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bad venge 03-05-2015 01:59 AM

Major troubles
2010 Clubman , 80k miles always runs perfect , wife driving to work , yellow temp light flashed on , wife slowed down light went off and drove rest of the way to work. Checked Coolant , none in tank , Towed to mini dealer.

They call and state freeze plug popped out the cylinder head, destroyed timing guide, needs timing chain tensioner guides overheated and warped head, $4500 if the head can be resurfaced , Add $2800 if It needs a new head

OK the light for the coolant never stayed on , despite the freeze plug causing the entire coolant level to leave the car ? How can this be ?
I questioned the tech, how can the head be warped ? he says it might not be but it's easier for them to install the freeze plug with the head removed
Anyone else experience something like this ?

bad venge 03-06-2015 04:12 AM

Yes I've gotten a different story from everyone I've talked to at the dealership. First one stated heads warped , when I questioned how can you tell the heads warped without removing the head he then backpedaled and says well it normally warps but it's easier to replace the freeze plug with the head off. I ask to speak to the tech , he tell me he ran a compression check and all cylinders were 190+ so to me that sounds like the head would be fine, so I question can't you replace the timing chain and components and try the motor ? Well we could but it's hard to replace the freeze plug with the head in , and it could pop back out and you'll be out the $$$ . I still can not believe that the car can lose all coolant and still have no warning light on the dash.

Flamez 03-06-2015 12:21 PM

Complain directly to MINI via the 1-888-ask-mini number.

bad venge 03-14-2015 10:12 PM

Well after a total distrust at the mini dealer I removed the car and took to a trusted independent shop , guess what they found , Yes freeze plug had popped out , NO DAMAGE to timing gears chains tensioners or guides ,heads ok Looks like flush motor refill and drive away

And contacted corporate , they stated dealer told them we grossly overheated the motor (As stated there is no light on so how would you know) Now feel the need to contact corporate about the dealer trying to rip me off

LowCountry S 03-14-2015 10:47 PM


Originally Posted by bad venge (Post 801871)
Now feel the need to contact corporate about the dealer trying to rip me off

I would

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