I'm new here so hope this is in the right spot. 2009 clubman S started making drivers side front end klonking noises while going over bumps at low to med speeds. Was sent to dealer and tightened up everything. Noise back next day, plus noise on passenger side. Dealer has had it 8 days now, I think their lost on how to fix it. Only has about 20,000 miles on it.
Anybody have any suggestions ?
Last edited by Salps; Mar 29th, 2012 at 08:53 PM.
I wouldn't know what the problem is but if they try to repair it a certain number of times and they are unsuccessful depending on the laws where you live at and the warranty that you have a replacement vehicle may be issued if it exceeds 30 days. " a warrantor who is unable to conform a consumer product to its express warranty within a reasonable number of attempts is required to replace the goods or refund the purchase price less an amount attributable to the consumer's use. Unlike the special rules on new motor vehicles, however, there is no set formula for determining the charge for the consumer's use before the discovery of the defect" oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/lemon
I am not saying it may be a lemon and it's probably an easy fix but become familiar with your warranty and state/country's law if they can't fix it.
Spoke to mini main office today to document issues with Mini service dept in Washington state. They say they have rebuilt front end twice and still not fixed. Waiting for more parts to try. This is getting a bit ridiculous, time to look for a new car that's not mini........
Took tech for ride two different times. Noise is easy to hear. Only happens when going over bumps. Most noticeable at start to about 40 mph. Supposedly they are just swapping parts and it's not going away... Don't know what we will get back if they ever fix it.
Other forums are saying it could be a tranny mount (technical bulletin M22 01 08) that makes a clunking noise on the drivers side. There was a service bulletin for incorrect bushings installed at the factory (M31 01 07). Both of these can cause a clunking noise.
From another forum. This shows everything they tried without fixing the problem! I got my R56 in early June of '07. After about 3 months, and only 1000 kms in the odometer, I noticed a cluncking noise coming from the front left. The noise appears on low speeds on bumpy or very uneven roads (like old roads made out of river stones). I did not bring the car to the dealer until about 7 weeks ago, with the odometer reading only 3500 kms. The car has been in the dealership ever since. They have changed the bushings in both front and rear swaybars (which is a factory recall), left steering arms, steering column, electronic steering aid box, all of the left suspension components (including the shock), and finally the gearbox and differential. Nothing has solved it! Any ideas? I am so frustrated. BMW nor the dealer want to do anything else to the car; they claim (after 7 weeks) that the noise is "normal" (complete BS).[:@]
I know what you mean, I live in the Houston area. I saw you tube video about the strut tower cover and how easy they are to bend due to the short travel of the suspension. This too can cause the clunking noise.
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