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Old Jun 29th, 2014, 02:55 PM
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DIY Is it an R50?//Horrors of CVT?

Hello all, potential mini owner here. First I have a few questions that I need answered and I would REALLY appreciate any help on this matter at all.

The car I'm looking at is a Mini Cooper 2005 model with 37k miles on it and a really good deal (elderly lady passed, car went through estate sale, the seller bought if to turn a small profit). The test drive was great but after I went home I started reading the horrors of the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) in the R50s and how they can give out in under 30k miles.

My question; How do I tell if it's an R50? As I said earlier, the guy bought it to turn a quick profit, so he knows very little about it. The car itself and very few features besides leather interior if that help in discerning if it's an R50 or not.

If it is an R50, would it still be worth buying knowing the impending doom that is the CVT looms overhead like a dark cloud? Or has the internet blown this way out of proportion?

Really need help guys, love the car but the threat of having to spend several thousand on a transmission doesn't sound like a good deal to me.

Thanks in advance and sorry for the lengthy read.
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Well if you google for pictures of r50 and r56 there is visual differences, but pre 2006 they tend to be all r50.

From working on all minis for the last 5 years in the main dealer, I would say that the mini gearbox can be faulty but I would say that this fault is over talked about online. The r50 more had problems with the power steering pumps.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Minitech93 (original)
The r50 more had problems with the power steering pumps.

I noticed pretty stiff steering issues immediately in the car (you couldn't easily do a sharp turn with one hand). Is that the kind of issues you were talking about? And thanks so much for replying.
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A 2005 MINI Cooper is a R50.

Some appropriate reading ...

MotoringFile - MINI Settling CVT Class Action Suit

MotoringFile - MINI Power Steering Warranty Extension
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Quote: Originally Posted by Caveman (original)
A 2005 MINI Cooper is a R50.

Very good to know, and thanks. I had already read the one about the CVT lawsuit, unfortunately (unless I'm mistaken) the deadline for submission was April 2nd, 2014. I do appreciate the links nonetheless, as it was insightful reading and I think I've read enough to make me want to skip this deal. I'd much rather have a manual tranny anyways, they're so much more fun to drive
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