I have an ongoing noise that no gagage seems to be able to rectify and I'm at the end of my tether with it so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction?
To cut a very long story relatively short I have a 2005 Mini Cooper with 65k on the clock. I have had the car since brand new and it has been well looked after. When driving along and I reach about 25-28 mph the car starts to make a noise like a rythmic train kind of chugging. This happens when driving in a straight line, bearing left or turning left. As soon as I bear to the right it stops. It doesn't seem to make the noise when travelling under 25 mph. The car has been in the garage and they said it was the gear box bearings which were apparently clearly shot when they replaced them. This cost me £640 and I find this rather odd considering I have never had any problems with the gears or the clutch at all. I collected the car from them, got half way home and the noise was still there. They subsequently took the car back in and said they have checked the obvious things like the wheel bearings, CV joints, tyres, tracking and they are all fine. Basically they are adamant it's my gear box. They say it is in perfect working order now and if I am that bothered about the noise I would have to replace the gear box which would set me back about £1700. I am not prepared to spend that kind of money on a car worth about £3k and to be honest I just don't believe them and am worried I have paid £640 to them and the have replaced something that was never the peoblem.
The noise does not stop whatever I do until the speed drops to about 25 mph. Even if I coast or dip the clutch the noise remains.
Does anyone have any ideas at all? I can't afford to take it to BMW
Also, the performance of the car is not affected by this (I don't think). There is a possibility the noise is coming from the back drivers side wheel area but I can't be certain.