I brought my mini cooper to East Bay Mini about 2 weeks ago for water pump recall. About 3 days later, every morning I started the car the sound of engine was very loud, but it was back to normal 5 minutes later. I thought because of the cold weather since there weren't any warning lights, and my car just got check last week. The fourth day I was on my way to work the check engine light was on. I thought I could drive to East Bay Mini, but 2 minute later after the red light on the orange light went on, 2 seconds later my car totally stopped. I was lucky didn't have any car behind mine at that time.
Why did the timing belt break at 52,000 miles without warning? on 2007 Mini Cooper S
by Ellen La in San Leandro, CA on April 12, 2012
ANSWER by globalhelper on April 12, 2012
SEE IF IT COULD POSSIBLY BE THERE FAULT B4 YOU JUMP THE GUN
ANSWER by MECHANICS R US on June 26, 2012
It sounds like a defect in workmanship , go back to the dealer
ANSWER by Chester D on March 19, 2013
Could it have been a timing chain breakage? Because i believe Mini has a known Timing chain design flaw.