BMW named in class action lawsuit over defective timing chain tensioners in Mini Cooper vehicles

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The class action complaint is brought against BMW and pertains to the following Mini Cooper vehicles: 2007 through 2010 Hardtop (R56), 2008 through 2010 Clubman (R55), and 2009 through 2010 Convertible (R57) (collectively, the “Defective Vehicles”). The Defective Vehicles have a defect within their timing chain tensioners that cost, at minimum, hundreds of dollars to fix and that can cause extensive engine damage (the “Defect”).

As alleged, the Mini Cooper is a distinctive vehicle containing the Price engine. Unlike most engines made for the consumer market, the Prince engine uses a metal timing chain rather than a “belt” made of composite materials. When the Prince engine was first introduced in 2004, Defendant touted the timing chain’s durability compared to a timing belt, and indicated that the timing chain would remain maintenance-free throughout the full running life of the engine. One of the features of the Prince engine Defendant has promoted is that the timing chain and tensioner are located inside the engine block. However, actual road use has shown a significant drawback to this design: if the chain fails, damage to the engine can be catastrophic.

According to Defendant’s warranties and maintenance program, the chain and tensioner do not require service, and the on-board computer does not monitor chain condition. Accordingly, problems with the timing chain tensioner can easily go unnoticed and cause serious damage to the vehicle.  A defective timing chain can cause damage to the engine and present serious safety concerns. When a chain tensioner fails, the vehicle will lose all power, even while it is in motion.

As further alleged, despite numerous customer complaints related to the Defect, including catastrophic engine failure, Defendant has systematically denied the existence of the Defect, and thus refused to honor any applicable warranties. As a consequence, Defendant has failed to reimburse vehicle owners for the costs they incur resulting from damages related to the failures of the timing chain tensioner, and/or refuses to provide repairs free of charge.


Walter K. said
1002 days ago
I have had my timing chain replace once due to a tensioner problem I was told by the Mini dealer. I am sure hopping that it will not go again? I remember the engine sounded like a diesel engine when it was out of adjustment. So far all was taken care of under warranty.


James G. said
1000 days ago
I have a 07 BMW converse top problem. It get stuck
Sometime with a ( top not lock). Can u help.


patrick p. said
977 days ago
My mini is currently in the shop for this issue and Mini said it will not be covered. I live in california so I am interested in this suit.

thanks


patrick p. said
977 days ago
My mini is currently in the shop for this issue and Mini said it will not be covered. I live in california so I am interested in this suit.

thanks


Shirley C. said
972 days ago
The timing chain on my 2008 Mini Cooper was replaced, at a cost of $1942.26 on 4/26/13. The car had 140,042 miles on it at the time. Currently, the car is in the shop due to loss of pressure in the 2nd cylinder, which requires an engine replacement at a cost of $ 10,000.00


Rebecca B. said
951 days ago
Our 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman stopped running yesterday I traffic. It has only 82000 miles on it. Pretty sure it's the timing chain. We are not sure if it damaged the motor yet. Can we get in on this lawsuit?


Rebecca B. said
951 days ago
Our 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman stopped running yesterday I traffic. It has only 82000 miles on it. Pretty sure it's the timing chain. We are not sure if it damaged the motor yet. Can we get in on this lawsuit?


Rebecca B. said
951 days ago
Our 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman stopped running yesterday I traffic. It has only 82000 miles on it. Pretty sure it's the timing chain. We are not sure if it damaged the motor yet. Can we get in on this lawsuit?


Rowen R. said
936 days ago
2008 Mini Cooper S stopped running on the highway when traffic slowed. It has 65000 miles on it. Dealer said it was the timing chain and tensioner and vacuum pump. We have made several calls to MINI. The regional team has declined any assistance with repairs. Mini would not give us anything in writing. A formal complaint has been filed


Julie L. said
931 days ago
We have a 2007 S hardtop Mini. Our timing chain broke at about 60,000 miles, stranding my husband out of state. This was after multiple trips, to several dealerships, over several years in an attempt to figure out what was wrong. We were given several excuses, spent money on unnecessary "repairs" until it finally broke. I'd like compensation for all of the money lost and compensation for the loss of value in a $48,000 car!!!


humberto p. said
929 days ago
i have a 2007 mini cooper s stopped running yesterday it has 90000 miles on it


Rogan F. said
923 days ago
Just got hit with a $6000 timing chain repair bill for a 2009 Mini Cooper S that we bought used, but have driven less than 12,000 miles (less than 50,000 miles on the car). Needless to say, we won't be supporting Mini Cooper any longer, and are looking to join a class action lawsuit.


Renee B. said
916 days ago
Was just told that my timing chain is going bad by a local repair shop that specializes in BMW and Minis. I have contacted my local dealer and I am waiting to hear but my fear is I am going to get the same response as everyone else. The crappy thing is that my extended warranty end just about 4,000 miles ago now at 90,000. I had ask the dealer to go over the car and make sure there was no significant issues, besides the burning of a quart of oil every 500-600 miles, because that is considered Normal too. HAHA boy I was blindsided. Looking to join the class action lawsuit too, because unfortunately I can afford another car and the chain is going to need to be fixed very soon


Mark E. said
909 days ago
Just tonite discovered timing chain is rattling around in my 2008 Mini Cooper S, with only 30,000 miles! I want to sue, too.


Edward F. said
907 days ago
I own a 2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman and had the timing chain issue. Mini replaced the timing chain, tensoner, guide and all surrounding parts as part of the recall. Either later or before the recall work, I had an exhost valve crack, and they wouldn't repair it for free as I was already past the warranty. At the time I was suspicious of the excessive carbon buildup inside the engine caused by direct injection was the reason for the blown valve. I wasn't very happy as this car had less than 60000 miles on it and shouldn't be having these issues. I ended up pulling my car out of the dealers service shop while the car was already pulled apart, and on a trailer towed it to my mechanic who I had install the new exhost valve because they were not only making me pay for the job, they were charging me the inflated price. Why do I have to haggle to get the price down to the number that other shops start with? It has something to do with commission... Very annoying!

Now that I look back on the incident I remember them having me sign a bunch of papers for pulling my car out of there, so I wonder if I signed my rights away...

Anyhow - my car is back in the shop again right now. It was running rough and was having trouble starting and the unmistakable rattle of the timing chain tensoner issue happening again! Also had an engine light showing all sorts of misfire codes and P0001 (which has something to do with the cam shaft positioning sensor detecting an issue) as well as the car going into limp home mode with reduced power.
My mechanic cleaned out the carbon buildup, and that got the car to start and run nice but the engine light was still on with a code of P0001. So they had me take it to the dealer as they didn't have the ability to read into the codes. Took it to Mini and they replaced the chain and tensoner, guides and cleared the codes from the VANOS and they say the codes came back, so now they are saying they want to replace the VANOS solenoid. I mention this long going issue about timing chain tensoner and they dropped the price of the entire job by 20% fairly quickly, but the entire job is going to end up costing me around $1600.00 at this point. Who knows, they may find something else that needs needs to be replaced. Trial and error on my dime! I'm reading all around about how replacing the VANOS solinoid used to be part of the procedure when replacing this defective timing chain tensoner. Now I get to pay for it... :-(

I have shared my story at Morgan and Morgan (http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/mini-cooper-timing-chain-lawsuit) and came across this site. Count me in!


Edward F. said
907 days ago
I own a 2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman and had the timing chain issue. Mini replaced the timing chain, tensoner, guide and all surrounding parts as part of the recall. Either later or before the recall work, I had an exhost valve crack, and they wouldn't repair it for free as I was already past the warranty. At the time I was suspicious of the excessive carbon buildup inside the engine caused by direct injection was the reason for the blown valve. I wasn't very happy as this car had less than 60000 miles on it and shouldn't be having these issues. I ended up pulling my car out of the dealers service shop while the car was already pulled apart, and on a trailer towed it to my mechanic who I had install the new exhost valve because they were not only making me pay for the job, they were charging me the inflated price. Why do I have to haggle to get the price down to the number that other shops start with? It has something to do with commission... Very annoying!

Now that I look back on the incident I remember them having me sign a bunch of papers for pulling my car out of there, so I wonder if I signed my rights away...

Anyhow - my car is back in the shop again right now. It was running rough and was having trouble starting and the unmistakable rattle of the timing chain tensoner issue happening again! Also had an engine light showing all sorts of misfire codes and P0001 (which has something to do with the cam shaft positioning sensor detecting an issue) as well as the car going into limp home mode with reduced power.
My mechanic cleaned out the carbon buildup, and that got the car to start and run nice but the engine light was still on with a code of P0001. So they had me take it to the dealer as they didn't have the ability to read into the codes. Took it to Mini and they replaced the chain and tensoner, guides and cleared the codes from the VANOS and they say the codes came back, so now they are saying they want to replace the VANOS solenoid. I mention this long going issue about timing chain tensoner and they dropped the price of the entire job by 20% fairly quickly, but the entire job is going to end up costing me around $1600.00 at this point. Who knows, they may find something else that needs needs to be replaced. Trial and error on my dime! I'm reading all around about how replacing the VANOS solinoid used to be part of the procedure when replacing this defective timing chain tensoner. Now I get to pay for it... :-(

I have shared my story at Morgan and Morgan (http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/mini-cooper-timing-chain-lawsuit) and came across this site. Count me in!


Carrie F. said
892 days ago
The timing chain was replaced twice on my 2009 mini. Once in 2011, then 2012 (35,000). When the 2012 happened I was very upset and wanted them to assure me that it did not damage my engine. Since then replaced Cylinder head cover at 50,000 miles (2013) Thermostat at 53,000. My car shut down while driving the other day 60,000 miles. An independent shop believes it is the timing chain so I had to get it towed to the dealer. It has been 24 hours and they told us they have not looked at it yet. No phones or followup. We owe alot on this car. I spend $1500 on the maintenance package and hardly used it. So upset right now.


Elaine C. said
891 days ago
The timing chain and track are being replace now on my 2009 MINI Cooper, at a cost of $1650. Less than 50,000 miles.


JIm C. said
889 days ago
I got rinkydoed by Roadshow Mini, Cordova/Memphis, Tennessee, to the tune of near $2,000 on this matter. I complained of my engine growling on my 35,000 mile 2007 MINI Cooper S and was told to ship the car to Roadshow 160 miles away (320 miles roundtrip) The service manager said it was likely the timing chain and that they would comp the repair cost. A week later they rescinded the comp offer saying my engine had no oil. Really! I had an annual maintenance only weeks before where all fluids were checked. And the car was operating (on no oil?) and there was no oil warning light. My challenge went up the MINI USA line to no avail.


