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    R53 MINI Cooper S - clutch replacement cost?

    Hi all,

    My wifeís 2004 Cooper S clutch has been getting worse recently, slipping under load and a bit of shuddering now so time to replace it. Itís original at 90k miles and I really donít want to DIY it so wanted to ask what would be a reasonable price to have it done at a garage? The starter motor gear whines a bit on engagement / throw out sometimes too so may need attention.

    Given I generally fix all my own cars, Iíve no idea about garage prices - any pointers appreciated. Also, anything to have done at the same time? Assume itíll be internal slave cyl inside the bell housing though havenít checked yet. Not sure if itís a DMF either... better start investigating

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    It is a DMF

    Where in the country are you?
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    Thanks, the DMF is probably whatís giving the shudder then. Iím in Cheshire, near M62 J7. Have used a garage in Warrington for odd things before so will check with them for a price on Mon and see a sign for a MINI specialist, Graham Martin in St Helens which is nearby so could check with them too.

    My Volvo clutch cost about £300 in parts but took me three or four weekends cos I kept replacing other bits and fixing things whilst I was at it, this one needs to be quicker
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    With these it's so tight it's often quicker just to take the front off and the engine out. Has it got aircon?

    I've asked someone Lancashire way who's in to these who he'd suggest for the job
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    Thanks, Stace. Yes, it has AC which probably adds to the hassle of the job I expect. If I did book it in at a specialist, I'd potentially ask them to service the supercharger too as that's on my list at some point.
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    Update: I watched a time lapse YouTube vid of the procedure to confirm I definitely donít want to DIY this, then called a few local garages this morn for quotes. Now booked in with a local transmission specialist recommended by my usual local garage (he didnít want the job) for just after after Easter.

    New DMF, clutch and rear main seal = £790 fitted inc vat. They said itís 6.8 hrs labour, would take me about a week. Price not as awful as some quotes but certainly more than costly enough
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    I usually split the subframe, leaving the front half in place with the cooling pack on it. I leave the steering rack and pump in the car too, as disturbing them is often fatal. The rack bolts can sometimes be an arse to remove though.
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    Cheers, UB - does the price sound about right for the job? Wish I lived nearer to you and could bring this and any other broken cars I have to you for remedial work
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    Price sounds reasonable. Do get them to clarify the brand of parts they will be using. LUK would be my preferred. If they want to use something like National Clutch I would ask them not to.
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    Thanks, I was sure it was LUK parts plus a genuine BMW rear main seal but contacted them yesterday just to make sure and theyíve confirmed it is.
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