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Yes. ive had clutch problems 85 77.27%
Yes it required replacement parts 75 68.18%
Yes it was resolved to my satisfaction by my dealer 39 35.45%
No it wasnt resolved to my satisfaction by my dealer 29 26.36%
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 05:44 AM
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has your clutch failed? or have you had any clutch related fixes done?

If so please state your :

Model
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year it was built (i.e. dec 03)
brief description of the fault
resolution

im just compiling a fault listing that im going to possibly use if my clutch problems arent resolved.



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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 08:00 AM
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Here is the info you requested:

Model: Cooper S
year it was built: April 2003.
brief description of the fault: Friction when depressing the clutch.
resolution: Replaced clutch assembly and release lever bushings (part numbers: 21-21-7-534-151, 23-11-7-509-744 and 23-11-0-530-904).
You may also want to collect the milage when the problem occured. Mine was at 28.5K.

Replacement parts solved the friction issue... I hope it wont come back again.
Good luck with your clutch problem. I know it is pretty scary!
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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Might not be much help to your cause just yet, but:

Model: MC
Build date: Aug 04 (only just clicked to 10k miles)
Problem: Noticable juddering when pulling away with load on board or after a long run (as if the clutch is on its way out).
Resolution: None yet. Took it in week before last and asked them to have a look at it. They agree I need a new steering column ( ) and alernator belt ( ), but don't find anything of concern with the clutch...

Not sure I should be experiencing anything with such a new clutch really - not as convinced any more that it'll all be alright either, after reading some of the clutch posts on here today!

Good luck! (Shame you can't it Sunday 'cos of this... See you next run )

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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 07:22 AM
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Had clutch failure. 04 MCS, at 11,000 miles! Would let out a whirr noise when letting out clutch pedal when cold. Dealer ended up replacing clutch disk, pressure plate, throw out bearing and fly wheel. I hope this next one lasts longer than 11,000 miles! Done under warranty.
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Quote: Originally Posted by scooperman_uk
If so please state your :

Model
year it was built (i.e. dec 03)
brief description of the fault
resolution

im just compiling a fault listing that im going to possibly use if my clutch problems arent resolved.

MCS
04
Clutch squeel when under load ie fast get aways and uphill.
Dealer replaced clutch because of sprag bearing being faulty, if i remember correctly.
New clutch is doing the same!!!!
First one changed at 5000 miles, second one fauly at 8000 miles but living with it till next service.
I don't think the dealer has a clue....

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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 10:50 AM
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thanks for the feedback so far. sounds like ive got a common fault


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about a year ago my clutch was making a pumping noise when depressed. my dealer said it was something to do with a plate (cant remember sorry ) but it could have led to a failiure at some point.

its an september 03 model build date august and happened last may when it had done 10,000 miles.

sorry its a bit vague

hope u get it sorted.

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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 09:43 PM
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New in Nov 02

Clutch noise on stating from rest (like a slipping belt)
Booked in and they asked to keep it for 3 days as they'd done one MCS before and it had taken 2 days

Collected car - gearchange stiff
1 week on and clutch won't disengage fully - v difficult to engage first and when in gear, on flat car will move forward!
Booked in for next week. What's the betting they'll need it for another 3 days!
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 01:42 AM
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Face lift Cooper model (aug 04)Problem since new (gertrag box) 4,000 miles

Reverse crunch if you do not wait 5 secs

1 in every 6 or 7 attemps reverse will not select

under load or low revs selecting second very notchy

BMW test was to raise the front wheels and select gears
to see if wheels moved when clutch was completely depressed.

Guess what...they did turn.............................................. ....


New clutch to be fitted today (18th April) dealer suspects this will not
be the only part replaced. May also require new gearbox
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Well I've just returned from the dealer with a courtesy 05 Mini one, while they replace the clutch on my Cooper.
And guess what, the reverse gear is just as bad in this 05 model and also very notchy through most of the gears.
I knew this was a common fault with the gertrag box in all the face lift models but it appears they all suffer this problem. I have test driven 4 now....
The dealer had tested my Cooper twice now prior to a new clutch being offered and on both occasions agreed the gear change was shocking for a new car.
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 01:14 PM
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United-States squeal (like a belt noise) when starting out

MCS
2003 (Feb 03)

makes a noise (intermittantly) when starting from a stop. it happens mostly when on hills and such.

Dec 04 - dealer had car for 3 weeks. replaced clutch and fly wheel. noise started to reoccur after about 2 weeks.

Jan 05 - back to dealer for noise and now a fluid leak under left front. dealer replaced a seal and said the noise should be gone. ( i suspect the seal was not properly installed after last clutch replacement ). noise returns a few days later.

Feb 05 - back to dealer. they replaced a vacum hose and said the noise should not return. noise returns a mile after pick up from the dealer. i immediately return to dealer. they hold the car for another week for a mini expert from out of town.

the car is returned to me and the mechanic says the issue on my record and they are baffled! i have an after market borla exhaust and they mention it could be due to resonance in the exhaust. i have asked several none mini mechanic and they don't think it is the exhaust. i am fishing for new options and any suggested welcome. the noise continues. :-(
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Old Apr 19th, 2005, 04:53 AM
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Quote: Originally Posted by sth9
Dec 04 - dealer had car for 3 weeks. replaced clutch and fly wheel. noise started to reoccur after about 2 weeks.

Did they replace the throw out bearing? I had this same isuue. Dealer replaced clutch, fly wheel, pressure plate, and throw out bearing. Turns out the bearing is the actual culprate, but they replace it as a set. Another thing when I was duplicateing the noise for the tech he said it could also be the Hermanic Damper witch makes a simular noise. He told me the way to check to see which one the noise is comeing from is to to put your hand on the stick. Dureing the time the noise happens if you feel a vibration through the stick as the noise is happening it is a clutch problem. If not then its the Hermonic Dampner.

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Old Apr 19th, 2005, 09:23 AM
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My saga continues:

Original problem: clutch squeal at start
Solution : new clutch

New problem: clutch won't fully disengage
Took car in this morning - just had a phone call
"Faulty clutch - it needs a new one. We can have one tomorrow"
(last time took 3 weeks!)
"We can fix it in one day"
(last time took 3 days!)

I'm not holding my breath!
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Old Apr 19th, 2005, 01:03 PM
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Hey guys, I have a 2003 MINI Cooper with about 36,400 miles on it. I have not had any transmission problems, but I notice when I do a lot of to and go traffic, my clutch seems to have a lot a friction. This mostly happens when I realse the clutch or press in the clutch slowly. What does this mean? Is my clutch going bad?
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Clutch Squeal

Hi

I have a MCS with 21,000 miles on the clock and have started to experience clutch squeal when I change into 1st. Having read a number of threads it appears to be quite a common problem and so I'll call the dealer at the weekend and see if they'll fix the clutch under warranty. I only use the car driving to work and back so I don't see why the clutch should have failed, unless it was faulty in the first place.

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