MINI Cooper transmission defect class action settlementHaving transmission problems with your MINI Cooper? You’re not alone. A federal class action lawsuit claims BMW of North America installed “shoddy” automatic transmissions in first-generation MINI’s that are prone to premature failure and cannot be reasonably repaired, forcing consumers to spend thousands of dollars to replace them and putting them at risk of serious harm.

According to the BMW MINI Cooper class action lawsuit, BMW aggressively marketed the MINI Cooper as a stylish, high performance — yet affordable — vehicle, and launched the MINI amidst great fanfare. The marketing campaign was so successful that buyers lined up to get their hands on the first generation MINIs and waited months to a year for a delivery.

“There’s a saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is…[and] after the dust settled from BMW Group’s marketing fervor, owners of First Generation MINIs found that they had been duped because their vehicles did not stand the test of time,” the MINI Cooper class action lawsuit states.

“In their haste to create a new ‘premium small car’ market, BMW Group sacrificed quality to meet demand and keep the sales price low, and as a result, First Generation MINIs were quickly churned out with substandard parts and shoddy workmanship. BMW Group refuses to take responsibility for these actions, and instead, prefers that its customers be left to clean up the mess it created.”

The MINI Cooper transmission class action lawsuit takes aim at BMW’s failure to disclose a material problem concerning the Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) installed in first generation MINIs, which the lawsuit alleges are prone to premature failure.

“As a result of BMW Group’s failure to disclose the fact that CVTs installed in First Generation MINIs are prone to premature failure, consumers are required to spend approximately $6,000 to $9,000 (one-third to one-half of the original purchase price) to repair or replace their CVTs, or sell their vehicle without repair for a substantial loss,” the MINI Cooper CVT class action lawsuit states. Their failure to disclose the problem also places the driver and passengers at risk of serious harm, the lawsuit continues, because the CVTs can fail without warning, resulting in a complete loss of power to the drive wheels.

“As a result of its failure to disclose the material fact that CVTs installed in First Generation MINIs were prone to premature failure, BMW Group has recklessly placed the safety of the owners and occupants of First Generation MINIs at risk, and caused owners of those vehicles to suffer damages.”

The MINI Cooper defective transmission class action lawsuit seeking restitution, damages and other relief for a proposed class of all California residents who, at any time prior to the filing of this complaint, purchased or leased a 2002-2006 MINI Cooper Coupe or 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible in California.

A copy of the BMW MINI Cooper Defective Transmission Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.

The case is Brad Aarons v. BMW of North America, LLC, Case No. 11-cv-07667, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

UPDATE 1: A federal judge indicated he will approve a class action settlement reached in this class action lawsuit.

UPDATE 2: Judge Gutierrez preliminarily approved the MINI Cooper Transmission Class Action Settlement. Details on how to file a claim will be available soon.

UPDATE 3: Notices and claim filing instructions for the MINI Cooper settlement are being delayed by disputes between the two parties. Both sides asked the Court to intervene to expedite administration of the class action settlement benefits.

UPDATE 4: Claim filing instructions are now available! See how to file a claim for the MINI Cooper class action settlement here.

UPDATE 5: A misplaced objection to the MINI Cooper class action settlement has delayed the distribution of funds. Because the objection is similar to other objections already overruled by the judge, it is likely to be overruled as well. We will update readers when more information is available.

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336 Comments

  • Anonymous November 28, 2011

    I have a 2002 mini that the clutch and transmission went out on at around 30,ooo miles..The cost was close to 4,000 to replace….Now the power steering pump went out on the freeway and put my life at great risk!!!! I am in process of speaking with BMW in Ohio, i hope they will see their way clear to repair my Mini at their expense or we are going to court!!!!!

  • Anonymous January 18, 2012

    I have complete documentation of my issues with my 2006 Mini Cooper S which had 65,000 miles on it when the transmission failed. I sent a letter requesting help since my warranty was 1 year/15,000 miles expired when the transmission went and Mini Service never acknowledged a problem with the transmission while it was under warranty. They quoted me close to $10,000 to fix the transmission. The car had other problems as well, with a grand total of $17,500 worth of work needed. This total includes (but is not limited to) a new water pump, new power steering line among other problems. After owning the car for 5 years and finally making my final payment this is what happened (this is after I put approximately $3,000 into the cooling system that never worked right!). Please send me information on how I can participate in this law suit. Thank you, Tina Gross

  • Anonymous February 21, 2012

    I have a 2003 Mini Cooper that had the transmission go out in April of 2011. I was quoted over $9000.00 to repair / replace the transmission by the Moritz Mini dealer in Arlington Texas.
    I would like information on how to get involved in this class action suit, please.
    Regards,
    C King-Haak

  • Anonymous February 27, 2012

    I am in the same situation. I have a 2003 automatic and my transmission was making funny noises and was told I needed a new transmission for a cost of $7000.00. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or get BMW to do a recall and fix the problem before someone gets killed.

    Seattle, Wa.

  • Anonymous February 28, 2012

    If Any one needs to get there transmission fixed I have a shop in Glendora CA And the price is $3500.00 two year unlimited mile warranty. cal 626.963.6333

  • Anonymous March 16, 2012

    I too have a 2006 Mini Cooper S that the transmission failed and the dealer wont do anything but charge me 8900 for a new transmission.When I took the car a year ago with the same problem, I was told it was the quality of gas. Needless to say that was not the case.. I’m so disappointed with BMV for putting out such a cheap quality product.

  • Anonymous March 18, 2012

    My 2003 Mini Cooper just went into the repair shop. Transmission fail at 55k miles. Replace the transmission
    is the only solution to the tune of $8K. So sign me up I would like to get on board with the class action suit. How do I do that.
    If anybody knows how or what I can do. Please email me. Thank you signed
    a Disappointed Mini owner
    ccwpod@sbcglobal.net

  • Anonymous March 19, 2012

    Same story here, second transmission failed. Need help.

  • Anonymous March 23, 2012

    ditto…2003 mini cooper, left my daughter stranded on the highway waiting 90 min for AAA. quoted 10,500 to replace transmission, the casing was split in two. Is there an Ohio class action suit..purchased at the BMW STORE, Cincinnati….offered 1,000 for trade in ! Please give any information or we can start our own suit!

  • Anonymous March 26, 2012

    I got a part time teaching job an hour away so I had to trade my jeep in for a car. I bought a 2002 mini cooper with 53k miles and now I’m at 68k and my cvt is going out. I was quoted 5k for a used tranny and labor. I owe a little over 8k on it still. I could buy a new car for that combination price! This is not only ridiculous, but stressful. I thought BMW was a big name for quality, apparently not.

  • Anonymous April 10, 2012

    My 2005 mini convertible is now showing the same problems, and I’ve been told I need a new transmission and a new clutch not to mention my convertible top now isn’t going down which I read a lot of people have the same problems!!! Class action lawsuit in VA. PLEASE HELP!!!

  • Anonymous April 12, 2012

    I have a 2002 MINI COOPER, i have all of the documentations of when it has been serviced inreference to the tranny and it is Only serviced through my MINI DEALERSHIP. For at least the past two years my MINI has been in the shop MULTIPLE times for the tranny! I also was quoted $5,000 to $8,000 to replace it. WAYmore then what this car is worth. Each time it goes into the shop they do adjustments to it and basicallyj just put a “BAND AID” on the transmission. Ultimately know that this will only last so long and its days are numbered. I take care of my MINI and i do LOVE it, but that has been forshadowed by the TRANNY issues and some others that i’ve had. In the poast wanted to purchase other MINI’S as well BUT i am SOO disgusted with BMW!! and the issues that these cras have. I also would LOVE to part of this Lawsuit!!!!!

  • Anonymous April 14, 2012

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper Hardtop. Got problem with the CVT transmission. The mecanician tried to temporary fix it without warranty for $2,000. Replacing part will cost $8,000. Got transmission problem again after few months later. Had to sell my car to the mecanician for $4,000. If no problem my car value is between $8,000 and $10,000. So I lost money on my car due to the CVT problem. Total amount lost is $2,000(repair) + $4,000 (difference in car value). I want to be part of this lawsuit..

  • Anonymous April 17, 2012

    I’ve also has problems with my transmission slipping and my steering wheel pump. All of this was quoted around 11000 to fix. I am from Canada, how do I become part of this lawsuit?

  • Anonymous April 20, 2012

    I have cvt transmission problem too. I’d like to become part of this lawsuit. But how?

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012

    I have cvt transmission problem too. I’d like to become part of this lawsuit. But how?

  • Anonymous April 25, 2012

    I HAVE A 2006 MINI COOPER S . THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NEEDS TO BE REPLACED AT A COST OF $8000. PLEASE HELP!

  • Anonymous April 27, 2012

    I have a 2006 MCS and had the transmission fail 1 year ago at 70,000 miles. When I took it to the dealership, their solution was to get rid of the car – what a DISAPPOINTMENT! I will NEVER buy another Mini or BMW. Needless to say I had a few more payments until I actually finished paying the car off so I decided to have the transmission replaced at a nearby mechanic shop for $8K. If I didn’t love the car I probably would’ve just driven it off a cliff.

    Please send me info on how I too can participate in this lawsuit.

  • Anonymous May 2, 2012

    I would like to be added to this lawsuit. I have a 2003 Mini Cooper with a faulty Auto CVT transmission. It shouldn’t cost half the car’s price to fix!

  • Anonymous May 3, 2012

    2006 cvc bad 85000 miles need help

  • Anonymous May 4, 2012

    I would like to be added to this lawsuit. I have a 2004 Mini Cooper 35,000 miles with a faulty Auto CVT transmission.

  • Anonymous May 6, 2012

    I have a 2002 with the same problems so it now sits in storage. Don’t have the money to fix. How do I get involved inclassified action suit I am in. Indiana

  • Anonymous May 9, 2012

    I have a Mini 04 on which after spending 2,000 on repairs my transmission went with 90,000 miles on it!!! now to buy a used one which will still be a RISK they are quoting me 3,500 or a rebuilt one for 5,000 only had the car for 2 years and I am still paying on it… :( please help!!! how can we start this law suit??? its not fair that we pay for quality to get complete lemons!!!!

  • Anonymous May 19, 2012

    Does anyone have problem with the 2008 mini cooper with automatic transmission?

  • Anonymous May 25, 2012

    I have a 2005 Mini Cooper, which I just purchased a year ago. Since then I have replaced the clutch, new power steering and coolant system and now the transmission needs to be completely replaced- with an estimated cost of $9800. This car has caused me nothing but a huge headache and completely drained my bank account. I have just moved out to California and see nothing but MINIs on the road, I can’t believe people are still buying such an awful, low quality and unreliable car. If anything I want to spread the word that this car is NOT worth the cute go-cart appearance and handling, It is a death-trap. Please sign me up for for the suit.

  • Anonymous May 26, 2012

    Could you please send me info on this lawsuit? Trying to decide what to do…..

  • Anonymous May 26, 2012

    I am a Mini owner-please send me info on lawsuit! Thank you!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2012

    Please send me info on lawsuit! I am a Mini owner!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2012

    Please send me info on lawsuit! I am a Mini owner!Please send me info on lawsuit! I am a Mini owner!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2012

    Please send me info on lawsuit! I am a Mini owner!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2012

    I have 76k on my 2006 mini & it’s making weird tranny noises. It’s always had a hesitation in acceleration since the day I bought it. I’d like to be part of the lawsuit.

  • Anonymous June 3, 2012

    My 2006 is a lemon. Help! My tranny is making awful noises.

  • Anonymous June 8, 2012

    I have the same problem with my transmission in my 03 mini cooper and its just been sitting here for a while and i’d i like to be part of the lawsuit too .

  • Anonymous June 10, 2012

    What a shame that bmw is putting out such lousy cars. I too have a 2003 mini standard that sounds like hell in reverse. Sign me up for the lawsuit. Seems there’s enough complaints on here to get something started.

  • Anonymous June 19, 2012

    my daughter bough a 2003 mini cooper that 6 month later she star having transmission problem the cost to repair it is $5000 dollars yes i would like to be party of this lawsuit

  • Anonymous June 23, 2012

    My 2004 Mini Cooper, which was purchased used last February, has had problems with its cvt from the start. Shaking, shuddering, jerky, and strange grinding under the hood.
    I’ve put thousands into the car trying to discover the problem, and up until recently discovered that my transmission is dying and will cost 10k to replace/repair. I’m so torn because I love the little car, but I cannot afford that high price…

  • Anonymous June 24, 2012

    I have a 2005 Mini Cooper which is currently a great yard ornament because something in the transmission is banging. I would also love to become part of this class action suit. With all the added cost of clutch and cv boots, the replacement repairs will be $4,000-6, 000 per the dealership – this is not a Rolls Royce and is not acceptable. These are exorbitant costs and bad customer service practices.

