Despite my best efforts, I've mangerd to cook the clutch on my 2012, Mini Countryman All 4, Cooper S. This puts me in the same good company as the road testers @ Automobile Magazine and dozens, if not hundreds of other disgruntled owners. When I went to the dealer yesterday to explain the issue and book an appointment, the service tech, admitted to never having heard of issues concerning clutch issues on this model. This astounded me has it has been written about in a number of enthusiast magazines and on Mini Forums. I had barely arrived home from the dealership when I receivd a call from the Service manager, advising me that they have already placed an order for a new clutch ( $2500.00 ) and will have it Installed immediately upon arrival. At this point, they had not even seen my car. The reviewers at Automobile Magazine , did a follow up story and found the fix to make a huge difference in the driving experience. Apart from this issue and the sometimes harsh ride provided by the run flat tires , I like this car and the practicality it provides. So much so, that if the clutch issue is indeed fixed, I would consider the newly available John Cooper Works Version, as future replacement.