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2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman Question: What should it cost to replace the timing chain on my 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman?

 

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Zenith, Atlanta, GA, October 18, 2011, 15:13
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The dealership says it will cost $1950, which is "parts only" - they have previously (within last 11 months) repaired the timing chain by replacing/installing a timing chain tensioner. Now they say the whole thing needs replacing. My car only has 52,000 miles. They also say the water pump is leaking, that the seal is loose. I don't trust them.

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    mastertech6371 October 18, 2011, 15:42
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    then get another opinion. you dont have to believe them. the pricing sounds very high and you need to get other bids if the repair is needed.

    Roy

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    Zenith, October 19, 2011, 01:42
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    Thanks Roy - I think I'll do that.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, October 18, 2011, 18:52
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    I would get a second opinion as Roy said.
    On 2007 model year t/chain replacement is 11 hours labor, water pump replacement not being done as part of a t/chain replacement is approximately 3 hours labor.

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    JasonC May 04, 2012, 15:18
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    It shouldn't cost you anything! There are design issues with this engine. Make sure the chain is the issue and not carbon buildup.

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    Zenith, May 05, 2012, 07:10
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    I agree, Jason, and I'm in a continuing fight with Mini over this. That, combined with their entirely absurd oil change schedule (every 15,000 - 20,000 miles - hah!) has caused me unending grief. But what I did was go to an independent repair shop and get them to fix it (and replace the water pump) for a reasonable cost. I also got them to clean the engine entirely - because there was carbon buildup due to the oil change schedule - and now I change the oil every 5000 miles - and get Mini to pay for it. The last time I was at Mini (for a recall on - guess what - the water pump) I made them give me a sample of the oil - that they said wouldn't need changing for another 14,000 miles - and it was absolutely sludgy & thick, after 4000 miles. Mini should be ashamed.

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