R50 CVT Question
Hello! I have a 2003 R50 Mini Cooper, which is essentially stock. I had a problem about 18 months ago with the engine running at around 4k RPM between 50-60mph. Took it to the dealer, and they said the CVT control software needed to be reset and then re-adapted. They did that, and it went back to working normally.
Fast forward to about 3 months ago, and the same thing has started occurring again. I am not interested in spending $350 every 15 months to have the transmission re-adapted, so I have some questions:
1. Given the high failure rate of the early CVTs, is this a sign that the transmission is on its way to failure?
2. Is there any harm to continuing to drive the vehicle in this state? I assume that it is resulting in lower fuel economy, but since I only use the vehicle for commuting, I am not often in that speed range.
3. Is there anyway for me to preform the reset without the BMW diagnostic computer? My understanding is that they do the reset, then drive the car for awhile at a fixed speed (50 mph, I think).
Thanks so much for your help, just don't want to put a lot of money into the vehicle, and certainly not it the CVT is about to fail anyway.