I recently purchased my first Mini S, an '11 6-speed with 9K miles. I have always owned BMW's with standard transmissions and the clutches always operated very smoothly. My Mini has a sharp chatter when engaging first or reverse at any RPM below 1,000. If I rev the motor above 1,000 the car will move smoothly...below 1K it will shutter and stall. The local Mini dealer (Louisville, KY) tells me this is normal operation. What say ye???