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post #136 of 145 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 2014, 11:41 PM
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Heartbroken Mini Cooper Convertible Owner, for now

Did you know Mini Cooper was a centerfold in Playboy Magazine? Got your attention now, don’t I? Good!

Thinking of buying a BMW or Mini Cooper Product, DON’T! At least until you’ve read this and the class action lawsuit against BMW and Mini Cooper “Aarons VS BMW” This lawsuit is being handled by Kurtzman & Carson Consultants, Philip Cooper. 886-381-9100

When I purchased my 2007 Mini Cooper I did so because I thought it was the cutest, coolest, and most fun car I had ever driven. Then the practical side of me took over and I did my due diligence and research.

Who knew that the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) would prematurely fail and without warning, recklessly putting me in a gravely dangerous situation in the high speed lane on the expressway way during rush hour traffic? BMW and Mini Cooper knew, that’s who!! It’s amazing that I wasn’t struck by the semi behind me traveling at a high rate of speed, considering my Mini Cooper dropped down to 15mph after the VCT permanently failed while traveling at a rate of 65mph!

BMW presented the Mini Cooper as a high performance, yet affordable high end premium small vehicle which emphasized their design and performance features, cornering abilities, good looks and fashionable styling. Did you know that the Mini Cooper even graced the centerfold of Playboy Magazine? Yes! Playboy Magazine!! BMW group bragged, through its aggressive marketing tactics, that the Mini Cooper’s design, layout, content and performance along with it being fun to drive, its price point, and high quality were enough to wear the “BMW Badge.”

I thought I had died and gone to heaven! This was my favorite car ever! I babied my Mini Cooper and serviced it regularly, of course. None the wiser, I loved that car, still do. BMW & Mini Cooper – not so much!

I was so excited and proud to be driving a Mini Cooper and I remained ecstatic until recently. A Mini Cooper convertible was my dream car, BUT now it’s my recurring nightmare! .” Well, for once, I made my extravagant purchase base on emotion AND logic, what a change for me. Now I wish I didn’t do the research to back up my emotional purchase, at least I could said, shoulda, woulda, coulda… messed up again. Oh by the way, that “BMW Badge,” what I didn’t know… it means “Badge of Dishonor!” Shame on you BMW!

Not only did BMW deny knowledge of the premature VCT but they also undertook affirmative efforts to conceal the failures through a series of “TSB” Technical Service Bulletins issued to repair facilities, thus stalling long enough for the warranty to expire before owners were made fully aware of the true problem. It’s obvious that BMW knew of the problems based not only on the complaints made directly to them but also numerous complaints made to the “NHTSA” National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Yet BMW refuses to publicly acknowledge the problem or offer remedy, instead keeping it a secret as long as possible. As if this wasn’t bad enough, BMW CONTINUED TO KNOWINGLY SELL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH CVT’S PRONE TO PREMATURE FAILURE! Despite BMW’s efforts to conceal the issue, customer complaints and CVT failures continued. Way to go BMW! Something to be said for your consistency.

Thinking back now, Mini Cooper was always aggressively sending me marketing materials for the newest, latest, hottest Mini Cooper Convertible, of course wanting me to trade in my 2007 Convertible Mini Cooper, for a brand new sleeker, faster more stylish Mini Cooper Convertible. What would have happened if BMW would have put all of that time, effort, and cost into a recall? Or a “Just FYI, your VCT might fail, please call us” letter. We’ll never know because that would be considered “above board” or “proactive good customer service” and as we have discovered, BMW possess NONE of those qualities.

There is a saying, “If it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.” This is so true with BMW. BMW knowingly under budgeted production and could not keep up with the demand it created. After all everyone wanted that beautiful, cool car that was featured in “Playboy Magazine!” Too bad the beauty was only skin deep! BMW sacrificed quality and turned out substandard parts and shoddy workmanship, all the while refusing to take responsibility for their actions knowing full well that they were recklessly putting their loyal customers in harm’s way when the VCT failed.

