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#327 of 548 Re: Clutch dead after 31k miles [afox30]
Oct 01, 2010 (1:09 pm)
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S. The clutch and flywheel went out at approx. 16,000 miles. The service rep basically blamed it on my driving and said it would not be covered! I continued to pursue it -- talked to the service manager after I informed them that I had posted my experience on several internet sites -- they finally agreed to cover the $3,000 expense as a "good will" gesture. Now at 37,000 miles, I again noticed some slipping at times, took it in to Mini to check, and they say that I will need another clutch and flywheel replacement in the near future, and of course, you guessed it, again it is because of my driving habits! (And let me just add that after the first failure I was very careful with this car so that they couldn't blame me for this again.) I have driven manual transmission cars for years and have NEVER had any unusual problems until these experiences with the Mini. It is obvious to me that MINI is never going to own up to the fact that there is a problem with the car, and they will continue to blame the owners/drivers. 2 clutch/flywheel replacements at 37,000 miles? It's outrageous!
#328 of 548 Re: 2003 Mini cooper base 5spd transmission [mininevergo]
Oct 07, 2010 (8:16 am)
I need to find the bearings and 5th gear assembly. Can you give the contact information for the transmission company in Chatanooga?
#329 of 548 Clutch GONE at 1000 miles!
Oct 09, 2010 (6:37 am)
Now the dealer is trying to say that it is due to my "bad driving". I have been driving clutch my whole life, and actually learned how to drive on a manual car.
Anyhow, driving my kids to school, car started smoking and that was it!
I had to have it towed, FOR THE SECOND TIME mind you! The first time I had it towed (at 200 miles) same burning smell. Police stopped me to tell me that something was terribly wrong with my car and I needed to pull over. The dealer claimed that they had accidentally left a piece of plastic wrap on one of the parts? BS...why didn't the plastic start burning the minute we drove it off the lot instead of 200 miles later?
Anyhow, tow truck driver said he has had to pick up a few minis lately.
We plan to fight with the dealer on this one. They want us to pay $3500 for a new clutch...at 1K miles! We don't even have our new tags yet! Our mini dealership has no idea what's about to hit them if they don't fess up and deliver a new clutch to us at no charge.
I cannot believe there is no class action lawsuit yet.
We live in Orange County CA. If anyone is interested in joining the fight, or starting a class action - let me know!
#330 of 548 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [winniep]
Oct 09, 2010 (9:19 am)
I am in Pennsylvania and I have had the same issues with my 2002 Mini. Currently I am in the process of a court hearing with my extended warranty company who has said that it was my negligence that has caused the transmission to fail. I would love to join your group!
#331 of 548 Re: Clutch GONE at 1000 miles! [laguna_babe]
Oct 09, 2010 (1:00 pm)
I feel your pain; my clutch went out on my new JCW Clubman at 5,000 miles. I live in Los Angeles and belong to the Southern Cal. MINI Maniacs. We have members throughout the entire SoCal area. When I posted my problem with my clutch on our forum website, A lot of the members came to my defense and helped with getting the dealer to replace the clutch at no charge; the power in numbers was such a help. Please consider joining our club as all members are interested in the welfare of fellow MINIacs.
Best of luck in your fight with the dealer and MINIUSA!!
#332 of 548 Re: Clutch GONE at 1000 miles! [mshawkman]
Oct 10, 2010 (9:18 am)
My fight begins tomorrow, when we get THE CALL from Irvine Mini. They will let us know what our fate is. I'm sure they will tell me that it's "driver abuse".
#333 of 548 Re: Clutch GONE at 1000 miles! [laguna_babe]
Oct 10, 2010 (11:36 am)
Yes! Please keep me posted. I will check with fellow Maniacs if they know anyone at Irvine Mini who can assist you. There is a rather large contingency of us in the O.C. In fact I met the Area Manger-Western Region of MINI USA at a charity rally we had in the Tustin Marketplace. Depending on your outcome, you may need his assistance in settling this problem.I can give you his contact information if you need it. BTW, I heard that MINI of Ontario and Monrovia are very good in their customer service area. I know it is far from you, but it is reassuring that not ALL the dealerships are flakes!
Good Luck and FIGHT ON!!
#334 of 548 Clutch issues
Oct 27, 2010 (1:27 pm)
I would like to communicate directly with owners of 2006 or later model MINI Cooper S models who experienced a failure of the clutch disc and/or pressure plate while the vehicle was still under warranty.
#335 of 548 Re: Clutch issues [miler1]
Oct 27, 2010 (6:15 pm)
I had a 2010 that had 3,600 miles on it when the clutch and flywheel went out. "Driver abuse". I battled and eventually, they fixed it once as "good will". I sold it a couple of weeks later.
#336 of 548 Re: Clutch issues [docrox]
Oct 28, 2010 (11:04 am)
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