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R56 high pressure fuel pump replacement

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I bought a 2007 MCS a few months ago, but in the past few weeks I've been having problems when cold starting in the mornings. I've had a good look through the site and watched videos on YouTube etc and unfortunately it looks like my high pressure fuel pump is what's causing the problem. I wondered if anyone could offer advice on where is best to buy a replacement? I know buying the part direct from Mini is pretty insane, but there seem to be a few on eBay that are a lot cheaper - is there anything to worry about with these?

I was going to take it to a local trusted mechanic, are we looking at a few hours worth of labour? If anyone has had to get this fixed it would be good to hear how much it cost. Thanks

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Hi

Bit late on the reply but Iíve had the same issue with my 2010 cooper S.

Spent £120 in replacing the turbo charger which was a complete waste. My garage said the fault code was telling them enough to say what it was so I took a look on here and asked them to just replace this as sounds best bet.

But after telling them now Iíve been smelling and seeing fuel very occasionally their diagnostics have been able to tell them more details on what the fault code means??!

They say the high pressure fuel replacementwas £550 but then mini weíre having so many ppl with problems they decided to up the price, rather than recalling it so itís now £750ish from Mini directly and with the garage labour comes £1080. I had a look online and saw the price from £3-500, he told me before he told me when heíd looked online ebay only had one for £1500! So although he was considering buying a part off eBay he now says if I order the one Iíve seen for £420, even though it has the exact part number, 1 Yearís warranty, OEM registered, and seller feedback from 44,000 buyers and has sold 50 of these parts, he thinks itís too risky so wouldnít offer me a 1vyear warranty on his actual labour.

He said he has to code it in so it could cause an issue if itís not directly from Mini. If it doesnít work Iíd have to pay him for his labour anyway and then pay again for him to do it with the mini part he wants to order for me.

Itís my dads mate, and they always do me a good MOT even when I tried another garage first who failed it, they then passed it.

There is a website clickmechanic which say they can do the labour for £45, and collect your car for you, but if Work takes longer than quoted then the hourly rate gets added on top, didnít research far enough as to how much, could be £100 an hour plus an other Ďfaultsí they might find so not sure what to do.

Trying to work out what risks to take, help please anyone?

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Hi

Bit late on the reply but Iíve had the same issue with my 2010 cooper S.

Spent £120 in replacing the turbo charger which was a complete waste. My garage said the fault code was telling them enough to say what it was so I took a look on here and asked them to just replace this as sounds best bet.

But after telling them now Iíve been smelling and seeing fuel very occasionally their diagnostics have been able to tell them more details on what the fault code means??!

They say the high pressure fuel replacementwas £550 but then mini weíre having so many ppl with problems they decided to up the price, rather than recalling it so itís now £750ish from Mini directly and with the garage labour comes £1080. I had a look online and saw the price from £3-500, he told me before he told me when heíd looked online ebay only had one for £1500! So although he was considering buying a part off eBay he now says if I order the one Iíve seen for £420, even though it has the exact part number, 1 Yearís warranty, OEM registered, and seller feedback from 44,000 buyers and has sold 50 of these parts, he thinks itís too risky so wouldnít offer me a 1vyear warranty on his actual labour.

He said he has to code it in so it could cause an issue if itís not directly from Mini. If it doesnít work Iíd have to pay him for his labour anyway and then pay again for him to do it with the mini part he wants to order for me.

Itís my dads mate, and they always do me a good MOT even when I tried another garage first who failed it, they then passed it.

There is a website clickmechanic which say they can do the labour for £45, and collect your car for you, but if Work takes longer than quoted then the hourly rate gets added on top, didnít research far enough as to how much, could be £100 an hour plus an other Ďfaultsí they might find so not sure what to do.

Trying to work out what risks to take, help please anyone?

I wouldn't use people like this!
They are obviously (in my opinion) going to make the job last as long as possible.
Why do in 1 hour a job you can stretch out to 4-5 hours plus any other 'faults' they 'find' along the way.
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I wouldn't use people like this!
They are obviously (in my opinion) going to make the job last as long as possible.
Why do in 1 hour a job you can stretch out to 4-5 hours plus any other 'faults' they 'find' along the way.
Yeh I scrapped that idea of using clickmechanic quite quickly. My garage are being quite fair with the price as i have checked another garage that specialise in BMW nad Mini. They quoted about £20 more than the £1080 I've been quoted by my usual garage.

However! I've now found it might be possible to just replace the fuel filter rather than the pump.

My garage did tell me its just the filter that needs cleaning or replacing like most cars on their service do, but because Mini think their fuel filter will never need replacing, they've decided to fix it in so you cant remove the filter, so if you do need to remove the filter you have to remove the whole high pressure fuel pump and replace that instead of just the filter.

So rather than it costing £60-£100 for a fuel filter like you would most cars, it's going to cost me £1100 to replace the whole high pressure fuel pump, just so the fuel filter inside of it is clean again! Apparently this is such a common fault mini should've done a recall as the filter gets so clogged up the pump can fail and the engine will stall even while driving down a motorway or anywhere!

In the US they extended the warranty on this issue to 10 years, but in the UK, they'll do nothing other than increase the price of the high pressure fuel pump from £500 - £700 and something! Lucky us!

HOWEVER, I have researched and found you can replace just the filter... if it was a pre 2007 cooper S, or, if it was a diesel, or if it was made in the US, not seen it confirmed for my model though!

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF YOU CAN REPLACE THE FUEL FILTER IN THE R56 COOPER S PETROL, UK/EUROPEAN MODEL? You can buy the part in the UK, on mister-auto you just put in your reg and it recommends the correct filter, prices start from £16!

However, when you research how to remove the current one which is supposedly fixed in, and how to locate it without removing the fuel tank, there is lots of help, but on further investigation it looks like this only applies to the US models (the UK & European models are made differently) and the only threads I've found from people in the UK saying it can be done are those who have a pre 2007 cooper S or a diesel engine, although I'm not 100%?

The only thing giving me hope is that even after giving mister-auto my reg number, he has recommended a few to me to buy, there are also tonnes on ebay recommended for my exact model, but I've seen a few threads where people with my model saying they had ot send them back as they couldn't manage to do it.

Pleeease somebody out there know! and before I fork out the £1100!!
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Hi. Got the same problem on my 60 plate JCW. Could you let me know what you ended up doing.
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I replaced mine with an ebay part from MossBros. This is the original pump, but they buy it from Peugeot rather than BMW. It is the same and identical part, manufactured by the same supplier (as the BMW N14 = Peugeot THP). Peugeot sells the part for about £350-400, so that is a reasonable price to pay.
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I replaced mine with an ebay part from MossBros. This is the original pump, but they buy it from Peugeot rather than BMW. It is the same and identical part, manufactured by the same supplier (as the BMW N14 = Peugeot THP). Peugeot sells the part for about £350-400, so that is a reasonable price to pay.
i've been doing that trick for years as the 207 gti and 308 gti and 150bhp as same. nothing wrong with ebay sellers as long as part numbers are correct,

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