Peter, I am sorry to read this. I see you're new to MINI2 - so first of all, welcome to a great site. Don't know if you're familiar with any of the other MINI related sites, but I just did a quick search on North American Motoring, and found a number of CVT threads, but here is one that caught my eye: http://www.northamericanmotoring.com...&highlight=CVT - about failures. There may well be others over there. Although it's not as well organized a forum, because it is predominately an American site you might find others from your specific dealership...which could be helpful.
It stinks when something like this happens. Please let us know what happens next. I hope that you can get the help you need. Yes, there are a bunch of posters who have high mileage CVTs with no problems, but there are surely more than a handful out there in the world who've suffered this untimely failure.
First love: MC CVT Indi Blue/White '04
Past MINI: MC CVT PW/Black '06
Present MINI: MCCa Pure Silver/BLK '09 w/roof rails
hi, i just bought my an 02 reg mini one AUTO (one pre-owner, done 34000 miles) and came to the forum. after reading so many report regarding to the transmission box problem, i am now very concerned about mine too, though not any sign of failure now.
by the way, how many UK owners have been suffered from the problem? if it did happened, what would be the best way to sort it out?
Those are good questions, but I'm not sure anyone has any good answers. There is a sense that a higher than average number of CVT transmissions have failed sooner than they should, but nobody seems to really know for sure. Some people have had luck going to MINI directly, others have had some sympathy from their dealers in reducing the cost of replacement, but it seems to be very much a case by case basis. If you experience such a failure raising the issue with MINI and pointing to the reports that the CVT isn't durable enough seems to be an option that works on occasion. No harm in trying I guess.
I bought my pre-owned 2004 MINI from HASSEL as well. While they were great in some areas, they tried to cheat me out of the warranty that was supposed to come with a dealer certified vehicle upon pick up. They told me it wasn't covered and that I would have to buy an extended service plan. I fought tooth and nail to get what I originally agreed to a few days ago. After going through loops I eventually did get the original deal. The warranty will last until the end of 2009 or if the car gets to 100k miles. It's only at 27k now.
I bring this up because I only learned of the CVT problems AFTER buying the car. This is my first MINI so I am still becoming familiar with many aspects of owning and driving one. After reading the threads of failing transmissions I have a lump in my throat. Since I am covered until the end of next year, I feel slightly ok. But is their anything I can do to prevent damage to the tranny? I don't over use the manual or sport. I hardly use the manual. It's usually D or DS for me. Should I look into an extended service plan as a safety net?
I can say that there isn't anything that you can do to prevent a failure. I hardly ever use the sport mode ( I can count on one hand the amount of times I've used it) and had to have my transmission replaced at 64K miles. I can say that most of the people on this thread have had their transmissions fail just out of warranty I haven't read too many that got over 100K and then had a failure. There's no way to say that yours will or not it. The only thing that you can do is drive and hope that it doesn't happen to you. The one thing I can say is that it is that you should just motor and have your MINI keep you happy. Just don't worry about it and Happy Motoring!
My 2005 cooper CVT just failed at 93,000km. The cost of repairs outweighs the payback I would receive if I sold the car. I have released it to the dealer for them to send to auction in lieu of repair costs (the dealer replaced two modules which they believed caused the lurching problem).
I cannot believe with the number of MINIs experiencing this that BMW is not recalling them. I am absolutely heartbroken and devastated.
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