Mark E. said
888 days ago
I have a 2008 Mini Cooper S with only 39,000 miles and the timing chain is rattling and the engine sounds like a diesel. The car is parked, and no longer under warranty. I am negotiating now with Mini Pittsburgh via emails to their service manager to see if they will pay for the repairs. I want to know more about this lawsuit.


John S. said
884 days ago
I have a 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman S with 47,700 miles. Driving to school this morning, it started with the "diesel rattle". While driving home affter work, the rattle noise continued and the check engine light came on. I slowed down and made it to a Pep Boys several miles away. The technician checked the car and determined the timing chain had broken. Oil was blowing out one of the turbo charger hoses. The assistant service manager said the chain should not have broken with such low mileage, told me about this lawsuit and said that BMW should be obligated to cover repairs. Needless to say, I am extremely "pissed". Sign me up!


John S. said
884 days ago
I have a 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman S with 47,700 miles. Driving to school this morning, it started with the "diesel rattle". While driving home affter work, the rattle noise continued and the check engine light came on. I slowed down and made it to a Pep Boys several miles away. The technician checked the car and determined the timing chain had broken. Oil was blowing out one of the turbo charger hoses. The assistant service manager said the chain should not have broken with such low mileage, told me about this lawsuit and said that BMW should be obligated to cover repairs. Needless to say, I am extremely "pissed". Sign me up!


Minji P. said
881 days ago
I have a 2009 mini cooper convertible that cost me almost 2k in parts to replace the timing chain belt, tensioner, and engine parts alone. The labor cost almost 1 k because it took about 1 month at different shops and waiting. Since I was out of the 3 warranty I didn't opt for the extended warranty, but should have. This was a nightmare to get fixed and the fact that Mini Cooper hasn't issued a recall or anything is just plain bad news.


Luther M. said
872 days ago
2009 Mini Cooper S Hatchback, adult driven, always serviced had timing chain tentioner break into 3 pieces last week at 61K miles. Pieces flew all over motor totally destroying it to the tune of 8K to 10K to replace with a rebuilt motor.


michael s. said
860 days ago
i have a 2009 mini cooper s john cooper edition and i unfortunately have the same issue with the timing chain rail braking and pieces falling into the engine i took it to the dealer and they told that the rail was broken and my waterpump was leaking along with my thermostse and turbo lines they told me to contact mini usa which i did they said they would cover the timing chain if i did the rest of the repairs at the same time they want 6k to fix all that now i was a mechanic for 10 years none of those parts are leaking its just there way of trying to get there money out of replacing the chain i think there a bunch of crooks they know they have a serrious issue and yet don't want anyone to know about it, its a shame so at this point im going to let them know i am going to file class action suit


avigdor w. said
853 days ago
I just spent apron 7,000 dollars to have my timing chain and tensioner replaced in my 2008 mini clubman but engine damage already done and now they say i need to replace the engine.


avigdor w. said
853 days ago
I just spent apron 7,000 dollars to have my timing chain and tensioner replaced in my 2008 mini clubman but engine damage already done and now they say i need to replace the engine.


R C S. said
853 days ago
I own a 2007 Mini Cooper S and purchased it on January 2013 with 47k miles on it. In February 2013 the timing chain, timing chain guides, and timing tensioner failed. It was repaired by my warranty company. A few months later, the oil filter housing failed and on September 2014 the timing chain failed again, oil drive chain failed, and turbo failed causing the whole engine to fail. The Mini dealership stated I needed a new engine which would cost over $10k, which I do not have. The warranty company would not cover it because that cost more than what the car is worth. I continue to pay for the car even though it currently does not run. Mini knows the issues with these vehicles, but refuses to take responsibility for their product. Tried contacting the headquarters for Mini and still waiting for a response.


kenneth a. said
852 days ago
i have a 2008, i paid 6700.00 to replace the engine in april 2011, it had 92000 miles on it..i was told if they ever recalled it i would be reimbursed, it was recalled and now mini says they cannot determine it was 100% faulty timing chain tensioner but failed to provide reason of engine failure because they didn't want it known in their records..i was informed today they will not reimburse me..why wouldn't they list a cause on the service records? I shouldn't have to prove it was the tensioner, they should have to prove it was not...even the service advisor at the time told me they would reimburse me if recalled, why would he tell me that if it was not the tensioner??


Robert E. said
843 days ago
I bought my 2010 Mini Cooper s used and now has 40,000 miles on it.
The "death rattle" started 3 days ago and I now have the car parked in the garage for fear or engine failure. I will have the car towed to a non Mini dealer for repair. I think that if we had all known the issues we have had with these cars at such low miles we would have chosen another brand. If they just did the right thing, we would all rave about their performance on the road.


Robert E. said
843 days ago
I bought my 2010 Mini Cooper s used and now has 40,000 miles on it.
The "death rattle" started 3 days ago and I now have the car parked in the garage for fear or engine failure. I will have the car towed to a non Mini dealer for repair. I think that if we had all known the issues we have had with these cars at such low miles we would have chosen another brand. If they just did the right thing, we would all rave about their performance on the road.


Debbie L. said
842 days ago
I bought my 2007 mini cooper S r56 turbo in March 2014 with 72,000K from a local dealership. It have been driving it back and forth to work for 6 months, now has 78K. Heard rattle few days ago when starting up on cooler morning. Made appt at shop to take it in to see what was going on. Tensioner chain completely broke and chewed up inside of engine. no repair can be done. Was told needed a new engine at the cost of 7 K! have made 6 payments on this car. no warning lights whatsoever came on that there was a major problem going on! I have not contacted mini as of yet.... still in shock


octavo m. said
829 days ago
My 2007 s mini stalled and now they say I need a new engine.. no warning lights came on ..they say I had no oil but I would put oil onece a week ...help I can afford an engine..


Sarah P. said
826 days ago
I own a 2007 Mini S with 92K miles and just like everyone above my timing chain broke and they are asking $7800 to fix it. How do I join this class action lawsuit?


Andrew T. said
822 days ago
I have an 09 Cooper Hardtop, I have not missed any oil changes and recently had the emissions light come on associated with a rattle from under the hood. I did an oil change and everything sounded like a dream, 3 days later the car would not start, I had it towed in to the dealership and found out my tensioner chain broke, taking with it several valves and pistons. The dealership wants 11000 to replace the motor and blames me because they have "not seen the car for maintenance since my warranty ended." Why would I pay almost $150 for an oil change I can do for less than $50 at home using OEM filters and high quality full synthetic designed for European cars? Even if for example oil changes were missed (which they were not) I don't understand how something rated for 120.000 miles can fail in less than half of its rated lifetime, as my car has less than 60,000 on the ODO.


Andrew T. said
822 days ago
I have an 09 Cooper Hardtop, I have not missed any oil changes and recently had the emissions light come on associated with a rattle from under the hood. I did an oil change and everything sounded like a dream, 3 days later the car would not start, I had it towed in to the dealership and found out my tensioner chain broke, taking with it several valves and pistons. The dealership wants 11000 to replace the motor and blames me because they have "not seen the car for maintenance since my warranty ended." Why would I pay almost $150 for an oil change I can do for less than $50 at home using OEM filters and high quality full synthetic designed for European cars? Even if for example oil changes were missed (which they were not) I don't understand how something rated for 120.000 miles can fail in less than half of its rated lifetime, as my car has less than 60,000 on the ODO.


Sarah Y. said
822 days ago
My 2009 mini cooper clubman s just had the timing chain break. My car is barely approaching 55,000 miles. This is a rediculous and irresponsible issue on mini ' s behalf. I was looking up how much this would cost and stumbled upon many sites and listings of people with similar cars and similar issues. I feel appalled that mini is content with jeopardizing and risking their customers lives.


octavo m. said
818 days ago
2007 mini cooper s lost power n timming belt broke now I need a NEW engine can't afford that n pay car payment ...I am so frustrate..it's been 2 weeks n no car ...I might just loose it ..any advice ?


octavo m. said
818 days ago
2007 mini cooper s lost power n timming belt broke now I need a NEW engine can't afford that n pay car payment ...I am so frustrate..it's been 2 weeks n no car ...I might just loose it ..any advice ?


octavo m. said
818 days ago
2007 mini cooper s lost power n timming belt broke now I need a NEW engine can't afford that n pay car payment ...I am so frustrate..it's been 2 weeks n no car ...I might just loose it ..any advice ?


David K. said
813 days ago
I just had the say miss you at the timing chain being defective as well as the vacuum pump. It is costing me over $3000. I would love to be a part of this class action lawsuit. They are very negligent in taking care of this matter.


David K. said
813 days ago
I just had the say miss you at the timing chain being defective as well as the vacuum pump. It is costing me over $3000. I would love to be a part of this class action lawsuit. They are very negligent in taking care of this matter.


Rick G. said
811 days ago
I have a 2008 Cooper S with 61K miles, I had the timing chain and tensioner replaced Jan 2014, then the death rattle in Aug this year, engine has catastrophic failure, dealership told me they wont cover it cause the engine didn't have oil in it. No oil, how was the car running? Is it a coincidence that they just replaced the timing chain and so many other people have had the vacuum pump and time chain failures. It is sad that you cant get what you pay for now a days. We pay so much for our vehicles and it seems that no one stands behind their work. Is it going to cost BMW to make this right, sure, but imagine how good the publicity would have been had they done it in the first place. There is definitely a problem when this many people have the same issue.


Mary P. said
811 days ago
My 2009 Mini Clubman is currently in the shop for this same problem. I would love to be in on this class action lawsuit.


Jin L. said
808 days ago
my 2010 mini cooper s had stopped running after struggling pumping noise in expressway. the car was slowing down and generating fumes. I was afraid of exploding so I parked by curb and called tow truck. The mini dealer service is examining my car now but they said there were no recalls about engine problem on my car and would have to pay for the repair.
My car's engine stopped while warming up when it was a few month new. They said there was carbon build up in the engine and it was due to cheap gas. nothing is their fault. I am looking forward to get in this class action


David R. said
806 days ago
Just purchased a 2010 Mini Clubman S a few weeks ago and have started having problems. Have not yet had the timing chain issue, but am wondering how long it will be before I do.


