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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2016, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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'09 JCW Convertible - returning member - issues already!

Hi all! Returning from a 4 or so year break, used to have a 54 plate Cooper, now jumped straight in at the deep end with an 09 JCW Convertible

First impressions - wow!

Tarnished by - an amber check engine light ��

Drove home on Saturday night in the appaulling rain, ran the range down to 3 miles trying to find a petrol station (hold that thought), was fine then 50 miles home, fine the next morning and after a 20min slow potter gradually building pace up decided to floor it in 2nd or 3rd - around 4000rpm just hit a big old flat spot and then an amber CEL. Eased right off and limped home but sounded no different, gave it a few hours and took a slow test drive across down sub 2500 revs - idle even, no unusual sounds (although, not had it long enough to know what unusual sounds like), acceleration whilst not pressed was fine. Took it to 3500 still fine.... got home, smooth idle, no unusual noises. So using some logic here I'm hoping not serious. It was bought from a MINI specialist in Aylesbury who seemed a good character (naive, but benefit of the doubt for now) who serviced and MOT'd the car, changed brake pads, one tyre and rear bushes. Has a 3 month warranty through WBS but always a bit cynical - I'd rather take to main dealer for the diagnosis and take it from there, even if I have to double up with another fresh diagnosis from who does the work.

Booked in for diagnostic at MINI Coventry but I'm keeping optimistic here that what's happened is it's sat on forecourt for a while on an empty tank and me running the tank empty and flooding it has dislodged some gunk. One of two roots then either big debris that lodged in fuel pump which hence only revealed itself under load, or smaller particle that lodged in an injector and caused a misfire. Or perhaps sparks are just on the way out and hence only revealed under load. Or, I hear a lot about carbon build up - car is 70k and comprehensive (but not main dealer) service history and totally clear MOT history, but not done many miles for the last 3 years so wondering if the guy before has pottered and I've just given it a kick up the knackers �� OR, there's a slim chance it's related to the rain - I'm talking torrential here - but that seems unlikely given the problem didn't reveal until the following day in dry conditions after a 20+min potter to get the engine toasty. Thoughts welcome though if there are common bugs

A diagnostic on picking a car up never hurts anyway.

Perhaps that's just optimism for you. Anyway!

I'll work how to post pic in a sec....

Tom
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Well here you go, last login:- You last visited: Mar 25th, 2012 at 03:30 PM

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Great pics!
Cheers!

Regarding the issue... in with MINI today for dianostic. Turned over on Monday night and had a metallic a-la death rattle. Turned over this morning not too bad and the drive to MINI was fine, but took it easy. Suggested it was timing chain, the common issue it seems from looking on here.

They've just called up... the winner is... timing chain

And - turbo intake pipe needs replacing. Apparently, another common issue where these things were too short and would slip off. Would explain the amounts of oil residue sputtered around my engine bay last night. They said "there might be a possible underlying fault but they want to rule that out first".

Will be interested to see how they price it up - I've got a (750) warranty from the dealer, which should part cover it and happy that I'll have to foot a difference but a lot of the posts on here RE timing issues are aged where clearly the issue was fixed a few years back and evidently mine just survived a bit longer. Not sure if they will factor in that both of these parts are "faulty design induced" when they price it up - but I'll post on here for anyones info in future so something to work to.

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