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As above. When I turn right in my MCS my clutch goes spongy and then won't come all the way back up. Showed this to the dealer who investigated and said that the crankshaft is moving and affecting the operation of the clutch when I turn right. New engine needed! My dealer has two cars in at the moment with the same issue.

That and the jumping out of first gear issue (fixed with a new gear selector switch) means the start of MCS ownership has been a bit rubbish!

Still mostly enjoying the car though!

edit: sorry just seen there is a thread about this in the main forum! Sorry.
 

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As above. When I turn right in my MCS my clutch goes spongy and then won't come all the way back up. Showed this to the dealer who investigated and said that the crankshaft is moving and affecting the operation of the clutch when I turn right. New engine needed! My dealer has two cars in at the moment with the same issue.

That and the jumping out of first gear issue (fixed with a new gear selector switch) means the start of MCS ownership has been a bit rubbish!

Still mostly enjoying the car though!

edit: sorry just seen there is a thread about this in the main forum! Sorry.
When was your car born? I'm wondering if this can be narrowed down to a specific time range...
 

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Yep now classed as a know fault with dealers mainly hitting cars built around August last year. I have now rejected mine and am awaiting a new car but there are more and more owners coming forward with this problem seems can start at any mileage and age depends on the crankshaft play. Think is you have a 2015 built car you are ok just early adopters lol
 

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This happened to my 2014 Cooper s. It's been in the shop 3 weeks and I finally got it back. They said crankshaft had to much play so they replaced the engine. But while driving home, it made noises it never made before....starting to think it won't ever be the same again.... I'm at 17,000 right now. I'm gonna bring it back in. Super pissed..
 

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My 2014 S (manual trans.) is now in shop having engine, turbo, clutch, and transmission changed. Car was manufactured June 2014 and now only has 4200 miles on it.
The Service Dept. didn't even take it for a test drive. I told them about the intermittent soft clutch, sometimes sticking half way down only after completing hard right turns. They called Mini, told them the problem and Mini ran my VIN. They were instructed to check crankshaft endplay which turned out excessive. Thrust Bearing design failure. Also found metal particles in engine oil.
 

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Had the same clutch problem as OP.

Bought my Mini Cooper S (manual) new from a USA dealer in March 2015, think it was built early in 2014. The clutch started sticking intermittently, mostly when shifting through turns. Eventually it would outright stick to the floor and refuse to come back, and I usually couldn't get out of gear without a lot of force on the shiftier.. Happened maybe 100+ times over a 8 month period. It usually occurred at the worst possible time, almost always on curving highway on/off ramps and stop lights.

Long story short.. I kept reporting it to my dealers service department, but we could never get it to repeat that when the mechanic drove (it'd do it on the way home of course) and they couldn't find the problem, so it never got fixed.

One day last month I took my car by the dealer for maintenance (around about 10k miles), and they told me BMW had finally issued a notice to hold the car and replace the engine. So they put a new engine in and I should get it back next week

On the bright side the dealer gave me a manual cooper while they worked on it, so it could have been worse.
 

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I had the same, but one suggestion.
Make sure you ask them to confirm the clutch is ok.

The dealer replaced my clutch as well as the engine as apparently the clutch had used all of its auto adjustment.

Bit of a pain running the engine in again particularly when you are used to the car, but in the end the new engine (and clutch!) are performing really well.
 

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Same thing happened to me I have a 2015 mcs and just got told when I took it in for service that I had a recall and needed a new engine because of the crankshaft being loose
 
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