Mini Cooper Problem Report
Mini Cooper Clutch May Wear Prematurely
There are reports of premature clutch wear on cars equipped with manual transmissions. Clutch replacement on these vehicles can be quite costly.
Intermittent metal on metal sound when releasing the clutch only in first gear. Took it to Mini Dealer within days of the first noise and advised the clutch and Flywheel needed to be replaced. "Chief" technician said it was due to "aggressive" driving and said it was not covered by warranty. I am 61 yo and the only driver from home to work mostly on regular city streets, lots of stop and start. Have had a Honda S2000 and a standard truck that had over 40,000 miles without a clutch problem. I have 6 year 100,000 mile warranty and have had the car 2 1/2 years with only 20,200 miles on the car. If this is a conspiracy by Mini and BMW not to repair faulty clutch and flywheel under warranty,and if this is a common issue, maybe we have some sort of legal action. They still have my car because I believe it should be covered by warranty. - Visitor
Clutch pedal sank to floor accompanied by burning brake fluid smell. Assumed slave cylinder failure (it's a cheap piece of plastic so it was shot.) 30-dollar part, I thought 'no worries, I can set this to rights.' Wrong. The clutch fork was jammed too. Garaged the car and dropped the trans out myself (if you're a DIY-er, this car is *not* worth the effort unless you're a masochist and want to strip everything forward of the firewall out.) the cheap plastic-framed throwout bearing had melted and disintegrated; the pressure plate had severe scoring, two bent fingers, and a blue ring indicating that the plate had annealed from the heat. The lock tabs that hold the bearing to the fork are brittle plastic. The new OE bearing's tabs don't hold to the fork; I doubt that the bearing would survive the first ten miles after I start this thing up again. Don't let the dealer service section snow you and claim it's indicative of aggressive driving. This is a cheaply-built, cheaply-engineered car that should never have left the factory. Its positive attributes do not come close to compensating for the maintenance hassles stemming from poor material quality. - Visitor
Was just about to take off from a stop and when I put it in first gear it just locked up. Would go in to any gear but wouldn't initiate when you let off the clutch. Just informed my 2002 Mini has a likely clutch failure due to wear. I drive it carefully but no idea how it was handled prior. I just got it a few months ago. They are quoting $1400-$1800 depending on if the flywheel is gone too. - Visitor
This is my second clutch, flywheel replacement on my 2008 Mini Clubman S. Does not seem right! - Visitor
Clutch worn out. As per the mechanics the wear/tear is consistent with aggressive driving and "no way BMW will replace it under warranty". Location is Melbourne Australia (had to put a random zip code, to masquerade on this website). - awins
Bought a 2010 JCW with 23K miles and 1 month later the clutch started groaning when taking off in 1st gear. Took it in and thankfully the dealer replaced the clutch and flywheel under warranty, no fighting with them. - Visitor
I knew the clutch was going because I got that weird metal on metal sound in 1st gear. I was able to drive for a few hundred miles before the clutch completely went. It's in the shop awaiting repair. Sigh. - Visitor
Pulled in driveway and clutch felt sluggish. Tried to put in reverse, hard time . Texted my mechanic and told him what happened . Clutch needs replaced. New clutch installed . - Visitor
Clutch made a low groaning noise when taking off in 1st and reverse right before I took it in to the dealership for it's first ever maintenance. Tech said it needed a new clutch. Also said they would not balance my tires because both front tires need to be replaced. When I questioned these problems with such low miles, they said "I am sure you are driving the car the way it is meant to be driven,... but you have to pop the clutch, its not like other clutches". No explanation for tires. They replaced the clutch under warranty, I had to buy the tires at $250 each. 2013 Countryman S - Visitor
Went to pull off and the clutch went to the floor. Eventually managed to pull off, but then the clutch was not right. Pulled over and turned engine off for while. When I tried to start the car again it stalled without being in gear. Suspect that the release bearing has failed. - Visitor
Clutch is starting to slip. - Visitor
My seal on the sun visor went out as will as the front windshield moldings and the taillight seals ...and mini of Valencia doesn't want to cover any of it even with an extended warranty....I will never buy another car from them again and would tell any who asked to be careful spending money with them... - Visitor
Mini Cooper S kept making metal to metal sound *really annoying* it was when I was giving a lot of gas or RPM in third and fourth gear. But it also made a slight noise coming out of first gear... thought it was because it was really bad weather. Ended up being a new clutch and flywheel... We'll lets just say $2000 later.... We will see how it runs. Left it at my shop over night. - Visitor
Just bought my 2010 Mini Cooper S from a guy who said it had "no problems at all". After driving it 500 miles, two in a half weeks later it starts to make that metal on metal grinding noise when it's leaving first gear. Sure enough it's the clutch. The car currently is under 50,000 miles. It should be fixed under warranty. I'm going to push for legal action. I'm warning anyone ever to be buying a mini to be looking into the clutch and anticipating a costly repair. - Obi_JohnKenobi
IN UK not US.Have a Mini Cooper, 2013.Happened today. Noticed high revs in lower gears over a couple of days but then had snow so car was out of action. No gear stick sticking, just the revs and lack of power. Went completely on way home. - Hulababy
IN UK not US.Have a Mini Cooper, 2013.Happened today. Noticed high revs in lower gears over a couple of days but then had snow so car was out of action. No gear stick sticking, just the revs and lack of power. Went completely on way home. - Visitor
Just found out. No solution yet. - Visitor
Had to replace clutch - Visitor
Not sure how the car was driven prior to my wife and I getting it and I was impressed with the OEM clutch. However, after the first clutch job at about 96k miles we had a low frequency groaning/roaring noise that was hard to pinpoint. At 98k miles the case of the transmission split apart (really, just broke open) and the mechanic said "you are not supposed to race this car" and would not cover the cost or even the labor, to replace the destroyed transmission. 26,500 miles later, needed new clutch. My wife and I are 65/62 yo and I don't think we race, too fast anyway, but the clutch is getting a little to much! - Visitor
Also had to change clutch again less than 15000 miles later with normal driving( have driven manual all my life (I'm 44 years old) and never needed to replace clutch before) - Visitor
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