Hi, my wife has a MINI ONE registered 2015, it has 30,000 miles on the clock. The car seems to be running fine, but recently a drive train fault came up. Took it to the local Mini dealership, a couple of faults showed up on the computor, but they couldn't find an actual fault, so the downloaded new software and sent me away £138 lighter. A couple of days later, the amber engine fault came on, I took it back to the dealership who have advised that it is a VANOS fault and that a circlip has fallen off and I need new crankshafts at a cost of £2,955.00. I have complained that the car has only done 30,000 miles and now it is virtually a write-off. MINI warranty have offered to fund 80% of the parts, but the repair still comes in at £1,328.00. I feel very agrieved at this.
Crankshaft or Camshaft? Seems a bit of a stretch that the circlip from the Cam shaft would affect the Crankshaft. I mean it could have fallen and gotten caught in the timing chain perhaps but highly unlikely. I would ask them to explain how the Crankshaft could be affected by that.'
Cam shaft... now that is possible.
On my sons car and my subsequent troubleshooting, because it was so carbonned up and running rough, it ended up running on 1 cylinder. That ultimately ended up spinning the camshaft position lobe out by 2mm. We ended up taking it to the dealer, and after explaining to the mechanic what we had done so far and now the code we were getting, he immediately felt it was the position lobe as he had seen it twice before. He had actually made up a jig to measure it as Mini didn't have one. Sure enough, after tearing the top of the engine apart to get at it, he found it was out,(those lobes are only pressed on to the end of the Camshaft so under severe rough running conditions will spin slightly on the cam)
$900Can for a new Cam, $3000 for the whole job and the Mini was back running.