I have had my R56 Turbo since new in March '07. January build.
The car now has 60,000km. Performace and engine reliability has been perfect from day 1. Only engine concern was the 'rattley' start up!
The past few weeks though have seen a very annoying problem come and go!
First issues was a VERY rattley start one afternoon. Car performed fine for the afternoon and evening. The following morning, another severely rattley start and I soon found that i had los about 50% of power across the entire power range. Car sounded fine, but an obvious lack of power.
Off to the dealers and they seemed to rectify the prob with a 'reset' of the engine management computers.
The following day I learnt that car was now losing acceleration power from approx 4300RPM.
The prob comes and goes, Sometimes a turn off and back on of the car seems to work, other times the prob will come and go at ANY point in time!
It is a DEFINITE power loss! It takes approx 10secs in 3rd gear to get from 4300RPM to 6000RPM....this could NOT be a good thing?!?!?!
Has ANYBODY ever experineced a similar problem???
Dealership has had the car number of times and they have given varying replys. Most recent is that the car cuts out due to a knock sensor in the pistons and that it cannot be resolved!
That sounds a little drastic!!
if that cant be resolved they should put a new engine in it....my dad had a similar problem with a Mitsubiti Shogun a couple of years back and they put a brand spaking new engine in at a cost of just shy of £10,000 to mitsubiti!
have they looked at the turbo? see if the turbine thingies are okay?
We both bought our cars around the same time. You took delivery a couple of months before mine.
Mate... it sounds like i may be encountering a similar kind of issue. When i put my foot down in 3rd gear at approx 2500rpm my car misfires.. well... that's it what it sounds like anyway. I lose torque and power. It is also intermittent. I have to call the dealership and book a time.
I know that it still isn't sorted and that he now waiting for the new timing chain assembly, with the hope that may be the problem.........Have lost count of how many times he has it there.........must be the the rain we get here in Aus as no-one elsewhere has come accross this problem and the Brits have had the R56 a bit longer than us.........
I have also suffered problems with my R56 MCS, though on a much more infrequent basis. It started soon after the car was new (now 11 months old, 25,000 miles/40,000 km). I'm not sure it is the same problem though.
To describe my problem: it feels as though there is increased drag on the engine, and the car accelerates as though it has only 100bhp or so. It usually lasts a minute or so and disappears (no the handbrake has never been left on!) - no warning lights, and no warning codes registered on the ECU.
I have always suspected the turbo (I have suffered the melting bonnet scoop problem) though TDLC's suggestion of running on three cylinders is interesting.................
The dealer yesterday changed the Turbo Boost Valve and the inlet manifold - hoping this would sort out the lack of power.
mine also suffered with engine knock "pinking" which meant the engine management set it to reduced power (No overboost). but first they said use good fuel - but now it maybe because there was a problem with the manifold.
it is still suffering lack of power now so will be taking it back today - but will keep you all posted
my cars timing chain broke on startup so i think maybe the repair didn't put the engine back very well
Sorry for the lack of posts on my own thread, but i have great difficulty accessing MINI2 from work for some reasson?!?!?
YES, the "GR8MNI" is currently a "SIKMNI"
A heart transplant is the only solution. A new engine is on its way from Germany.
I have been told litte about what is actually wrong with my engine.
I will keep you all posted on what I learn about my 'issues'.
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