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Has anyone else had the vibration dampener fail in their Cooper S? It just failed on my 2004 with ~6900 miles on it. The dealership (not the one I bought it at) says it could be a month before the replacement part will be available. Apparently there are none in the US, and 3-4 on back order.

Comments and advice welcome.
:eb: In the San Francisco Bay Area
 

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if the vibration damper is also known as a harmonic damper, then my friend, i'm in the same boat!

Basically, had noise (passenger side, under acceleration, (not in neutral). Sounded kind of like a knocking. Searched the mini2 threads for "knocking noise". Good night! A large number of users having same problem. In a nut shell. Took Wedge (My mini) to the dealership, they verified that there was a noise, didn't know what it was. Showed them the posts on mini2 board. They decided to give it a shot by resplacing damper.

Fun part - part came in last week. However, dealership needs five tools to put in on. 3 came in, two are on back order. And no one knows when they will be in! (Not the dealer's fault, they have been extremely professional and courteous/accomidating! = excellent service!) (Jackie Cooper BMW/MINI of Oklahoma City - if your reading this, some mini accessories would be nice!)

Anyway, I feel your pain. Mini's are like high maintenance girl friends!
 

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Just had the same problem at 52K miles - just inside extended warranty. Took out the belt and alternator and power steering return hose - over $2k in parts and labor - never heard of this happening so early. Could be a defect.
 

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It may be worth looking up an ATI super damper as I believe they are a worthy replacement. It's something I intend to do at some point, or when mine deteriorates.
 
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