Joe M. said
806 days ago
I just bought a 2007 Cooper S with 59000 miles on it . There wasn't any noise at all . Then at 61000 miles the death rattle began. I have parked the vehicle for now , and trying to figure out what my options are. When I looked into the vehicle, I checked on reliability and safety records, and there were no big red flags. Now that I have researched this timing chain / guides problem. It seems to be rampant. The sad part is that BMW seems as though they are totally ignoring the problem. I have always associated BMW with quality. I may have to rethink that. I know engineers sometimes make mistakes. That's what product liability insurance is about. So BMW needs to face this, and sooner rather than later.


Joe M. said
806 days ago
I just bought a 2007 Cooper S with 59000 miles on it . There wasn't any noise at all . Then at 61000 miles the death rattle began. I have parked the vehicle for now , and trying to figure out what my options are. When I looked into the vehicle, I checked on reliability and safety records, and there were no big red flags. Now that I have researched this timing chain / guides problem. It seems to be rampant. The sad part is that BMW seems as though they are totally ignoring the problem. I have always associated BMW with quality. I may have to rethink that. I know engineers sometimes make mistakes. That's what product liability insurance is about. So BMW needs to face this, and sooner rather than later.


Joe M. said
806 days ago
I just bought a 2007 Cooper S with 59000 miles on it . There wasn't any noise at all . Then at 61000 miles the death rattle began. I have parked the vehicle for now , and trying to figure out what my options are. When I looked into the vehicle, I checked on reliability and safety records, and there were no big red flags. Now that I have researched this timing chain / guides problem. It seems to be rampant. The sad part is that BMW seems as though they are totally ignoring the problem. I have always associated BMW with quality. I may have to rethink that. I know engineers sometimes make mistakes. That's what product liability insurance is about. So BMW needs to face this, and sooner rather than later.


Jeff O. said
805 days ago
I have a 2010 Clubman with 1.6L and the tensioner just loosened the other day and dumped all the oil out all over the place. I was able to get it towed to the house, tighten it all back up and change the oil out but still I can see this happening more and more since it is so difficult to get any torque on the bolt head without removing a lot more stuff to get to it!


Ben R. said
801 days ago
My 2010 mini cooper S is in the shop now for a broken timing chain. The timing chain tensioner was replaced about a year ago for the recall, but the chain still broke. The mini dealership is trying to build a case for me to have BMW cover the costs but no guarantee. I filled an online form with Morgan and Morgan but they replied that they do not handle cases like mine. Any body know of law firm that is handling this case?


David S. said
799 days ago
Love the car, but are experiencing the death rattle daily now. Rather than suffer "damage to the engine that is catastrophic", we've pulled this vehicle from service and will be replacing the timing chain assembly myself today (not willing to pay the nearly $2k with labor). Very interested in my legal rights regarding this matter.


Suzan W. said
795 days ago
I have a 2008 mini hardtop. It has been parked in my yard for at least 6 months. I am still making payments on this car every month while it sits there. The timing chain tensioner broke and caused a lot of damage. The dealership wanted $10,991.00 to replace the engine with a refurbished engine. We brought it home and it is still sitting there. I contacted one law firm who told me that if the case settled I should be able to file a claim. However when I contacted them today they said they are no longer involved in that class action case. I need help and am very interest in signing up for this case.


Scott K. said
789 days ago
I am having a major problem with my engine also - 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman. Waiting on a response from dealer that are dragging thier feet and said MINI will cover nothing because had a oil leak.


Casey C. said
789 days ago
The same thing just happened to my Mini. $9,000 in repairs. Can you help?


Paul G. said
786 days ago


Xavier S. said
781 days ago
The timing chain tensioned broke and timing belt caused a lot of damage in my 2009 Mini Cooper Club Man S. The dealership wanted $6,443.18 to replace all this parts.

Description:
TIMING CHAIN GUIDE BROKEN NEEDS, TIMING CHAIN KIT
FAULT CODE TSTAT,
WATER PUMP LEAKING,
OIL LEAK VACUME PUMP TO START,
CLEAN ENGINE AFTER REPAIR TO
RECHECK FOR ADDITIONAL OIL LEAKS

Also they provide me with 2 different estimates with different price totals but same parts and same labor procedures. This it’s unacceptable.


heather D. said
779 days ago
I have a 2008 Mini Cooper hardtop. It has about 126k miles on it. I have had 2 independent repair shops tell me the 3rd cylinder is misfiring and a broken water pump. My husband identified it as a timing issue. the dealership service can't seem to figure out the problem even though they have had the car for the past 4 days. I have had my car in service since the recall and even asked about recalls and they denied any recalls being applicable to my car. I am disappointed to learn about so many others with the same issue.


octavo m. said
778 days ago
So there is many people with the same problem and we need something done ... We all work hard for our cars to let BMW do this is insane ...can some direct me to a lawyer also if any one had their engine done is there a good mecchanic in los Angeles and cheap ?


Mikel F. said
776 days ago
2007 R56 HardTop bought October 13, 2014 from Mini of Monrovia.
Two Days later, drove back to Dealer (56 miles from my home) because of a knocking noise coming from the rear underside. Service Tecnician was very pleasant about finding the issue. Took home that same night....the knocking returned and the "check engine" light illuminated. 56 miles back I went the next week. Tech "fixed" the issue...[loose Trans mount].
Very next day...the knocking resumed...56 miles back to MoM! [removed and re-mounted rear bumper in hopes to eliminate knocking]. Seemed to have ceased...however..."check engine" light has once again illuminated.
56 miles I go yet again. After waiting neat two hours...I was presented with an invoice for a Vanos Solenoid repar of almost $3k!!!
I politely sent an email to the Service Manager and Recon Manager asking that THEY resolve this issue as I've had the car shy of a month and had spent every week at MoM having the car serviced. After three unanswered emails and voice messages...I contacted the Internet Sales Manager who sold me the car. She stated the Service Manager was out and the Recon Manager was new and didn't have email nor phone set up [hhmmm].
A week later I received a call from Recon Manager. Unable to answer his call...he left a number of someone who stated in his voicemail greeting..."I will be out of the office until 01/05/2015.
Emailed Sales again to inform [still no response from Service Manager] and finally a call back from Recon Guy.
Conversation went nowhere. [the conversation after running down the chain of events]
Recon Manager: well what are you wanting us to do?
Me: well....for starters, how about fix the problem.
Recon: We can't do that.
Me: I've had the car a month and it's been at your service dept more than in my garage.
Recon: I'll contact the service manager to see if they can provide some sort of discount but I doubt it and can't guarentee it. Other than that...there's nothing I can do.
Me: BMW/Mini prided themselves for their throrough pre iwned certification process, service, and customer satisfaction...yet after a month...I am stuck with a vehicle needing a $3k repair. Do you think that's fair?
Recon: again, there's nothing I can do except inquire about maybe a 10% discount...but still, can't guarentee that would even happen.
Me: talk it over with the service manager and I'll expect to hear back from you.
Two weeks later...nothing!

I'm not sure if the class action suit is still live...or if this post is even being monitored...but I'd like to be added to the suit if my situation qualifies.


John S. said
776 days ago
2009 Mini Clubman S...timing chain broke in August, with 48000 miles on engine. Catastrophic engine damage...$8450 for replacement engine...no response from Mini/BMW...


Dan F. said
774 days ago
I had an '07 Cooper S Hardtop that required two repairs to the timing chain withing about 4 months time back in 2012 which I had to pay for close to $5000. BMW/MINI does not care about the problem and refuses to reimburse the customer. I've heard of several class action suits but nothing seems to have from them yet. Hopefully some day we'll get some satisfaction, the cars are a disaster.


Dan F. said
774 days ago
I had an '07 Cooper S Hardtop that required two repairs to the timing chain withing about 4 months time back in 2012 which I had to pay for close to $5000. BMW/MINI does not care about the problem and refuses to reimburse the customer. I've heard of several class action suits but nothing seems to have from them yet. Hopefully some day we'll get some satisfaction, the cars are a disaster.


Alton L. said
774 days ago
I had the same issue and it costs me over $2700 to fix in Septembers of 2014 I would like to be made a part of this suit


Jonathan M. said
772 days ago
2009 clubman that just had to have thermostat replaced. Mechanic informed me he could start to hear the death rattle. Calling mini Monday, but not holding my breath...


jarrod h. said
770 days ago
I have a 2008 clubman s and a couple of months ago it started running terribly. We took it in and I had asked about the timing and they said nothing was wrong it was another issue. After a costly bill the problem seemed to be fixed but the problem cam back. Now I fairly certain the timing is off and the motor will not run. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit seeing as how the damage to my motor is extensive due to this timing issue.


James A. said
768 days ago
My car just started rattling a little bit when i start off driving it i have a 2009 Mini Cooper clubman s owe lots on it and hoping to get this figured out!


James A. said
768 days ago
My car just started rattling a little bit when i start off driving it i have a 2009 Mini Cooper clubman s owe lots on it and hoping to get this figured out!


Randa Y. said
762 days ago
I have a 2010 mini cooper just took it in they change my timing chain water pump and now it's back in again they can't figure out what's wrong with it mine is not starting right away mini needs to stand behind what they make how do I get in on the class action suit


Randa Y. said
762 days ago
I have a 2010 mini cooper just took it in they change my timing chain water pump and now it's back in again they can't figure out what's wrong with it mine is not starting right away mini needs to stand behind what they make how do I get in on the class action suit


Randa Y. said
762 days ago
I have a 2010 mini cooper just took it in they change my timing chain water pump and now it's back in again they can't figure out what's wrong with it mine is not starting right away mini needs to stand behind what they make how do I get in on the class action suit


lee b. said
757 days ago
58000 and death rattle. 2007 S model.


Kimberly Y. said
750 days ago
We have a 2010 mini that quit running on the highway two days before Christmas. The mini dealership is telling us it needs a whole new engine to the tune of $7500 and of course the warranty ran out 6 months ago. This car has less than 40,000 miles on it and passed inspection just a few weeks ago. We're still making payments on this car. I'm a home care nurse and need my car for work. I don't know what to do at this point.


Johnette O. said
741 days ago
I have a 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman that started making the "death rattle" last August, I havent driven it much since then...my car currently has less that 48,000 miles on it. Im still making full.payments on a car Im afraid to drive. Since I`ve had this car Ive replaced tires, had a recall part replaced, had brakes/ replaced not to mention the expensive oil changes...I bought it used, but with less than 25,000 miles on it. Ive had more issues with it tut hat anything, I loved the car but all these issues have burned me.


