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MINI Cooper Clutch & Transmission Questions



  • zmaster2zmaster2 Posts: 1
    I have a 02 mini automatic,I have 84,000 miles, I just took the car to a local mechanic,my car would not change gear from a standing stop, I went about 200 yards from the light and finally kicked into next gear this has happened twice, this time the check engine light came on, the mechanic pulled a 1787 gear ratio code, he could not find any troubleshooting for this code,he had to call England the maker of his diag machine to get a 20 page troubleshooting guide, I will find out tomorrow if its wiring or replace transmission at about 4800 bucks. I refuse to take my car to Flow mini in Winston Salem, NC, I have had nothing but problems with this dealer.
  • winniepwinniep Posts: 18

    I wrote about my shot transmission back on May 23rd. I have since had my transmission replaced for $7K at the mechanics (the dealership would have charged me $8K+).

    If anyone out there is having trouble with your CVT and would like BMW / MINI to do something about it, I am considering filing a class action. Anyone interested?
  • motoronmotoron Posts: 6
    I didn't see any listed in service. Is that right? Therefore, everything would be warrenty issue?
  • sburchillsburchill Posts: 1
    I would be interested in looking into this. We bought our son a automatic 2003 mini cooper from a lady driver last Oct. It had 10,000 miles on the clock. Since then, my son has noticed a problem with shifting. We took it into the dealer in June for them to look at the problem after the engine waring light came on. They just reset the waring light and said there was nothing wrong. However, on the invoice they stated that " Faul was P1786 Transmission Ratio Actuator. They reset transmission adaption values and cleared vault memory as a courtesy to customer" They also informed me that it needed its inspection 1 service and informed us that would be around $800.00. We opted to take it to a local car place who works on minis and BMW's because they were charging $450.00 for doing the same thing.We received news form the shop that the transmission was about to go, the car has just 17,000 miles on it. The warrenty ran out in Jan. I had the AAA tow the car to the MBW dealer, who after inspection confirmed that it did need an new transmission. I was asked "how do you want to deal with this" I explained to the service person that this could have been avoided if they had bothered to investigate the issue back in June insted of just resteing the fault memory. I also stated that I did not expect a BMW transmission to go out after 17,000 miles. I am now awaiting news from them ater they speak with the BMW/mini rep. I would be interested to hear what anyone thinks and if I do have a case against them.


  • winniepwinniep Posts: 18
    I have had experiences with the mini dealership where they did not do a thorough job in checking everything, resetting the computer, and then returning the car to me. It is extremely frustrating not to mention expensive (taking the car in and out of the dealership, and once the warranty runs out, the parts and labors are BMW prices). I have talked to some lawyers, and some say that we have a case. I am still looking for a GOOD one who would represent us. Anyone interested please email me at, so I can get a list going. The first step after finding a lawyer is to get a demand letter over to BMW to compensate us for the money and time lost. We could commence litigation if BMW does not respond within a certain amount of time. Those of you who know other Mini drivers, please spread the word. I am tired of being taken advantage of by big companies.

    Just got back from another Mini Blog and here is a suggestion for all to do:

    One immmediate option we have is for everyone to open a case with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). I opened a case with them on 7/13/2007 and at that time only 1 other issue had been opened regarding the MINI CVT transmission. I feel that if enough consumers open issues with NHTSA the MINI Corp. will be forced to respond to this issue in some way, hopefully a recall since the issue seems to be occuring after the car is out of warrenty. The contact information for NHTSA is as follows and it only takes about 15 minuites to open a case. (You will need your VIN number)

    NHTSA 1-888-327-4236 or

    Please pass this information on to any other blogs to get the word out. I refuse to pay MINI another 7-8 thousand for a new transmission.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    I was wondering at 26k how i got checkered intrerior?
    Someone can answer but, no way am I buying a Mini after the horror stories I've been reading on here sounds like my old MBG. The Brits never could build a car. :lemon:
  • winniepwinniep Posts: 18
    Since Mini got bought by BMW, this time it is really the German who could built a car.
  • zmaster2 - what was the final verdict on the source of the problems? wiring or transmission?

    I'm happy to report that I have not had any more mechanical issues since the transmission was replaced. Of course the passenger side front seat is now in a permanently reclined position, but at least it's drivable.
  • I'm a little confused about which automatic transmission I have in my (late July) 2006 MINI Cooper S now. After talking with a MINI dealer here in the Puget Sound area last week, I was informed only the non S MINIs have the CVT transmission. Does anyone know if this is true? So far I have had nothing unusual happen with the transmission.

    My MINI: Late July '06 MCS, Hyper blue with white top & bonnet stripes, chrome exterior & interior, all Packages, rear fog light, park distance control, AT, English leather interior, cockpit chrono pack, Harmon Kardon stereo, Stage 2 MINI Madness kit.
  • The MCS never got a CVT.
  • That's good to hear. Hopefully I won't have any issues with my transmission. :)

    One thing weird & dumb is that there's no dip stick to check the transmission fluid level. I'm not sure why they'd do something like that! :confuse:

    My MINI: Late July '06 MCS, Hyper blue with white top & bonnet stripes, chrome exterior & interior, all Packages, rear fog light, park distance control, AT, English leather interior, cockpit chrono pack, Harmon Kardon stereo, Stage 2 MINI Madness kit.
  • Cause BMW wants to eliminate the possibility of drivers doing any type of maintenance and try to take independent service/repair shops out of the loop too.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Wait a minute, you bought park distance control? For a MINI? :surprise: :P
  • Thanks for this info. I've got 58,000 miles on my 03 and the ENTIRE TRANSMISSION needs to be replaced. The dealership quoted me almost $8,000 to fix it.... about half the price of the car- it's only 4 years old! The manufacturer did offer to replace the transmission and do the 60,000 miles for free, but they still want me to pay the $2,500 in labor. What do you guys think about this?
  • The manufacture did not offer to pay for mine. It was a straight $8000 quote. I ended up going to a mechanic and pay a little less than $7000 to replace it. I am gathering interested participants for a class action law suit. If you are interested, please send me an email at Please keep in mind that it might take me a while to get enough people and to find a good lawyer to rep us. Thanks!
  • bodble2: >

    Yes, I did buy the park distance control (PDC). I had one of those instances in the past where I backed into a cable that I couldn't see at night. It was below my bumper, so I didn't see it. I ended up having to repaint my bumper which would have more than covered the cost of the park distance control. :(

    Since I've had my MINI, I've already saved one Chihuahua (a co-worker's dog)... I didn't even know it was laying behind my car when I went to back up, but the park distance control sensed it. The PDC more than paid for itself in that instance. ;)
  • Just curious if these were automatic or manual transmissions?
    Class Action lawsuits are difficult because you need a lot of people with the same problem.
    Still I hope you manage to get it resolved. I would think with their powertrain warranty you would be covered if for no other reason than goodwill by the manufacturer, since the warranty was up for only 8k miles. Maybe getting an extended warranty on a Mini is a good idea if they are prone to these sort of problems?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I can certainly envision some situations where park distance control would be useful for even a small car like the MINI. I was just yanking your chain a bit. ;) Cheers! :shades:
  • No problemo... You're not the only one who's given me any bunk. :blush:
  • These were the CVT - continuously variable transmission. I think my next step is to call news channel and then selling my car.
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