I have a 2012 Cooper S 6 spd manual and I am having clutch problems. The dealer did my first oil change yesterday at 10,000 miles and informed me that my clutch was ALREADY starting to go which I think is insane. My 2006 Cooper S was in my possession 3 years and I never had a clutch issue. The mechanic says I have to shift out of first gear by 1500rpm max or I am damaging the clutch because of the higher torque on the S model. This is practically impossible right? Idle is 900-1000rpm so I barely touch the gas and I am over 1500rpm. Anyone have any ideas, is this a common problem or is it really me actually damaging the clutch my shift out of first about 1900-2000rpm? Would this premature wear be covered by warranty because the clutch is not designed for the torque. I am not a mechanic so any input is appreciated
Mechanical items can go bad, no big deal just get it repaired under warranty and enjoy your car. By the way, get a new mechanic, any mechanic or anyone else for that mater, that tells you to shift at 1500 rpms from 1st to 2nd or you'll ruin your clutch is nuts!
I am not a mechanic but I recently had a clutch replacement at 19,000 miles on a 2010 Cooper S due to the Flywheel being stuck on (so they said) which caused premature wear - similar damage you would cause if riding the clutch.
The clutch had not gone it just was very heavy and a almost non-existent biting point.
Luckily due to the flywheel problem mine was covered under warranty but had to agree to a £750 labour charge to strip it down which would be payable had they found it to be "driver error".
(RSchleder) The mechanic in question is the MINI dealership mechanic, you would think he would know.
He says its not their issue or a warranty thing its my use of the clutch but others seem to be having the issue too? I guess its a mechanical item they won't admit to so they won't have to replace it. Thanks for the help I appreciate it
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