  • Anonymous June 29, 2012

    WELL I GOT THE 2006 CHELLI RED COOPER I REALLY JUST LOVE IT ! I SHOULD SAY LOVED IT… UNTILL THE TRANSMISSION THING AT 8,OOO.TO FIX ! MY DAUGHTER BOUGHT A HUNDI IN HIGH SCHOOL,SHE IS 31 NOW …THE ONLY REASON SHE GOT A NEW CAR IS SHE HIT A DEER…REALLY A COOPER CAN’T LAST FOR 6 YEARS…WHATEVER I WANT IN ON THE CLASS ACTION SUIT

  • Anonymous June 29, 2012

    Ditto to all above comments. CVT in our 2005 Mini (49,000 miles) quit working suddenly last week while my daughter was driving it. She was lucky that she was near home. Just received the bad news today from Mini of El Paso that the transmission would have to be replaced for 7k (5000 for the tranny; 2000 labor). I mentioned the class action lawsuit to them which they say they have never hear of and also they said they have had no transmission problems with Mini’s in El Paso. I reminded them that they didn’t open the dealership in El Paso until about 3 years ago which is AFTER Mini stopped using the CVT. Thus, they have not been selling cars in El Paso with the CVT. If anyone knows how to join the federal lawsuit (unless you have to live in Calif), please post on this website. . I actually live in New Mexico, not El Paso, TX..Does anyone know anything about the state of affairs in New Mexico?…Thanks, Don

  • Anonymous June 29, 2012

    I just posted the above comment same date. In all fairness to Mini Cooper, the El Paso dealer did say that he would check with Mini (at my request) to see if any adjustments to the replacement price of the CVT could be made. Will be interesting to see what their answer is. Of course, the replacement CVT is a rebuilt CVT since they no longer make them so do we want to go that route or not. As many of you have said above, we love the car and will be very sad to lose it and really hurts to know we will get little to nothing for it. If we “give” it to Mini, then Mini will just put in a new transmission and re-sell it. Who is the big winner here and who is the loser?? Not hard to answer….Doubt Mini will negotiate the price since a lawsuit is in place and apparently they haven’t accommodated any of you…Leaves us with some serious decision making to do as so many of you have said. We extend our condolences to all of you above. We totally understand…Don

  • Anonymous June 30, 2012

    TO ALL: PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE AND FILE A FORMAL SAFETY COMPLAINT WITH THE US DOT NHTSA (US DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION NATIONAL HWY TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ADMINISTRATION).

    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint

  • Anonymous June 30, 2012

    I posted the web site in the above message. Forgot to tell you that this is the federal agency that has the power to mandate that the car manufacturers issue recalls! Check out the web site. Not hard at all to file your complaint and the more that do, the better the chances of a recall. Don

  • Anonymous July 13, 2012

    I paid $4500 for a new CVT at 110,000 when Mini met me half way. The new CVT lasted 55,000 miles and is going now. I want in.

  • Anonymous July 14, 2012

    I bought my 2006 Mini S brand new from Mountain View Mini California. Spent a ton on it.Got every buzzer and whistle I could get on it. The other day my daughter was picking my son up at camp and i got a call “Dad the car won’t go in reverse” I went to check it out and it was true. I then did some research,,,WOW a lot of people having the same issues. I want in on this as well. And the price is $7,000 INSANE. Grand for a Transmission. Shame on you BMW. Never again.

  • Anonymous July 17, 2012

    Same here! Had to replace transmission after 2 years of owning the card. Under 30,000 miles! I need to be on this lawsuit!!

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012

    I purchased a used 2003 mini back in 2009. Unfortunately I purchased it right at the 60,000 mile mark :/ The transmission broke down 2 months later and now it’s going on 3 years broken down. I don’t have the money to fix it. I’m still paying it off unfortunately. Does anyone know

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012

    Is this still active? Any way to get involved? We have a 2002 Mini and the transmission went out at 30,000 mi.!! That’s the first recommended transmission service, and the transmission totally failed- I’ve owned over 50 vehicles, and have yet to have a transmission fail…until this one, at 30k mi.!! I’d sign up for any class action suit–and tell your friends to STAY AWAY FROM BMW PRODUCTS!!

  • Anonymous July 19, 2012

    please go to safercar.gov and make your complaint about this transmission problems with the mini know, and hopefully with enough of our complaints, they will recall them?

  • Anonymous July 20, 2012

    bought used 2006 mini s tran seem to change hard at times 82,000 miles this is bad for bmw

  • Anonymous July 21, 2012

    My SO’s has a 2004 mini that we loved until yesterday during the AM Seattle rush hour that left her stranded in the middle of a busy intersection during a down pour. We had it towed to our wonderful dependable mechanic who informed us that the transmission is shot and told us about the class action lawsuit in CA. How can WA residences get in on the lawsuit?

    • ashley murphy April 11, 2014

      Please send me info on this class action suit; I am a mini owner and am having no success in getting help from them to fix it

  • Anonymous July 22, 2012

    had problems with my 2004 mini cooper transmission, where i can get the lawsuits in Fresno Ca?

  • Anonymous July 26, 2012

    I was quoted $6000 and that was from one of my best friends who worked as a mechanic for Mini. I was forced to sell the car. It wasn’t worth the $6000 to put into a car that was 4 years old.

  • Anonymous July 27, 2012

    I only have about 4 months with my 06 MCS and Now my 6spd tranny went out! Still paying on car and only about 65k miles!!!… Something needs to get done.

  • Anonymous July 28, 2012

    I purchased a 2004 Mini Cooper used 2 years ago. I drove it for 3 weeks and the transmission went out. With an estimate of $7200 to have it replaced, it has been sitting in my driveway ever since. I can’t fix it and I can’t sell it! Is there a similar lawsuit for VA residents?

  • Anonymous July 29, 2012

    I bought a 05 mini s, I have 67000 and notice a weird noise in the back end and no one seems to know what it is. Is it the CVT? Like alot of you, I still owe on it and I won’t be able to pay for a new transmission. Someone let me know if that is what it seems to be? I love my car, I haven’t had any other problems.

  • Anonymous July 30, 2012

    I had a 2006 POS Mini Cooper. That thing was nothing but a money pit!!! I hope to get some of my $$$ back from this lawsuit.

  • Anonymous August 1, 2012

    is this lawsuit still on going? i would like to join if possible!

  • Anonymous August 3, 2012

    i would like to be apart of this being that i have two of them with the same problem

  • Anonymous August 3, 2012

    Are people having the same problem with the new models? Does anyone now if BMW has fixed the issue on new models? Thanks!

  • Anonymous August 6, 2012

    …wait until someone dies…on los angeles freeway..middle of seven lanes…18 wheeler behind you…loose power..pray and pray hard you have enough power to merge to the next slowest lane…then the next slowest lane…then the next slowest lane..pray you can get the BMW product on the shoulder of the free way with out a tradgedy…these little peckers at BMW could very well get on the evening news…featuring the fatalities caused from a massive pile up…..bleeping little peckers.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2012

    I have the same problem as well and am broke but need to still commute to work. The trade-in value is barely enough to make a down payment on a new car. I have a 2005 Mini Cooper hardtop. My transmission started failing at ~75K. Pls. add me to the lawsuit if possible. I filed the formal safe complaint as well.

    Thanks all!

  • Anonymous August 7, 2012

    I just purchased a 2003 Mini Cooper from a private individual in the city. Test drove it it sounded fine and the day we got it the guy drove it to meet us it sounded fine. Now when you drive it there is a rattle in the front end. after looking into it sounds like my CVT is going also!!!!!!! I am so upset, after buying my dream car I find out it is a POS!!!! come on min Fix the prblem issue a RECALL!!! In the meanwhile I would love to join the class action suit!!

  • Anonymous August 8, 2012

    I would like to join the suit as well but I don’t even have a first generation mini!!! I’m having the same problems with my transmission. I have a 2007 mini convertible and it’s to the point where it’s not drivable anymore. I just hit 75,000 miles and the mini dealership is telling me its $8,500 to fix! I went to a local mechanic and he told be it would be $6,500 to fix!! I don’t have that kind of money! CONE ON Mini own up and fix this problem!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous August 13, 2012

    …to be a part of the class action…you can call 866.844.4556, the law firm is Baron and Budd…if you get a menu of names and choices…choose EARNESTO BEINVIDOS…something like that…earnesto is definantly first name…he will get you started.

  • Anonymous August 16, 2012

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper with 97,000 miles on it. The dealer told me today I need a new transmission–to the tune of $8,000. I called Customer Service, but they said they can’t do anything for me. Really? Sounds like I need to join the law suit.

  • Anonymous August 17, 2012

    I had a 2003 Mini Cooper That had issues with the tire warning light, windows would go up down in the rain setting off the alarm,the battery would go dead,and transmission shifted funny, head light would sometimes not work,plus numerous paint issues with wheels and body of car. The car when it worked was fun, but I couldn’t count on it getting me to work. Car had 7,000 miles I got rid of it quick. Bought a used 90′s series Saturn with 70,000 miles and this $3,000 car was 1 millions times better than a brand new MINI Cooper. Tells you something is wrong. What a disapointment. I still have the saturn with 140,000 miles now. Go Figure! That Mini was 26,000 new with navigation and everything, I miss the car but not the problems. That Mini was like a real attractive girl with lots of mental issues. SAD INDEED

  • Anonymous August 20, 2012

    I purchased a 2005 MINI Convertible about 2 yrs ago and just recently began having CVT issues (revving between 3 and 4 RPMs while driving on the highway at a normal speed). Took it to the dealership and they said all that was needed was a “CVT Service” (which I came to find out was simply a flush). I then took it to two other mechanic friends who BOTH said that it wouldn’t be worth investing in a new transmission for $6,000+ when the car isn’t worth it.
    I am a school teacher and can’t afford these issues, so any additional information regading this lawsuit would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous August 20, 2012

    How do we join this class action lawsuit if we are in the same situation?

  • Anonymous August 21, 2012

    In Feb. I bought my son a ’03 MINI from a used car lot, the car fax was good… the transmission went out in July!!! I’m paying over a 1/3 of what I bought the car for!!!!! Sign me up for this lawsuit, or tell me how!

  • Anonymous August 22, 2012

    8/22/12
    Add me to the list. 2003 Mini with 71,000 miles and $6800 to repair at our local transmission place. He said he had to go to the dealer to get the new trans to work with the computer – for $120. He also said they performed a “flash computer” update that was supposed to have been done in regards to the transmission. Never heard of this, and was never notified. Anyone else know anything about this?

    This was a remanufactured transmission with a 100% labor and parts, transferable,100,000 mile, 3 year warranty and $2000 cheaper than the dealer, plus we know it was done right. His comment, ‘these people should be run out of the country for using this hunk of junk in a car”. LOL!

    I’m in Michigan – any chances of getting a Michigan Lawsuit going? If so count me in!

  • Anonymous August 25, 2012

    Have 2006 MCS with grinding sound when switching from 3rd to 4th gear. Looking like about 3,000 dollars to fix or replace. If this falls into that lawsuit I want to be part of it. Very disappointed.

  • Anonymous August 30, 2012

    My transmission locked in low gear on the highway. Finally moved and took it to the repair shop. Just got notice I will need a new transmission to the tune of $9,000.00. Count me in on the lawsuit. I’m totally disgusted.

  • Anonymous August 30, 2012

    I have a 2006 MiniS with 65K miles

  • Anonymous September 1, 2012

    i have a 2005 mini S and i have the same problem with my transmission, Count me South CA resident.

  • Anonymous September 2, 2012

    I bought my 2004 mini cooper in 2009. It has 77,000 miles on it and the transmission just went out on me. I NEED in on this law suit (I live in Los Angeles) . Please send me the details on how I can get involved.

  • Anonymous September 6, 2012

    I bought a 2002 Mini 3 years ago, and the transmission just started to go out when I was on a LONG road trip. Fortunately, it went about another 1000 miles and managed to get me home (now at 93,500 miles), but I’m awaiting the verdict from the dealer – cause and cost. (They may not have filled it with enough transmission fluid when they did a CVT flush just before my road trip.) Meanwhile, they gave me a loaner and are hoping I decide to buy it!

  • Anonymous September 6, 2012

    I have a 2005 Mini Conv. S with 88k miles and was told by dealership I need a new transmission for $8900.00. Count me in on the lawsuit.

  • Anonymous September 7, 2012

    Wow I have a 2005 S with 67k miles so far no problems yet but I’ll be on the look out now. Has anyone mentioned this lawsuit to mini while taking their car in for Trans/CVT repair at the MIni dealer?

  • Anonymous September 11, 2012

    I have an ’06 Mini with 49900 miles. Unfortunately it has been parked in a Mini dealers lot for nearly a year as I am raising the $6K to replace the clutch and Transmission. I bought it in “09 with 30,000 miles and still in warranty. I am sooooooooo frustrated…… No where to turn! Any suggestions????

  • Anonymous September 14, 2012

    Last week I discovered my ’02 MINI had a transmission problem and upon searching the internet found out a lot of folks were having the same problem. Took the car to a local repair shop that specializes in MINI’s, BMW’s, Porsche, etc. They claim they found a service bulletin that shows how to replace the main bearing, which is supposedly the problem, for $900. They are currently waiting for special tools from Germany to do the job. If $900 fixes it, that’s much cheaper than a whole new transmission. Results remain to be seen, but I encourage everyone to keep pushing until we find a solution.

  • Anonymous September 19, 2012

    I have a 2004 base with CVT automatic trans and had it rebuilt for under $3,000. There are options that the BMW dealers wont tell you about or that they don’t know about, but definitely cant help you with. Email me if you are interested in more info @ tdchiz@live.com.

  • Anonymous September 21, 2012

    I bought a used mini sport 2006 with 15,000 miles on it. I know I am having cvt transmission problems and I called a mechanic. He wanted $6500.00 for a new transmission and said that BMW keeps them in stock because they know the transmissions are faulty. Would love to take part in this class action law suit. Guess I will be walking soon or taking the bus. It is unbelievable. So I saved a few bucks on gas. This car is nothing but a money eating monster!!!

  • Anonymous September 21, 2012

    I have a 2006 Sport Mini Cooper. I was driving the car down a busy stret in Los Angeles when all of a sudden the car jerk, stopped hurling my partner my two dogs and I forward. We almost hit the dashboard, thanks to the speed we were going we did not. We got a tow truck and spent three hours waiting for results from the mechanic. He said we needed a new transmission. The car has less tha 60.000 miles on it. Its going to cost me 10.000 dlls. HOW CAN THAT BE?

  • Anonymous September 29, 2012

    Yup. Add me to the list. The warranty ended on my 2006 Mini Cooper S a little over a year ago and since then the water pump, radiator and now transmission have needed replacing. I bought the car new in January of ’07, and it has about 65,000 miles on it. When it was under warranty, the dealership never found anything wrong with it. (Well . . . my windshield got a stress fracture within a year of owning the car, but fortunately, that class action suit was won, and I’ll get the money back shortly. But that’s a tiny fraction of what it’s gonna cost to replace the transmission.) What an outrage this is. I’m intrigued by Mark DeWitte’s post about the main bearing. Do you have any update about that?

