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I do not recommend the short shifter, I should have stuck with the original.
I WOULDN'T buy another Mini Cooper!!!!! I own a 2010 Mini Cooper convertible and the clutch went out in the thing. I have owned manual transmissions all my life and i have never had to replace a clutch!! My husband contacted mini and they told him, "it wasn't under warranty!" I have owned this car for about a year and i now have to put $3000 into this car! I like my mini cooper BUT i will never own another one because from looking at all the complaints against their clutches, they should of had a recall. I am very disappointed in Mini for not standing behind there crappy parts!
Its crazy because in ALL their commercial they show people ripping in their mini's....but when you call them they accuse you of ripping it and thats why the clutch went out!! I very RARELY rip in this car and the damn clutch still went out! BAD COMPANY!!
I have a 2003 170k miles - i guess I feel lucky since I've only replaced the clutch once but it is about to fail again but what's really strange is that the clutch started to give me problems last summer - wouldn't go into reverse without a struggle - winter came and no more clutch problems - now the temperatures are rising and clutch problems are back almost simultaneous with my check engine light going off (was on all winter). Is it the mini's brain gone crazy?
10 June 2014: I own a 2008 Mini Cooper S with standard transmission. Last month (May 2014) I passed 40,000 miles. Shortly after I experienced a loss of RPMs, speed and acceleration. I later learned this was the symptoms of a failing clutch system. My local mechanic was unable to do the work required because they need specialized tools that were too expensive. So I had the car towed to the local MINI Dealer. They told me that to replace the clutch and flywheel will cost over $3000. On top of that the timing chain and/or tensioner needs to be replaced and that will cost another $2000.
I do not dispute the prices for the maintenance although I do think they are somewhat inflated. What I do dispute is that the age and mileage of the car do not coincide with the needed repairs. I feel I was deceived by BMW/MINI about the reliability and durability of this product. I will not be buying another Mini Cooper and will urge all current and potential owners of a Mini to buy something else.
I am sad to see that so many others have the same problem. I loved they way my Mini drove. I loved the amazing gas mileage it gave me, and I loved the way it looked. You were my dream car and now my heart is broken. MINI needs to step up and publicly deal with this issue. You are better than this.
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