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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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I've started to notice a high frequency vibration through the steering wheel of my Cooper D between 1500 - 2000 rpm of the engine. It became slightly uncomfortable over a 40 mile journey as I was getting a very mild tingling sensation in my fingers.

A mechanic at the dealership has test drove the car and agreed there appears to be vibration and I should book the car in for a check-up, which i subsequently did.

Today we receive a phone call from the dealership that they have tried several cars & they all vibrate like my car. So is its a feature of this model? My previous car to this, a Honda CRV was vibration free.

Anyone else have this problem? Have you reported it to the dealer? What was the response?

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I have a 2011/11 Cooper D 2WD with 19k miles, no vibrations at all on any speed. Best to get a second opinion with another dealer.
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Woll do, thanks for the reply.

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I have a 2011/11 Cooper D 2WD with 19k miles, no vibrations at all on any speed. Best to get a second opinion with another dealer.
I went to see the Guy who sold me the car and asked for a comparison against another car. After an explanation of the fault, a test & him giving me a free gift (iPhone connector cable) he said there was something wrong and he will sort out bringing the car in for a fix.

Its nice to know some people are interested in problems you find

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& him giving me a free gift (iPhone connector cable) he said there was something wrong and he will sort out bringing the car in for a fix.

Its nice to know some people are interested in problems you find

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Thats jolly nice of the guy, just check he doesnt add it onto any bill at the end of it all, some are a bit crafty like that.
Its probably one someone brought back because they couldnt get it to work
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Shouldnt shake at all. Sounds as though it could be an out of balance wheel. However if that doesnt fix it then start to worry, it could be a sign of previous damage, does it run straight with hands off the steering wheel? Did you get it from a main dealer?
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Shouldnt shake at all. Sounds as though it could be an out of balance wheel. However if that doesnt fix it then start to worry, it could be a sign of previous damage, does it run straight with hands off the steering wheel? Did you get it from a main dealer?
Its brand spanking new. Vibration is engine related as it does it stationary.

Was contacted by the mini service desk to bring the car in. Lady there mentioned that other Countryman have a similar vibration and they will try what they can. I told her it needs fixing and the vibration will not do.

I have a bad feeling about her attitude which was like - will will give it a try , but tough **** cause others do it. Sooo glad I have free solicitors with my bank account, i think a swift letter may be required if I don't get the result I want.

Just got to wait a week or so, I just don't have time to take it in and sit about for a few hrs whilst I wait for the mechanics to work it. Will keep u posted.

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Quick update.

MINI can't find the reason for the engine vibration & there is nothing they will do about it unless they can pin point exactly what is causing it. Not even willing to swap the engine support bushes, which is a likely culprit.

Well its the last mini product im ever going to buy and to think were a 2 mini family. Glad MINI UK sent me a customer questionare, because I got another chance to tell MINI how disappointed I am.
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MINI can't find the reason for the engine vibration & there is nothing they will do about it unless they can pin point exactly what is causing it.
What are you on about buddy, wouldnt believe it for a second
A friend of mine bought a new hatch last year. This year, 4000 something miles on the clock, he loses oil pressure about 15 minutes away from home. So he drove the car all the way anyway Here is a timeline, yeah. He calls mini uk on saturday around 1pm - their engineer is on his doorstep in about 40 minuts. Plugged in his diagnostic tool, 10 minutes later the result comes back, something is wrong with the oil pump. So they need to take the car to the dealers. The engineer then calls his office arranges everything, including a courtesy car, and leaves. Another hour later a truck tows my mates hatch away. And as the truck leaves the gates, a guy from enterprise delivers a courtesy car Thats all done within 3 hours on saturday afternoon, yeah. The dealer then spent whole monday looking at the oil pump. So my mate gets a call from the dealer a day later and is told that as their mechanics couldnt figure out what exactly was wrong with the pump they sent all telemetry to BMW in real time and they said dont bother, just replace the pump. The next day the new pump is shipped, fitted and tested. All in all, my mate is driving his hatch again on wednesday
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i don't have a diesel engine, mine is a gas turbo, but if i drive between 1,500 rpm and 2,000 rpm it shakes like a paint mixer

i keep a minimum of 2,200 rpm -2,300 rpm to minimize vibration

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I've previously had a quick response like you mention, had a Technician on my doorstep & diagnostic check in hours. (Did you know MINI don't do the recovery thing themselves, but another company does it for them, they drive Audi). My wife thought the car was going to catch fire, turned our the engine was doing a DPF regen

Thing is, my car was not going to break, catch fire or run out of oil. Its one of those things where you may or may not notice the vibration dependant on what your used to or have experience with. I last owned a Honda with Jap Engineering so got spoiled for quality and refinement. Moving to German 4 pot diesel car was like going backwards 10 years. I will put up with it because I cant afford to swap again Sorry Honda, I wont do it again, I have learned my lesson, please forgive me


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What are you on about buddy, wouldnt believe it for a second
A friend of mine bought a new hatch last year. This year, 4000 something miles on the clock, he loses oil pressure about 15 minutes away from home. So he drove the car all the way anyway Here is a timeline, yeah. He calls mini uk on saturday around 1pm - their engineer is on his doorstep in about 40 minuts. Plugged in his diagnostic tool, 10 minutes later the result comes back, something is wrong with the oil pump. So they need to take the car to the dealers. The engineer then calls his office arranges everything, including a courtesy car, and leaves. Another hour later a truck tows my mates hatch away. And as the truck leaves the gates, a guy from enterprise delivers a courtesy car Thats all done within 3 hours on saturday afternoon, yeah. The dealer then spent whole monday looking at the oil pump. So my mate gets a call from the dealer a day later and is told that as their mechanics couldnt figure out what exactly was wrong with the pump they sent all telemetry to BMW in real time and they said dont bother, just replace the pump. The next day the new pump is shipped, fitted and tested. All in all, my mate is driving his hatch again on wednesday
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Never had the vibration thing with a petrol. Looks like your mini needs a checkup also


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i don't have a diesel engine, mine is a gas turbo, but if i drive between 1,500 rpm and 2,000 rpm it shakes like a paint mixer

i keep a minimum of 2,200 rpm -2,300 rpm to minimize vibration

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Did you know MINI don't do the recovery thing themselves, but another company does it for them, they drive Audi
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They all use third party recovery services, including Audi.
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i don't have a diesel engine, mine is a gas turbo, but if i drive between 1,500 rpm and 2,000 rpm it shakes like a paint mixer

i keep a minimum of 2,200 rpm -2,300 rpm to minimize vibration

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every N18 us spec i have driven is rough below 2,000 rpm

maybe it is how they are tuned to meet us emissions, but they are all like that

other than that, my car runs perfectly, i am even averaging .8 mpg OVER the published figures for combined mpg of 28 mpg

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