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Clutch sticking down/occasionally spongy? You might need a new engine..

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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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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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