  • Anonymous October 2, 2012

    Hi, we have the exact same issue over here in Europe (France). CVT Minis are a big issue and BMW will not do a recall. But we don’t have class action lawsuits over here so we have to deal with BMW on a case by case basis !
    Good luck to you all ! Alain, 2002 CVT MINI COOPER, 84000km.

  • Anonymous October 7, 2012

    i have a 2008 mini clubman and my car only has 53k and the transmission light comes on and i cant get it outta park half the time…i just paid 1200 for a waterpump and thermostat with housing.. i cant afford to pay more….why would my transmission be going out at only 53…its dual auto and manual but we only drive it in auto

  • Anonymous October 10, 2012

    I have a 2007 mini cooper s I only have 60.000 miles I’m already having transmission problems. I called the dealer they told me if I don’t have warranty on my car they can’t do anything to help me. What should I do?

  • Anonymous October 10, 2012

    I have a 2004 mini cooper with 118000 miles on it. The automatic transmission can not go level 5 and above without change it manually.

  • Anonymous October 14, 2012

    Have a 2004 mini cooper with 50,000 miles. The
    automatic transmission will not change gears. I would like to be part of the lawsuit. My car was shipped from California to Ohio upon my purchase.

  • Anonymous October 19, 2012

    I have a Indi Blue Metallic 2004 MINI Cooper and I just went over 120k miles when I was driving to work today and my check engine light turned on and when I was trying to speed up from 55mph the rpm were going up to 4.5 and it wasn’t switching to the next gear and I was loosing speed. The cars behind me started beeping and I switched to the most right lane. Then I kept driving till I slowly got to 70mph and my transmission finally switched to a higher gear and rpms went back to 3. That’s when I started researching about transmission problems.

    I purchased my mini a month ego from Craigslist, Can I still get in on this class action? If so, how?

    my mini has never been in an accident, I’m the second owner. Any suggestions on next steps?

  • Anonymous October 22, 2012

    I have a 04 mini cooper with 118000 miles on it. The transmission of this car is terrible. Firstly the auto transmission won’t go above level 4 automatically unless you switch it to manual. And now, the transmission is broken totally. When I start it. the rpm will go 3000 and no power at all. That’s really dangerous if it happens on the freeway. I would like to be a part of the lawsuit.

  • Anonymous October 24, 2012

    2006 Mini Cooper with 47K miles, just got told that my CVT needs to be replaced. $6K for the part and $2.5K for labor. Please send me information of how i can be apart of this lawsuit

  • Anonymous October 26, 2012

    I live in Williamson County, TN and have a 2005 Mini Cooper S. At 100,000 miles the CVT needs to be replaced. I have perused the case filed by Brad Aarons in California and would like to know how I could join this class action suit against BMW of North America, LLC.

  • Anonymous October 26, 2012

    I have a 2005 Mini Cooper S and started to have transmission problems, took it to the shop, and they said “”the computer did not capture the problem, keep on driving it until the problem is clearly evident” I drove it for another 500 miles, and then the transmission would not work. I took it to the shop again, and they said “it was probably because they didn’t put transmission oil” My car was always maitained at an authorized BMW shop. Now they are telling me that it is going to cost around $9000.00 to fix the problem. I took my car to a dearler, and they are offering $4,000.

  • Anonymous October 30, 2012

    I have a 2004 Mini Cooper. Done 100,000 KMS. (58,000 Miles). Always serviced by a licensed Mini Cooper/BMW Mechanic. Now my transmission is busted like so many other owners. I would like to join the Class Action Lawsuit. It appears that BMW has been neglient in this manufacture. The Company knew of the problem, but did not do anything about it. They are not taking any responsibility for this exorbitant cost of repair. BMW should do a recall.

  • Anonymous October 31, 2012

    I have a 2005 Cooper 5 speed manual trans. It been in the shop and I’m already out over $2000. That’s before the transmission. It is just sitting while I try to figure out how to pay for it. It may be awhile. Is it too late on this lawsuit? And does it apply to manual transmissions?

  • Anonymous November 3, 2012

    Hi,
    I got 2005 Mini S with Automatic transmission, I have about 47,000 mies on it and transmission is giving up, how can I add to this lawsuit? It is ridicules…..

  • Anonymous November 6, 2012

    I live in Honolulu Hawaii and have problems with my 2002 mini, I would love information on this is to be part of this, mahalo.

  • Anonymous November 7, 2012

    The transmission problems exists for the most part in the Mini Cooper with the CVT.. The manual did not suffer these issues. If you have a Cooper, especially a Cooper S (sc/turbo), I bet you killed the tranny driving it like Mario Andretti. Source – 2003 Mini Cooper S, 104k miles, no tranny problems.. And im not afraid to open the super charger ;)

  • Anonymous November 9, 2012

    I will like To Be Part Of This lawsuit

  • Anonymous November 12, 2012

    The transmission has failed on my 2006 Mini Cooper S, with only 61,000 miles. How do I add my name to the lawsuit?

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous November 14, 2012

    same story here.. ’06 Mini CVT with all the warning symptons.

  • Anonymous November 17, 2012

    I have 02 mini cooper with bad cvt transmission. I want to be part of this action.

  • Anonymous November 19, 2012

    I have an 03 Mini Cooper, with 54,600 miles on it. I purchased it in 05 with 19,000 miles on her. I had been experiencing transmission issues, and I took her in for transmission work, and was advised to have the transmission flushed, which I did. I was informed that it would be around $7,000 to have a new transmission.How do I add my name to the lawsuit? Thank you!

  • Anonymous November 20, 2012

    I have a 2004 mini, with 66k miles, how can i joint this lawsuit

  • Anonymous November 21, 2012

    please let know how i can get into this lawsuit

  • Anonymous November 21, 2012

    I got the same news yesterday, where do I sign up for this class action. 2005 convertible 97k miles.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2012

    Please help me I have a 2002 mini cooper and my clutch went out but now they are telling me that my transmission needs to be replaced. i would like to join this lawsuit. please send me information on how to add my name to the lawsuit

  • Anonymous November 22, 2012

    i too would like more information on this lawsuit. my 02 mini is having the same problem.

  • Anonymous November 25, 2012

    i bought a 2006 mini on FEB. 20012 with 70,000 miles and know SEPT. it started kicking me my mechenick said i need a new transmission totel cost will be around $10,000.00 i still owe on it we live on s.s.check only what are we going to do please help us BMW stand up to your good name or you will lose a good name make it good for all of us out here or you will not be trusted by no one and you will go out of buisness soon please real soon have a heart call me at 623-670-6312 PEORIA, ARIZONA

  • Anonymous November 27, 2012

    Mi Minicooper 2005 transmission is out and the dealer said that it will cost $8,00.00 to fix it , i don’ t have the money to repair it. please help me to add my name on the law suit.
    thank You.

  • Anonymous November 27, 2012

    I have a 2005 mini cooper with 76000 and just like that the tranny is slipping and making a winding sound. Does anyone know if there has been any progress with this case????

  • Anonymous November 29, 2012

    I have an 2003 Mini Cooper with CTV transmission problems.I have an estimate for $8000.00 to repair.i can’t afford the repair. I can’t sell it either.Even the junkyard won’t buy it for scrap.please include my name in the lawsuit as BMW should have to fix our cars.

  • Anonymous December 1, 2012

    2006 Mini with same issues as everyone else! Started with engine revving and tranny not shifting. Today lost power and won’t shift at all. Can’t believe what it will cost to fix. Count me in!

  • Anonymous December 3, 2012

    My 05 Cooper’s trans went out this morning with no signs and only 41k on it. I would love to know how I can be involved with this!!! This is bull and makes me want to get rid of my car

  • Anonymous December 4, 2012

    If you want to put your name on this lawsuit contact Roland Tellis (310) 860-0476. follow the prompts on the recording. He is one the the lawyers handling this lawsuit.

  • Anonymous December 4, 2012

    The 2nd tranny on my 06 Cooper 60k miles just went out last night. The dealer replaced the 1st one as it was covered under warranty. I was quoted $7200 to replace it this time.

    I emailed the lawfirm handling the case and received a reply this morning with a few questions to answer. They said I will receive email updates as the case progresses.

    http://baronandbudd.com/contact-us/

  • Anonymous December 7, 2012

    Yes, I too am a victim of Mini Cooper’s shoddy technology. My wife has a 2006 S. The trans started with the hesitation problem. My mechanic confirmed that the trans is shot. I’m getting estimated around $6500. to fix. How can I sign up? Shame on you BMW!!!

  • Anonymous December 9, 2012

    I would like to be part of this lawsuit as well. I had a 2002 Cooper and then transmission. A personal friend of mine worked as a mechanic at the dealership at the time and he was able to offer me a new transmission for $6000. The problem was, the Kelly Blue Book at that time was only $8000 (private seller value). It made no sense to dump $6000 into a car that was only worth $8000. I was pretty much forced to trade the car in, which I only got $4500 for. I swore off Mini’s for the rest of my life because of this incident. Oh, BTW, I contacted corporate and they caould give a rat’s ass about my issue.

  • Anonymous December 9, 2012

    I have a 2005 Mini Cooper S. Automatic trnsmission just hit 81k. About 2K miles ago my transmission in 1st and 2nd gear started slipping and slamming into gear. Enough to throw you forward in the vehicle. Of course Just like all of you I contacted Mini and only suggestion was to replace it for about $8K. Car has been paid off for 2 years and now and for the price of a new transmission is about what the car is worth. What the heck is BMW thinking when they put a big warning sticker on the bottom of the transmission pan claiming lifetime sealed do not replace fluid. Anyone mechanic knows fluid breaks down. False advertisement and very misleading. I will never buy BMW again. I am disgusted. I am interested in the law suit as well.

  • Anonymous December 12, 2012

    I have a 2005 mini cooper S with 65,000 miles on it. It had a lunge in the transmission took it in to mini of concord, they replaced the EGS module on the car charged my warranty almost $3000 they gave me back my car with tons of other problems needless to say that the transmission is in fail mode and not working at all. i would like some help regaurding dealing with this. Now the car shows ABS FAIL, DSC FAIL, CAN BUS LINE FAIL, TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR FAIL, ETC… IF THERE IS ANYWYA I CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW

  • David M December 29, 2012

    The Auto-Transmission in my 2003 Cooper just went out as I accelerated onto the highway an hour ago. Am I eligible to join this lawsuit? What is the contact information for the firm handling this? Can anyone help me? I’m stranded.

  • Jessie January 3, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S and am having electical and auto transmission failure; ABS, DSC, ENGINE SERVICE LIGHT, it’ll backfire. I am seeing a dealer tomorrow and from what I’ve hear it will cost me more than the car is worth. I will participate in this lawsuit, it’s ridiculous that I’ve only had this car for 2 years and paid top dollar for it, and now have to pay for a problem that BMW is responsible for.

  • Karin Germani January 4, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini with 58,000. I Bought it 3 years ago with only 20,000 miles. Just a few months ago it seems like the transmission slips and a big jolt occurs. I am concerned this is what others are experienceing and would like to know what others are doing to have the manufacture fix it at their expense before something serious happens.

  • lisa January 7, 2013

    I have a 2006 mini cooper S with a faulty transmission just like everyone else! Now on top of health issues with both my parents I now have a broken car that will cost over $8,000 to fix when it is OBVIOUSLY a faulty transmission. Mini needs to do the right thing, this is beyond ridiculous.

  • Raj January 8, 2013

    Hi,

    I have 2005 Mini cooper and the transmission is out. It has only 75000 miles. The worst part is i face some issues with transmission even when it was within warrnty and mini of mountain view in CA fixed the problem. Now it is completely out and and they are asking t me to change the transmission. This is SCAM and a complete rip off of people who are expecting good quality German Engg.

    I want to be part of this lawsuit or any other means to get compensated or get the car fixed.

  • Susan Rovetta January 13, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S, which has had more than its share of problems; and now at 125,000 miles the transmission is going out and the replacement (parts plus labor) is $10,000 at Mini Cooper in Concord, CA.
    I would like to join the class action suit.

  • Lisa Staikoff January 16, 2013

    We have a 2005 mini cooper s with the auto tranny. The car has 85,000 miles on it and the tranny is shot. It jerks real bad going from 2nd to 3rd. And now it won’t get out of 2nd gear. Mini of Reno said it would cost $9000, ti replace. This is complete B.S. I would like to part of the lawsuit as well. WE can’t afford $9000 for a new tranny.
    I will buy a different car before i pay for a new tranny.

  • Beth January 17, 2013

    My husband purchased a new 2009 Clubman from Irvine (CA) Mini. He did not have any major problems with this one (previous Mini traded in due to engine fan problem) until a few days after the New Year, we noticed transmission oil leak on the garage floor and driveway. He took it in for service, upon inspection of the transmission, the service rep informed him that the transmission pan was broken/damaged and welded. They claimed they do not have this “type of welder.” We were subsequently advised that the repair would not be covered under warranty. We informed the service rep that the car have never been in an accident and they were the only dealer (service) that have “touched” (worked) on our car since it was purchased from their dealership as a new car. My husband called corporate office, we were told they will not cover repair; cost was >$1000.00. The other infuriating part is that they will not guarantee their repair! I just spoke with another (2011) Mini Cooper owner yesterday who coincidentally purchased hers from the same dealer (Irvine), her car also leaked transmission oil, the pan was noted to have been bent/damaged. It was repaired (twice, because it continued to leak after the first repair); she was lucky, it was repaired under warranty!

