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: 40,142 mi (17,000 mi - 80,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 Mini Cooper S, Manual Transmission, 22,000 mi
clutch went with 22k miles
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!
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.
I have a 2009 mini cooper s and my clutch wore out prematurely at just over 36000 miles