A total of 5,809 Mini Classics produced between August 1996 and January 1999 and registered in the UK are being recalled over a concern about the rear wheel bearings.
An MG Rover statement said: “Some isolated reports have been received that identify the possibility of premature wheel bearing wear as a result of water ingress. Although such a condition would normally be detected during routine servicing, the recall is being instigated to minimise customer concern. If left unchecked, the issue could lead to failure of the bearing assembly, although related noise and vibration would make this easily detectable by the driver.”
Owners of models in the affected VIN range are being informed by letter today and are being asked to visit their local MG Rover dealership who will arrange for the rear wheel bearings to be replaced free of charge.