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R50 (I paid) 13 16.05%
R50 (Warranty Covered) 5 6.17%
R53 ( I Paid) 19 23.46%
R53 (Warranty Covered) 8 9.88%
R52 ( I Paid) 2 2.47%
R52 (Warranty Covered) 0 0%
R55 ( I Paid) 2 2.47%
R55 (Warranty Covered) 1 1.23%
R56 ( I Paid) 21 25.93%
R56 (Warranty Covered) 11 13.58%
R57 ( I Paid) 1 1.23%
R57 (Warranty Covered) 0 0%
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post #46 of 57 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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There are many undocumented failures. I have banged on about the R50 Midlands gearboxes many times. Also had reports of dual mass flywheels frequently shattering. When I get the dosh (or blow up the clutch) I'll be going to a solid flywheel.


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Some manufacters are reverting back to solid flywheels, going backwards is the way forwards it seems.
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Hi if anyone needs any help with fighting a R56 coopers S clutch failure please email me aspyrou@gmail.com

I can provide various information on how to deal with the situation, my car did 11,000 miles before the clutch failed, it was a hard battle but in the end they paid out!!!!
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I have a 1st Gen. MINI and the clutch and transmission had to be replaced only after 40k way to early if you ask me. Especially to have transmission issues.
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OK, this is a poll that will hopefully try to breakdown clutch failure by variant. The idea of this poll is to show EARLY failure of a MINI clutch whether it was covered under warranty or not. This should give everyone an idea of who many failures there have been. Lastly, let's say for a standard that anything under 65K miles is considered an early failure. Most Japanese cars will go longer than this but then MINI is not in that category so we will keep it a bit more realistic. I am also including multiple selections as some of us have or have had more than one MINI.

Crud... I didn't break out the models further such as midlands or getrag. Perhaps a mod can help us out?
Re the comment about Japanese cars, this is very true. I had a '90 Honda Accord that had 334,000 miles on it when I sold it. Same engine, same clutch, same everything. I even got 155,000 out of the brake pads. No, it didn't run like a MINI, but nobody ever said it would. If longevity is a consideration, it's hard to ignore Japanese cars.
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Re the comment about Japanese cars, this is very true. I had a '90 Honda Accord that had 334,000 miles on it when I sold it. Same engine, same clutch, same everything. I even got 155,000 out of the brake pads. No, it didn't run like a MINI, but nobody ever said it would. If longevity is a consideration, it's hard to ignore Japanese cars.
Yes but Honda, Accord, Civic, Jazz, etc fancy being bored for 334,000 miles, I think I would be willing it to breakdown just to get shut of it.
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To everyone that is voting.... It might also be a great idea to post your milage at failure. This way, you guys can use it to show BMW/MINI a trend.
mine failed at 167000 miles due to slave cylinder leakage this is a driving school car.. people should only use to change gears and return left foot to floor ...
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I thought my issue fell under this category, and didnt require a new thread.

Just bought a used 07 Mini Cooper S, R56 (I think). It had just under 66k miles, and I was able to drive it 9 days after i purchased it until the clutch burned out. Took it back to the used lot where I bought it and it was within the 30 day warranty and did battle with the sales guy because technically the clutch wasnt covered under the warranty. In the end I only ended up paying $200 USD for $1600 worth of work being done, because they had to end up replacing the flywheel as well.

My question is.... After all of you have had this repair done, have you had any other issues with the clutch/flywheel/transmission?

Also, is there any special care I need to take with it besides the usual?

Ive driven a manual transmission on and off now for almost 7 years, so I consider myself a well-versed driver, but do I need to alter my driving style?

Thanks, all help much appreciated.
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I thought my issue fell under this category, and didnt require a new thread.

Just bought a used 07 Mini Cooper S, R56 (I think). It had just under 66k miles, and I was able to drive it 9 days after i purchased it until the clutch burned out. Took it back to the used lot where I bought it and it was within the 30 day warranty and did battle with the sales guy because technically the clutch wasnt covered under the warranty. In the end I only ended up paying $200 USD for $1600 worth of work being done, because they had to end up replacing the flywheel as well.

My question is.... After all of you have had this repair done, have you had any other issues with the clutch/flywheel/transmission?

Also, is there any special care I need to take with it besides the usual?

Ive driven a manual transmission on and off now for almost 7 years, so I consider myself a well-versed driver, but do I need to alter my driving style?

Thanks, all help much appreciated.
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Is this what a standard clutch failure sounds like?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCWH...ature=youtu.be

My car is a 2007 R56 Stop/Start Cooper S with 79,100 miles on.

I'm not saying that's a low mileage for a clutch to fail at. However, I have an extended warranty and the price for a clutch and flywheel at a MINI dealer runs into severe cash and I'm clutching (pun alert) at straws and hoping it's a failure rather than a wear and tear issue.

If it's a failure, it means Mini pay out, if not they don't.

I have complained many times to different dealers when the car has been serviced that it is often juddery on take off from standstill, and I often use sport mode on a hill start just to stop it happening. I always thought this was an engine issue and reported it as such. Is there a chance that the clutch has been malfunctioning for a good long while?

Like I say, I am unashamedly clutching at straws!

After this incident, I was left completely immobile with the clutch sort of hanging half way down it's travel, and due to needing to depress the clutch to start it, you can't even do that now.

All points to a standard clutch failure, but I just don't know what one sounds like so I'd like to make sure before I put my hand in my pocket!

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That doesnt sound at all like clutch failure due to wear, the only thing you notice if its worn is the engine revs will go up without the road speed increasing if you try to accelerate in a high gear, it doesnt normally make any noises at all.
On yours it sounds like something has broken or starting to fall apart, and it might not be the clutch either??
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