To this day, even in the face of these numerous complaints, BMW continues to deny that there is a problem with the CVT and refuses to disclose the truth to consumers. I ask you, “How is this possible in this day and age?” “Who does BMW know that we lowly (no longer loyal) consumers don’t and why should we have to pay to clean up their mess?”

It takes a lot for me to post a negative review about anything but I will be shouting this from the roof tops!!! Never again will I own a BMW or Mini Cooper product and I will make it my life’s mission to share this message with everyone!


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Did you know Mini Cooper was a centerfold in Playboy Magazine? Got your attention now, don’t I? Good!
Thinking of buying a BMW or Mini Cooper Product, DON’T! At least until you’ve read this and the class action lawsuit against BMW and Mini Cooper “Aarons VS BMW” This lawsuit is being handled by Kurtzman & Carson Consultants, Philip Cooper. 886-381-9100
When I purchased my 2007 Mini Cooper I did so because I thought it was the cutest, coolest, and most fun car I had ever driven. Then the practical side of me took over and I did my due diligence and research.
Who knew that the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) would prematurely fail and without warning, recklessly putting me in a gravely dangerous situation in the high speed lane on the expressway way during rush hour traffic? BMW and Mini Cooper knew, that’s who!! It’s amazing that I wasn’t struck by the semi behind me traveling at a high rate of speed, considering my Mini Cooper dropped down to 15mph after the VCT permanently failed while traveling at a rate of 65mph!
BMW presented the Mini Cooper as a high performance, yet affordable high end premium small vehicle which emphasized their design and performance features, cornering abilities, good looks and fashionable styling. Did you know that the Mini Cooper even graced the centerfold of Playboy Magazine? Yes! Playboy Magazine!! BMW group bragged, through its aggressive marketing tactics, that the Mini Cooper’s design, layout, content and performance along with it being fun to drive, its price point, and high quality were enough to wear the “BMW Badge.”
I thought I had died and gone to heaven! This was my favorite car ever! I babied my Mini Cooper and serviced it regularly, of course. None the wiser, I loved that car, still do. BMW & Mini Cooper – not so much!
I was so excited and proud to be driving a Mini Cooper and I remained ecstatic until recently. A Mini Cooper convertible was my dream car, BUT now it’s my recurring nightmare! .” Well, for once, I made my extravagant purchase base on emotion AND logic, what a change for me. Now I wish I didn’t do the research to back up my emotional purchase, at least I could said, shoulda, woulda, coulda… messed up again. Oh by the way, that “BMW Badge,” what I didn’t know… it means “Badge of Dishonor!” Shame on you BMW!
Not only did BMW deny knowledge of the premature VCT but they also undertook affirmative efforts to conceal the failures through a series of “TSB” Technical Service Bulletins issued to repair facilities, thus stalling long enough for the warranty to expire before owners were made fully aware of the true problem. It’s obvious that BMW knew of the problems based not only on the complaints made directly to them but also numerous complaints made to the “NHTSA” National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Yet BMW refuses to publicly acknowledge the problem or offer remedy, instead keeping it a secret as long as possible. As if this wasn’t bad enough, BMW CONTINUED TO KNOWINGLY SELL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH CVT’S PRONE TO PREMATURE FAILURE! Despite BMW’s efforts to conceal the issue, customer complaints and CVT failures continued. Way to go BMW! Something to be said for your consistency.
Thinking back now, Mini Cooper was always aggressively sending me marketing materials for the newest, latest, hottest Mini Cooper Convertible, of course wanting me to trade in my 2007 Convertible Mini Cooper, for a brand new sleeker, faster more stylish Mini Cooper Convertible. What would have happened if BMW would have put all of that time, effort, and cost into a recall? Or a “Just FYI, your VCT might fail, please call us” letter. We’ll never know because that would be considered “above board” or “proactive good customer service” and as we have discovered, BMW possess NONE of those qualities.
There is a saying, “If it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.” This is so true with BMW. BMW knowingly under budgeted production and could not keep up with the demand it created. After all everyone wanted that beautiful, cool car that was featured in “Playboy Magazine!” Too bad the beauty was only skin deep! BMW sacrificed quality and turned out substandard parts and shoddy workmanship, all the while refusing to take responsibility for their actions knowing full well that they were recklessly putting their loyal customers in harm’s way when the VCT failed.
To this day, even in the face of these numerous complaints, BMW continues to deny that there is a problem with the CVT and refuses to disclose the truth to consumers. I ask you, “How is this possible in this day and age?” “Who does BMW know that we lowly (no longer loyal) consumers don’t and why should we have to pay to clean up their mess?”
Never again will I own a BMW or Mini Cooper product and I will make it my life’s mission to share this message with everyone!
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there is a class action lawsuit against bmw for the mini CVT trans. join it!
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Another gearbox??

