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Engine check light came on:
=> Engine now takes longer time to start (~4 seconds crank) and runs rough, stumbles for first 45 seconds:
Codes read are:
P0016: Crank Position -Correlation Bank 1 Sensor A
P0012: Cam Shaft Overetarded Bank 1
P0011: Camshaft position overadvanced System timing Bank 1
P0017: Crankshaft -Camshaft position correlation Bank 1
Car does start hard, i.e. retarded timing, light did stay off (after reset) for ~30 minutes driving, came on when restarted.
-One dealer says -maybe bad gas (i did fill up 20 minutes before this happened
-One dealer says - car still has catalitic concertor recall - could be restricting flow, causing valve response
-Tech at repair shop says: Varnish deposits in oil cavities/holes for variable valve
I cannot see a 62k mile timing Chain having trouble, i can see a sensor screwed up and i do like the notion that the oil deposits are causing trouble with variable valve timing and therefore triggering these codes (the car was on lease from new to 61k (i bought it 3 weeks ago) and oil was dirty, no known records of oil change beyond 22k. (although oil change indicator had been reset??)
Oh oh... mine just did the same thing. Yesterday (for the 1st time ever) it didn't start with the 1st push (stalled right away). After the 2nd try it barely ran for the 1st few seconds, then was fine. Today, it did the same thing, but after 10 seconds it still wasn't running smoothly and then the engine light came on. I shut it down at that point.
I will take it to the dealer on Monday.
He said they reset the cam timing. After that the car was running better, but not good enough. So they want to pull the head to make sure the valves are ok.
One big problem for me is that this happened in the south of germany (roughly 1000 miles from home, I live in Sweden). I had to fly home last night, couldn't wait any longer for the car. Thank you very much for insurance, saves me big time since my warranty is out by two months.
13 weeks later they have started working on the car
Now they are waiting for parts, the wait goes on.
The only good news is that my insurance/warranty will cover this.
Well, it seems like MINI/BMW doesn't really care about their customers. This whole thing have been terrible, I am the one who have had to press the dealers for results (the car has been at two different dealers in this time). I'm really disappointed to say the least in MINI. I will write MINI Sweden a letter and see what they have to say about it.