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.