Pat T. said
727 days ago
2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop. Already paid the water pump year ago, and now it's at shop for the timing chain. Never going to buy Mini again. Around 30k miles on it now. Aren't these supposed to last for long time?


Nick m. said
727 days ago
We took overly protective care of our 08 mini s, oil changes at 3k miles (way before the recommended intervals) of course it developed the "death rattle" and the dealer took my wife on a 3300.00 repair bill and only did 1/3 of what they wanted to do. Disappointed in this car.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Audrey F. said
715 days ago
I brought my car in to the Mini dealership yesterday for an oil change and to check on why my check engine light was on. They came back quoting me $2,100 for a new Timing Chain Vanos Adjuster and Solonoid. Having done my research when I bought the car, the chain timing belt was advertised to last the length of the engine's life. Here I am. I drive I 2010 Mini Hardtop with 95K miles. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit if my case qualifies.


Ryne G. said
713 days ago
My grandpa is the original owner of his 2010 mini cooper s. Same issue. I replaced the timing chain, bolts, etc. The brakes shattered and I had to fish out the bits of metal and plastic out of the oil pan. There were shards of metal and plastic caught in the net of the oil pump. I flushed the oil twice and found more pieces in the oil. After replacing all of this we noticed a small strange noise coming from the valve cover. Apparently the Vaccum Pump on top of the engine goes out. The Vaccum pump causes the timing chain to fail which is a huge chain reaction. So if you don't replace the vaccum pump then it will keep happening. A big recall for the Vaccum Pump of 2013 and up Mini Coopers was just announced. It's funny how they decide to fix it, but not for us owners 2007 to 2010.


Keith H. said
712 days ago
My daughters 2008 Mini S has the Death Rattle also, he grandpa bought this Mini Brand new and gave it to her in his will when he passed away. The car has less than 40,000 miles on it. What a poor design by Mini. I spoke to the dealer about the engine light and the noise and the acted like they knew nothing, I have no faith in Mini or it's products.


said
699 days ago
I have a 2008 mini cooper. My timing chain has failed after only 7 weeks of owning the vehicle. bought it from a used dealership here in Calgary Alberta just before Christmas. Car came with a good warranty or so I thought until only 7 weeks after purchase timing chain is shot but not broken (car stalls every time rpms fall under 2000) so warranty says its just my wear but i caouldnt wear it out in only 6000k. do
I have any legal recourse?? please help me i dont have 2100$ and I need my car to get back and forth to work as I live in strathmore AB and Work in Calgary AB. ! hour away.


Jessica M. said
694 days ago


Dina Z. said
693 days ago
I have a 2007 mini cooper and has around 68,000 miles on it. I was told by the mini dealer that my timing chain tensioner has failed. It caused engine oil leaks and damaged my engine. They asked me for around $11,000 to replace the engine. It's over my budget so I brought my car back. They didn't charge me the inspection fee of $179 dollars. Also, they refused to give me any inspection report. If my case qualifies, I would like to join this lawsuit and provide more detail information about my car.


Dina Z. said
693 days ago
I have a 2007 mini cooper and has around 68,000 miles on it. I was told by the mini dealer that my timing chain tensioner has failed. It caused engine oil leaks and damaged my engine. They asked me for around $11,000 to replace the engine. It's over my budget so I brought my car back. They didn't charge me the inspection fee of $179 dollars. Also, they refused to give me any inspection report. If my case qualifies, I would like to join this lawsuit and provide more detail information about my car.


Ashley J. said
692 days ago
I bought 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman with 86000 miles on it. The dealer withheld all prior history towards the car, even though it was requested about three times before purchasing, they reassured me that the car was running fine, never had any major engine work, the only thing that had been replaced was the thermostat. Car was taken back four months after the purchase date with knocking noises in the engine, again reassured all of the noises were normal. After numerous accounts of returning to the dealer, and numerous reassurances, the timing chain failed along with the oil filter housing. The dealer agreed to pay for the damage, however, still denied previous history of the car. Once we got the history, the chain had been replaced four times, water pump twice, the dealer purposely held this information back from us, along with lied through the entire process. If this case qualifies, I would like to join the lawsuit and provide more detailed information about the car.


Andrew S. said
690 days ago
My 2009 Mini Cooper S is at the shop now due to a timing belt failure, and will have to pay $2500 for the necessary repairs; the dealership has acknowledged this is a very common issue in these models.

If there is any action I can take to support this class action, please let me know.


Rowen R. said
689 days ago
We had the same issue with 09 MINI cooper S. After several weeks of phonecalls we got absolutely nowhere with MINI. WE PAID OVER $2700 out of paocket


Basirah T. said
687 days ago
If there is legal action being taken I would like to join the suit.


Mike L. said
684 days ago
How can a car throw a Check Engine Light code and then cataphorically cascade into engine failure. Where are the fail safe systems? Mini Cooper R56 has an inherent problem(s). My R56 2008 is marred with issues. I had the timing issue before and now, it won't start. Mini Service is claiming it requires a new engine. They claim that there is no compression. How can this happen?


Shawandra J. said
676 days ago
I just had the timing chain replaced in my 2009 Mini CooperS Clubman now I'm having issues with the thermostat causing the vehicle to run hot. After the timing chain was replace I've had several other issues to occur.


Angela J. said
674 days ago
My mini cooper s is currently being repaired for this same problem. Is the lawsuit still ongoingg? BMW/Mini wants me to pay for the replacement.


Nora C. said
667 days ago
We just shelled out $1500. for our timing chain. 07' Mini with 45000. miles. Asked our Mini service dealer about all the complaints and he mumbled something about us needing to change the oil. Just spotted the sticker they put on our windshield from out last oil change and we aren't due for another for about 5000. more miles. If there is a class action lawsuit we want in. We have spent thousands of dollars on repairs, starting from around 20,000 miles.


Samantha T. said
655 days ago
My 2007 Mini Cooper S has 89,000 miles. I had just replaced the oil lines and the turbo feed lines, when the check engine light came on . . . now it's the timing chain tensioner and probably the timing chain too. Would love to get in on this lawsuit! I think that Mini is an irresponsible company. It is absurd how much these cars cost in comparison to the problems they have.


Kyle N. said
654 days ago
I'm also having to replace timing chain tentioner and other parts due to this bs issue. If there is a lawsuit going on I definitely want in too. I bought my car 3 months ago with 66000 miles and its in the shop now with 69000 miles due to this bs. Dealership quoted me 3400 to do repairs!!!!!! This is bs!!!!


Kyle N. said
654 days ago
I found a website that may possibly be taking up the case, I'd advice everyone here to go send them an email and maybe we can get something going. Not everybody has thousands of dollars to throw at a car with issues that BMW is aware of and won't fix. The website url is: http://www.chimicles.com/mini-cooper-timing-chain-tensioner-defect-class-action-investigation hopefully we get enough people on board to get something going.


morgen g. said
654 days ago
I owned a 07 mini cooper s. I bought the car in 2011 and at this time the engine had been replaced under warranty because the timing chain had failed. The car had 49k miles and i was told the engine was warranted for 2 years. In December 2014 the timing chain failed again. I contacted miniusa the avowed me that the faulted tensioner had been replaced when the engine was replaced and they won't help with the repairs. I still owed $11k on the vehicle and had to let it be repossessed because ic couldn't repair it. Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated.


Scott B. said
648 days ago
Just bought an 08 Cooper S 3 weeks ago. Runs like a dream up until about 3 days ago. I noticed the so called Death Rattle upon a cold start but it goes away after driving. After reading these responses I am fearing the same is going to happen. I'm calling mini tomorrow about it. I still have it under an extended warranty tho through the dealer. We'll see what happens I may need to join this suit.


Amber B. said
641 days ago
I own a 09' Cooper S with 92,000 miles. I will be going on my 4th Timing Chain and Tensioner. My dealer said the Timing Chain Tensioner fails due to several potential reasons ( DEFECTIVE ), causing the Timing Chain to stretch. The Dealer replaced the first 3 under warranty, however this time the warranty is up and they said they would only provide 25% assistance of the cost to have it fixed. My car has had the Death Rattle since I bought it even with the new replacement parts. I believe the Timing Chain Tensioners have all been defective that were installed on my car. I would like to join this suit as well.


V D. said
640 days ago
I have a 2010 S with 80k miles. While driving the car just stopped. I was told by my private repair person the engine seized. Mini suggested I bring the vehicle to them for an analysis and offered to pay 25% of engine replacement. I have not had any repairs or evaluation yet by mini. I would like to join the suit.


Tina M. said
636 days ago
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S for about two years now. Two weeks ago driving down the road the engine started to have no power and sound funny. Took it to Mini of Westchester, NY and they said the engine was shot, 9k for a new one. Took it to my local garage after talking to them and it ended up being a timing chain! Unreal! Sounds like either they didn't want to admit the chain issue or don't have a clue about their own cars!


Sam L. said
627 days ago
I drive a 2010 S Clubman and I do not wish to endure this problem.


Sasha E. said
626 days ago
My timing chain just broke on my 2010 Mini Cooper s , resulting in the car stopping whilst driving and ruining the engine and starter, had to put brand new engine , chain and starter. It has 75000 miles, are there active lawsuits? I have already also had to replace and pay for a new turbo ( of cause right after the warranty ran out)


Lee N. said
619 days ago
My wife and I own a 2009 Mini Cooper S that just had this problem and it ended in a catastrophic failure which will cost thousands to replace. We would love more information on this issue if at all possible!


Maribel G. said
615 days ago


Maribel G. said
615 days ago
I purchased a Mini Cooper 2010 Convertible with 82,386 miles on 04/14/2015. 1 week after having the car a Rattling sound started, that just kept getting louder. A few days later the engine light kept flashing. I took it to the dealer where I purchased it from (South Bay Ford/Luxury Pre-owner car dealer in Bellflower, CA and Hawthorne, CA) while still having Warranty coverage and they said that the mechanic that had checked my car said that is was a normal sound coming from this kind of car. They (verbally) gave me 90 more days of warranty to see if the rattling sound got louder. So a few days later sure enough it got louder. So I call them back to set up an appointment and now they are saying my warranty expired already when I didn't even have 3 months with the car!!....Now I'm stuck with a car and insurance payment and my car parked in my sister's garage because my car now turns off and the engine lights is now lid all the time and the rattling sound is worse....my car wont make it home now....please Help!!!


