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Old 01-13-2016, 03:44 PM
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Class Action Settlement Confirmed for R56 Timing Chain Issues

Huge news!

This apparently happened on January 6th...

http://www.law360.com/newjersey/arti...***-settlement
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Old 01-13-2016, 04:12 PM
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:41 AM
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hmm. why only through 2009 model year for the R56??
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:20 AM
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mine fit's the bill 09'mcs turbo death rattle.....they should buy this pos back so as I can go purchase a real auto...
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:34 PM
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hmm. why only through 2009 model year for the R56??
Probably because they changed the engine for the 2010 model year. Not that the newer one is immune...
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:42 PM
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hmm. why only through 2009 model year for the R56??
I believe the settlement includes 2007- early 2010 models...
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:47 AM
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According to RealOEM, the N14 engine was used in European MCS models until March 2010 production and in US MCS models until August 2010 (2011 model year) production.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:31 AM
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I have a 2007 MC S with 135,000 miles on it. Am i out of luck with this settlement?
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:12 PM
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I have a 2007 MC S with 135,000 miles on it. Am i out of luck with this settlement?
If you paid for timing chain repairs it will depend on the age and mileage at the time of the repair.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:27 PM
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If you paid for timing chain repairs it will depend on the age and mileage at the time of the repair.
Ok thanks.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:00 PM
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If you paid for timing chain repairs it will depend on the age and mileage at the time of the repair.
However, if you had the repair done at a dealer, it will repay 100% and will also cover up to $4500 in damage done to other components because of the failure.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:14 PM
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I've read that it only covers up to $4500.00 total plus 3 other scenarios.
Should there be some "official" thread started for the issue?
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:36 AM
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According to RealOEM, the N14 engine was used in European MCS models until March 2010 production and in US MCS models until August 2010 (2011 model year) production.
Just to be clear, the linked settlement text doesnt say anything about N14 engines. It specifically lists models by year and ends at 2009 for the hardtop mcs.
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:06 PM
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I wonder what, if anything, they'll do for people who replaced the timing chain and tensioner them self ??
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:40 PM
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I wonder what, if anything, they'll do for people who replaced the timing chain and tensioner them self ??
As I am right in the middle of replacing mine, wondering the same thing? Build date 2/10
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:55 PM
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As I am right in the middle of replacing mine, wondering the same thing? Build date 2/10
I'm guessing nothing, unless you can get a shop to write a receipt up for it, which would probably be considered fraud. Maybe you could get the parts covered if you had a written diagnosis that your timing chain failed from a registered shop.
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:03 PM
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I'm guessing nothing, unless you can get a shop to write a receipt up for it, which would probably be considered fraud. Maybe you could get the parts covered if you had a written diagnosis that your timing chain failed from a registered shop.
You are probably right, but I have the broken plastic chain guides and my time is worth something.

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Old 01-24-2016, 06:44 PM
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Timing Chain ?

Is that the funny little rattle noise I get evry now and then when I accelerate? I have an 07 MCS and I have had it into the dealer for timing chain issues in the past. It only has 64K on it and I have all the paperwork from the work they did. It made the same noise before, twice and now it's doing it again.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:48 AM
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another issue for those who do their own maintenance, is my new warranty going to be voided because i dont have records of oil changes? Id really like to see the actual full text of the settlement.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:32 PM
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However, if you had the repair done at a dealer, it will repay 100% and will also cover up to $4500 in damage done to other components because of the failure.
This is where I'm wondering where I stand. I had a timing chain repair done at a dealer to the tune of over $1400 and then just 4 months later they said the car had a burnt exhaust valve on cylinder 4 and said the two issues were unrelated. After them originally wanting me to replace the motor for something ridiculous like $10000, they agreed to fix the problem for over $3200. I'm wondering if they consider that as damage done because of the chain failure or not. I'm no mechanic, but I get the feeling the two were related. Guess I'll have to wait and see.

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Since they're not specifically mentioned in these articles, what about owners of factory JCW vehicles...? Are they considered "S" models under this settlement?
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Damn, Canada not included :(
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:37 PM
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another issue for those who do their own maintenance, is my new warranty going to be voided because i dont have records of oil changes? Id really like to see the actual full text of the settlement.
MINI requested all of my oil change records, which I couldn't come up with. Fortunately, most oil change places are reporting to carfax now, so just have your dealer run one for you and that should have most of them on there. If you do your own oil changes, be prepared to show receipts for oil and filters. Naturally, nobody actually keeps things like that. But, in a pinch, credit card records and bank records of charges at auto parts stores should suffice. Regardless, since the warranty is being extended, I don't think they can stipulate oil change records. So, it's probably a moot issue.


As for the JCW - there's no reason it shouldn't be covered just like a Cooper S. Same engine, same timing chain.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:45 AM
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I've been in contact with Mini USA about this. They seem to be unaware of the Class Action settlement? I was told to send them my invoice/receipts for the Timing Chain Kit I dad installed at the Mini Dealership 0n 9/26/2015 in Richmond VA. I am now awaiting their response.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:43 AM
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They'll definitely be playing dumb - until the class action is truly final, that is. When that happens, you'll have to file a claim with the class action administrator for reimbursement. So, don't be surprised if MINI refuses to reimburse you. However, there's always the chance that they'll do the right thing...

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I've been in contact with Mini USA about this. They seem to be unaware of the Class Action settlement? I was told to send them my invoice/receipts for the Timing Chain Kit I dad installed at the Mini Dealership 0n 9/26/2015 in Richmond VA. I am now awaiting their response.
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