Mar 29th, 2010, 07:08 PM
My present car is a 2005 Cooper with CVT with less than 50K km on it. It is in excellent condition. I usually trade at the 5 year mark regardless of mileage. My wife loves the 2005 and we ordered it with all the things she wanted. So, do I keep it for however long, or trade while it has some value? The 2010 use the 6 speed automatic, but rumour has it that later models will use a new dual clutch transmission which will make the 6 speed obsolete. The dual clutch will likely be more complex and thus less reliable. Indeed the CVT just might be the best bet of the three. Most reported problems are high mileage and early models. The only negitive is in the serviceablitity of the CVT and the fact Canadain dealers not not recommend fluid changes which is strange. So I am in a position between a rock and a hard place. Do I keep the present car, trade for a car with the 6 speed, or wait for a dual clutch??? My gut feeling tells me the present car might just be the way to go, and my wife will be happy. It might be nice to know how many CVT cars Mini sold, and what percentage needed replacements. Too bad BMW wont do the Nissan thing.