Failure of the automatic transmission is common. Even though the automatic transmission is advertised as "sealed for life," our technicians recommend the automatic transmission fluid be replaced every 30,000 miles with only the approved Mini/BMW fluid. Our technicians recommend thorough troubleshooting before replacing the transmission because programming procedures can affect how the transmission shifts and there is a special procedure to refill the transmission.
Service Recommend for "Sealed For Life" Transmissions on Mini Cooper
Average mileage: 95,599 (4,956–143,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
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2006 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission101,238Visitor
Car hesitates during acceleration, it's slips into gear with a extremely hard jerk. I am afraid to drive it in case it may not go during the time of pulling out onto the freeway or etc.
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission137,000Visitor
Failure to shift went from bad to worse. Now reverse is very slow reacting. Seems as if it has no Auto. Trans. Fluid but I don't have any leaks.
2008 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission73,000Visitor
Car jerks when accelerating
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic TransmissionVisitor
not yet fixed but the problem is harsh shifting when engine is warm and had traveled about 5 miles
2002 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission100,000Visitor
car seems to remain in a lower gear at speeds over 50mph causing a dragging effect
it doesn't go two second its stuck on first gear please help me
2006 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission76,000Visitor
The transmission would shift hard and fell like my car was being kicked.
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission90,000Visitor
Car doesn't seem to want to.shift out of gear. When you take you foot off acceleration the car slows down quickly
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission100,000Visitor
Even when new, the transmission would sometimes slam a shift. It did this rarely so we didn't think much of it. Now we have over 100K miles on the car. It's been dropping a gear suddenly. Usually between 3rd and 4th. We would be driving normally. Just slowly gaining speed. Suddenly, the revs will flare. Our solution is to either just let up on the accelerator until the revs drop. Or my solution is to use the tranny in manual mode. Even then, when I ask for a shift from 3rd to 4th, sometimes it takes a long time and the revs will flare and slam home.
2003 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission50,000Visitor
My wife had a near death experience when the transmission failed in the middle of an intersection. She pressed the accelerator only to have it go all the way to the floor and nothing happened, but the honking horns and near misses as she frantically called for help. When i arrived she had been able to traverse the intersection by continually turning the car on and off and eventually shifting to manual. i took the 2003 mini cooper to a certified repair shop and they did a diagnostic on it. The diagnostic code was P1661 and the technician relayed that there were faults in the transmission and that a rebuilt transmission was recommended at a cost of $5000 for the transmission from the dealership and $2000 labor to replace it. i researched the web and found that others had similar problems and a law firm had filed a class action law suit against BMW for defective transmissions. When i called the two dealerships in Atlanta, one would do the repair of the transmission on the "sealed for a lifetime" transmission and the other would not service any transmission on a mini cooper that they did not sell. Based on that comment it is clear that the dealership denying to do service work on factory product is aware of significant issues realated to transmission problems. BMW should step up and take care of the customers who bought mini coopers. By the way, the consumer cannot do any maintenance on a "sealed for life" transmission system thereby negating the standard manufacturing contention/deflection that the consumer failed to service and maintain the failedd part.
2003 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission130,000Visitor
Hello everyone, I have just discovered this transmission problem - my mini wont change gear. It has just had the power steering pump replaced (another common problem apparently) at a cost of $2000 australian dollars. Not happy. Hopefully it is just the programming as mentioned.
2002 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission98,000Visitor
We had the gearbox replaced under an extended warranty when it failed. A pushbelt link fractured or in some other way failed, initially causing noise that quickly escalated into complete failure of the entire belt. This is a unique drivetrain. Stone cold reliable until this failure just shy of 100,000 miles. The car continues to deliver on the initial promises of a fun drive, excellent fuel economy, superb brakes, and much more room than most people realize.
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission60,000Visitor
It started at around 60,000 miles jumping into gear when shifted from park to drive. Now it is slipping in and out of gear at around 60 miles per hour. The car now has around 120k on it and I need the transmission replaced to drive it.
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission65,000Visitor
Just bought the car used. Low miles and the previous purchase inspection was perfect. Started jumping and lagging a bit when accelerating or decelerating. Just signed myself into paying monthly payments on a lemon.
2006 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission142,000Visitor
The transmission works well in sport mode. But when in regular mode, it will buck and shift hard from first to second.
2004 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission4,956Visitor
It just stops running,didn't got fix yeat
2005 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission70,000Visitor
It started by downshifting just when driving then it was stuck in sport drive now it will not shift and I can't drive it. It has been parked for several months now.
2008 Mini Cooper- Automatic Transmission134,000Visitor
While driving on highway the car would not stay in gear,decelerated, then would not accelerate over 25 MPH...had to pull off road and had it towed to repair shop. Diagnosis is transmission failure. Repair quotes from two different auto repair businesses (including MINI dealership) is around $8,000. The car is effectively "totaled", as we will not be paying an amount for a car repair that is equal to the entire value of the car. Thank you MINI for the expensive paperweight!!!
2002 Mini Cooper- Automatic TransmissionVisitor
Hard Jerking into gear when taking off and sometimes while excelerating.I now can't drive it as it is now unreiable
2004 Mini Cooper- Manual Transmission103,000Visitor
Total transmission failure! Needs to replace it!
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