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Old 03-08-2018, 06:09 AM
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Thanks to all who have posted here. I have a 2009 JCW Coup with 103k miles on it. I recently noticed a puddle of fluid under the vehicle. I am mechanically inclined, have rebuilt engines, etc. But have become fearful of automotive maintenance due to the complexity of emission controls, electronics, etc. So I drove my MINI to a non-dealer European Auto Specialist for diagnosis and repair.

Thermostat housing replacement:
Parts - $151 - Part number 11538699290
Labor - $438.69 - I have no idea if that is a fixed price or how that cost was determined ???

During the repair, which took over a week, the shop suggested replacing the plastic pipe between the water pump and the thermostat housing. Seemed appropriate given that a connecting plastic part had cracked, so I consented.
Parts - $ 125.56 - Part number 11537589713
Labor - $365.58

Toss in the $9.75 for a quart of BMW anti-freeze, unspecified materials cost of $22.90, sales tax of $69.73, AAA discount of $80.43, and the Grand Total cost of the repair of $1,102.78

Less than 50 miles later - check engine light is ON. So I ordered a BAFX Bluetooth OBD2 scanner and loaded Torque Pro on my Android phone. That was ~$25 well spent!! Two fault codes: P112B & P0117. I emailed the fault codes to the repair shop and asked the question, "Does the replacement thermostat housing assembly include a new coolant temperature sensor?" The response was a phone call requesting that I bring the car back in while not answering my question. I suspect the problem is a failed sensor and or loose connections during reassembly. We'll see.

Needless to say, this is truly a PITA! The shop does not offer a shuttle service, I have two vehicles, but only one driver, I rely on the kindness of friends to provide rides to and from the shop. So the car is back in the shop for diagnosis, no word yet. I post all of this not to complain, rather to underscore the value of this thread. Had I read this before, I would have saved time, frustration, inconvenience, and money by performing the repair mysel! Education is expensive. Again, I thank you to all of those who have shared their experience, expertise, and knowledge. Be bold, you can successfully repair you're own MINI.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:20 AM
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Did you check the Mini site to see if your JCW qualifies for reimbursement?

www.mini-rp.com

I'm in the process of receiving my reimbursement check (fingers crossed).

Your part# for the thermostat is correct, that's the same part # the shop used for mine, however my repair+parts was $490 total and took 1 day with my local shop.

They also flushed my coolant because I mixed the wrong kind in when I noticed it
starting to leak and added oil to my car. All of this came out to $490.
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