My car is a velvet red 2003 Cooper with CVT. I have been having idle issues since almost the beginning. The car will bog when I come to a stop. Sometimes when I start the car it almost dies when I put it into drive. When I do short, multi trips this happens a lot. After many software updates, I was offered a new CVT at about 70,000km. (about 43,000 miles) The problems are still there but not as severe, except for the short trip issue. MINI Richmond has NOT closed the tranny warranty work order.
Now, less than a year later and less than 20,000km, the EP warning is coming on. , Took the car in and was told my brake light switch needed replacing as, if it fails, it can trip the EP since it is connected to the tranny. $124. That was Monday. Today is Wednesday and the EP light is on again. I already had an appointment with MINI for a pre-trip as we are going to MMW in two weeks and I wanted an oil change and to find out what caused a bang two weeks ago. I thought maybe I hit a rock but never saw one in front of me or felt one hit a tire or saw one come out behind me. On Monday, MINI got me in for an emergency look-see. Today, they say it can wait until my Friday appointment. I'm glad my work order is still open. Will not be a happy camper if I break down on my trip because they haven't found my car's problem.
Anyway, mark me down as a CVT owner with tranny issues. The car is a rare colour so I want to hang onto it but, if I need another tranny, I see either an S manual or Rav4 in my future.