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Valvetronic Gear Damage After Dealer Repair '08 Mini Cooper

I recently took my car to the local dealer after experiencing problems with the car sputtering and performing poorly at idle speed after driving long distances at high speed. Upon original visit, my car was diagnosed with a misfire in cylinder 3, which was found to be covered in oil, along with cylinder 1. They said the valve cover gasket had failed. Valve cover gasket was replaced, along with 2 coils and spark plugs. Here's where my limited knowledge of cars takes over, and need someone's opinion.

In the dealer report, it says that they cleared the faults and during valvetronic learning, the stopping pin broke. They fixed the stopping pin, and fault stored for a sluggish valvetronic motor. They replaced the motor and cleared faults. Car was operating as normal, and they called me for pickup.

After driving the car less than 100 miles, I started the car in the morning 2 days after picking up from the dealer. The engine ran fine, but when I shifted into gear and gave gas, nothing happened. The car would just roll forward and back at idle speed, with no affect when stepping on gas.

The car had to be towed to the dealership. This time, they diagnosed as the valvetronic gear having damaged teeth, causing the car not to run because it was unable to adjust gear correctly. After another week in the shop, and an additional $1500 in repairs, they called me to pick up the car.

I've now had the car for two days, and the initial sputtering at idle speeds after driving some distance is still there. I am frustrated beyond belief with this dealer.

Question for mechanical experts is this: Do you think that something that was done (or not done) in the initial repair caused the valvetronic gear to become damaged in the second issue? I would really like to know if I should have been responsible for the second $1500 bill for repairs, since it seems like it happened as a result of something that they did or did not do.

As for the continued sputtering issue, that's unresolved. They are supposed to take the car back to the dealership today (coming to pick it up from me, as I live more than an hour away). I certainly do not want to be presented with another bill like I've already had the last two times.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
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