Carin A. said
614 days ago
I had the same problem, a message should be sent out to all dealerships not to buy or sell these cars used. I am a 23-year-old starting teacher and I now have a mini cooper street ornament, 2 car payments, and 2 insurance payments. I only had the car 5 months before the chain broke and it had been in the shop a lot of that time.


Carin A. said
614 days ago
I had the same problem, a message should be sent out to all dealerships not to buy or sell these cars used. I am a 23-year-old starting teacher and I now have a mini cooper street ornament, 2 car payments, and 2 insurance payments. I only had the car 5 months before the chain broke and it had been in the shop a lot of that time.


lincoln f. said
609 days ago
Im at 74k miles and having a few issues. The main one that I concerned with is the timing chain. Ive been in contact with the dealer and MINIUSA and they will only discount the repair only after I cited the tons of complaints about this issue. I-We need help and all the laywers that Ive contacted seem to to afraid of BMW-MINI.


lincoln f. said
609 days ago
Im at 74k miles and having a few issues. The main one that I concerned with is the timing chain. Ive been in contact with the dealer and MINIUSA and they will only discount the repair only after I cited the tons of complaints about this issue. I-We need help and all the laywers that Ive contacted seem to to afraid of BMW-MINI.


Penni T. said
608 days ago
I have a 2011 mini cooper and at 75000 miles my car has had the timing chain, oil control valve and finally engine replaced. Now at 82000 miles it's my ignition switch and other ignition issues and occasionally the transmission is slipping. I'm a single mom who trusted this company for a reliable car and it's gotten extremely expensive. I would love to find out if legal action is possible.


Heidi H. said
603 days ago
2008 Mini Cooper - $2800 to replace faulty engine- been in the shop for over a week.


Ian S. said
601 days ago
Purchased an R56 (2010 Hardtop Cooper S) used about two months ago. Only 37k miles on it. The rattle started about 1 month ago, and became more noticeable. I could hear the sound reflecting off of walls around me while I was driving. Took it in today. Had to replace timing chain and some other things. Only 37k miles. Its still under warranty. But it's making me really feat my future of owning this vehicle.


Gaurav V. said
601 days ago
I have Mini Cooper 2010 hardtop and engine light has now turned on couple of times. First, it was repaired by local shop for cam sensors and when it came back, I took it to the dealer and he told me that timing chain tensioner is leaking. $1800 down so far and none covered under warranty. I would also like some legal advise.


Jessica E. said
598 days ago
My 2007 mini cooper s r56 tensioner went out , and now my chain had to be replaced, now i believe i lost compression in my engine as well!! I am extremely aggravated!!


PAUL R. said
598 days ago
Thge same thing just happened to me last week with my Mini Cooper S 2007 Model. R56 tensioner and timing chain snapped. Now spending thousands of dollars to replace. HELP!


Gajendra S. said
597 days ago
Same issue, now have to spend over $1000 to have timing chain assembly replaced.


Mark A. said
586 days ago
My 09 just blew its timing chain at 58k.


Emiko A. said
582 days ago
I had my 2009 Mini. While driving on highway, a red warning light of "Low Engine Pressure" came on, and the engine stalled completely. My Mini was towed to a MINI dealer. They reported, "OIL LEAKING OUT AT THE TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER. NEED NEW ENGINE REQUIRED" Their repair quote was $13K. My Mini's mileage was only 37K. I definitely would like to join the lawsuit.


Beth v. said
579 days ago
MINI COOPER CLUBMAN S --- LOADED. 67,000 MILES SUDDEN STALL ON HIGHWAY --- TOWED --- TIMING CHAIN --- NEED NEW ENGINE .


Mark C. said
577 days ago
Engine began making a sporadic noise, mostly when cold. I described this to the dealer and got an appointment in a few days. By the time of the appointment it was so loud that I had it towed in.
The dipstick was sheared and exhaust valves all bent. They suggested an engine replacement at about 9000$.
I am selling as is to a scrapper.


Will D. said
573 days ago
Timing chain repair no compression needed engine replaced in the repair shop now


Brian G. said
572 days ago
Oil warning light appear on console and within a few minutes the car completely died with oil everywhere. Had it towed to a dealer...timing chain tensioner backed out causing massive oil leak. Now it needs a new engine quoted cost - $9000. My Mini Cooper has < 40k miles.


crystal j. said
568 days ago
have 2008 mini cooper clubman only had car two months check engine light came on had code ran and its camshaft actuator failure poo12 probable cause timing issue !!!!


Graham N. said
563 days ago
2010 Clubman S
46,000 miles
Died at a stop light.......dealer telling me $6500 to rebuild the motor because the timing chain broke !!


Joshua G. said
560 days ago
I have a 2009 Clubman JCW and it just starting making the engine knock sound. I do not want to get screwed by this.


Mary M. said
559 days ago
Stranded 700 miles from home. Suspect timing chain, again. This is third time in 10 months. Timing chain replaced 9/2014 & 1/2015. 75,000 miles on car.


Robert D. said
557 days ago
We have a 2007 Mini Cooper S.....The timing chain has been replaced twice in the past, once with the previous owner & once with us. We are now in the process of having a new engine put in , it went out yesterday.......This is costing us $7400.00...............


Robert D. said
557 days ago
We have a 2007 Mini Cooper S.....The timing chain has been replaced twice in the past, once with the previous owner & once with us. We are now in the process of having a new engine put in , it went out yesterday.......This is costing us $7400.00...............


Robert D. said
557 days ago
We have a 2007 Mini Cooper S.....The timing chain has been replaced twice in the past, once with the previous owner & once with us. We are now in the process of having a new engine put in , it went out yesterday.......This is costing us $7400.00...............


Christine A. said
551 days ago


ed a. said
549 days ago
I'm about to fix mine.: Chain tensioner going to be replaced August 5th. Quoted $269.46 What do you recommend I do? I have a 2009 Mini cooper convertible.
Email your response please.


william u. said
546 days ago
2007 mini cooper. Catastrophic engine damage. Timing chain broke and ripped a whole in engine. Car died on highway. Quotes 12k for new engine from mini of dallas.


ryo M. said
545 days ago
Just dropped off my 08 mini S with 101k miles bought it used for 89k miles serious 1500 dollars down the piper I want in for this class action law suit.


Joseph P. said
544 days ago
I have an 08 hardtop with 85k miles. I bought it new and just had it serviced for timing chain issue today at same dealer as original purchase for $1,800.00. I had no idea so many others are having same problem. Car stalled on me in an intersection - almost got hit by oncoming traffic! Death rattle started only 2 weeks ago. Mini / BMW should be correcting this default at no cost to owners, regardless of warranty status.


John L. said
543 days ago
Vacuum pump, timing chain failure and consequent catastrophic engine failure occurred in my 2009 Mini Clubman 2 days ago. It has 67,000 miles and has been serviced at the recommended intervals. This is going to cost me >$6,000.


Jason C. said
541 days ago
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper s. I had the recall done on the timing chain tensioner. I purchased the car and I paid for an extended warranty. The car only has 82000 miles on it. I have had e car in the shop a lot, fixing this and that. Mini is always closed lip about things. I have a solid trust worthy mechanic who I deal with. The car shut off in traffic in downtown San Francisco. Had to have it towed to my mechanic. He called and said " I will not touch your car, it's the drivetrain, it has snapped and done damage to your engine. Towed to mini dealership, and was treated with closed lips. I got a call saying, you will need to pay the 225 diagnostic fee. I was like the engine does not turn on. Then we will have to start tearing the car apart, you might have to pay more for the diagnostic fee. Still no call from them. I am over the time and hassle of the car. Once it starts running, I will dump this lemon.


lindsey k. said
537 days ago
2010 mini cooper clubman S at ----- Mini of Tampa Bay right now with the same problem. they are also trying to say we need a new vacuum pump and possibly water pump.. Called up multiple other mechanics and all have quoted lower prices and all have acted astounded hearing there is only 67k miles on the car and the chain needs replacing. Mini is quoting $1600 for chain and guides.... don't know what to do at this point


sheera s. said
537 days ago
mini cooper s convertible 2009 issues

my mini failed when driving at approx. 40,000 miles, no warning no lights just stopped. Just out of warranty, mini would not pay for repairs and blamed sludge damage. Independent mechanic put used 30,000 engine 2010 in. 9 months later approx. 15,000 miles what we think happened was timing belt slipped/failed and damaged engine. engine had zero pressure and mechanic after much work corrected pressure issue. after driving for two weeks engine sounding very ratty, noise from front passenger side of engine. Car died again. Mechanic said it now needs a new engine, that there was additional extensive damage that was not fixable. I have spent so much money on repairs car rentals and now at 60,000 miles need to put in engine #3 are there any class actions suits or any help I can get with this issue please. My life savings have been depleted paying for car repairs, rental and car loan.


Wayne M. said
536 days ago
Just took car to dealer. Timing belt broke$2900.00 to repair. Have 35,500 miles. Car bought new.


Ema W. said
534 days ago
My 2007 Mini just broke down while I was driving it in the middle of a main road. Fortunately, I was able to pull over to the side of the road safely. I called trip A and they looked under the hood. You could see the timing chain was broken and there were significant pieces of the engine that cracked off (and cracks running throughout the engine). I towed the car to Mini and told them the timing chain was broken. They questioned how I knew and I told them I could see it. After 2 days without the car they told me the timing chain was broken and I owed them $130 for looking at the car. I would have to pay $3000 to get the timing chain fixed and to have them figure out what additional damage was done. Then it would cost much more than $3000.


Ronald D. said
529 days ago
My 2007 broke down while driving to work. It had 65,000 mile on it. I heard the rattle noise and before I could pull over it shut off. I got out of the car and oil was every where. I had the vehicle told to the dealer and that when he told me the timing chain tentioner had fail. I would need a new engine. $7500 with labor... wow...


Carolyn C. said
523 days ago
I have a 2009 Mini Cooper hard top hatchback. Last week it broke down on me, and it's the defective timing chain which in turn has catastrophically damaged the engine. Repairs would be estimated at$4000, which I don't have.
My mechanic whom I trust 100% told me it's probably not even worth fixing, because it's not guaranteed to last even if it is fixed. So basically, I'm stuck with a non running piece of crap car. I want to get I on any class action suits if possible.


