It is very sad but seems like I have a problem with my R50 1.4 D. Since I bought it in February I felt that the clutch was very stiff but nobody seemed to see it that way... However last Thursday while I was driving to Glastonbury I got stuck in traffic and suddenly changing gears became more and more difficult to a point where when I got out of the jam I couldn't change gears and had to stop. That moment I pulled the clutch back with my hand and seemed to be OK to drive but when I was revving it up on 4th and 5th gear the speedo would show it increasing and suddenly decreasing again. I managed to get back to London on Monday however I couldn't drive faster than say 74 MPH...
I've taken it to a local garage recommended by they guy at my garage (Is 30miles away so not keen on driving it so far again...) and they say both the clutch and probably the flywheel should be changed but the total cost goes up to 1100 I'd like to avoid Mr Clucth but do you know any other nearby garages that might do it cheaper? (Postcode: E2) And is it really necessary to change both things??
I know it's a bit further away but Wiljax Motors in Raunds NN9 6JL did the clutch and flywheel on my Cooper S. I only ever use this garage as they don't rip people off and do a very good job. Will be worth a call for a quote for sure. 01933623518
I have a 15 month mini countryman and while driving home from work on Monday, I noticed I had difficulty moving up the gears.
I continued to drive on the motorway ( a further 30 miles) before experiencing problems again when moving up from first gear.
Eventually the car came to a halt near home and was taken in for assessment.
I was shocked to find out that the clutch and flywheel needed replacing at a cost of more than £2,400 to ME.
The diagnostics said it was not a manufacturer error
I have driven manual cars for nearly 30 years (my first car for 15 years and my second for 10 years) and I have never had to have a clutch replaced. I do not ride the clutch.
I think there is a design problem with the car.
Mini UK are completely unsympathetic and unhelpful
I think the company has moved away from the ethos of mini being a good reliable car for the common man/woman in the UK
A lot of the current flywheel/clutch problems seem to be down to the dual mass flywheel type, like you I have never had to have a clutch renewed in 40 years of driving and my cars do around 90 to 100 thousand miles before being sold on still with the same clutch.
However my last car was a Freelander 2, that had a dual mass flywheel and had to be replaced at 40000 miles, fortunately it was done under warranty as they said it was a fault and lots were starting to go at about the same mileage.
First sign is clutch slip when accelerating hard in high gear, either 5th or 6th, engine revs momentarily rise and fall back again.
I have had the exact same problem, then lucky me the radiator went a week later..... But going back to the clutch, I had to have it replaced as well as a reconditioned gear box which set me back £1500, I used mr clutch, and to be fair (excluding the price) they did a good job
I'm not quite sure how diagnostics can tell it's not a manufacturing error! The only way that could be assessed is to take the gearbox out and remove the clutch and DMF. You don't say what mileage it has done, but if it's within warranty limits I'd press for at least some cost reduction. Unfortunately it seems that MINI have a very unhelpful attitude on premature clutch failure. Jaguar are aparently similarily unsympathetic.
You don't say how many miles your Mini has covered on the existing clutch & flywheel. It seems to be quite common for DMF's & clutches to fail on deisels at 35-50,000 miles.
DMF's have given me no end of trouble over the years in my diesel Ford's and I have even fitted Single Mass Flywheels where available as an option (they are also cheaper) but this has usually lead to a lot more transmission vibaration and noise.
It is always best to change clutch & flywheel whilst you have the engine apart.
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