MINI Cooper Timing Chain Issues | Autoworks :: Blog
So bit confused now, just to confirm I am looking at a petrol model Cooper s circa 2013/14. Do these have the timing chain at the rear?
above link covers the engine before vti prince engine, you will notice bmw refuse to agree their is a issue,, even when the amount of failures are very in everyones face,, the new engines are new still dont have the mileages yet so will not show until they do.. my point is when buying a product off a company that is in denial about a past major problem is a gamble so by seeing the t/chains as a added expense in the future as part of a long term service plan is a good move,, my point with the n47 diesel engine ie bmw engine is that also has a massive failure rate and is produced by bmw the same bmw that refuses to accept there is a problem and blames the customer for failures. all ready there is a recall for crankshaft thrust bearing problems with new engines, thats very serous to think they have release a new design to market place with a fault that can destroy the engine from the off.
this all said if car has low miles and a good warranty that covers all the issues then it dont ,matter to the owner so much. i've owned bmw products since the late 80's still have a 96 m3 evo that is totally un breakable since then bmw have lost the plot cars getting lighter and more powerful using plastics and all about emissions and mpg just makes any car weak and high wear parts wear out faster,,, my e36 270.000 mile same engine same timing chain same gearbox. had 1 clutch in its life,, my 100k mini 2nd engine second flywheel 3rd turbo, and i service everything on a half the factory recommendations,
yes the timing chains are at rear of engine, 3 cylinder and 4 cylinder engines both run double vvt with twin scrol turbo. also both have ballance shafts these put extra load on the chains depending where they are run from,, volkswagon audi down this in oil pumps and that never worked out well for them and the customers, another big prestige car company saying there is not as issue but the amount of failures would say otherwise