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!!