Okay, I know this has been done to death over on the sewing site and there is the recent thread from TGS91 about his "flaming garage" (hilarious btw). I'm just tossing out some information that my service guy and the local "master tech" from Mini of Monrovia have told me and things that have been done for me. These guys have played it straight with me so far and I don't see any signs that will change. So here is the info they've told me and what has been and will be done: MINI is aware of the issue. They have opted not to assist with it. Most dealers (not all) will do a courtesy cleaning (sometimes called dealer good will) of the intakes if you are throwing a code. Vehicles that aren't driven for extended (20mins or so) periods at full operating temp are more prone to the issue. I.e. cold start and a 15 min drive to work then shut off until leaving work. The more often run and stopped away from full op temp the faster this issue develops. There seems to be no difference in manuals or autos. This is based on observations of the techs and writers at my local Mini dealer (Southern California). So, driving environment and distances travelled will most likely alter these observations. A non-manditory ECU update(re flash) was issued a month ago(late Dec 10-Jan 11) for manuals only that should shorten the duration the intake valves are open during the off cycle of of the rotation. I've had this done to mine. It raises the idle revs a bit and seems to make it pull a bit harder in higher gears (5 & 6) under load. I don't notice any other difference. They keep trying to sell me on this injector cleaner/fuel system treatment. They believe it works to stem the build up but not prevent it entirely. No one there has heard about the Seafoam treatment but I am aware that there are MINI dealers that are. I have a 2010 with 30,7XX miles and I show no outward signs (Loss of power, throttle hesitation, rough idle, CEL of misfire) of an issue. My daily commute is 30 miles each each way at 60-80mph for 40-50 minutes. I welcome any more facts that people have just so we can sort through the data available.