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#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?
#378 of 548 Re: Shifting Almost Impossible [vincent_marcus]
Mar 03, 2011 (8:51 pm)
Hi. I have a 2006 and had this exact same problem. It first happened in 2008 and the dealership lubricated the shifter cables which fixed the hard-to-shift problem. In mid-2010 I had the same problem again. First, very difficult to shift and then I couldn't get the car into certain gears (just like your current problem). I was pretty sure it was just the shifter cables. A dealer looked at it (a different one than before because I moved) and they believed it was the transmission since then took the shifter cables off and they seemed to work fine independently. I wasn't convinced it was the transmission but the transmission was replaced. Day after I got car back I went to use car after I had parked it for 20 minutes and went to go in reverse and went forward. Noticed shifter stick was leaning all the way to the left and looked weird. Got help from dealer service and one shifter cable (there are two) had disconnected itself (shifter cables are located under hood). A connector screw or nut had failed so they reattached it. Car shifts ok now but I still have a hard time getting into reverse or first when car hasn't been used for a couple of days. I usually let car warm up and try not to force any shifting. Originally when I had this shifting problem the service center said that the shifter cables just needed lubrication and that this happens often in cold weather. Hope this helps you.
#379 of 548 Re: Shifting Almost Impossible [march30]
Mar 04, 2011 (9:48 am)
Thanks man. I guess we'll try to get the cables lubricated then.
#380 of 548 PIcking NEW 2011 Coop
Mar 06, 2011 (9:45 am)
Seeing discussions on the fly wheel and clutch getting worried about the new mini i am about to pick up ALthough didn't se any complaints from 2010 and 2011 ( albeit new) base model please advise if anyone having trouble with the newer model years thanks
#381 of 548 Re: PIcking NEW 2011 Coop [innapin]
Mar 06, 2011 (10:34 am)
Yes I had a new 2010 that the clutch and flywheel burned out at 3,600 miles. Same story as all of the others here. I fought and got it paid for and then traded it off immediately.
#382 of 548 Re: Mini Clutch [watermark]
Mar 17, 2011 (6:05 pm)
I am currently dealing with this issue. I have an '07 Mini S with only 27k miles. My clutch and the flywheel need to be replaced. The dealership says it will cost $3,200, as it is not covered under the warranty. I am doing everything I can to NOT pay as this appears to be a common issue with this car.
I also had a very bad experience dealing with Mini Roadside assistance.
Will keep you posted on my progress, please do the same.
#383 of 548 Oh Crap!
Mar 21, 2011 (12:09 pm)
You would think after all these years car makers would know how to make a decent clutch system that works. Its not like its not been done before. My problem is I really wanted a Mini. : ( Now I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole. Lets me know why I see so many used ones for sale.
I feel for you guys,
Mar 21, 2011 (3:59 pm)
if you research most of the problems are with the S model the base model not so much and consumer reports recommends the base model
#385 of 548 Re: PIcking NEW 2011 Coop [innapin]
Mar 24, 2011 (7:03 pm)
So sorry to be bearer of bad news but my 2010 Mini is currently in shop with burned out clutch at only 12,000 miles cost to replace is $1500 not under warranty. As with everyone in this forum service implied I didn't know how to drive.
Will be taking all copies of these posts in fight with service.