Sad to say, but the shift surges are back. I'm scheduled for yet another dealer visit so they can determine what to do. One thing I learned about Mini in the month that I've owned it is that the dealers do things very differently. They try simple things first, then they want to look at it a little more thoroughly, and finally they decide on an action plan for repair (and that requires corporate approval). While this certainly makes sense for smaller repairs, it's a little inconvenient when it comes to larger problems like the transmission. It wouldn't be that bad if they did repairs on weekends, but that just isn't the case, and other arrangements have to be made for vehicle exchanges and/or loaners.
When an average person works the standard 8 to 5, and so does the dealer, there tends to be a snag or two trying to explain to your work why you have to take time off for vehicle repairs. It's even harder to explain when the vehicle is brand new, and the only reason you bought it was to replace a previous vehicle that also had problems.
I still remain hopeful, as I don't really think there's anything wrong with the transmission mechanically. After doing quite a bit of research, and even diving into other car manufacturers problems, I noticed similarities. Some people were able to have the shift points reset, others were able to update the ECU, and a few went through transmission replacement. If I had a take a stab at it, I would say that the ECU needs an update, but there is no update to be had on a 2014. More than likely, they will probably replace the whole transmission rather than toy with the valve body or other simple fixes.
Keeping you tuned....
Last edited by zenx; Feb 25th, 2014 at 12:36 AM.