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Hi all, I am new to this forum but after some advice.

I have a 2012 Mini One that I have owned for 18 months. No issues for the first 15 months of ownership other than a replacement battery.

The car had it's MOT in September 2020 and just needed new brake pads but no other concerns.

In October, I pulled into a parking space and the engine totally cut out mid way through parking. It took about 5 attempts to restart and was then fine for a number of weeks. No engine light.

The car then broke down around 4 times in as many days, each time coming back on after a few attempts. Again, no warning lights.

Took to a garage who said there was a huge list of old fault codes and perhaps two were conflicting. They cleared them all and took it for a drive with no issues. Re-checked the fault codes and none came back.

It drove fine for a number of weeks until once again it cut out dead in the road, took it back to the garage and they replaced the solenoid valve. Once again it drove fine for a number of weeks.

Each time it dies, when you try to switch it back on it's like the engine cannot connect when you hit the start button, the whole car shudders and the engine purrs just as it's about to die.

The breakdowns each happen differently, once when I was parking, once when I was stopped in traffic and once when I was driving at 30mph it cut dead.

It then stopped dead in traffic and almost caused an accident, no warning just totally died in the middle of the road.

It went back to the garage and this time they really have no idea what is wrong. They have suggested a specialist Mini garage but I am very worried about the costs.

Is there anyone who might have some idea what could be causing the issue? There are no fault codes, there are no warning lights so I am at a loss.

Any help would be so appreciated!
 

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all can do cheaply is check all cables from battery , when it cuts out do the dash lights go if do could be cables earth issue maybe, failing this needs visit to main dealers and diagnostics run they will go through the running log work out what shut down and why and when ,, one of those faults could be a royal main to find,
 

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all can do cheaply is check all cables from battery , when it cuts out do the dash lights go if do could be cables earth issue maybe, failing this needs visit to main dealers and diagnostics run they will go through the running log work out what shut down and why and when ,, one of those faults could be a royal main to find,
Thanks so much for your advice I appreciate it!
 

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You could have someone start the car for you while you are standing in front of the engine bay hood open; with the intake tube to the throttle body remove. First listen to the radiator fan activate for monitoring purposes(makes sure that's on line).
And look when they first start the car if the throttle body butterfly itself is opening and closing into it's start position. I.E. said it has problems catching to start!
 
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