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Old May 8th, 2014, 07:06 PM
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Hi my wife is the owner of a mini cooper 2008. She's had the car for 4 years, but last week the engine management warning light came on. This has happened before, but it has generally gone off again after the car has run for a few days. The garage we normally use carried out a diagnostic check and advised her that there were four faults showing - these were 2968/2983/2870/2891 - (inlet camshaft/vanos inlet adaption/inlet camshaft correlation). They advised her that this would require a major repair, and suggested rather than carrying the repair she trades it in for a replacement. She likes this car and is reluctant to do this. Has anyone got any idea what these diagnostic results mean, and what repair is likely to be required (and possible cost)? Cheers!
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:00 PM
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Hi ya

It's sounds like to me that the cam timing has moved due to, may be the chain jumping a tooth on one of the cams or cam chain stretch these gen 2 minis are bad for that
These faults could also happen because the oil is not changed enough and wrong oil spec.
The service interval for oil changes are to far apart. The oil can leave a sludge and can mess up there version of variable valve timing. I saw a mini r56 cooper with this and very bad Carbon on the valves.
I think there was a recall on the cam chains and tensioners might be worth checking

Does the car rattle on starts up or has it done in the past this could point you towards a jumped timing chain ?

I would advice you take it to mini see what they say.
I think your garage is just trying to sell you a car

Sorry I can't help much more than that
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Welcome and sorry to hear about your issues, there is lots on]f info on hear and also a lot of knowledge so hopefully you will get to the bottom of the probs.

Jim.
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