Car Problem Reports

Mini Cooper S Clutch May Wear Prematurely

Mini Cooper S Problem
14 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012

Drive Train Affected: Manual Transmission

Average Mileage: 38,038 mi (17,000 mi - 80,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 17,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 46,000 mi

    My clutch failed on our 2007 Cooper S, I think it should last more than 45,000 miles

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  • captwife, , Manual Transmission, 28,000 mi

    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.....

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 42,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 27,458 mi

    Noticed pulling from a stop 1st gear it's very sluggish and it does not engage.

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 32,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 22,000 mi

    clutch went with 22k miles

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 67,000 mi

    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.

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  • BayAreaGolfer, , Manual Transmission, 18,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 41,000 mi

    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.

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