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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,850 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 MINICooper. While driving 60 mph, the contact felt a bump coming from the front of the vehicle and stated that the vehicle drove roughly. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new transmission. As of September 6, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The dealer stated that her VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 02V201000 (power train: Manual transmission: Floor shift assembly). The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 72,000.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 092007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,750 miles
The contact owns a 2002 MINICooper. While driving 65 mph, the shift cable completely detached from the manual transmission and preventing the contact from shifting gears. The vehicle was towed to a transmission specialty shop and they reconnected the shift cable. BMW stated that the vehicle was not included in recall number 02V201000 (power train:manual transmission:floor shift assembly). The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 48,800 and failure mileage was 48,750.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 072005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,800 miles
The shift linkage came disconnected from the transmission. I has unable to change gears. I looked on the NHTSA site and found that the car was recalled for this exac problem. I had asked the dealer about such a recall several years ago. They denied and continue to deny that such a recall exists. After I brought my car to the dealer for repair, they called to have me pick up my car. They then mentioned that they have to get parts and I will have to bring the car back. I informed that I did not feel safe driving the car with a saftey related recall that was not fixed. I am frustrated that the dealer and manufecturer continue to deny that the vehicle was recalled and try to have me drive the unrepaired vehicle. Rcall campaign N. 02V-201 : shift cable retaining clip.

- Newport Coast, CA, USA

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