There are reports of premature clutch wear on cars equipped with manual transmissions. Clutch replacement on these vehicles can be quite costly.
Car Problem Reports
Mini Cooper Clutch May Wear Prematurely
Mini Cooper Problem
Drive Train Affected: Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 65,920 mi (4,000 mi - 125,000 mi)
Visitor, 2010 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 20,200 mi
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, 2003 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 66,000 mi
Clutch is starting to slip.
Visitor, 2008 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 57,000 mi
This is my second clutch, flywheel replacement on my 2008 Mini Clubman S. Does not seem right!
Visitor, 2004 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 102,500 mi
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, 2002 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 98,000 mi
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.
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).
Visitor, 2002 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 100,203 mi
Clutch pedal went to floor. No leakage from slave cylinder and no indication of a problem before failure. Pressure plate broke. Need to replace pressure plate, new clutch kit, resurface flywheel and replace slave cylinder while at it. $2400.00
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 95,965 mi
This is only the second problem I have had with my Mini since I got it in April of 2003. Clutch went today, hoping the transmission is not needing to be replaced too. From what I have been reading online since mine has a Midlands 5 speed transmission it looks like I will be out a couple thousand dollars... yuck! It has been a GREAT car and I love it and would buy another one for sure!!
Visitor, 2002 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 109,000 mi
Car would not go into gear. Throwout bearing failed. Local mechanic did repairs for $500.00, not including parts.
Visitor, 2002 Mini Cooper, Manual Transmission, 87,000 mi
Wifes car driven very easy. Clutch pedal went to floor from stop to go, made some noises and now no clutch at all. clutch slave cylinder not leaking. is there a service bulletin on this clutch problem?? Seems every Mini owner has a clutch problem sooner or later.