Hi. Sorry for the length of this post but I am a newbie and this is a safety related technical matter so I want to make sure I get it right.
My wife drives a MCS D Convertible, bought new in January 2012. Yesterday she was out for a drive and reached the end of our lane (about 500 metres away) and stopped to turn on to the main road. She went to put the car in first gear so she could pull away and the gear stick "went all floppy"... that was her description.
When I came up and checked it out, the gear lever linkage cable "roundel" at the engine/gearbox end (right front of engine as you look at car, below the air filter box) had come off the ball joint pin. I reconnected it by first removing the windscreen washer filler reservoir so I could get my rather large hand in, then pushing the cable roundel back on said pin.
So far so good. The car can now be driven... but our concern is this: what if this was to happen again when the gears are being used to slow the vehicle when going down a hill or into a corner? What if it were to happen when changing down to overtake another vehicle? Either of which could cause a safety problem... all of a sudden the engine is either stuck in a gear, or it can't be put into gear... GULP! If nothing else this could be embarrassing, but at worse could lead to an accident.
I am taking to the Mini dealer we bought it from tomorrow morning, but I was wondering... has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was the solution?
PS The car has done about 7500 miles from new and this problem has never happened before. The Mini dealer says they have never heard of it happening before.
PPS I am going to put a cable tie around the cable roundel to make sure it doesn't come off when I am driving to the dealer, but this is not a permanent solution, of course.