  • linda merced January 20, 2013

    I also have a 2003 mini cooper and cannot repair the transmission as they are charging me an arm and a leg. Please tell me who i call and what to do to get help with this

  • linda merced January 20, 2013

    Please tell me where to go and what to do, i have a2003 mini Cooper that can’t afford to pay for the transmission

  • n nguyen January 20, 2013

    My 2005 Cooper is starting to have grinding/scraping noise near passenger front end. Replaced wheel bearing does not help. Now my mechanic tells me it is a $7500 problem.

  • nicholas domenico January 20, 2013

    Bought 06 mini s for daughter in 09. Had 16k miles on it. At 40k she tells me car won’t go into higher gears, just revs in 3rd. Mechanic says wiring harness faulty. Replaced less than 10 months ago. Yesterday put in reverse car jolted and loud bang. Now can’t get it out of second gear when driving. Tranny keeps slipping. Take impecable care of car. This should not happen. Other daughters neon has 150k on it with no major problems. Figured mini good for at least that.please add me to class action suit.

  • Denise Roche January 21, 2013

    2003 Mini Cooper – Bad Transmissiion problems…I cannot afford to fix it….How do I get my name on this class action lawsuit? I live in Massachusetts

  • Corina Iglesias January 21, 2013

    My daughter 18 B-Day present Mini’s transmission went off.
    What can I do to participate in this lawsuit. The are charging me to fix it more than the car is worth.
    We need help

    Sincerely

    Melannie and Corina

  • Annie David January 22, 2013

    I owe a 2006 Mini cooper S in California and am running into issues also. How can I be a part of this class action? Thank you!

  • Robert January 22, 2013

    I need to be apart of this lawsuit my mini cooper s 2006 just took a shit today in the middle of the freeway, also does this pertain to manual transmissions??

  • Sylvia S Alvarez January 22, 2013

    I am having issues with my 2006 as well. Please help me by providing more info! Thank you!

  • Robert Reyes January 23, 2013

    My wife and I have a 06 mini copper that we bought from our friend in 2007. The car only has 69k miles on it and we have the same exact issues as the others. The engine would just shut off for no reason and no warning. A few months ago, the transmission starts to slip. Called Long beach mini to get a quote and I was quoted $6000. I want to be a part of this lawsuit. Please keep me informed of this lawsuit. Thank you.

  • Ella January 25, 2013

    2003 Cooper CVT failed at 95K without warning or noises. I feel lucky it went out suddenly in a parking lot and not 2 minutes later on a bridge. Please send me information on how I can participate in this law suit. Thank you.

  • Ross OBrien January 25, 2013

    I want to be a part of this lawsuit as well. I took my car into the mechanic the other day because I was having issues with the car just stopping dead on the road. It also violently lurches in and out of gear. This started around 70,000 miles. The mechanic told me that this is the beginning stages of my transmission failure and that it is only a matter of time before it just complete quits on me. Please keep me informed of the details of this lawsuit.

  • Joe Cotter January 27, 2013

    I definitely would like to be a part of this lawsuit. I drive a 2005 Mini Cooper and on November 13, 2012, the EP indicator came on. I looked in the manual and it said that meant limited gear function. I took it to where I bought the car and they topd me that I had to go to Mini and that my warranty would cover it. Well Mini said it was the transmission module and it was replaced. One month later the EP indicator came back on. Now mini said the whole transmission has to be replaced and my warranty expired 300 miles ago. I cannot afford a new transmission.

  • J. Rosbrugh January 27, 2013

    I live in NC but would like to get on this or another class action, perhaps for my state? I ahve a 2003 w/71000 and the CVT is dead and requires replacement. THis is really insane for a modern day automobile manufacture. I am really surprized the feds have not gotten involved.

  • Robin January 29, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S. Only has 25,000 miles on it and it started to stutter and lose power. $2000 dollars later I am told I need a new timing chain. Is the tranny next? Count me in on this lawsuit…this is totally ridiculous as I bought the car based on their reputation. They need to get into damage control mode!

  • Lisa Thayer January 30, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper S Convertable within a couple months of ownership I needed a new thermostat … Thank you warranty !
    Now at 50k my transmission housing is rotting away and everything in steering is rotting away … I’ve also had my Convertable top replaced twice because of rotting weather stripping .
    I see pattern and it’s wrong .

  • Carrie February 7, 2013

    Wow!! I guess I got lucky with my 03 Mini. I love it and it’s still going…hopefully it’ll keep going until I buy my next car. I’ve had it from day one…9 years and going strong and just turned 50K yesterday.

  • Steve Rast February 13, 2013

    I too have a 2005 S with a bad CVT, have only 58000 miles and cost to repiar or replace is between $5000 – $9000

  • Shawn February 13, 2013

    Ditto, 89,963, just completed the 90k service on my 2005 Mini Cpnvertible, spent $3k for that in Dec. transmission died this week, $8k to replace. I called Mini USA, no direct help from them, but they did agree to call the dealership and see if they could get a break on costs, awaiting to hear back. It’s crazy the transmission did not even get to 90k. I did get the Mini USA folks to admit it was odd that a transmission would fail on such short mileage. I wonder if that can be used to support. Is there a law firm currently taking up the effort here?

  • Lori Bodanza February 14, 2013

    OMG…our car just stopped moving…engine still runs, no signs of any problems but would not go anywhere. Had it towed, they called today 7500.00 for a new transmission. ARE THEY FRIGIN CRAZY!! never had any problems. Always had tune ups done. This has got to be the biggest let down for the first time to have any work done on it. Now what the heck do we do with this car. :( BMW…YOU SUCK

  • rita February 20, 2013

    i had 2 problems with my ’03 mini, my mechanic had to put a switcher for the power steering other then that it won’t work and to replace it’s more than $ 1000. And my other one is driving in the hwy the engine started accelerating showing on my dashboard the sign EP. which my mechanic cant find the problem yet. mini cooper 2003 with 109 km
    bought it a year ago with 89k

  • li February 20, 2013

    are you still pursuing this lawsuit? im having major problems with my transmission

  • Nancy C February 21, 2013

    Is the Mini Cooper class action still going? I want in on this. Conveniently and timely, my transmission decided to die as soon as I made my last payment for my car. How ironic is that. I know it will cost anywhere between $5,000-$9,000 to fix. This is bullshit. I can’t even recover the value of the car at this point because it’s not running. I am so angry. How does a 6 year old car get to this point? Don’t even get me started about the overheating issues.

  • Daryl February 22, 2013

    I have a 2005 Mini-S automatic transmission with just over 29,000 miles. The transmission will cost $8100 to replace, and the airbag sensor on the passenger side will cost $1200-1400. Please send me info about the lawsuit. I live in San Francisco.

  • Karen February 22, 2013

    How can i.find more information on this ? I live in PA anyone please help i have a 02 mini basic automatic with only 102 thousand miles transmission skips on 2nd gear i been told is the sensors on the tranny email me directly kcifuentes7@gmail.co

  • Derek Chadburn February 26, 2013

    My wife and I have a 2006Cooper S with auto transmission that is now starting to slip, will be having our dealer check it out when it goes for service, I did call them and they said they had not heard of any problems with the 2006 auto transmission.
    Count me in on any law suit against them as $7-8000 is way too much for a replacement. I have a 1997 dodge intrepid that has 200,000 miles on and never had any work on that transmission, and still going strong

  • violet February 27, 2013

    How can i be a part of this claim… I too have a mini and is in storage because tranny went out :(….. Please help!

  • Kathy February 28, 2013

    How do I become part of the claim?

  • Eye Checker March 3, 2013

    I had similar problems as many of you with my 2006 Mini Cooper S automatic and I wrote up a fix for it here on this mini cooper forum:

    My write up starts on page 9 but you may want to start reading from page one to see if your problems are the same.

    This only applies to the Aisin transmission and not the dreaded CVT
    http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/stock-problems-issues/201056-mcsa-aisin-6-speed-automatic-failed-at-80k-9.html

    It turns out many whole transmissions are being replaced but only the valve body is the actual part that needs replacing.

  • Laurenrc04 March 11, 2013

    I’m having the same issue as most of you. I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S Automatic Transmission. My transmission started to slip a few months ago, I stopped driving it because it would violently lurch forward and would sometimes get stuck in a low gear causing my speed to be suddenly limited while traveling on a major highway. After narrowly avoiding several accidents while taking it to a Mini Service Station, I was told my transmission was completely shot and it would cost $9,500 to repair which is more than the car is even worth!!!!!! I used to love my car… Mini, you should be ashamed.

  • jessica March 13, 2013

    count me in! live in CA, 2002 mini cooper automatic, 91K miles, transmission just went out and $6K to replace. i’d like to be in the lawsuit too

  • christine March 17, 2013

    I have a 2005 S automatic that I ordered and waited six months to receive. I loved every part of it. It was a classic….Until three weeks ago, when I was told it needed a new transmission and a few other things. It was doing all the things being mentioned…..jerks in low gear and almost stopping. Do I spend the money on fixing it, around $10,000 or do I buy a new one with lots of warranty? The S no longer has the chrome grill that I love…only the Cooper withe the smaller engine has it. The new one is bigger and less classy. I’m not into the sports look of the honeycomb grill……

  • Daniel March 22, 2013

    I am the current owner of a 2005 MINI Cooper S. It is out of warranty and has been at MINI of San Diego for over two weeks! I took it in to be diagnosed as I noticed the transmission was acting funny. After it was diagnosed BMW of N.A. would decide if they would cover the repairs. I was notified that the transmission was in fact failing and BMW would NOT be covering the repair costs. I am now faced with the decision of whether or not to put $8000 into a car that’s worth %10k, or run away from MINI completely. It’s incredibly frustrating that MINI and BMW are not taking responsibility. I’ve taken to the MINI USA Facebook page to let others know of my disappointment.

    I would like to be part of this lawsuit, any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

  • Alvaro T March 25, 2013

    I am a college student and I own a 2004 mini cooper, its been left not working at my house for a year now do to the transmission failure sense is over $4000 to fix it and I cant afford to pay that amount so I would like to know more about this class action suit

  • William Bailey March 25, 2013

    Bottom line, I lost $4,500 on an 06 Cooper S with only 62k Miles. How can I join this Lawsuit?
    Thanks

  • Cooper March 28, 2013

    I see agreat deal of request as to how to get involved in the suit however I do not see an answer as to ho to get involved. How do we join together in an effort to hold Mini responsible?

  • Carolyn Benitez March 28, 2013

    My 2002 Mini has been down for a year now with only 56,000 miles. I want to sue too.

  • Jeffrey Cothren March 29, 2013

    Quoted $8,800 to replace transmission. My 2004 Mini had 33K on it when I bought it and 38K when the transmission went. Almost rear ended by a Jefferson Country school bus on I265.
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED IN A DOCUMENTARY I WILL PUT TOGETHER. TXT ONLY 502-608-9585. IF YOU HAVE VIDEO, I WILL CALL U BK WITH DIRECTIONS TO CREATE A GOOGLE DRIVE drop box so i can access your photos and videos to put in the documentary. Please use your phone to video yourself making NON-Swearing comments about this lousy car brand. I hope to get 100 video comments. and put them all together. Hope to hear from you soon. Pls start texting! :-) We are going to hammer this BMW/MINI :-)

    • Kat March 27, 2014

      Jeffery,
      My partner has a Mini and we live in Louisville. Have read your post from March of 2013. Have you completed your documentary? I am considering writing a letter to the US Attorney General regarding BMW/Mini’s outrageous repair costs and refusal to issue recalls. I definitely think that there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation. I would also like to see if we could get an investigative news show such as 60 Minutes or 20/20 to do something. Over the past three years, my partner has spent close to $12,000 on repairs to her 2008 Mini Cooper S. Right now, we are having issues with timing chain and timing chain tensioner. Taffle Motors said that they repaired it in 2011, however, a sticker showing that this issue was repaired is supposed to be affixed to the inside of the door. There is no sticker and only $37,000 miles since this was all allegedly replaced. Now they want $1700 to repair the time chain tensioner (again) plus an additional $1323 to replace oil filter housing gasket, change the brake fluid and replace the alternator belt. That’s over three thousand dollars. Judging from the comments I’ve read, there are quite a few other Mini owners in the same boat with the cost of ownership over about a 5 year period being about half as much or the same amount as the car itself. I wonder how many people would purchase this car if they read the comments here? I definitely wouldn’t. I pretty much feel like it’s my responsibility to warn unsuspecting people considering purchasing a Mini of the awful repair history on their cars and the true cost of ownership. I hope everyone on this website does the same. We have the power of social media and word travels far and wide and at lightning speed these days.

  • Anthony siller March 29, 2013

    I have an 04 mini Cooper cvt standard I purchased it new drove it for about a year and noticed it was burning oil at a moderate pace. I would have to put a qt in every two weeks. Then I guess I got lucky or so I thought and I got hit and the transmission and engine had to be rebuilt. The car only has 37000 miles on it now and I’m experiencing the same oil problems with an included red fluid leak that started a couple days ago, that I can only guess is my tranny fluid, because when I am stopped the car accelerates bad rpms go up to about 4000 and then go back to 2000 after I get past 35 mph. I have had to put over 6000 dollars in it to repair it. The mechanics told me the oil problem is something internal with the engine and the only thing i could do is spend 3gs to replace the engine which isnt right seeing that I had the engine rebuilt/ replaced. I haven’t took it in to see why it’s leaking yet but that’s first on my list after Easter. I live in Ohio and would like to be a part of this lawsuit I think mini/ BMW is getting away with murder and it isn’t right. All in all I have spent about 33000 dollars on this car which is about 8000$ more than the retail. Please help.

  • Ken April 1, 2013

    I bought 1 2005 mini cooper s covertible 3 years ago with 60k miles. The transmission has given me problem ever since. The mechanic told me that it costs over $5k to have it fixed.

