Recall all Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper JCW (John Cooper Works) 2007+ Due to faulty Timing Chain Issues/Failures that cause excessive slack, rubbing and eventually failure.
The critical timing chain failure can lead to premature engine failure. This is a safety issue because the failing timing chain can also cause the motor to fail. this in turn leads to a lack of power/acceleration/movement endangering the driver and other drivers. Currently BMW/Mini has acknowledged this issue however has failed to repair or replace the defected item outside of the warranty period. This issue also does not appear to be an issue from certain date or assembly line. It has been affecting a wide range of Mini Cooper S and John Cooper Works models with a date range between 2007-Current.
My 2010 mini hardtop has these same problems every single day I turn it on since the first day I bought the car. One year later I read this forum and finally realize that BMW/MINI didn't manufacture that essential part right?! Which makes me furious because I feel like I could be over using gas because of this defect, as if the gas prices aren't high enough!! * I have a manual transmission car which allows me to notice this problem tremendously, which causes me to stall off acceleration almost daily. *Not a complete stall* the car accelerates then stops for the chain to "catch up"(<-rediculous and very annoying) then continues to accelerate ,which is very dangerous because anyone could hit me from behind!! As you could tell I'm unhappy customer!.
My Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2010 starting making this noise just over 50,000 miles. At least that is when it became noticeable to me. It is currently at the dealership for the timing chain replacement and God knows what else. I was quoted $1700 plus tax for this repair. I have the extended maintenance warranty, but this isn't covered and it is just out of general warranty. I have taken excellent care of this vehicle and had the oil changed and vehicle serviced to the letter of MINI recommendations. All service has been performed at the MINI dealership. This is ridiculous! I love this car, but now I have to worry about this huge expense! If this is a known problem MINI needs to fix this issue!
My 2013 Mini Countryman that I bought brand new had 3200 miles when I first noticed the noise! It was the first time I started at less than 20 degrees and it sounded HORRIBLE! Had it taken to dealer on a flatbed. They said it is NORMAL... Not even a week later and it is back at the dealer due to hard starting and rough idle. NOT HAPPY.
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