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#368 of 548 Re: 2004 Mini Clutch [dance0776]
Feb 10, 2011 (10:30 am)
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S that I bought used with about 8500 miles on it. Clutch and flywheel were shot after I drove for about 8,000 miles. Repair cost was close to $3,000. I was told that it was driver abuse (as it seems that most people on this forum are told). I have been driving cars with manual transmissions for 40 years and never had any unusual problems until this Mini! I posted my story and complaint on every forum I could and let the dealer know it, and finally they agreed to reimburse me for 80% of the repair (minus 20% because there was a previous owner) -- as a one-time good will gesture. That's all fine and good (and was appreciated), BUT now at 40,000 miles (so I got 24,000 miles out of it), the clutch and flywheel were again worn out and had to be replaced, this time all on my dollar, as I was only given a ONE-TIME good will gesture. This is a common problem with the Mini -- I only wish I had known about it before I bought one, even though I do really like the car other than for this problem. According to my service rep, the problem only occurs with the "S" model -- due to the high torque -- and he says he rarely sees the regular Mini have the problem. He says any high torque engine car (not just the Mini) has the same problem. (I wonder if anyone else has been told this?) He suggested that I shift out of first gear by 1300 rpm, a technique that will take some getting used to, but he believes it will give me more life out of the clutch/flywheel. So I'm going to try that out with this clutch and see if it does extend the life, but it does take some time to adjust to shifting this quickly. Good luck with your situation. Honestly, in my opinion, I think that buying a used Mini makes the fight with the dealer harder because you can't attest for the driving practices of the previous owner.
#369 of 548 Re: <8K miles? yea right [greencheese]
Feb 10, 2011 (5:30 pm)
Same here. Smoke and smell came out from my brand new MINI Countryman S All4 when I started it in snow. It looked like the clutch was overheated and partially burnt, but dealer told me it was fine...
#370 of 548 Brand new MINI Countryman S All4 Clutch burnt in snow?
Feb 10, 2011 (5:33 pm)
Smoke and smell came out from my brand new MINI Countryman S All4 when I started it in snow where one wheel was stuck. It looked like the clutch was overheated and partially burnt, but dealer told me it was fine...
Can someone please tell me whether I should trust the dealer? I was told that the dealer might not want to tell me that the clutch had some issues, as long as it is still working....
#371 of 548 Re: Brand new MINI Countryman S All4 Clutch burnt in snow? [anneiv]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Feb 11, 2011 (9:57 am)
Well a clutch IS a wear item and even if you got a bit of clutch smell and used up more of the clutch than you should have being stuck in the snow, that doesn't necessarily mean the clutch is toast. I have 205,000 miles on the clutch on a 2001 vehicle. I'm SURE that it's well worn (a couple of years ago I was told it was about 85% gone), but it's still functional. Point I'm trying to make is that if you wear half the clutch away, that is what's supposed to happen at some point. Certainly a clutch CAN be ruined, but if the dealer looked at it and pronounced it OK...
#372 of 548 Clutch and flywheel
Feb 18, 2011 (7:32 pm)
I had the same issues on an 2009 S. I told the dealer to stick it, that I would not pay 3200 to replace clutch and flywheeel, and they did. It took some doing but they did it. I went off in the nicest way I could. There are a ton of us out here.
#373 of 548 Re: 2004 Mini Clutch [sable24]
Feb 18, 2011 (7:36 pm)
I have a 2009 less than 9000 miles and clutch and flywheel went. I told the dealer to stick it, as I own a 2003 as well with no clutch issues. They himmed and hawwed but replaced it. I told them to keep the damn thing if they were not willing to stand by it.
#374 of 548 Re: car is fixed [greencheese]
Feb 19, 2011 (3:10 pm)
Hello fellow Mini owner,
I am having the same problem and I want to fight it. I emailed Mini and have not gotten a response, and also called 1800-ask-mini. They were not a big help. They told me to talk to the manager at the mini service dept in which my car is in. What should I do? Who should I call. I hope they take care of me and my car the way they took care of you.
#375 of 548 Re: 2004 Mini Clutch [lilredscout]
Feb 19, 2011 (3:11 pm)
Awesome! I feel like I need to do the same now. I am having the same problem. Any sudgestions?
#376 of 548 Gearbox rattle
Feb 22, 2011 (3:01 am)
Same here! My MINI Cooper 2007 has only 30 000miles on it and gearbox started to rattle. Rattle goes away when clutch is pressed. And gearbox starts to be noisy even during driving.
I can NOT beleive it, premium, expensive small car....BMW actually.
On Thursday I booked visit at my dealer to request good will from BMW. Hope that they will pay at least 80% of replacement price.
My MINI is first generation made in 2006, bought brand new i 3/2007 with Getrag gearbox.
If you guys have the same problem, BMW knows about it. This problem has special code: M230105.
This is my car on video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON3tVECk99I to show how does it sounds.
I'm from Czech Republic and BMW dealers are really arrogant and ignorant here. So I guess that I will have to push them a little bit to give me good will.
This is absolutely unacceptable to change gearbox "every 30k miles"!!!
Clutch seems to be ok, so far.
#377 of 548 Shifting Almost Impossible
Mar 03, 2011 (6:20 pm)
In my mini cooper when attempting to shift gears while driving or even just in neutral and parked sliding the gear stick from one side to the other horizontally takes literally the entire strength of my whole arm. It's also very difficult to switch into 3rd and 5th gear.
Has anyone experienced this? Anyone know what the problem might be?