  • MelandBradley April 4, 2013

    My beloved Bradley, a 2002 Mini Cooper died 3 years ago . I was driving on a busy intersection and I heard a pop. It stopped running, the transmission housing had cracked and leaked fluid alll over the road. I had to push it into a shady checks cashing place. From then on I looked all over for a decently priced mechanic to replace my transmission. No such luck. And BMW wanted 3,500 for the tranny alone not to mention 4k in labor :(.

  • Kat Rittinghouse April 4, 2013

    I own a 2005 Mini Cooper S and have dumped tons of money in addition to purchasing a two year extended warranty only to still feel like Mini has done less than what is necessary to warn me of the dangers of driving the vehicle. Additionally, riskedmy life twice only to have the car “freeze” unexpectedly on the toll road where trucks are flying past me at 65-70 mph but I could not accelerate beyond 12 mph (a supposed safety feature). I still own the vehicle and am seeking a trustworthy mechanic to do a trans flush on the vehicle, but have been advised they either cannot due to “specialized tools” or not experienced enough with Minis and cannot assume liability. What recourse do owners have if experiencing these issues and this is our primary mode of transportation? $7000 is more than a size able down payment on a new vehicle. Shame on Mini, I had higher expectations of service — BMW or not, simply disappointing.

  • Jori April 4, 2013

    2002 MINI Cooper – the trans just started and I found this post. We are in IL and don’t have the $ to replace, and it is $7000+ to replace the new junk transmission.

  • Nancy April 6, 2013

    Mini 2003. Four years ago has to replace the whole transmission thing, now I’ve been told that again has to be replaced.

  • Rosemary April 6, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper S Automatic, 50K miles, Engine revs loudly but does not shift gears instead it slows speed then jolts hard enough to push me forward to the dashboard. Usually happens on the freeway, it’s very scary. I would like to be included in this lawsuit.

  • Lance Cooper April 6, 2013

    Purchased my Mini S Convertible w/ 30k in 2010. Currently at 90k and experiencing problems with transmission. I would like information on getting in on class action lawsuit.

  • Lance Cooper April 6, 2013

    2006 Mini S conv.

  • Brian Hoeffling April 11, 2013

    I just purchased a 2006 Mini at auction drove the car home but found that speed is limited to 30 MPH. Many codes are stored in OBD system but several repeating are for transmission. I would like info on joining the law suit as well.

  • Vahik melikian April 14, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper s and I have the same problem on a transmission and I want to participate in this law suit. To fix the problems.

  • Paul Hahn April 15, 2013

    I have a 2002 Mini Cooper 5 speed manual. The transmission failed at 65,000 miles in Jan 2010. It was replaced with a factory re-manufactured unit. It has just failed again, April 2013, at 85,000 miles. That’s 20,000 since last time. Cost to replace will be $3600. Value of the car is approx $5000.
    I want to join a class action suit.

  • Christina Trosen April 16, 2013

    I have a 2004 mini cooper with 75,000 miles that had the transmission fail 2 weeks ago. The cost of replacement is prohibitive. Please send me information on how I can participate in this lawsuit . Much Thanks.

  • Juan Castaneda April 18, 2013

    I have 2002 mini CVT transmission went out car has 23,000 miles only. Dealer tells me there nothing they can do.

  • Danny Cook April 18, 2013

    My 2003 Mini transmission went out at 100K miles and cost to repair is prohibitive. Spent over 2500 for repair video, parts from European Transmission – have removed and installed twice – ran adaptations – no luck – will not go forward (reverse works great however).

  • Nancy J April 19, 2013

    Have a2003 mini, 3 years ago put a new transmission. Now is not working again. Contact meni USA and a guy named caleb told me that there is nothing they can do. I wonder why don’t advertise that minis come with disposable transmission

  • Angel April 21, 2013

    I have a 2005 mini and i have had the transmission go out on me too. I’d like to also like to join the effort in having BMW responsible for my losses.

  • Edgard q April 22, 2013

    Glad I am reading this because I was about to buy a used Mini Convertible 2005. Does anyone know if the problems on the CVT’s are only from 2005-2008 cars? Does anyone have CVT issues with 2009 and 2013 cars?

  • John Gemellas April 24, 2013

    Has the quality of Mini Cooper transmission improved at all with the second generation of vehicles BMW has produced?

    • Bob D. June 24, 2014

      I own a 2009 Mini Hardtop with an auto. trans., it has 39.000 miles with no problems at all.

      I also own a 2012 Mini Countryman with 20.000 miles with no problems at all.

      Most of the problems with the Mini Trans. seem to be with the first gen. CVT trans.

      I think they stopped using the CVT trans. in 2007.

  • Rebecca Chaiken April 26, 2013

    Just happened to me too. Quote is $10,000 for the repair. Is this lawsuie still going on and open?

  • Danny April 28, 2013

    Same here in Florida. 2005 Mini Cooper S with transmission bucking and jerking issues.

  • Judy B. May 1, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini S. I have to replace my transmission. It is going to cost $9000.00 to repair. I also have replaced the coolant container twice at $600.00 a pop. My engine has a cracked cylinder it is going to cost $2000.00 to fix. My horn stopped working and my keyless entry. What a load of SH$! How can I participate in this lawsuit?

  • Steph May 4, 2013

    My mini has all the signs of a failed transmission. When I mentioned this to the service repair guy, he said to drive in standard. It is getting progressively worse. After speaking with mini and reading all of the comments, I suspect the service and sales people know f this problem but are not telling the customer. I would like to join this law suit. This was my dream car but it is now my financial nightmare. Someone please contact me regarding the class action law suit.

  • Jenny May 21, 2013

    yes, mini was my DREAM car and now i am all stressed out because of the financial issue. they are requesting more than half of the price of a car to fix transmission, $8,000!!!!! so disappointed with BMW’s cheap quality and i would like to get info on lawsuit info.

  • Karl May 24, 2013

    I have a 2002 Mini Cooper that is having transmission problems too. The dealership is the only ones doing this replacement. No other transmission company will do repairs. Kinda tells ya sometime:( My repair bill is at $5,200 more than what the car is worth. Just recived a Warranty Extension from Mini today regarding power steering pump and fan.

    In there form letter they will reimburse for part and labor if you did repairs at dealership, BUT if you hand repairs at independant repair shop only parts:(

    Is this the RIGHT THING??

    Just remember people Mini is BMW too.

    These guys need to get a taste of Free Market CARMA!!

    Stop buying their products.

    They only understand on thing MONEY!!

    STOP BUYING, SERVICING, ALL BMW AND MIN PRODUCTS.

    Sell your LEMON or soon to be LEMON!!

    SELL YOUR Stock, or call your mutual fund and make sure they dont buy BMW shares.

    I dont think their to BIg To Fail !!

  • Laura McFadyen May 27, 2013

    05 cooper convertible first problem 64000 km in oct 09 ( just past warranties) mickey mouse fix limped her till feb 2012 . 112000 km complete tranny failure. Please add my name to the list! So disappointed in this $40000 lawn ornament!

  • Steve May 29, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper with manual transmission & just over 100,000 miles on it. Transmission is making a fluttering noise & the shop wants $4850 to replace the entire transmission. They said there is a smaller part within the transmission that is the acutal problem but Mini does not sell that part & they have to replace the whole thing.

    • Anonymous July 2, 2014

      You’re right. I just found out today from my local Mini mechanic that it may only need the controller, which would be a $2600. I’m in Northern California. I have a 2006 S with an automatic.

  • Kristi May 30, 2013

    Sadly my 2003 Mini Cooper with automatic transmission with just over 100,000 miles, has suffered the bad transmission fate. It runs great, sounds fine, no leaks and doesn’t go into gear. So now its either 4000 for a used transmission or 6000 for a new one. HMMMM the decision was easy, but hurt…. bye bye to my beloved MINI.

  • Greg L. May 31, 2013

    06′ Cooper S – picked up used w/ 73k miles. Less than a month in and car is idling up & jerking between gears. Afraid I too am experiencing the CVT issues described by others. I may not have purchased new, but am being effected in the same way. Where/who do I speak with regarding some form or restitution. Not what I expected from the BMW family of cars.

  • Bob Alina June 3, 2013

    I have serviced my trans every 2 years or 24k and it has 200k on it, have you guys followed the service interval? If you haven’t go look in the mirror for someone to blame.

  • Suzie June 4, 2013

    Add me to the list. My 2006 Mini with 102,000 miles just cratered with transmission problems. $6,000. to replace. SHAME ON BMW for making, and not replacing, faulty transmissions. I’ve pampered this car and am now stranded with no car and heartbroken .

  • Derrick C June 5, 2013

    I have just recently feel victim to this transmission issue that everyone is facing. I was merging onto the freeway when my car jerked and bucked then it wouldn’t go over 3000rpm or third gear. I exited the freeway and shut the car off. I then started it and drove a little further and the problem happened again. I then pulled over and to park the car and smoke started coming up out of the hood and I had to have it towed to Midas. They had to repair my ignition pully, belt, supercharger release valve, and another part to just further diagnose my car. The mechanic says it has something to do with the transmission. So add me to this list. Is there any news on the lawsuit?

  • Janice Higgins June 10, 2013

    Please add my name to the list as owning a 2005 mini cooper with a failed CVT transmission. The veh presently only has 90,000 KM and the rebuilt transmission just cost me $7600.00. Thanks BMW for all your support

  • Amy June 10, 2013

    How do I join? 2003 mini with just over 60K miles.

  • edgardo June 11, 2013

    I HAVE A 2002 MINI COOPER WITH BAD TRANSMISION AND I HAVE 2004 MINI COOPER S 6 SPEED THAT SO HARD TO SHIFT,I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO PLS, HELP.BEC .THE REPAIR IS SO EXPENSIVE.ALSO I HAVE BAD CLUCH WHICH IS ALSO VERY EXPENSIVE

  • Leisel June 12, 2013

    Please add me!
    My husband started mini today and it won’t drive over 11 mph
    Now I have to find a way to get it to the shop and god only knows how much this is going to cost! It’s our only car and now he can’t get to work! Fed up! BMW please just take the hit for not doing it right the first time and make a recall!!

  • Odette Orellana June 16, 2013

    I’m so sick and tired of my MINI cooper 06 that it will make u wanna go to the BMW North American building and run it thru their front door .
    My cvt transmission failed at wait for this wait 40k miles yes ! BMW replaced trani 2 times while still in shop . My car was in for service for 29 days till they figured it out !!! That is not including about 3 time power assist replaced rack and pinion. fail fan stages, fail hid lights had to redo suspension 2 times . Even my seat was stuck lmao I have more but don’t wanna bored anyone else with this pure load of crap!! My mini now only has 65k !!!

  • Odette Orellana June 16, 2013

    I forgot to mention now my transmission is faulty again !!!
    After 25k ..
    BMW THE MOST UNRELIABLE CARS EVER I SHOULD OF BOUGHT A HONDA!

  • Kevin ODonnell June 18, 2013

    I purchased 2006 MINI COOPER S, 3 months ago, drove about 3,200 miles. It Died! Completely Dead! Transmission, Electrical System, Power Steering, and more all failed. It will cost over $10,000 to fix it. I spent all my money to buy the damn thing! I do not have the money to fix just the part of it. End up selling it back to BMW dealer for $5,000.00 which means I lost $7,500.00.
    This has been the worst nightmare!! Whenever, I see MINI or BMW on the road, I feel sorry for the driver.
    The worst of the worst automobile!!

  • Benny Sorbello June 25, 2013

    We have a 2006 mini s automatic trans car jerks in 1 2 3 rd gears and slips and bangs into 4 th gear. What a piece of junk I’ll never purchase another one. I was willing to fix the car myself at my shop but you can’t purchase a trans kit or seporate solonoids or get any info from BMW at all. Ad me to the list.

  • Roseanne labalan June 30, 2013

    Issues with my 2009 hardtop. Spent so much money on repairs over the years.

  • Karen corona July 11, 2013

    Please add me!!!

    I have a mini 2004, been driving it for the last 4 years and been having problems with the transmision for the last year. I haven’t been able to replace the transmision because its to much $$$ to do this, still driving but it drives like a piece of junk!! People thinks driving a mini is awesome but its not when your transmision is giving you a hard time, my car drives bad the 3 gear is so bad!!!!! car can’t do the changes nice anymore.. :(( so sad for what is happening!!!
    Plus, because can’t properly is taking me A LOT of GAS.

    Can’t believe this is happening with a car that claim to be the best cars. BMW are not the best cars.

  • Mike Meyer July 14, 2013

    Add me too please. 2002 Mini with transmission gone.. Given an estimate of appx $8000 to repair. Boise, ID

  • james Harvey July 16, 2013

    2003 5-speed 86.000 miles trans ate its self. bought it used no warranty ,$ 3,000 to fix plus clutch and install sign me up for lawsuit…. any body want to join me in a march on bmw dealership, in santa maria ,ca. if we (mini) owners don’t go public and make a big scene how long will we have to wait for justice from bmw???? i’m still making payments on a car I can’t drive . are you??

  • jorge merino July 19, 2013

    I have a mini cooper, had it for less then three months and the transmission went bad. how do i join this lawsuit. please *** my name/ e mail more details.

  • Mark Johnson July 21, 2013

    We had 3 which died on us. Sold them all for a big loss.
    What a pile of crap.
    So how do we get on board?

  • Roxi Mahan July 23, 2013

    please add to me to the class action lawsuit against BMW for Mini Cooper transmission failure

  • Stu Land July 25, 2013

    2003 Mini Cooper 76000 miles, automatic transmission failed. Left wife in very dangerous situation. CVT belt broke. Repair cost somewhere between 6000-8000 dollars. Still owe money on it.

  • Boniface Law July 25, 2013

    2006 Mini 2-dr hardtop 63K, CVT transmission just failed, complete rebuild/replacement would be upwards of $7000-$9000. Please advise as to how to claim.

