I recently brought in my MINI hardtop for a coolant temperature sensor recall. While there, the service department thought I should get the fuel injectors serviced, rotate the tires and fix the alignment. i agreed to all that but wondered why the fuel injectors needed service. Maybe it is because I don't drive my car very often, at least once a week but not every day. It had 12786 miles on it at the time. (I use premium, major name-brand gas, never any second rate brands.)
I had brought it in for its annual checkup this May, a year after I bought it, at 9084 miles. None of this was brought to light then.
I am wondering about the warranty. All the promotional material you get see before you buy the car hypes "boot to bonnet no cost maintenance" (pg 47 of the main brochure.) Above that it mentions the "4 year/50,000 new passenger car limited warranty"... Neither are explained in more detail in that booklet. In a little brochure my dealer hands out about the maintenance plan upgrade it says, "there is no cost for maintenance" for the first 3 years.
The website has similar statements. When you try to find out the details, you encounter a page (under priovacy and legal, Warranty and maintenance (MINIUSA.com
) that does not allow you to save it, print it or copy and paste from it.
Some things have been covered: the oil has been changed and the windshield wipers replaced at no charge.
Where does it say in warranty that fuel injection service is not covered?
I've looked in the "Service and Warranty Information" booklet that comes with the car. (That doesn't seem to be something you can look at until you buy the car although my salesman did Xerox a few pages from it on my request before I bought the car. He Xeroxed pages 1, 32/33, 34/35 and 36/37 from the 2009 booklet. As far as I can tell the ext matches pretty closely. I don't see in there that fuel injection service or its related text is excluded.)
Can someone show me where this service is excluded? I see that wheel alignment, balancing and wiper blades are covered for only 2000 miles. (My dealer kindly replaced the wiper blades at no cost at the annual checkup of 9084 miles.)
The second paragraph of page 33 (of the 2011 booklet) under What is Not Covered mentions that 'maintenance parts such as spark plugs, filters and similar items used in required maintenance services... beyond the first required maintenance/inspection...' are not covered. Is that the loophole?
So, in addition to trying to figure out what is covered and what is not, can anyone tell me why this needed to be done at such low mileage? Was it that I don't drive the car often enough?