Gwen S. said
522 days ago
My mechanic (no mini dealer less than 2 hours away from me) called me today to tell me that while changing the oil on my mini cooper-s 2010 hardtop (71,000 miles) they heard a loud rattle sound coming from the timing chain area. Due to the seriousness of it, I agreed to have them check it out more thoroughly and make the necessary replacement. I understand though that it is going to cost a fortune : (


Jennifer C. said
514 days ago
My 2009 mini cooper was taken to the dealership for an oil change and for a timing chain replacement due to a recall. Just less than two months later, I had to take my car back to the dealership due to major rattling noises and intermittent engine and oil light turning on - the engine was damaged beyond repair, at a cost of over $10k. The original lawsuit included my make and model but I wasn't aware of it until now. I believe that either the dealership put the new timing chain on incorrectly causing the engine damage, OR they neglected to fix/find the damage the first time I brought my car to them, possibly because the existing engine damage was due to the original defective timing chain.


Shaun K. said
514 days ago
I purchased a preowned 2010 Mini Cooper S Hard Top with 55k miles on it and the engine started rattling on my way to work one morning and then the oil light came on. I pulled over once the oil and the overheat lamps lit up and shut down the car. There was oil all over front side and wheel well of the car. Had it towed to a mechanic who was a BMW specialist and they informed me that the timing chain tensioner had broken off and allowed all the oil to pour out of the engine and seize it up. They wanted $8,500 to install a new engine. I had only driven the car 6k miles. It had right at 60k total miles on the engine, and it was already destroyed and useless. I finally found a local mechanic who installed a new motor for a little less than the the original estimate, but now my new engine is burning though oil far too quickly and I can hear a little rattling sound coming from the engine again. It's not as bad as the other engine was, yet, but I'm a afraid the same thing is going to happen to this engine as well. Mini Cooper or BMW needs to take responsibility for their poorly designed and built product. I can't believe dealerships are still allowed to sell these cars now that I have seen how many people are in the same boat I am. I really hope someone will champion our cause and help us get some kind of compensation for these lemons.


mathew a. said
508 days ago
I bought this car with37000 on it, now I have 42000. I now have the death rattle. This is ridiculous. If I could I would Trade it in and never purchase a MINI again


Byron S. said
508 days ago
I bought a 2007 Mini S a month ago. It only had 71k miles on it. It ran perfectly well until last week when I noticed the rattle coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. Today I experienced a loss of power. I'm going to take it into Mini.. If it is the timing chain, I will most likely have loose my cool.. I don't have 8000 to replace an engine!


Joel G. said
504 days ago
I happened to see this just got my 08 mini cooper clubman s back from dealer after 9700 in repairs. timeing chain tensioners broke along with turbo cooler lines vacuum pump and misc other (also sun roof not opening which required a new panoramic frame and motor). I am pissed no mention of known defect or this lawsuit. I am interested in proceeding.


Matt S. said
501 days ago
We brought ours to Mini for the second time due to chain tensioners. This time while they had it they said it needed a new motor - and it didn't when we dropped it off. They have but a motor in it at their expense but still don't have car due starter going out and when we went to get it last night- 10 min from the dealership it throwing up a check engine lite.


A'Lexus O. said
500 days ago


Christina B. said
500 days ago
Been dealing with this issue for a month and a half to finally get the advice to pursue this lawsuit. Due to issues with the Vanos head my journals have worn out because the oil was not filtering to the head of my engine. Now I basically need a whole new engine. Time for real help and guidance..I am on board!


Christina B. said
500 days ago
Been dealing with this issue for a month and a half to finally get the advice to pursue this lawsuit. Due to issues with the Vanos head my journals have worn out because the oil was not filtering to the head of my engine. Now I basically need a whole new engine. Time for real help and guidance..I am on board!


Ronn H. said
497 days ago
We had our 2009 Clubman S in for an oil change at the MINI dealership when I was informed that we needed the timing chain and its related components replaced (plastic guiderails were broken, etc.) Technician said this car has the most miles on a MINI that he had seen that had not had a timing chain replaced (82K....hmmm, that tells me that even in 2012 they MINI knew this was a common problem.) $1500 later it was fixed, but that's not the end. Since then, we've had to replace the turbo (98K miles, nearly 5K after all was said and done...clogged the cat, added a turbo blanket $325 and heat shield $250 to keep the turbo heat from melting the 2nd hood scoop) finding out that the oil in the oil line to the turbo coked up and blocked oil flow to the turbo bearing (after we replaced ours and add a thermo-wrap, MINI made a recall on the oil line -their solution was replace the oil line and add a thermo-wrap......hmmm, would have been nice if they would have reimbursed us since our fix was the same as theirs), thermostat housing twice ($150 ea), high pressure fuel pump twice ($320 ea.), all 4 ignition coil packs (#4 went out, don't know when the next ones will, better off to replace them all), oil filter canister mount leak ($500), valve cover cracked ($360), plastic water pipe from thermostat housing to water pump is disintegrating ($85). All this and more (just parts cost listed, not labor except for turbo work) at only 136K miles. My 2001 Porsche Boxster S has 127K on it, I regularly change the fluids, filters, brakes, put gas in it as needed, and I go wherever I need to go.....ditto for my 271K-mile 1999 Durango. Maybe MINI had a problem with low sales on replacement parts on the earlier (R53) Coopers and this was their way of catching up.... Count me in!


Abraham P. said
490 days ago
Just about the beginning of August while driving on the freeway on my way to school my car died on me had to pull over to the side of the road now the car won't start. Check engine light came on right when the car was stopping there was no additional warning. I took it to a bmw dealer sales and repair. Not to mention 400 dollars just for a diagnosis. The diagnosis found there was a large oil leak found oil leak to be from the tensioning bolt fo ev the timing chain. The car sounds like there is no compression when turned over. Also bmw inspectors stated they were unable to tighten the bolt, it's tight against the rail. They recommend removing value cover gasket and inspecting for damaged parts at the rails and also at the I take and exhaust valves. I am a student and the cause of this part damaging made me lose my job due to no transportation. Someone help me in joining this claim. BMW also stated they would not cover repairs.


Abraham P. said
490 days ago
Just about the beginning of August while driving on the freeway on my way to school my car died on me had to pull over to the side of the road now the car won't start. Check engine light came on right when the car was stopping there was no additional warning. I took it to a bmw dealer sales and repair. Not to mention 400 dollars just for a diagnosis. The diagnosis found there was a large oil leak found oil leak to be from the tensioning bolt of the timing chain. The car sounds like there is no compression when turned over. Also bmw inspectors stated they were unable to tighten the bolt, it's tight against the rail. They recommend removing value cover gasket and inspecting for damaged parts at the rails and also at the Intake and exhaust valves. I am a student and the cause of this part damaging made me lose my job due to no transportation. Someone help me in joining this claim. BMW also stated they would not cover repairs. Repairs have been stated at 5,000 starting for repairs or a new engine for 10,000. I purchased and I am still paying for the car, I went with his brand because I wanted something reliable. I don't think I would recommend this car to anyone. Mini cooper and BMW group. Seem like unprofessional for not caring about there customers and warning people about possible defects.


Douglass F. said
489 days ago
Timing chain has been replaced twice (under warranty), this one is coming out of my pocket. I will pay then dump it.


tim s. said
487 days ago
can i be included in this? my 2008 mini cooper s has the timing chain failure. it has 74k on it.


Tom C. said
487 days ago
Is this class action suit still going on?
My Mini timing belt went on my 09 Mini.


NADA s. said
475 days ago
i just bought a well maintained mini cooper s 2010, as per records all maintenance are done in MINI dealership in BALTIMORE. till 48600 miles, now its 49950 miles and Check Engine light is on no, and i noticed in the second gear when i fully press gas it hesitate like some one is pulling me back. i wanna join this class action suit !!!


NADA s. said
475 days ago
i just bought a well maintained mini cooper s 2010, as per records all maintenance are done in MINI dealership in BALTIMORE. till 48600 miles, now its 49950 miles and Check Engine light is on no, and i noticed in the second gear when i fully press gas it hesitate like some one is pulling me back. i wanna join this class action suit !!!


Victor M. said
474 days ago
This incident occurred on April 25, 2014. My vehicle's engine stopped, so I had my vehicle towed to a Mini dealer. Upon approval, they checked the engine and found that the vacuum pump had ceased up causing the tensioner for the timing chain to fail, allowing the timing chain to come off and cause major internal damage, as stated by others. The dealer verified that the vehicle was not low on oil and all regular maintenance had been performed by that same dealership since they originally sold it, yet they want me to pay for a new engine. I have not been able to use the car for a year and a half now, but continue to make payments.


Jim C. said
468 days ago
How do I join this class action suit?? My 2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) with about 60,000 miles just completely blew an engine with this same issue. It died in the middle of a busy intersection and it's only pure luck that my wife (who was driving at the time) wasn't injured in a serious car accident! I will be contacting Mini cooper first thing tomorrow to get their response on this. Presuming they're going to stonewall me like they seem to be doing to everyone else, I'd like to join the class action or help start one. Please advise ASAP.


Whitney P. said
461 days ago
My 2007 Mini Cooper S died 2 years and 3 months after purchase due to a timing chain problem and it has been downhill since. I have had to replace the same engine parts multiple times. The car now sits in the garage. Mini admitted there is a problem but claim they have already gone "above and beyond." How can I join this class action suit.


John B. said
460 days ago
My 2008 Mini Cooper S timing chain began rattling at approx. 56,000 miles. I bought the car because it had a timing chain and should never need to be change. Mini Dealer replace worn parts and chain for $4000.


John B. said
460 days ago
My 2008 Mini Cooper S timing chain began rattling at approx. 56,000 miles. I bought the car because it had a timing chain and should never need to be change. Mini Dealer replace worn parts and chain for $4000.


John B. said
460 days ago
My 2008 Mini Cooper S timing chain began rattling at approx. 56,000 miles. I bought the car because it had a timing chain and should never need to be change. Mini Dealer replace worn parts and chain for $4000.


jason w. said
455 days ago
Bought 2007 mini s engine died at 74k
Been dead in my garage still making payments
It happened month after warrantee was expired


TJ D. said
455 days ago
2010 Mini Convertible with 75,000 miles, currently in the shop for repairs on timing chain and broken rails.


