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Boxer6

MINI recall?

Probably you all know about this, but one of our doctors has had his F56 1500 petrol model recalled to have the crankshaft (he thinks - not the most mechanically minded chap I've ever met!) replaced under warranty.

Seems a bit of a shocker for such a "premium" brand!    
Roadsterstu

I don't think the brand matters. Premium or not, unforseen failures can happen.  Let me guess, he is disgusted and will never buy a MINI again?
Boxer6

Roadsterstu wrote:
I don't think the brand matters. Premium or not, unforseen failures can happen.  Let me guess, he is disgusted and will never buy a MINI again?


I'm not sure of the scale of recall, but of course these things happen.

No, he seems quite happy it's being fixed and they've given him a 16-plate Clubman courtesy car for the week it's planned to be in for too. He said they've planned it for that length of time in case it needs a new engine!!  
gonnabuildabuggy

Look up BMW and Jaguar and "nikasil" - premium brands, big problems,
Humphrey The Pug

When I worked for VW, many moons ago, they had loads of re-calls, far more than I've seen working for a less premium French brand.

Tina's Fiat 500 had a new turbo a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of a re-call.
Tim

MINI seem to have been victims of a lot of recalls over the years.
Bob Sacamano

As I understand this isn't a recall, more a "quality enhancement" to replace crankshaft shells at the owner's convenience, or next service.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Better a recall than pretending nothing is wrong. If you get a courtesy car too, nothing to complain about. The M3 had a "quality enhancement" exactly as Bob describes, and they gave me a Z4 2.5 while it was being done.
Humphrey The Pug

Bob Sacamano wrote:
As I understand this isn't a recall, more a "quality enhancement" to replace crankshaft shells at the owner's convenience, or next service.


"Quality enhancement" love it!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
When I worked for VW, many moons ago, they had loads of re-calls, far more than I've seen working for a less premium French brand.

Lucky you! I lost count of how many recalls my Scenic had
JohnC

That's interesting. I was reading in Car or EVO (can't remember which) at the weekend that the former boss of BMW's M Division left for a job with Kia/Hyundai because there was far too much emphasis on reducing costs which he believed were responsible for M cars no longer being what they once were.

Perhaps the cheap as shit crankshaft shells were not of the quality the supplier promised they would be!

A quality car can never be built down to a price otherwise something is going to suffer.
Boxer6

Bob Sacamano wrote:
As I understand this isn't a recall, more a "quality enhancement" to replace crankshaft shells at the owner's convenience, or next service.


You sound as though you may well know more about this than I do - no surprise there! But he was definitely told crankshaft, and equally definitely told it may require a new engine; sounds a bit more than a "quality enhancement" to me!  
Bob Sacamano

Boxer6 wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
As I understand this isn't a recall, more a "quality enhancement" to replace crankshaft shells at the owner's convenience, or next service.


You sound as though you may well know more about this than I do - no surprise there! But he was definitely told crankshaft, and equally definitely told it may require a new engine; sounds a bit more than a "quality enhancement" to me!  


Depends on how big you want your quality enhanced?

I've heard of affected vehicles requiring a new engine if analysis of the oil shows metal shavings in it with potential knock on problems.
Resident Spanner

Yeah, your engine seizing solid.

Quality enchancement my arse, it's faulty!

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