The road noise from my Cooper is starting to drive me mad. Going over the slightest indentation/manhole in the road produces severe 'thudding' sounds from the rear end of the car. I could accept this if I had hit say a pothole or lowered manhole cover but general road surfaces (British ones!) is just annoying. I've eliminated the parcel shelf and rear seats, and have adjusted the rubber stoppers on the tailgate slightly (made them a bit longer to ensure they were in contact with sill) but this doesn't seem to make any diference. I know its probably also made worse by the 17" Bullet wheels with runflat tyres...
Does anyone have any pointers or has anyone managed to eradicate this on their MINI's?
i have the same problem, what year was your mini made?? i think i know what the problem is after speaking to a mechanic i know who used to work for mini, is the boot catch on ur tailgate stainless steel or is it chrome coloured?? if its chrome coloured it should be fine but if its stainless stell this is your problem! demand to have the new catch fitted by your dealer if ur cars still under warranty!
I had the same problem with my 52 reg cooper, the dealer changed the catch on the boot lid which had no effect, they also changed the rear struts. I drove the car with dad in the boot with the boot open and he said the clunking was coming from around the struts, I never got rid of the noise!
Since then I bought an 04 cooper s, and this still clunks from the rear end ever so slightly but not to the degree of my old cooper, its quite an acceptable noise now, even with the eibachs on it hasnt got any louder. I think its just a characteristic of the mini, as every one I have been in does it!
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