Wayne B. said
453 days ago
2007 mini cooper s, got all the recall work done was told my car had bad fuel pump spark plugs valve cover and needed carbon cleaning, got all the wor completeted drove 900 mile and car started misfireing took it in for same problem and they said my valve had broken and needed a new engine.


Ani B. said
451 days ago
Just paid over $2,200 to have the timing chain replaced on my '09 Mini which only had 28,400 miles on it! Pretty sure the dealer knew there were issues before my warranty ended and didn't inform me so it all came out of my own pocket. Please contact me with any information about a class action suit.


sharon s. said
450 days ago
I have a 2010 mini cooper S that has 79,000kms - the engine started to rattle - told I need a new engine by local mechanic - went into Mini Dealership - they said replace the timing belt - $3500.00 spent - engine still not working so need to replace for $10,000.00. or trade it in for $8000.00, (eventhough I just spent $3500.00 on the timing belt), and buy a new one. They said they know nothing of the class action lawsuit, completely underhanded!!! I would be interested in hearing about the class action lawsuit and if it is possible within Canada.


Ernie G. said
450 days ago
I have a R56 2007 Mini Cooper S with a oil light turnining on more often now and has major loss of power at high rpms constantly adding a quart of oil every other week and thick clouds of white smoke come out the exhaust pipe from time to time. This is my second motor at 77,000 miles and in fear of looking my job if my only car of transportation fails on me. This isn't fare for any of us mini owners. Let's take action as one!


Micky C. said
447 days ago
My mini is currently still at the shop, I also have the timing belt issue; please count me in for the lawsuit.


Ari O. said
444 days ago
One month after purchasing the 2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman with 80k miles, I had aux pump replaced and the timing chain and tensioner replaced which I pay out of pocket approx $4000. Three months after my intial purchase my car stopped in the middle of freeway traffic making awful noises. I pulled off the side of the busy highway safely thank goodness. Got it towed to the mini dealership- now there are saying the engine block may be comprised. just for them to look is $8000. this is a downhill battle at this point with no protection for consumers who purchase these cars. If an indicator light doesn't come on at the time of a mechanic inspectioning it there is nothing that can be done letting us know the car is not safe to drive.


scott b. said
440 days ago
We had our 2010 clubman lose power while driving. We promply took it to the dealership and and they said it was due to a vanos sensor gone bad. Had the vanos sensor replaced and within 24 hours the car lost power again on the interstate. Had it towed to the mini dealership and they came back with it needing 12600 dollars in repairs. They had it at the dealership for almost 2 months. We have have been told by hendrick Mini and a mini engineer that they have no explanation and it is just bad luck.


Juan moreno . said
439 days ago


MICHELE E. said
439 days ago
HAVING PROUBLEMS WITH MY MINI COOPER 2007


MICHELE E. said
439 days ago
HAVING PROUBLEMS WITH MY MINI COOPER 2007


Richard L. said
438 days ago
My 2010 mini with 40,000 miles is being repaired today by Mini Dealer in Atlanta with defective timing chain, timing gears, tensioner and guides


Ronald M. said
436 days ago
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper. I've run into the same issue and ma currently fighting the extended warranty company in hopes that this can be covered.


Ronald M. said
436 days ago
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper. I've run into the same issue and ma currently fighting the extended warranty company in hopes that this can be covered.


Janelle W. said
436 days ago
We have a 2009 John Cooper Works Mini Clubman in garage for repairs. Slowed up to make a left turn and engine shut off, was towed to a garage Mechanic told us timing belt broken and cam gears do not move when turned over. Cost over $4300.00 to repair. Check engine light is now on garage told us we may need to replace the intake cam (vanos) gear which will cost another $1000.00.


Brooke M. said
423 days ago
I have a 2009 Mini Cooper. And currently coming into the same issue. Just waiting on Mini to get back to me on the cost to fix it.


PC N. said
419 days ago
2008 Mini Cooper S. Timing chain broke on me. Car stopped on a busy road only 20 feet from the railroad tracks. Scrounging up money for a $6,500 repair in which the mechanic is replacing the engine. Yay, I get a new engine with the exact same issue as the previous one. Gonna dump this car as soon as I pay it off. And, of course, Mini won't take responsibility about to because of "my car's age." It's a 2008! 90K miles!


Tenecia T. said
413 days ago


Lisa T. said
411 days ago
My 2008 mini would not start a week ago Saturday after I had been driving the car on errands all day. I had my car towed to Mini where I needed a new vacuum pump, timing chain and valves. They could not explain how this could happen so suddenly and then I found this site. My car currently has 86000 miles on it. This will be the last Mini I own.


Tudor s. said
411 days ago
Hello, My 2007 Mini Cooper is having this issue from my first winter (I am not a mechanic to know about this issues).For years I have been trying to fix this issue but the cost is too high for it. My mini only has 80.000km and the issues started to get very bad and is unacceptable to have this kind of issues. I recently found out about this and would like to join the lawsuit


Phillip R. said
410 days ago
I have a 2009 Mini Cooper. Oil is leaking from the chain belt cover. Engine is rattling. And BMW is not warrantying anything. The vehicle has 70000 miles on it now and I feel like it's going to give out any minute.


Becky H. said
410 days ago
I'm having the same issue with my 2007 Cooper. I had to toe it 300 miles to the nearest Dealership and the refused to fix anything because my car has 100,000 miles on it. I live in the middle of nowhere and commute nearly 2 hours a day to work. Plus, the tech bulletin specifically says "regardless of the age or miles" that they will fix the timing chain tensioner. I called Mini USA, they referred me back to the dealership and said the service manager is the one that makes the call when it comes to fixing anything associated with the problem. We own 4 coopers in my family. This isn't our first, but if they won't have the integrity to fix something they know was faulty, it will be our last.


Jane H. said
410 days ago
My 2009 Mini cooper stalls every time I get to a stop light. No one has diagnosed a problem. Count me in on the lawsuit. I have 38,000 miles on my car.


Kathleen B. said
404 days ago
I have a used 2008 Mini Clubman and I need a new engine due to the timing belt tensioner, which Mini said they won't do anything for me. So now I'm stuck with no car and an estimated $7500 repair bill. Just goes to show BMW can't stand behind their products.


Bobby B. said
379 days ago
I have a 2008 clubman that was at the mini dealer for over a month as they tried to get the factory to replace the engine- admitting the tensioner was the problem. They called yesterday and said to come pick it up- there is nothing they could do. We drove the car to the dealer but had to have it towed home!! We now have a car with 80,000 miles that is worthless.


mike g. said
369 days ago
I have a 2009 mini cooper s that is in dealer now because the timing chain issue which caused the whole engine damaged. Need to know how to sue BMW/MINI.


joe p. said
360 days ago
I have a 2007 mini cooper and it is unusually loud in the timing chain area. almost diesel like in my opinion. I don't want to wait on catastrophic failure.


joe p. said
360 days ago
I have a 2007 mini cooper and it is unusually loud in the timing chain area. almost diesel like in my opinion. I don't want to wait on catastrophic failure.


Wilbert T. said
358 days ago
Engine light is on. Brought in to dealer which couldn't find the problem. Hearing a diesel like sound coming from rear side of the engine.


Jonathan R. said
356 days ago
I have a 2009 mini cooper that is making a extremely loud knocking from front of engine... I'm afraid to drive car but I have no choice....
these cars are very expensive and there garbage!!


Kevin K. said
352 days ago
I have a 2008 Mini S. Perform all maintenance as required. Was using oil about a quart per 1000 miles. Had tensioner replaced once under warranty. Recently lost power on the freeway, took to local repair shop and they advised only 2 cylinders have compression. Car has about 80k miles. Engine needs replaced. Looking for some help from Mini for engine replacement since they knew about the defect.


BRIANNA J. said
346 days ago
I have had my 2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) since 2013 (obviously I bought it used) when I purchased it from a MINI dealership. I have had my timing chain tensioner replaced three times in the past two years and i'm not sure how many times it was replaced before I purchased the car. The first time, it was very close to breaking and seizing my engine because I had no idea what it was and why my car was making such a loud horrible noise. Now, when I hear it, I know exactly what it is, and I bring it in to get replaced (again and again) which I shouldn't have to do. I love my mini, but I am getting sick and tired of wasting time and money to keep getting this fixed over and over again. BMW/MINI should do something to compensate this time and money since they are not recalling and/or replacing the part with a different/better material part.


Jason L. said
346 days ago
Timing chain is rattling around in my 2009 Mini Cooper, with only 40,000 km. I would like to join the lawsuit


Elizabeth K. said
335 days ago
2010 Mini Cooper S with 99,000 miles- The timing chain broke - no warning- motor is ruined.


Elizabeth K. said
335 days ago
2010 Mini Cooper S with 99,000 miles- The timing chain broke - no warning- motor is ruined.


John M. said
329 days ago
My chain is rattling around 77000 miles


Brian T. said
327 days ago
Timing chain broke in my 2008 mini hard top while my daughter was on interstate barely made it to the median when the timing chain broke caused extensive damage to motor I have to replace it was told it would be 13000 dollars for new motor so I want to be added please motor has 99000 miles on it


maylene l. said
321 days ago
2008 mini cooper. thousands of dollars in engine damage. mini refuses to cover damage from timing belt. car only has 74K miles.


carl S. said
320 days ago
Timing chain rattling in my 2008 mini cooper with only 58000 miles took it to mini dealer they said $1300.00 to repair.


Rona L. said
310 days ago
Misfire on 3rd cylinder oil leak ... car has been in shop for over two weeks


Rona L. said
310 days ago
2010 mini cooper 3rd cylinder misfire... oil leak


randall c. said
293 days ago
Yes, tensioner leaking oil, death rattle started, I had tensioner replaced with the new improved type. 59th miles on my 2011 Cooper that was made sept. 2010.


daniel b. said
291 days ago
2010 Cooper S with 35k, owned from new. Tensioner failed, cost over $2000 to fix. Then they found that a valve had been bent because of this. More than doubled to over $5000.


said
279 days ago
I am having this and related problems with my 2010 hardtop Mini I've had maintained 100% at the dealership. Now they're telling me I need two new selenoids and it's going to cost me another $4000!!!!! I just spent $2000 in December because my check engine light has been coming on since 2013, when I had the timing tensioner replaced!


