The BMW Mini Cooper is a popular car known for its great gas mileage and iconic shape that hearkens back to the 1970s, but it is also known among Mini owners for its problematic transmissions, among other issues.
Numerous car owners have reported their transmissions needed to be replaced around 50,000 miles. This is reportedly because of the type of transmission used in car models older than 2006. The bearings reportedly break down and cause damage to the gears. After 2007, BMW changed the suppliers of its transmissions which eliminated reports of this issue.
Clutch Burns Out
The clutch on older model Mini Coopers reportedly wears out quickly, especially if the car is used heavily in stop-and-go traffic and is driven in mostly hilly areas. Some owners have reported the clutch burnt out suddenly, requiring an expensive repair job.
Won't Go Into Gear
Car owners have reported struggling to put the clutch on the 5-speed Mini Cooper transmission into reverse and fifth gear.
Shift Cable Comes Loose
The shift cable reportedly comes loose from the transmission in the 2002 Mini Cooper. A retaining clip must be installed to prevent this from happening. This problem resulted in a recall of the 2002 model year.
- Consumer Affairs: Consumer Complaints About Mini Cooper
- Mini Cooper Forums: Manual Transmission Blown: The Fix
- Dealer Rater: Recalls: Mini Cooper Recalls
- North American Motoring: Forums: 03 Mini Cooper Transmission Problems
- MSN Autos: 2003 Mini Cooper Reliability
- Car Talk: Low-Mileage Mini Cooper Transmission