Hi there mini2.com, this is my first ever post and time being on here. From reading posts you guy know what you are talking about , so please can i have your help with my problem. Basicically i baught a mini one 52 plate from an auction ( yes that was the first stupid mistake =O), everything in it looked great from the engine to the mileage at first. Once purchased the mileage on the dashboard showed up as 171k which was a lie from what the auctioner was describing the details of the car with 83k and while driving the next few days i noticed a problem with changing gear ( by the way its automatic ), the car seems to doesn't want to change gears while taking off and giving no production of any sort of moving off power, the car seems to just rev and doesn't change into gear while vibrating a little. Ive been trying to discuss with my dad what it was, and the conclusion was gearbox, electricity problems or brakes keep locking. I have no idea what it is! At good times it runs smoothly without no problems of difficulty of changing gears but ive noticed the problems occurs aswell when i break completely fully down. Could anyone be any assist to this issue please? I love the car! much appreciated !!
Most garages normally have code reader these days, if theres something they cant access then its trip to your local MINI agent for them to do it.
They will probably charge you to do it though, either that or find a friend that will let you borrow one or do it for you?
Are you sure you are not just used to a cvt auto, they rev differently to a manual or conventional automatic as there are no gears, only variable belts/pulleys?
The bad news is early Mini cvt automatics can be a nightmare to fix any faults on, as few outside expensive BMW Dealers know how to, or want to get involved. The good news it is sometimes just a computer glitch, try disconnecting the battery for a while and then re-connect to reset/reboot.....the fault is probably why it was in the auction but was/should it have been declared or was it sold as seen at buyers risk?
Thanks for all the posts, I will be trying the disconnecting with the batteries at some point today and i believe it was a sold as seen buyers risk but i was not aware of it as it was the first time purchasing from an auction. How do you know the gearbox has problems? any distinctive signs to look for?
Yeah disconnect the battery it may be a technical electrical fault. Never no it could help.
If no different go to a good garage and tell them about it and rsk if a code scan will be okay to put on. My birds mum had a mercades auto. And that didn't want to change gear. She had to have a rebuild gear box. I would recommend you get a new one doe. If it does turn out to be a gear box.
Let us know how you get one.
ok this may not be helpful but i also have a 52 plate mini one, which is also auto and i did notice this on mine first, that it kept on doing exactly what you have explained, now it turns out in my case i kept on knocking the gear stick to the right and therefore knocking it into the Tiptronic gears where you control the gears up and down and therefore was over revving and not changing gear at all. my solution was just to learn to stop knocking it. i hope this helps as it could a simply solution like this as no one has mentioned this yet.
Sorry for the long reply due to studying, im having a dilema of disconnecting the battery, my dad said its connected to the immobiliser which triggers the alarm, how do i tackle this situation? so far driving the mini one with all the sugguested tips, and the results is that it seems that the harsh breaking is a trigger for the revving and non changing gear problem when moving off, im starting to think it is a electrical problem fused with the breaking system am i wrong?
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