  • Michele Theel July 27, 2013

    My husband and I purchased just one month ago from a private party a 2006 cooper S model. Not even 30 days later, I had to pull over on freeway in a very dangerous spot b/c I wasn’t going anywhere!! Scary! Car can’t shift well from 2nd to third. POS! Quote to fix it is 6700! We just gave this “minister” who sold us this POS $11000. We don’t have the repair money. Now what BMW/Mini!!!! So now were stuck with an unsafe car like the rest of you. I signed up to add us to the Law Suit. We feel like we got the shaft and have no solution.

  • Tony August 2, 2013

    Just bought an 04 mini for my daughter. 80k miles . Automatic transmission. Like the rest of you,I’m having transmission problems. Left her with no power in a very bad area as she was driving back from school late one night. 9k to repair. I live in Florida. Please count me in!

  • Connie August 3, 2013

    I have a 2003 mini that I bought in 2006. This was my dream car,but now it’s a nightmare. I have replaced the power steering, the cooling system,the clutch and numerous other things. With each repair it was such a financial burden, so I’d park the car until I could come up with the money. Now the transmission needs replacing. I have no money to do anything else to this thing, so it sits at the mechanics shop waiting to be sold at a lost. … I just want to cry when I think about it. I live in New York but I want in the class action suit. Please someone let me know how I can be part of this suit. Although it looks like there.’s enough of us to start another

  • Sean August 10, 2013

    I own a 2006 Mini Cooper S automatic that occasionally but more frequently has had difficulty shifting and on-the-fly shifting tabs have no effect. It makes driving on the freeway a hair raising experience.
    The repair/replace quotes I’m reading here aren’t encouraging at all. I’m afraid I might have to sell it at a loss, or die on the freeway. I would very much like more info I’d a class action lawsuit is pending.

  • Sean August 10, 2013

    I own a 2006 Mini Cooper S automatic that occasionally but more frequently has had difficulty shifting and on-the-fly shifting tabs have no effect. It makes driving on the freeway a hair raising experience.
    The repair/replace quotes I’m reading here aren’t encouraging at all. I’m afraid I might have to sell it at a loss, or die on the freeway. I would very much like more info I’d a class action lawsuit is pending.

  • Sean August 10, 2013

    I own a 2006 Mini Cooper S automatic that occasionally but more frequently has had difficulty shifting and on-the-fly shifting tabs have no effect. It makes driving on the freeway a hair raising experience.
    The repair/replace quotes I’m reading here aren’t encouraging at all. I’m afraid I might have to sell it at a loss, or die on the freeway. I would very much like more info I’d a class action lawsuit is pending.

  • John Tarsi August 11, 2013

    Please include me I am just starting to have trans problems in my 04 but only 42,000 miles
    Ua49n

  • John Tarsi August 11, 2013

    Please include me I am just starting to have trans problems in my 04 but only 42,000 miles
    Ua49n

  • ron August 14, 2013

    my 2004 transmission does not downshift properly, i have only 63,000 on it.

  • Rudi Lueg August 17, 2013

    I have Mini S 2007 and 75k miles the clutch & transmission is gone $6000+ problem.
    I am so mad! This such a bad quality. The TCO is like a true BMW: The price is medium, you add the repairs and it cost you $700 per month!!!
    BMW stands for Bring Money Withyou.

  • Marland Williams August 19, 2013

    Date Complaint Filed: 07/21/2013
    Component(s): POWER TRAIN
    Date of Incident: 04/03/2013
    NHTSA ID Number: 10525954
    All Products Associated with this Complaint expand
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    0 Associated Documents

    Crash:No
    Fire:No
    Number of Injuries:0
    Number of Deaths:0

    Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
    Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): WMWRF33506T…
    SUMMARY:
    WHILE DRIVING TO WORK ON HWY 270 GOING SOUTH BETWEEN MANCHESTER RD AND DOUGHERTY FERRY RD IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC SOMETIME BETWEEN 4:30 AND 5:30 PM MY 06 MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE WAS REVING UP AS I PRESS THE ACCELERATOR BUT YET BARELY MOVING. RIGHT BEFORE THE THE DOUGHERTY FERRY EXIT IT “KICKED” INTO GEAR AND BEGAN DRIVING AT ABOUT 40-50MPH. I THOUGHT I MAY HAVE ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE GEAR SHIFTER AND PUT IT INTO SPORT DRIVE BUT WHEN I LOOKED THE GEAR WAS STILL IN DRIVE. SO AS I WAS TRAVELING TO WORK IN ARNOLD, MO THE TRANSMISSION WOULD REV UP AND THEN “KICK” INTO GEAR. WHEN I GOT TO WORK I EXPLAINED TO A CO-WORKER (INITIAL “J.R.”) WHAT HAPPEN WHILE I WAS DRIVING AND WE WENT OUT ON OUR BREAK TO TAKE A LOOK AND SEE IF I NEEDED TRANSMISSION FLUID. WE WERE UNABLE TO FIND THE TRANSMISSION DIPSTICK SO ON MY LAPTOP I TRIED LOOKING IT UP TO SEE WHERE IT WAS LOCATED. WE LEARNED THAT’S THERE’S A PLUG UNDERNEATH BUT THE TRANSMISSION IS “SEALED FOR LIFE” MEANING IT SHOULDN’T REALLY HAVE ANY LEAKS. SO I CALLED HOME TO LET MY WIFE TO LET HER KNOW THAT I WAS GOING TO TRY AND MAKE IT HOME IN THE MORNING WHEN I GOT OFF AT 6AM. AFTER DRIVING UP TO HWY 270 AND MANCHESTER GOING NORTH AT ABOUT 630AM TRAVELING AT ABOUT 40 MPH ON 4/4/13 THE CAR BEGIN REVVIING UP AGAIN WHENEVER I PRESSED THE ACCELERATOR. SO RATHER THAN GO HOME I HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE MINI OF ST. LOUIS DEALERSHIP. I GOT TO THE DEALERSHIP BEFORE THEY OPENED AND DIDN’T HAVE AN APPOINTMENT SO THEY STATED THEY WOULD TRY AND SQUEEZE ME IN. SO I WENT TO DRIVE THE CAR UP TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE SERVICE BAY AND THE CAR WAS “BUCKING AND JERKING” AND BARELY MOVING. UPON TALKING TO THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT MINI I WAS INFORMED THAT I NEEDED A TRANSMISSION AND IT WAS $8K BUT IF I WANTED TO THEY COULD GET ME INTO ANOTHER MINI RIGHT AWAY. ON APRIL 9TH MY WIFE PURCHASED A NEW 2013 FORD FIESTA IN PLACE OF THE MINI.

  • RIch Rapiti August 20, 2013

    I live in New Jersey and I had to replace my defective transmission in my 2003 mini cooper at 70,000 miles.. Please inform me how I might join this class action lawsuit and if it would include my geographic area. Thanks

  • Suzanne Seiter August 21, 2013

    I bought a 2004 Mini Cooper a few years ago and I thought that I had died and gone to heaven! This was by far my favorite car of all. I was so excited and proud to be driving a Mini Cooper. I remained ecstatic until about a year ago when I started experiencing one problem after another. First, my fuel pump went out and that had to be fixed on two separate occasions. Next, my car started to leak a significant amount of oil…both black and red. I took it in for repairs and had to pay to have the transmission cooler replaced. I just came home with the car and was scared to even drive it due to the loud noises that it is continuing to make. The mechanic told me that I need a transmission flush and within a short amount of time, a whole new transmission. He remarked that when he test drove it the Mini was not shifting gears properly and when I drove the car home, the transmission actually slipped on me! I was so terrified that I immediately called my husband telling him that my car wasn’t going to make it home. I am now looking at a whole new transmission which I find to be incredibly unacceptable. I can’t afford a new transmission so we will probably have to sell the Mini at a huge loss. I know that I won’t receive for the Mini anywhere near its true value due to the way it’s driving and the noises it is making. PLEASE INCLUDE ME IN THIS CLASS ACTION SUIT! I will do whatever I need to at my end to be a part of this. Shame on BMW!

  • Ramon Perez August 21, 2013

    Yep! Mini’s are junk! at 35,000 miles the clutch went out than later the drivers door remote handle had to be replace. And than found out that when it rain and the ABS computer got wet things inside the car would act weird, had to cover the ABS with garbage bag to keep it from getting wet! Then around 50,000 miles the crankshaft pulley just blew apart had to place that and the bearing seal. And than the radio amp died, cost around $400.00 dollars for another one too much money so I put a Wal Mart radio in had to take out the back seat and side panels and rewire everything!!! and still around the 50,000 miles the windshield started leaking. And now the back hatch doesn’t catch sometimes, and a month ago I had to replace the rear brake lines because they rusted out and I lost my brakes!!! and while I was under there I found out that I have a antifreeze leak! Now were at 65,000 miles and now for the whopper!!! my daughter was driving going 55 and got about 5 miles from home and guess what? now the transmission is shot and cost $3000.00 for another new one that’s if I do the work to take it in the shop were talking $9000.00 dollars and remember the car only has 65,000 miles on it. So since I brought the car new I got screw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so now I got to buy some cheap car for my daughter to use to get back and forth from school soon, until I can fix the 2003 junk I got! So I want in on this too!!

  • Luther A. Shields Jr August 22, 2013

    2005 Mini going to mini rally in Orlando, got off
    interstate 1st light would not go in gear, put in second next light would not do anything. towed to Orlando Mini, replaced Tranny with 137 Miles on it at the cost of $6,341.61 said it could not be rebuilt but I found out that they can and are very easy to do so.

  • Laura Wilkins August 22, 2013

    I have had my 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible for 2.5 months. The transmission was acting odd. The car has 86k on it. It failed twice while driving in traffic. When warm, the car revs at 31mph-36mph, not shifting, then hard shifts. After 4-6 of those events, it fails. Gas pedal just revs, no power. A MAC truck nearly took me out this last time. It has been in the shop for a week. It needs a transmission. I have made 2 car payments on a $14k car, and now it needs a $6k-$9k transmission? This car is a lemon.

  • Theresa Morton August 23, 2013

    I purchased a 2005 mini cooper w/25k miles from a reputable dealership in Milwaukee, Wi. I paid $11,500, 6 months ago. I took it back to the dealer 3 times and each time they told me the car was fine. I took it to a different dealership and they told me the transmission (CVT) was bad and it would $8963.00 to replace. How can I get my name on the lawsuit list.

  • LANCE August 27, 2013

    2005 MINI

    DEALER TOLD ME THAT THE CVT TRANSMISSION HAS TO BE REPLACED, I MENTIONED TO THE DEALER WHAT ABOUT THE CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS WITH THE CVT TRANSMISSION, THEY DROPPED THE PRICE FROM OVER $8,000 TO $5,600 FOR REPLACEMENT. HO CAN I JOIN SUIT OR START ONE IN NEW YORK. PLEASE HELP

  • LANCE August 27, 2013

    2005 MINI

    DEALER TOLD ME THAT THE CVT TRANSMISSION HAS TO BE REPLACED, I MENTIONED TO THE DEALER WHAT ABOUT THE CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS WITH THE CVT TRANSMISSION, THEY DROPPED THE PRICE FROM OVER $8,000 TO $5,600 FOR REPLACEMENT. HO CAN I JOIN SUIT OR START ONE IN NEW YORK. PLEASE HELP

  • LANCE August 27, 2013

    2005 MINI

    DEALER TOLD ME THAT THE CVT TRANSMISSION HAS TO BE REPLACED, I MENTIONED TO THE DEALER WHAT ABOUT THE CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS WITH THE CVT TRANSMISSION, THEY DROPPED THE PRICE FROM OVER $8,000 TO $5,600 FOR REPLACEMENT. HOW CAN I JOIN SUIT OR START ONE IN NEW YORK. PLEASE HELP

  • Jesus Leon August 29, 2013

    I am in the same situation I have a 2004 automatic and my transmission was making funny noises my mechanic told me needs a new transmission. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or get BMW to do a recall and fix it. How can I join suit or start one in Phoenix, AZ.

  • Jesus Leon August 29, 2013

    I am in the same situation I have a 2004 automatic and my transmission was making funny noises my mechanic told me needs a new transmission. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or get BMW to do a recall and fix it. How can I join suit or start one in Phoenix, AZ.

  • Mary August 29, 2013

    2005 Mini Cooper -65,000 miles (original owner)
    Orange County, CA

    I’m having issues with the transmission for some time now. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or have them replace it. Please let me know how to go about it.

  • Mary August 29, 2013

    2005 Mini Cooper -65,000 miles (original owner)
    Orange County, CA

    I’m having issues with the transmission for some time now. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or have them replace it. Please let me know how to go about it.

  • Hubert August 29, 2013

    I am seeing the same on my 2006 mini, hearing buzzing and whinnying noise as I go around 50 to 60 mph, the mini dealership thinks that changing the cvt transmission fluid may help, but I doubt it’s the fluid at this point

  • Kathy August 29, 2013

    2006 Mini S ~70K

    I have automatic transmission and am seeing the same transmission issue. I would like to get involved in this class action suit or have them replace it. Please let me know how to go about it.

  • Bobbi August 29, 2013

    Have the same problem with my 06 mini. Can’t drive the car around with the baby anymore too dangerous. Want to get in on this.

  • Ricardo Maliwanag August 29, 2013

    Starting to feel problems with my 2006 Mini Cooper s with only 48000 miles on it. Please add me to the list

  • Ricardo Maliwanag August 29, 2013

    Starting to feel problems with my 2006 Mini Cooper s with only 48000 miles on it. Please add me to the list

  • Lisa Thayer August 30, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper convertible S … 55k new transmission,new harmonic balancer,bushings … When the warranty ran out the car started to fall apart … Any info. about class actions going on in CA please advise .

  • William C. Karam August 30, 2013

    I purchest a 2005 Mini convertible in September of 2011 and it had approx. 50000 miles for my wife. It was a fun car and she named it “Such Fun”.
    Sometime in August, 2013 we experienced problems with the transmission, so we towed It to a repair shop. After a week we were informed that we needed a new transmission installed. The cost would be $5,500.oo dollars plus $900.00 labor. Previousley we replaced the entire steering assembly at a cost of $1,100.00. Please Help.

