There are reports of premature clutch wear on cars equipped with manual transmissions. Clutch replacement on these vehicles can be quite costly.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Mini Cooper S Clutch May Wear Prematurely
Mini Cooper S Problem
Drive Train Affected: Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 37,314 mi (17,000 mi - 80,000 mi)
Visitor, 2009 Mini Cooper S, 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!
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.....
Visitor, 2012 Mini Cooper S, 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.
Visitor, 2009 Mini Cooper S, Manual Transmission, 27,458 mi
Noticed pulling from a stop 1st gear it's very sluggish and it does not engage.
Visitor, 2007 Mini Cooper S, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper S, Manual Transmission, 22,000 mi
clutch went with 22k miles
Visitor, 2007 Mini Cooper S, 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.
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.
Visitor, 2009 Mini Cooper S, 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.
Visitor, 2008 Mini Cooper S, Manual Transmission, 80,000 mi
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.