The dealership tried to tell me it wasn't covered. In fact, the gal who sold me the car was the one telling me I would have to pay for the replacement of the transmission. I strongly reminded her I has voiced my concern about the high mileage when I purchased the car FROM HER and SHE had told me not to worry because it was covered as a certified pre-owned car by MINI up to 100,000 miles or 6 years. I said this in front of many shoppers in the middle of the showroom. Needless to say, they replaced the transmission at their cost. I didn't have to pay a dime. They even gave me a loaner for three days. Good luck!