  • Brock Gambrell September 1, 2013

    I have been having problems with my transmission on my 2002 BMW 745i. BMW has screw a lot of 7 series owners over with this car. Everybody has the same issues the tranny. I need to know to get in on this class action lawsuit or start one for 7 series. HELP!!!

  • Eunice Noderer September 2, 2013

    Help! My 2005 mini coopers convertible is stuck in first gear

  • Tyler Cazier September 3, 2013

    My 2003 MINI is in need of a new transmission, new clutch, powersteering, etc. Please help! Used to love this car – but hate mine. I hope the newer models are better.

  • Robin Miller September 5, 2013

    I have a 2006 convertible mini cooper S. I bought with 30,000 miles. Now with 60,000 miles the trans is out and the dealership is charging $10k to fix. This is crazy considering I spent 30k for the vehicle. BMW should be ashamed robbing customers like that.

  • Luis A. Rodriguez September 6, 2013

    I purchased a new 2005 Mini Cooper S with Automatic Transmission in 2005 for my wife. It now has approx. 61,000 miles and we have always had problems with hard downshifting and now getting worse!! Please help. Love the car, but dont know how much more money we can put into it!.

  • Laurie September 10, 2013

    I have a 2002 Mini that I have babied all this time. Now has 91000 miles. My gears would not engage, towed in for repair. The transmission was removed and inspected, found worn out clutch, inspected flywheel and found ok. Clutch kit replaced. 6 weeks later it’s acting up again and I found myself on the side of the road with no gear engagement again. All gears were like I was in neutral. Towed again! This time they say it’s the transmission. $4000.00 new but they will look for a rebuilt one claiming they can not get into the transmission to rebuild it. I don’t know what to do. I love that car! All this time just little stuff and regular checkups. So much fun and now sudden death!

  • Katherine Garofalide September 12, 2013

    2006 mini Cooper s. 57k miles. Transmission. EDITOR’S NOTE – Link removed as it has NOTHING to do with the attorneys or the settlement administrator. Once we get information about how to submit a claim we will post it. PLEASE BE CAREFUL when someone tells you to post your information. The link this viewer posted was posted on some LCD screen sales website and likely is just to steal your personal information. THINK BEFORE YOU SUBMIT! Any links we post within a news or settlement article is confirmed by us to be legitimate.

  • Elizabeth Mcginley September 12, 2013

    My 2006 mini is dead! The transmission went out in the middle of a trip. The car has been towed twice now..once to the dealership and then back to the house. The dealership has told me that it would be $7,700+ to replace the transmission. That is completely insane. Please add my name to the list.

  • David Lanier September 13, 2013

    Have a 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertable with 95,000 miles. CVT transmission just started misbehaving. Went to dealership and they offered to replace it for $8000. Is there a way to join or start a new Class Action Lawsuit in Georgia regarding the successful CAL just completed in California?

  • Greg Rodrigues September 15, 2013

    Just bought an 07 Mini Cooper S Convertible in April. Drove great for a week and now the tranny has horrible up shifting and down shifting. Live in San Diego. Just take it to the dealer under the class action suit or???

  • gordon craig September 16, 2013

    Where do I sign up for the class action law suit. Just spent $4k on my transmission

  • Bob Cleary September 17, 2013

    Just bought a used mini 70000 miles having oil pressure light issues praying its nothing serious but wish I would have checked about these class action lawsuits before hand

  • Mori Endo September 18, 2013

    I have a 2007 MCS w/ about 80k and today was told my car has had an ” Internal Transmission Failure” and told the cost to repair would be a little over 9k$$. I understand the lawsuit involves only 2002-2006 coupes, but have read many people have transmissions failing with later model years, like my 2007. Hopefully more people will step forward with their issues on these model years as well.

  • Sherry Melton September 18, 2013

    Same as many others! My mini is a ’03.. It has been babied the whole 5 years or so that I’ve had it, and I’ve always serviced regularly. Now I’m being told my transmission is coming out.. Sudden terrible noise and an estimated $6,600 to replace it!! The price would be only SLIGHTLY lower if I chose a used replacement, but then the warranty would be 90 days and with their track record that’s probably about how long it would last! UGH!!! I paid $11k for this car just 3 years ago and I’ve only put 10,000 miles on it… You have got to be kidding me!!!! The book value now is probably not even as high as the cost to repair. Please someone help make them pay.

  • Michael/Kelly Boron September 24, 2013

    I have a 2005 Mini S 2 door. My transmission is slipping a lot. Car drives fine when it is cold. As the car heats up the transmission seems to slip even more. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Dean Cherveny September 27, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini cooper S with 80,000 miles My transmission is slipping in and out of 2 to 3 gear. (JUNK) Car drives fine when it is cold. As the car heats up the transmission seems to slip horrible. The car is becoming a danger to drive on the road. looking at the cost for a r.m.f.d transmission from Mini South Atalanta is $5440.47 That is is just for the transmission. Not including the shop to remove and install the transmission. What is mini cooper company (BMW) going to do to make this right. Let me tell you what (NOTHING) That is the American way. If you get caught stealing and cheating from a company the courts will throw you in JAIL. But if a company steals and cheats us the us citizen courts do will do NOTHING. They call this LITTLE LOOP HOLE BUYER BEWARE. Where can i turn for (HELP) i don’t have that kind of money i spent it all on buying the mini cooper. I need my car to get to work to pay the same company’s that are cheating the us citizens. I will need any information to get help in joining the law suit if anyone has this information please email me at ( dean.5267@live.com ) I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED AND FED UP!!!!!!!!!!!. Shame on BMW and MINI COOPER for putting a product out on the market that they knew they would capitalize on (make millions of dollars on helpless consumers that will have to have this particular transmission. I would call this dishonest selling practices,. (BMW knew this transmission was a problem when they rushed the car to market.) NO interchanging transmission will work.The consumer is stuck to this model 400-51401 unless you want to go to manual transmission and the conversion is more than the 400-51401 transmission.) And in the end if you replace it with the same transmission how long before the one you just put back in goes bad. Ask your self that.

  • Amin Meghji September 27, 2013

    Have a 2005 Mini Cooper in which the CVT transmission totally disintegrated! Found out when it was removed to send out for rebuild.

  • George September 30, 2013

    2005 Mini Cooper Auto transmission. 98000 miles

    I’m having the same problem as many on this site, gears slip or eractic shifting. $2500 to fix.

    • Anonymous July 2, 2014

      Did they replace the controller? That’s what my mechanic is recommending transmission controller for $2600

  • Pollen October 1, 2013

    Guys, I have spoken with the lawyers handling the case. The judge is only waiting for more affected people to join, in an attempt to make sure all (or most) of us get remunerated for this horrendous issue. Don’t just leave a message here! Go on Twitter and use #NHTSAgov, message them directly at @NHTSAgov and also use #MINITransmission #BMWTransmission Hashtag these thieves (BMW) so that the general public can see what a low quality products they make and how they treat you after they have your money. The dealerships will DENY any knowledge of the faulty transmissions. They seem to have scripted answers and reasons why your transmissions may be “Acting-up”, until after weeks later, they will finally say it is your transmission which needs to be replaced. When I called, I told them immediately that it was the transmission, yet, they said they had to diagnose the car. One week later, they said there was no problem. I kept pressing, in the second week, they finally admitted that I needed a “new transmission because they do not do rebuilds”, total price $10,500. These jokesters should buy-back our cars or replace our transmissions at their cost. My car has only 76K and has ALWAYS been serviced at their dealership. It almost died on me while on the freeway with an 18 wheeler behind me -it was very scary. BMW seems to be waiting for us to get killed on the roads, only then will they take our cases serious. I will NOT be buying another BMW product.

  • Eron October 1, 2013

    2005 Mini Conv. Transmission would act crazy and RPM’s would go up when DECELERATING! Got diagnosed as slipping transmission. $5000+ in repairs. Let me know what to do!

  • Sarah October 2, 2013

    2004 Mini cooper. PLEASE ADD ME TO THE LIST!
    Had it since 2009 and have noticed slow acceleration and now transmission slips real bad. Had it towed to the dealer and I already know they are going to tell me I need a new trans. Same probs as everyone else. I can’t believe Mini/BMW would knowingly release a faulty product. I love Mini but I don’t think I could ever purchase one again. Very sad!

  • Craig October 3, 2013

    Just had to replace the transmission in our 03 Mini Cooper with 74,000 miles. Transmission had been serviced just 12,000 ago. All fluids were up to level and in good condition. Since replacing the transmission we are now experiencing a loss in power and gas milage?

  • Jesse October 4, 2013

    I have a 2003 mini which I’ve only had for about a year. I bought it at a dealership. I kept up on maintenance better than I did any other car I’ve owned. it was working great and then I’m about to get on the highway and boom game over. it wont engage its like I’m stuck in neutral.

  • Lisa October 4, 2013

    Bought a 2006 Mini Cooper in 2010. at 35K miles the clutch went out. Fixed that. Now, after five years of taking excellent care of the car, the transmission needs to be replaced. I don’t usually join Class Action Settlements, but these problems, about which BMW apparently knew, have caused me serious financial hardship so I will definitely be filing a claim as soon as the information about how to do so is available.

  • Drake October 9, 2013

    I bought a 2006 mini s. And the thing will drive fine then. Rev really high. Then kick into gear. How do I take part in this so I don’t have to pay 6000 to get this thing fixed it’s not safe

  • Scott Smith October 12, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S…at about 70k miles the transmission began slipping like crazy. A neighbor has the same car with the same problem – took it to a dealer and they told him $10k to repair! They also said the tranny would die at 75k miles. Nice job Mini/BMW.

  • Richard Connolly October 14, 2013

    Mini Cooper S 2005 – 45k miles – Transmission/Valve Body Slipping. Heard there was a class action settlement for the CVT model used up till 2004. But most of the customers in this link are 2005 and up – The 05 and up may just be even worse then the CVT transmissions. When is it our turn to get the needed settlement? Thank you for your help.

  • Bernie Rapaport October 15, 2013

    #275
    Please add me to the Class Action Suit

    My cvt trans went out last year.

  • Trisha October 16, 2013

    I want included in this law suit.. My Cousin Richard has since past. He purchased a mini cooper, within two months had to trade it in.. because of issues.. lost a lot of money just two months later.. value plumaged that drastic..

  • Joe Wihbey October 18, 2013

    We have a 2005 mini s. bought it with 90k mi in 2011 and auto transmission started shifting with a bang up or down shifting. runs great for 12 minutes and then by 20 minutes it shifts so hard it feels like the front end is going to blow out. took it to both Mini dealers in a 60 mi radius. One quoted $7500 for a new transmission and the other pretended nothing was wrong – didn’t drive it for long enough. The car is only worth $8k in great working condition. I think i can sell it for parts and get out better. I’ll never touch another Mini again. Audi TT here we come. Put me in the law suit.

  • Beverly Jones October 19, 2013

    My 2007 Mini Cooper S has costs me so far just for this year 2013 $4000. Now it is back at the dealership and now I am being told it is the transmission I would like to join this class action lawsuit I only have 3 payments left but the pass 2-3 years have been quite expensive Interesting how 100 miles after the warranty expires major repaid start even though I have taken it only to the dealership for the required routine services. Please sign me up

  • james hoffman October 22, 2013

    i have a 2005 mini cooper s convertable with automatic transmission with 105k miles that has been having transmission issues for the past year and i was told the transmission needs to be replaced(6,500K). how do i become a part of your class action suite against BMW

  • Harkim October 22, 2013

    I have an 04 Mini cooper and the CVT failed. I was told to get a used one will cost 4300, and a new one from Minicooper will be 8500. The car is now parked in a garaged. I am in Toronto, Canada. Can I join the lawsuit

  • JASON KIMMEL October 23, 2013

    I have 2004 mini Cooper and its been sitting for over a year now I don’t have the extra money for a new trans. I need to get on the list for help. I talked to a lot of transmission guys and they can’t get parts to fix mini transmission yet.

  • Tora October 25, 2013

    Love the Car, but there is something wrong with the motor, cause i am bringing it in for the same issues, but they keep sending me home saying i have to change gas stations, strange.
    I think it is the transmission but this is ridiculous!
    Some of the comments like the car revs high, or it feels like it is going to die out…and the engine light once again came on and the car was sputtering out! i had to get a tow and bring it back to the Markham dealership. I would like to take part in the law suit.

  • nissa October 30, 2013

    2006 mini automatic turbo S– at 50K miles had to replace the transmission after MULTIPLE trips to the dealer. luckily it was covered under my warranty but still over $500 + whatever they fixed the millions of times i took it in before they admitted it was the trans (basically called me crazy for a year..) car wont switch gears, lurches/jerks, if i go down steep hills its terrible, sometimes it will barely move.. SO frustrating.

    went on twitter and hashtagged the #minitransmission and #bmwtransmission, i would suggest everyone do that and tag @mini and @nhtsagov because they will hate to be blasted in the public eye.

    i tweeted once about my sunroof and they responded.. fingers crossed

  • Mitch November 1, 2013

    Car is problematic to say te least

  • Amanda November 4, 2013

    Mini 2005 same issue transmission. Son just got it for his first car and already we have big issues. BMW should be responsible for all costs and repairs.

  • jon evans November 7, 2013

    2003 mini cooper transmission fluid pouring out of car.

  • Ryan November 9, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper S, 54,000 miles. The car was shifting very rough from 1st, to 2nd, to 3rd. Just took it to the dealer and the car needs a new transmission and wiring loom. Apparently the transmission is seeping fluid into the wiring loom. I was quoted $8800.00 to fix the issues….2/3 of the value of the car.

  • Adam November 11, 2013

    Got my 2007 Mini Cooper S last April and had to replace the clutch and flywheel last month. Now last week it broke down again for what sounds like the same problem. Count me in on the lawsuit!

