Premature Clutch Failure

2007 Mini Cooper S

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Mini dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
23,750 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. clutch replacement (4 reports)
  2. replace entire transmission (1 reports)
2007 Mini Cooper S clutch problems

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2007 Mini Cooper S Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 062012

Cooper S 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,563 miles


This is the 2nd.clutch ,the first was7000 klm and that was1/2 met in cost by BMW but they wouldn't admit fault and explained how it was a fault of driver error. I explained vigorously that was impossible but no they wouldn't agree.

So now 3 years later the clutch is gone again and hey have said the same driver error is the fault. There is nothing wrong with the car!

I have been arguing that it's impossible and they are generally not interested in anything but charging me for a new clutch and labour.

The clutch must be a real problem in some of these models ,mine is a turbo but driven very low miles around a quiet suburb, with experienced drivers.

How to they get away with this!

- David F., Brisbane, QLD, Australia

problem #4

Aug 012010

Cooper S S 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This car almost got me killed. After sitting behind a serious accident the day before for hours in extreme heat, the car started slipping gears when I accelerated at high speed. If I stayed at a constant speed everything was okay. I got to my hotel and hoped letting it cool over night it would be okay. The next morning I did not even get a mile down the road. It suddenly dropped speed eventually stopping completely. I was lucky to get off the road.

The entire transmission had to be replaced at a cost of $6000.00. I had to tow the thing with a U-Haul and trailer to my destination at a cost of $875.00. I had to tow it because you cannot get this job done by anybody except a Mini dealer. I did anyway, but the car has taken a year (YUP a YEAR!!!!) to repair. The repair people tell me the transmission parts are made of a cheap alloy that will melt when exposed to high temperatures, which is exactly what happened. Mini offered me $1000.00 in compensation for this, even though they have replaced the entire transmission on cars with higher mileage and older. I am not going to stand for it. I am organizing a class action suit against BMW and Mini. They know darn well there is a problem with these cars but have decided to let the owners go bankrupt instead of themselves, who deserve it. They are blaming all the burned out clutches on the drivers. I have been driving cars with manual transmissions for over forty years. I have never owned a car with an automatic transmission and never, ever had to replace a clutch.

I bought this car expecting a quality car. NOT!!!!! Don't buy this car. Buy a car that can be fixed in any city in the country in any repair shop. This is not the only issue with this car by far, but it is the worst problem I have had. This car is the worst car I have ever owned. I will never again buy a car that has to be fixed at the dealer.

- clairehenrichs, Webster, NY, US

problem #3

Jan 192011

Cooper S JCW 1.6L Turbo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

ok, so this is my first car, I bought it used with 15,000 miles on it for $24,000, its always bad little weird cold start noises that I shrug off as English. Ok but recently the clutch started making weird noises when pulling off a stop. I though it was weird, probably covered under something, BMW is usually good about their stuff. Nope. When I drove to the dealer, the RPM's kept spiking in 2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th gear id accelerate a little and it would jump to 5,000 rpm's and then settle down to 3,000 and have no power, I can't pass anyone im frickin stuck in the truck lane. They said its driver failure because my clutch is overheating and I've had the car for a little more than a year, that sounds pretty lame I've never ridden it hard and I asked if the previous owner might have had anything to do with it.

"thats null and void you signed a contract to buy it"

-even though you guys certified it as a pre-owned BMW?

"Not our problem, we can give you 10 dollars if the service and a car wash"

fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu BMW i'm never going to buy one again, you've dishonored my german ancestors by making a crappy product. I should have bought a WRX.

- ripjaww, foothill ranch, CA, US

problem #2

Nov 042009

Cooper S S 1.6t

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles

I would just like to add to the thread about premature clutch wear on a Mini Cooper S and BMW MINI's appalling reaction. I live in the UK and have driven manual transmission cars for nearly 30 years, some of them for over 100,000 miles and I have never had a clutch wear problem. I bought a 2007 Mini Cooper S with 20,000 miles on the clock under the Mini Cherished Program. No need to take a mechanic along I thought since I was effectively paying a premium through the dealer for peace of mind with the 12 month warranty. How wrong was I? Well, imagine my astonishment when, 5 months later during a routine visit to my local MINI dealer, I was told that the clutch was 80% worn and would probably fail quite soon. I drive about 70 miles each day all of which is on the motor/freeway so clutch use is minimal. I hadn't noticed any problem with the clutch although I had always found it to be a little juddery when pulling away in from standstill. When I mentioned this to a mechanic at the dealer I was told that this was a "characteristic" of the Cooper S so I decided to live with it as it wasn't really in issue during my long, steady commute on the motorway. Anyway, the main reason for my grip is the attitude of BMW MINI. When I explained that either: there must have been some kind of mechanical failure or, the car had originally been sold to me with 20% of the clutch life remaining I was basically told to go away. They offered to strip down the car and investigate the clutch but if no manufacturing defect was found I would have to foot the bill - anything from £1000 - £1600. The risk was all mine. It was only upon researching the topic that I have noticed a number of complaints about premature clutch wear and failure on the MINI. I think there is clearly something going on here and people need to be made aware. BMW MINI spend a fortune on slick advertising and the car itself is really fun to drive and indeed to own. But this episode has left me feeling cold. I'm afraid I would never buy another one of these cars and would really warn people to think carefully before they buy one. The reality sometimes doesn't match the hype and the, after you leave the showroom, you're on your own as far as BMW MINI is concerned.

- Allan T., Guildford, UK, UK

problem #1

Feb 082009

Cooper S MCS 1.6L T

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles

2007 Mini Cooper S manual transmission. Clutch failure after 8000 miles (no typo errors here, spells eight thousand miles or 13k KM). Problem was fairly evident several month ago (mileage ard 7000 miles). Sent back to agent, and as usual, mechanics and sales representative would tell you: "on worry, there was no problem with your car at all." Finally 2 weeks ago, the last 3 gears were totally unusable cos clutch "slipped too much". Sent my car back and took that mechanics for a ride around workshop. Clutch totally gave way and car almost stalled, car crawled back to workship with 1st gear. Mechanic finally admitted that it was clutch issue, but "not covered" under warranty and demanded charges of USD1000 or (SGD1.5k) for repairs. I demanded to see manager in charge and also wrote to BMW Asia. Finally, after several email exchanges, they replaced the clutch FOC but car remained in workshop for 2 week, pending parts. Few days later, i received another call from Mini Agent: turbo charger giving way soon, need replacement!! This is a 2 yr old car, with 8k miles and so many parts gave way. i hardly rev the car past 4k RPm and yet so many parts gave way!!!

- minimerc, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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