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#1 alexb1

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 07:32 PM

Car Cutting Out!

Mini Cooper
2007 (56)

I have only had my Mini for 6 weeks, however last Friday whilst driving home from work, I approached a set of traffic lights, slowed down through the gear box, breaked to a stop, engaged the clutch in second whilst crawling to put the car back into first gear and the car cut out. It was so unobvious that this had happened that due to having the radion on, the only time I realised was when the car didn't react when I pressed the accelerator! There were no warning lights at all. The only way (after starting the car four times) that I could keep it running was to hold it on the clutch biting point until the lights changed (which was only about 10 seconds by this time).

The car continued to drive OK, until I slow for junctions. It refuses to tick over!

Once home I called Mini emergency services who came and confirmed that no fault was recorded on the on board computer. Nothing they could do.

I have continued to drive the car over the weekend with no problems, even took it to work and back yesterday with no problem.

Today it cut out 15 times in 17 miles in exactly the same way.

I called the garage that I bought it off of and they told me to book it in. The car was taken to the local garage, and lo-and-behold they can find no fault with the car, however I refuse to collect it until they find and fix the fault. They don't believe that there is an issue. The car logs no problem whatsoever.

I don't know what to do next, I don't know what my rights are as I have only had the vehicle for 6 weeks.

Has anyone had or ever heard of such a problem?

Any guidance would be gratfuly received, I am absolutely devastated!

#2 L400RAS

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 07:40 PM

Hi Alex,

This forum is mainly used by classic mini owners, as such, you may get better info on your car at www.mini2.com

However, i am intrigued by your problem - has your car got a push buttom to start the engine? If so - are you perhaps confusing hte "autostop" function? This only happens in neutral - not first gear as you say but;

When you stop at the lights, and take the car out of gear and lift the clutch into neutral, the car stops the engine. When you want to go again, you press the clutch in, the engine starts, you engage first and go. This is done to reduce emissions, but the system takes a little getting used to. Does this sound like what you are experiencing?

Ryan

#3 alexb1

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 07:44 PM

Sorry I didn't realise, I have had a very stressfull day as you might be able to tell!

The car doesn't have the idle facility when you stop at the traffic lights, its too old, that didn't come in until 07 reg's apparently, so I am afraid that its not that!

I am just desperate, but thankyou for replying, its much appreciated.

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 07:57 PM

very strange, my mums' SPI had a fad of stopping because' the cold start sensor was playing up so only did it when cold and you could keep the revs up by heel/toeing it, but this sounds like simply fuel being shut off so won't idle, I know BMW bikes, K series, basically shut the fuel off when on over-run, I'd imagine the cars could be similar and it's not catching it to idle?
Odd that no ignition lights light when it's stalled tho' isn't it.

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 08:15 PM

It certainly feels like someone has switched off the fuel feed, there is no shuddering, not like when you stall because you don't engage the clutch quick enough. The infuriating things is that its isn't logging in the memory so BMW/Mini just wipe their hands of it and say there isn't a fault. I nearly had an acident in it this morning due to an impatient lorry driver, so the vehcile is completley unfit to drive. There is no logic to it at all, but definately no lights on the dash at all, they only come on when I start the car again as they normally would, but all go off as normal once driving!

As there is no issue on the computer, its like they won't get their hands dirty and look any further.

This was my dream car, and its rapidly turning into a nightmare.

Thankyou for posting I am so grateful just to tell someone my woes!

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:03 AM

It certainly feels like someone has switched off the fuel feed, there is no shuddering, not like when you stall because you don't engage the clutch quick enough. The infuriating things is that its isn't logging in the memory so BMW/Mini just wipe their hands of it and say there isn't a fault. I nearly had an acident in it this morning due to an impatient lorry driver, so the vehcile is completley unfit to drive. There is no logic to it at all, but definately no lights on the dash at all, they only come on when I start the car again as they normally would, but all go off as normal once driving!

As there is no issue on the computer, its like they won't get their hands dirty and look any further.

This was my dream car, and its rapidly turning into a nightmare.

Thankyou for posting I am so grateful just to tell someone my woes!


I have just found your problem through google, I have been having the exact same same problem from the end of December 2009, and I have been to my dealer with the problem, and again they can find nothing wrong woth the car.

I am just looking to see if you have got your issue sorted, and if so, what was the problem.

thanks

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 07:14 AM

It certainly feels like someone has switched off the fuel feed, there is no shuddering, not like when you stall because you don't engage the clutch quick enough. The infuriating things is that its isn't logging in the memory so BMW/Mini just wipe their hands of it and say there isn't a fault. I nearly had an acident in it this morning due to an impatient lorry driver, so the vehcile is completley unfit to drive. There is no logic to it at all, but definately no lights on the dash at all, they only come on when I start the car again as they normally would, but all go off as normal once driving!

As there is no issue on the computer, its like they won't get their hands dirty and look any further.

This was my dream car, and its rapidly turning into a nightmare.

Thankyou for posting I am so grateful just to tell someone my woes!


I have just found your problem through google, I have been having the exact same same problem from the end of December 2009, and I have been to my dealer with the problem, and again they can find nothing wrong woth the car.

I am just looking to see if you have got your issue sorted, and if so, what was the problem.

thanks



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Posted 20 April 2011 - 07:15 AM

It certainly feels like someone has switched off the fuel feed, there is no shuddering, not like when you stall because you don't engage the clutch quick enough. The infuriating things is that its isn't logging in the memory so BMW/Mini just wipe their hands of it and say there isn't a fault. I nearly had an acident in it this morning due to an impatient lorry driver, so the vehcile is completley unfit to drive. There is no logic to it at all, but definately no lights on the dash at all, they only come on when I start the car again as they normally would, but all go off as normal once driving!

As there is no issue on the computer, its like they won't get their hands dirty and look any further.

This was my dream car, and its rapidly turning into a nightmare.

Thankyou for posting I am so grateful just to tell someone my woes!


I have just found your problem through google, I have been having the exact same same problem from the end of December 2009, and I have been to my dealer with the problem, and again they can find nothing wrong woth the car.

I am just looking to see if you have got your issue sorted, and if so, what was the problem.

thanks



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Posted 20 April 2011 - 07:21 AM

Take them out for a drive, or beter still, get them to drive it with you in the car, then they can witness it for themselves

The computer may not be logging a fault, but unfortunately modern fitters rely on them too much rather than skill and experience!

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

I had the same problem with my 09 cooper. Dionostics was saying no fault and gararge couldn't find anything so I thought I would give my car a visual onece over myself. To my surprise I checked the oil level and was very low but the oil light was not coming on so I put 4 liters of oil in and it solved the problem




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