Hello people,
New here, i am a garage owner having a scout for a customers vehicle that is coming in later today, 2005 model Cooper S Auto. Only to say for the moment i have a chassis number and the reported problem from the customer that gear change has been very harsh last few weeks, now sticking in 3rd gear. Turn ignition on and off and OK again for maybe unto a day.
They have been using the steering wheel paddles in manual mode to get a better change quality for the last few weeks.

How do know which transmission it has? any identifier code from the chassis number?

Does this sound terminal? was hoping to change the fluid and see what comes out!!

Help and advice always appreciated........

Oh, based in Australia east coast.......
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The automatic in a 1st Gen Cooper S model is an Aisin AW TF-61SN.
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Fingers crossed then an oil change may help :-))
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Turns out its a 2007 cooper S supercharged version.

The oil that came out smelled terrible, drained from the sump pan and differential housing, but the drips stopped at 2.6 ltrs (3 quarts)

Refilled through the torx bolt above the rear differential housing the same amount.

Car is much better than previous on road test, but must admit could be a lot better. Change is still quite harsh. Does not miss or stick in 3rd now.

Maybe try to change again tomorrow to help flush the torque converter.

Does this sound normal to you experts??
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As an update......... if anyone reading them :-))

Car covered 121,000kms and had not had oil changed previously.
Changed the oil again and it was far more discoloured than i expected. It dropped about 2.5 litres each time.
Delivering back to the customer the car had certainly improved a huge amount from first time i drove the car, but it certainly was not driving and changing gear as smoothly as our 1992 BMW 318is auto with 290kms on the clock!!

Guessing the damage has been done, i suggested maybe a time to part exchange at a BMW garage for another car, so they could sell it with a warranty and take ownership of the new gearbox install............
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Angry I used to love mini cooper now I will never trust them or BMW again!!

I kissed my 2009 mini cooper goodbye 2 weeks ago!! It stopped in the middle of the florida turnpike. Had to have it towed to the nearest mini cooper dealership in orlando. When i talked to them they told me it was the timing chain. When i found out about the lawsuit i talked to the dealership and they tried to back out of saying it was the timing chain. I paid them $200 dollars for them to tell me i needed to give them $1000.00 to evaluate the engine trouble more in depth when they already knew what was wrong with it!!! They told me it would cost me $13,000 for a new engine. I will never trust bmw or mini cooper again. I had to buy a new car....i bought from honda. I will hate bmw and minicooper the rest of my life!!!
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I feel your pain
I’m professional mechanic myself have stripped my mini cvt mind you I bought it broken it was only £100 so to put it back on the road total is going to be circa £400
Anyway I’m a bit stuck found a spring in the tranny and god knows where she goes so I’m literally stuck
I got all the parts belt filter oil etc but can’t proceed with assembly until figured where that spring goes
Hope you’ll be more lucky pal

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