Noelle D. said
279 days ago


Jorge J. said
277 days ago
2009 Clubman S has been nothing but a money sucking machine. Replaced the valve cover, oil feeding line (bought a kit with cooling seals). Replaced thermostat housing and least expensive a pump of some sort. All OEM parts but with DYS videos here and there, I manage doing all of the work myself with assistance of somebody who is more mechanically inclined than I am.
I had noticed this nocking/rattle in the engine/passenger's side but just figured that it was normal due to the sound of diesel car it makes.
I received this law suit letter which then got me interested and took this noise more seriously. I called MINI customers affairs, took my information and advised me to make a schedule with my local Mini dealer regarding the issue. I called my local dealer and they scheduled me for this service to look into the issue. What they will tell me once I get there? I don't know. What they will tell me is wrong if anything with my car? I don't know. Will they want to cover all parts and labor at no cost to me? I don't know. Will they admit my car needs these parts and service done? I hope!! I did let Sam, customers relations that they may want to decline doing any repairs. He told me that if they do that, to give him a call back. He will then get on the phone with a supervisor and work something out with them. Sam 1(800)525-7417
I am getting codes P0010 and P0012. These may have a relation with the issue.


Jorge J. said
277 days ago
Has anybody here have had this issue resolved at a dealership at no cost to you? Have you received this letter? What has your dealership supervisor told you they will do for your car? Any luck? Who may we contact if they refuse to correct the problem at the dealership? I am in Southern CA and I hope my car gets fixed this May 7th/the day of my appointment.


jason w. said
275 days ago
2007 engine failed at 75k miles due to timing chain vacuum pump issues, Car sitting dead in my garage for 2 years still making payments on it


Robert M. said
263 days ago
Same problem. Had to replace engine. Both timing chain and water pump


Yinet M. said
254 days ago
Timimg chain repair needed


Jeff G. said
253 days ago
Yeah My 2007 Mini Cooper base model had the death rattle. It started rattling Nd 10 minutes later I was dead on the side of the road. However, my chain didn't break. The tensioner bent and went into the gears breaking the tensioner off and sent a piece of metal through the top of the motor. I wish I would have known about it before I bought it. How do we get in on the bmw Mini campaign they are doing?


Tim K. said
251 days ago
I contacted my local mini dealer, they informed me there is no warranty or recall for this issue. I have a 07, rattles like crazy when cold. quoted 234.09 for all parts. What can I do to recoup some or all of this? I have no issues doing the labor myself.


John R. said
240 days ago
2009 Mini Cooper S. We've purchased this vehicle used and have nothing but issues. The engine light has been on and off several times. We have already had the fuel carburator (it's equivalent) replaced. Now, this timing chain issue arose. We took the vehicle in for an oil change. A day later, it was running rougher than usual. We took it back to the shop and apparently the timing chain jumped. They have since replaced it but still have issues. They say it is still running rough and aren't quite sure why. Could the timing chain issues have caused serious engine issues now? The shop says they contacted Mini with my vehicle ID and were told there are no recalls for my vehicle. WTH? With all of these issues....!!!!


Nicolene N. said
233 days ago
2008 Mini Cooper S Convertible. My car has 120,00Km's on the clock and for this last month has given me nothing but trouble. It has been in the shop a total of 3 weeks with issues relating to the tensioner belt. Every time I get it back, drive it for 4-5 days and then it breaks down again. This month alone I have replaced the belt 3 times, had to buy a new water tank, a new water pump, 2 new pulleys and had to recon the supercharger. Got the car back on Monday, only to have it break down again today, spraying oil everywhere. I wish I never bought a Mini. This use to be my dream car, but I am dreading my decision to buy it


Courtney T. said
223 days ago
2010 MINI Cooper S, replaced timing chain tensioner, pump, etc in 2013 after a catastrophic failure. Had to tow over 60miles to nearest Dealer. Everything was replaced/covered, and was told there had been a recall on the pump only. Oil everywhere, not properly cleaned during the repair led to the failure of the A/C Air Compressor a month or so later, which had to be replaced TWICE in a period of six weeks. Another catastrophic failure two weeks ago, a broken oil valve cover, causing oil leak and subsequently another timing chain failure - broken timing chain cover. This has been causing me nothing but problems & since the first timing chain failure, it has not been the same. Also replaced the clutch less than a year ago - only has 88K miles on it. Worried about permanent engine damage at this point, and the next thing that's going to go wrong. Luckily I had purchased an extended warranty ($3400) from my insurance company, and have already had $5000+ plus in repairs.


Jeananne N. said
178 days ago
I have a 2008 hardtop Mini Cooper and the tensioner rod was replaced a few months ago. It is burning oil like crazy and now the timing chain needs to be replaced before it damages the engine. It currently has 122,000 miles. I have only made 5 car payments so far. I wonder if my car is eligible for this suit.


Chelsey B. said
149 days ago
I own a 2007 Mini Cooper with 80,000 miles on it. they are telling me that my timing belt has slack and to fix it, it will cost me 4200. I want to speak with a lawyer regarding this issue due to it seeming like its a common issue for many people. poorly made car!!


Anita S. said
146 days ago
Just like the rest... 2007 MiniCooper timing chain ...$1300+


Lisa C. said
130 days ago
I bought a 2007 Mini Cooper S used with 42,000 miles. At 60,000 miles I had to replace the clutch ($2500) Weeks after that I noticed the rattling sound near the passenger side and attributed it to something loose after the extensive repair of the clutch. Before I could get it in for service (not thinking it was anything serious)the check engine light came on and I broke down on the way to work. Had it towed to a local repair shop. Was told the engine was gone, just like every other post on this site. Sickening!!


Kellie Jo B. said
122 days ago
2009 same as Lisa C above. I'm not sure if engine is ok or not as I ha e not tried to restart. Having it towed tomorrow. I only have 55,00 mild on my car!!
I had to replace the clutch too and thought the same with the noise then...... wham!!! I'd like in on suit!!

I called mini I am out of warranty by 2 mths!


Vanessa M. said
117 days ago
I have. 2010 Mini Cooper. I bought used. About one year ago everything was fine. Suddenly my check engine light is on. I have had both camshaft sensors changed the intake variable timing soleniod and the intake timing aviator. Total cost 1,600.00. My check engine light still come on. And it runs like the transmission is slipping. It accelerates faster that you expect when you press on the gas. As well as when your breaking it accelerates just before it brakes, in addition is downshifts very hard for an automatic transmission. I have taken my car back to the repair shop for a month. I cannot afford to spend any more money on this. What are my options at this point?


Raymond B. said
117 days ago
I just purchased a 2008 mini with 79,000 miles. I haven't had it a month. Last Saturday night it stopped at an intersection. The engine shut down and wouldn't start. I just learned today that my timing belt broke and I may need a new engine.


stephanie c. said
95 days ago
My 2009 Mini Clubman"s timing chain broke suddenly and the engine had catastrophic damage. I have only 58000 miles on the car. I had to replace the turbo a year ago. Memphis, BMW/Mini dealership is horrible. The will not replace things even if the car is under warranty. These cars are too expensive to have this kind of major problems.


David V. said
88 days ago
My wife owns a Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2010 Model with approximately 25,000 miles (yes, twenty-five thousand). The "death rattle" started last week and the car died 2 days later.


Lorybeth V. said
80 days ago
I have some 2009 mini cooper clubman s. I have had my timing chain replaced 3 times, once under new car warranty and twice under my extended warranty. The car has had a chronic oil consumption issue which I monitor closely due to mini telling me that this is normal. Yesterday the car began a huge vibration with loss of power. Took it to the dealership... 0% compression in the 3rd cylinder and had to agree to at least $1700 estimate so they can tear down my engine and find out what enter is wrong. 3 days till I get an answer.


said
72 days ago
The whole problem stems from the engineering department and the "Engineers" of today who have little if any real hands on experience at maintaining vehicles. In the old days, an engineer was required to actually have served a proper apprenticeship and gotten their hands dirty BEFORE they were allowed anywhere near a design and development office.. Now hoever we have kids with no technical education in highschool entering university engineering programs mainly taught by academics with no real maintenance experieince and so no common sense at the things that actually happen to a car.. BMW also do not have proper floor drains in the Cooper, and with 2+ inches of water being able to accumulate in the floor pan before you notice it and a wiring harness that wicks water into the BCM causing gremlins it is no wonder they have issues... Simple fixes and common sense design for maintenance in the field could solve a good lot of their issues.. instead the consumer is being used to educate their degree holding engineers who should be made to work in a full service garage for at least 5 years and suffer the abuse of complaining owners while busting their knuckles fixing design screw ups... I know, my 2007 Cooper S has issues froma poor design engineering as well.. currrently wont start simply because "Computer says NO"... resulting in extremely expensive towing charges so that the MINI repair folks can "Experiment" at diagnosing and fixing the problem...


Jason H. said
65 days ago
Just bought a 2009 Mini Cooper S. Dealer said he had a shop replace the part which caused the timing chain issue. Carfax confirmed a water pump had recently been replaced. Less than a week after purchase the check engine light came on. Had the code pulled and it was related to a mechanical timing issue. Scheduled an appointment for the same shop which did the repairs and the engine died 1.6 miles from the shop. The shop just called and said there is no compression on the engine, they are checking it out. Wanted to make sure it wasn't due to loss of oil pressure. Oil light never came on so I doubt it was that. Since both the dealer and the shop have a good reputation in my community I am hoping they will want to do right by a new customer but money is money. Plus, if this is an issue with Mini I don't think they (or me) should have to suffer the cost of this issue.
Just saw that this site is for Canada and I'm in the U.S.


Adia B. said
37 days ago
I just purchased a 2008 mini clubman with 80,000 miles, the tension broke and timing chain broke causing me to have thousands of dollars in repairs. Please contact me regarding this lawsuit.


Liz G. said
34 days ago
Just had the timing chain replaced ($2200) last week on my 2010 mini clubman (75,000 miles) at the MINI dealer where I bought it and last night the check engine light went on again. I purschased this car in January 2015 and will be making payments on it for two more years. Although I've heard the lawsuit is no longer open, I'm wondering if BMW MINI had any responsibility to inform me that there was since I purschased it while the lawsuit was still accepting claims? Liz Boston


Raymond S. said
12 days ago
I am having a similar issue - I checked to see if there were any type of recalls for this issue but it says there are not. What do I do?


Mary H. said
6 days ago
My 2007 Mini Cooper required over $2,000 worth of repair due to the damage caused by this Timing Chain defect. There are only 55,000 miles on this vehicle. Repair shop photos and documentation are available . I am interested in participating in this lawsuit.

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