hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,086 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,344 miles


I have a 2002 MINICooper with 52K miles, the transmission has went out twice in the past 2 years the first time at 31K miles. The clutch has also went out as well as the sunroof motor, left front brake caliper, windshield wiper motor with a host of sensors, gauges etc... parts are impossible to get and service on a 24K car (when new) is as much as my 70K BMW 7 series.

- Skiatook, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 142007


  • Manual transmission
  • 67,829 miles
We purchased our 2002 MINIon 10/10/06, w/55,059 miles on it. 9 days later the clutch went out, not covered by extended warranty that we purchased. We towed it back to MINIsan francisco service dept who insisted that we wore out the clutch and it was our problem, wear and tear, etc. ? after 9 days! unbelievable! they offered to pay half, but we felt this was completely unfair. We then had to battle with the service dept and they eventually called MINIusa who agreed to pay the other half to replace the clutch. A few months later our MINIwas due for scheduled maintenance (inspection 2, $390), which we had don on 2/6/07, with no notable problems. Then on 9/14/07, at 67,829 miles, the clutch went out again! twice in under one year! we have driven manual transmission vehicles for over 15 years and never had to replace a clutch, let alone twice in one year! of course it is not covered by warranty and the dealership is insisting that it is our fault that we burnt out the clutch, which is absurd. We would have to grind the gears every time we shift in order to burn out a brand new clutch within one year. MINIusa is taking the word of the service manager and will not help us. We are not sure if this is related to the recall (manual transmission:floor shift assembly), however, the dealership/service dept denies that such a recall exists. When searching google we found many others having the same or very similar complaints of clutches going out in unusually short periods of driving time. Each time the dealership blames the driver and denies that this is a common problem with this vehicle. Our MINIis sitting at the dealership right now as we research and try to figure out how to resolve this situation fairly. At this point, we just want to get it repaired and sell it. Although, I feel bad selling this car to anyone, since it clearly has mechanical defects.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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