Clutch May Wear Prematurely on Mini Cooper S

There are reports of premature clutch wear on cars equipped with manual transmissions.  Clutch replacement on these vehicles can be quite costly.

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Average mileage: 37,694 (17,000–80,000)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2012
22 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission28,000
I am shocked! I have less than 30K miles on my mini - it is driven very limited and I started to experience some drag on the clutch when driving - as well as a loud screech - I took the car to Mini yesterday and they called me today to tell me the clutch has gone out -- I also purchased the extended warranty - however this is NOT covered by extended warranty as it is considered normal wear and tear........ Really? They now want me to spend $3000 for a new clutch -- outrageous.....
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission17,000
Bought the car used with 9600 miles. Now 17000 and the clutch is going out. Dealer says I should buy an extended maintenance warranty to cover the cost ($3200 just for the clutch replacement, $2000 for the warranty). What a ripoff!
2008 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission38,000
Started having a "burning clutch smell" about a week ago, today sound of metal/clutch slipping. Car is 7.5 years old but only 38K miles. Given that I've had to have the engine walnut blasted (once under warranty), the tension bracket on the timing belt replaced, the water pump recalled, and now the airbags recalled - yeah, whomever said BMW went cheap on the engineering for this car had it nailed. Getting it fixed and then selling it to someone who cares more for the pep and look than maintenance.
2012 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission41,732
Clutch slipping
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission45,000
Money is the only thing that solves a MINI problem....sigh
2012 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission30,000
Felt clutch slipping and took the vehicle in for service around 30,000 mi.
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission40,000
Clutch failed at 40,000 miles
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission27,000
Clutch went out at 27K--- dealership told me this was considered normal wear and tear..... really?
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission38,000
Driven MT cars for 35 years, so I know what I am doing. Had this as original owner since 2007. A year ago the clutch pedal seemed high but otherwise worked OK. Lately, the clutch began slipping whenever accelerating, easy to hear and feel, especially when shifting into 3 or 4 merging onto the freeway. Hello, MINI?? Do you see a disaster in the making? This is AFTER I had my car repaired 5,000 miles ago for the timing chain tensioner fault which put me back $2,400 after I complained about a much higher price for the repair. FYI, I am diligent about maintenance, etc.
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission46,000
My clutch failed on our 2007 Cooper S, I think it should last more than 45,000 miles
2012 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission42,000
Burning clutch smell, friction point rising ( too much play in pedal ), mushy or bumpy feeling at the bottom of pedal travel. Fighting with dealer on diagnosis and solution. I was told to pay for whatever it was out of pocket.
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission27,458
Noticed pulling from a stop 1st gear it's very sluggish and it does not engage.
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission32,000
On the expressway in 5th or 6th rear, when accelerating the RPMs would increase but you wouldn't feel the car pull the same way as it use to. Reversing or starting out in 1st you could feel a rough shake as you engaged the clutch. I gave in once I heard the metal rivets in the clutch disc engaging the clutch plates. There was nearly no clutch disc material left. Noticed all this around 30k miles.
2003 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission22,000
clutch went with 22k miles
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission67,000
Cooper S, very careful on the clutch it started to slip and was gone in under a week. We live in central Ohio, very flat.
2007 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission18,000
Clutch worn out at 18,000 miles. Replaced and then wore out again at 33,000 miles. Dealer said it is the hills in San Francisco.
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission41,000
Had the auxiliary water pump cooler installed per recall and transmission started slipping shortly after. DSC module went out and that was replaced under warranty. Still had the slipping issue. Now they are saying the clutch may be going out and not covered under warranty. None of the problems started till the auxiliary water pump cooler was installed.
2008 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission80,000
Just purchased this car used TWO WEEKS ago. The "warranty" was for 15 days. On the 17th day, the clutch went out completely. Slow to accellerate from stop sign, and then didn't move at all. Revved, shifted, but didn't move, and a very hot burning smell. I could have been killed in the middle of the intersection. Now the dealer where I purchased the car is giving me grief about it being after the warranty. By TWO days. Even tho this issue started a few days ago, it just didn't DIE until today. I am disgusted.
2009 Mini Cooper S- Manual Transmission36,000
I have a 2009 mini cooper s and my clutch wore out prematurely at just over 36000 miles
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