  • Coast Motor Werk November 11, 2013

    This class action relates to the CVT transmission only. 2002-2005 Coopers. Cooper S’s and vehicles produced after 2005 use different transmissions. Coast Motor Werk have extensive experience with all and have been working with lawyers regarding the CVTs since 2007.
    if your MINI is having transmission problems call CMW at 714-894-9849

  • Jan Doran Faulds November 19, 2013

    Just had to have my transmission replaced. I thought there was a place to send my bills to be a part of the Class Action Lawsuit but I can not find it now.

  • Chris Mullen November 20, 2013

    I have a mini cooper that fits this issue. I find that there is a huge problem with slipping in second gear. I would like more information on this class action law suit. Please advise if you could.
    Thanks

  • Bryce Kumagai November 21, 2013

    I had a 2005 Mini Cooper. With only 65, 000 miles, my car starting making strange sounds and slipping out of gear, so I took it in to have a mechanic look at it. I was told that transmission had gone out and that it needed replacement. My mechanic told me this was a common issue with first generation Mini’s and would cost $4500 to fix at his shop. I then checked with my local Mini dealership and was told the same repair would be upwards to $6000. I decided not to fix the car for fear I would spend that much money, and something else might go wrong. In the end, I had to trade the car in for a mere $1,000 (a fraction of its full value) to get something more reliable. How can I sign up?

  • Michael Penman November 24, 2013

    I have a 2003 mini with the CVT tranny and I was on a trip cross country and two states away from home when it gave up. I was at a red light and heard a thump when I was going to pull out and it didn’t move. Bad news when I figured out that I had no gears. I got a ride home and had to pay for storage and towing and that was over 800 alone. Priced it to be 7000 – 9000 for a fix and I would rather fix it myself with a rebuild kit. Took out the tranny and noticed pieces throughout the hole thing that I have never seen before in a tranny. Found this add as soon as I googled it and have been trying for months to figure out how to get a confirmation that I am going to get justice! I hope this will get some attention and maybe me some help!

  • Nathalie Miravite November 25, 2013

    I had a 2007 Mini Cooper ST convertible that I would love to keep until it started giving me issues about slipping gear and for unknown reason suddenly would not pull while driving at the freeway. I had to try pulling my car slowly at the side of the freeway more than twice because of the problem and it would not move after a full stop. Took my car at the mini dealership at Las Vegas for this reason but did not say anything about the transmission. They fixed other issues that I have to spend $547 after extented warranty covered $950 of the total expense in May 2012 and another $395.00 in Nov 2012. It started to worry me everytime I drive my mini for the reason that the gear keep slipping and would suddenly halt the move while driving at the freeway. I found it really unsafe for me at my family using it. I took it to another shop that specializes in MINIs and BMW that was highly recommended to me by my co-worker who also owns a mini. After providing all the issues I have with my MINI, they test drove it and found out that my transmission is giving up on me “prematurely” that it would coz me around $4000.00 to 4500.00 to replace it. They are not 100% sure if my extended waranty will cover it but we can definitely try. That is a lot of money that I have to decided if I would like to keep or trade it in. We do wanted to me counted on this law suit against MINI cooper coz they have put me and my family at risk without disclosing to me a known issue to them about transmission. If you need to reach me I can also me reach at imnm0624@gmail.com. My MINI was at 49828 miles in May 2012 and 61000 miles in Nov 2012.

  • Diane Bidwell November 25, 2013

    Mini Cooper S convertible Slipping out of gear, revs up then lurches

  • Jo Ann Hannah-Rogers December 3, 2013

    2006 Mini Cooper: Purchased the car with intentions of passing it on to our daughter. Loved the Car when I bought it, but I would not buy another one. It has serious issues with the engine. I’m continuously taking it in for repair with complaint of the same issues. I’m no longer comfortable driving the vehicle and I dare not take it on long trips because the car revs or idles high, appears to overheat and the engine light always come on. It even continues to idle high approximately 5-10 minutes after turning the car off. “Panic Alert” I rarely take it in for service without an escort, because I’m too nervous about driving it the distance.

    I’m sure it’s related to the transmission, so I would like to take part in the law suit. This car is a money pit!!

  • Jessica December 19, 2013

    I had a 2006 convertible mini cooper that gave me problems since I first bought it. It only had 14 miles on it when i drove it off the lot. A week later I noticed the transmission was delaying the acceleration while I was driving. I took it in to Crevier BWM in Santa ana and they didn’t even see my car the sales person told me its because its brand new so its breaking in. Me being a first time car owner didn’t think anything of it and thought that was the problem. I kept the car for 4 years and I took it more than 20 times for the same problem I even filed a lemon law and since the mechanics never wrote in the problem in the invoice i was qualified. i put 3,500 down on the car for it to give me problems for 4 years finally I gave up and needed to sell the car I was out 9,000 for the car. I loved the car for the most part but I never could enjoy it cause it would delay the acceleration while driving I was scared of driving. I need in on this lawsuit they sold me a defected car from the start.

  • william kruse December 29, 2013

    i have a 2003 mini cooper i bought with 25,915 miles. i experienced complete transmission failure when the car reached 63,000 miles. please include me in the class action law suit

  • C. Oppenlander January 2, 2014

    I have 2005 MINI Convertible and the Transmission is making terrible noises. I took it to the Mini Dealer and was quoted $6,500 to replace it. Please send me information on the class action lawsuit.

  • Ronald Ledesma January 3, 2014

    Same as here, 2004 Mini Cooper . Failed auto cvt transmission.

  • Deborah Davis January 19, 2014

    I’m a 2006 Mini Cooper s owner and I would like information on the Class Action Lawsuit.

  • Deborah Davis January 19, 2014

    I’m a 2006 Mini Cooper s owner and would like information on the lawsuit.

  • Henry LaGrone January 19, 2014

    I am a 2006 Mini Cooper S Owner and I would like some information on the Lawsuit

  • Emily January 23, 2014

    I have a 2008 mini cooper s which I have only had for a year. It only has 47, 000 and the transmission when out.

  • Sarah Tucker January 24, 2014

    We own a 2006 Mini Cooper S with the automatic transmission. Experiencing major problems and need information to join the lawsuit. Please
    Email us!

    • Steve P in NJ January 27, 2014

      I own a 2005 automatic transmission Mini Cooper S. Does anyone know if it’s better to wait and see if BMW will replace the transmission, or should I charge it on my credit card and hope beyond hope that I get re-imbursed?

  • Antionette/ Jessica January 31, 2014

    Please count us in in the class action suit. We have been used and abused when it comes to our 2002 Mini Cooper with automatic transmission. We paid someone to fix the transmission and they kept the car for almost a year and completely damaged the already useless transmission so no one else could attempt to repair the transmission.He took our money and ran because he closed up shop and at this time no one can locate him.
    This CVT transmission is a piece of crap and we have the car sitting in the garage waiting for some justice..PLEASE HELP and add us to your class action lawsuit.

  • M Weckerly February 3, 2014

    Have an 06 mini S and am having transmission problems also. Very hard shifting and sometimes will not shift to third. Would be intrested in this suit as repairs are expected to cost 6500.00.

  • S. Williams February 7, 2014

    My husband and I are mini owners. He has a 2005 and I have a 2008 Mini Cooper. We just purchased these cars, however his car is having issues starting and codes are showing that it is the CVT amongst other problems. I felt BMW was a great manufacture and never thought that I would have any problems with their brand/product. I am extremely disappointed that they have not jumped all over this to keep customers happy and to protect their name. Knowing that it is a common defect with these cars it should be a recall to fix it. It is unfair to the customers to fix problems and pay extra money( in times like this) that the company should fix for free. The company needs to take ownership of their defective product and fix it. I am sure if I sold a product to them and it had a defective component to it they would want me to fix it or get their money back.

  • Gary Hudson February 10, 2014

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S 21,000 miles and am having automatic transmission problems. EP indicator went on and did not shift properly. Dealer say’s trans is bad. Cost 7500.00. Please send me information about Class action lawsuit.

  • Steve February 11, 2014

    Reading the fine print, it appears that those of us who bought our Class Action Minis new are not eligible for a dime of reimbursement. If you have owned your car for more than 8 years, and you’ve had it repaired after the eight-year limit is up, you are not entitled to any money. I suppose if you bought it used and had it repaired, or if you had it repaired before the 8-year limit, you might be entitled to a small percentage of your money back. I’m personally goint to struggle financially for the next couple years because of the faulty, extremely danerous transmission that BMW installed in their first generation Minis.The two sides have already agreed on a settlement. There are no options other than to find an honest mechanic who will buy a used tranny, around $3,500, and install it in approx. 17 hours of labor, abother $1,800. Don’t hold me to those prices, that’s a low-ball estimate

    • Anonymous July 2, 2014

      Where do i read the fine print? My 8 years are almost up.

  • Won Jeong March 5, 2014

    I have a 2003 Mini Cooper with 53,000 miles. My automatic transmission doesn’t shift on time and sometimes it starts at 6th gear. A dealer said i need replace the transmission and it would cost $10k.
    My car’s value is only around $7,000. I am highly interested in this lawsuit.

  • Mitch Perkins March 7, 2014

    I have a 2003 mini cooper with the cvt it is slipping at 55 to 60 mph. the tachometer will jump from 2500 rpm to 4000 rpm. It lurches in reverse and when pulled in to drive, I still owe 6,000.00 on it and do not know what i will do as i cant afford the costly repair or will not be able to buy another vehicle.Looks like I am left with a useless drive way ornament.

  • Sarah March 21, 2014

    What about those of us with shoddy manual transmissions? I had to replace my transmission, then replace it again when the replacement was also shoddy. I have had problem after problem with my 2003 Mini. Power steering pump, window regulators, clutch, a/c. The company will take no responsibility.

  • todd April 15, 2014

    So I just found this class action lawsuit, I have a 2006 Cooper S that I am getting a Transmition installed
    this week The cost is 5500 and It looks like I missed the dates 10 days. Any chance they have moved the cut off date?

  • Edu April 15, 2014

    Same here, my 2006 MINI cooper S its having problems switching from 1st gear to 2nd and also to 3rd. The car stills running but i guess that its about time to get this problem worst. What should I do, can someone tell me the way to fight for it?

    • Steve May 8, 2014

      There is no way to fight for it. BMW has won. You can only sell your car – for next to nothing – or spend 6-7k to have it repaired.

  • Jorge Gonzalez April 21, 2014

    I have a 2004 mini and when slowing down on 1st gear starts to get shaky when accelerating back to 2nd, I just bought this car can just found out, can anyone tell me if I’m from TX?

  • Sabrina Wilson April 25, 2014

    My 2007 Mini Cooper Convertible S with just 64,000 miles on it needs a new transmission. $5,000 to fix. Apparently I cannot quality for this settlement as the S model has a different transmission than the CVT. Any idea if any other law suits are happening in regards to the Mini Cooper S Convertibles with these same issues?

    • Steve May 8, 2014

      Hey Sabrina, I have a 2005 S for which I had to have the transmission replaced. As of now, I don’t know of any lawsuits. Even if there were one, you would only be eligible for a dime if you had your car repaired before it turned 8 years old. If your read the FAQs, you can see the chart and how they based the compensation. Again, BMW has won. They produced a faulty, dangerous product and ended up making money becuase of it. Think of the millions Mini owners have spent to have their trannies repaired at dealerships and the minimal amount of compensation paid back.

  • Won Jeong May 12, 2014

    I don’t know what was the final decision on this lawsuit.

    I filed my claim, but don’t know how to get further information..

    Can somebody help?

  • Cynthia Saito May 21, 2014

    Ok, I’m waiting for the results of the class action lawsuit. Please anyone tell me the outcome. I read some posts claiming BMW won. ‘hope it’s not true!!!!!

  • Lisa Ladrido June 28, 2014

    I own a 2003 Mini Cooper and in 2008 had to replace the entire transmission, costing over $8000 at the Northwest Mini Location here in Washington State. However, I wasn’t notified about this lawsuit. Do I have any other options?

  • jc July 3, 2014

    same transminsion problem with my wife 06 mini cooper

  • Thomas Hartofilis July 5, 2014

    Question I have a 2010 mini cooper hardtop does this model and year have the same transmission problems as the prior models 2003 to 2007? mine hesitates going uphill and sometimes from a stop at a red light.

  • Top Class Actions July 15, 2014

    UPDATE: A misplaced objection to the MINI Cooper class action settlement has delayed the distribution of funds. Because the objection is similar to other objections already overruled by the judge, it is likely to be overruled as well. We will update readers when more information is available.

    • dave dominy July 18, 2014

      Please keep me informed on the Mini transmission issue. Thank you.d

  • Monique C. July 15, 2014

    I have a 2007 mini cooper s convertible approaching 97k miles. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long as I’ve had problems with it since I got it brand new, actually. There were a few times it actually wouldn’t accelerate passed 40 mph on a speedy FREEWAY! Needs a new transmission. Gears get stuck often. Stevens Creek (Santa Clara/San Jose, CA) mini quoted $11,000 for a new transmission.

    ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!

  • Charlotte Phipps July 21, 2014

    I took over my mother’s 2002 mini cooper automatic in February 2013. The car had lived in my mother’s garage with approx 27,000 miles on the clock and was regularly serviced etc so I thought I would be able to have a few year’s happy motoring without having to spend money on parts. Sadly this was not the case. Every time I put the car into drive it felt like I was being hit in the rear and I have just paid out nearly £2,000 sterling to have a reconditioned transmission fitted. I am very unhappy and would like BMW to compensate me. Please let me know if this lawsuit is still ongoing so I can add my name.

  • Steve July 25, 2014

    Last comment. There are many people on this board saying things like “please sign me up for this lawsuit.” Do you really think you can be signed up for a lawsuit by asking to be signed up on a comments section? Just strange.

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