Goodwill application - clutch
I have a Cooper Diesel (R56) with an 07 plate. Done 33,000 miles. Three months out of warranty. Been driving 30+ years and use handbrake (not riding clutch).
With no warning on Saturday night my Mini would not go into gear, and it made a god-awful noise. Towed it to the local Mini dealership, and they have just instructed me (after paying them £35 to assess) that they believe it to be a clutch failure.
Cost to remove and replace gearbox - £757
Parts for clutch ~£250
With no gurantee it is the clutch, so I may be facing futher costs if they identify something else, i am looking at ahefty minimum £1K bill here.
If it is deemed to be a manufacturing fault I may be in a position to apply for a 'Goodwill Application' that may recoup SOME costs, but no gurantees of course !
Other option is to take it to a non-dealership Mini specialist and pay around £500 total (parts and labour). However of course I have no avenue to claim on this route.
Advice please? Anyone had any luck with claiming for these type of problems?
Thanks in advance.