really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,182 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper drivetrain problems

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 152013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


I heard a whirring sound and a light came on the dashboard. Took it to the MINICooper dealership bob smith where I had the car serviced and where it was originally purchased. The technician did not pull any codes, just took the car for a ride. He pronounced that the transmission had to be replaced as it is a sealed transmission as it is a "sealed" transmission and therefore it could not be repaired at a cost of $9000! he then took off $1500 for a cost of $7500! googled this problem to find out that so many MINIs had this problem that a class action lawsuit had been filed. Contacted miniusa who scoffed at the problem and offered no help or relief. Hoping that MINIwill be forced to deal with this issue and that a recall will be initiated before anyone is seriously injured.

- Venice, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 032012


  • 48,000 miles
2006 MINICooper. Consumer writes in regards to transmission failure. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure, but they did state the transmission was in the process of failing. The consumer stated when he attempted to get on the freeway, the vehicle would not shift into 2nd gear. The manufacturer offered to pay 1/2 of the cost on the bill, which totaled $8,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #9

Nov 132012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Driving on the freeway when I felt the car jerk forward and then it felt as if the automatic transmission was slipping in and out of gears. Managed to pull off the freeway and drive to the local MINIdealership, which was luckily about a mile down the road. Was told by dealership the problem was transmission failure and was quoted $9,000 repair cost. When I asked the mechanic why the transmission had failed this early, told me they had no idea. However, when I asked another employee how many other cars had they seen with transmission problems, he reluctantly admitted "quite a few".

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

May 202011


  • 69,000 miles


2006 MINIcvt transmission made a weird noises and stopped moving, just prior to this there was hesitation in acceleration and very loud noise from the transmission.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #7

Aug 202012


  • 114,000 miles
MINICooper transmission fail. The car does not go between 20 to 50 mph. It has no power and that can be dangers when I am getting into the highway and cars are going at a high speed. On top of it my car stalled in the middle of rush hour. Lucky I got it started and was able to make it home. Seems like everyone is having this problem the car need to be recall and get it faxed because someone can die.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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problem #6

Aug 242012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 61,482 miles
My MINICooper S 2006 has been randomly banging into gear and was diagnosed by northwest MINIas needing a transmission replacement for $8361 (before tax). Problem causes car to loose acceleration and power.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #5

May 022012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact was traveling 60 mph when all of the lights along the dashboard illuminated and the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the tachometer needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 55,000...updated 07/11/12 the contact was traveling 60 mph when all of the warning lights on the dashboard illuminated. The vehicle then changed down to 2nd gear( the vehicle has six forward gears) causing huge acceleration and then slowing of the vehicle of the vehicle. After extensive diagnostic work by the mechanic, it was determined that the tachometer had failed which caused the vehicle to downshift to 2nd gear. The failure also necessitated the replacement of the transmission.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 132012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Purchased 2006 MINICooper S brand new at a MINIdealer in boston. The vehicle has 108K highway miles. I had serviced the vehicle at the dealer until warranty ran out and transitioned to a national car care chain. I began to notice the vehicle slipping between second and third gear when traveling in stop and go traffic. I brought the car to my regular mechanic and they indicated that I should bring it to a transmission shop. Delivered the car to the shop and have been informed that my cvt transmission had failed and would need to be re-manufactured. I was also informed that my power steering pump is leaking and failing. The power steering fan had seized and was likely the cause of the power steering failure. The MINIdealership quoted me over 10K for the transmission replacement only did not inquire about power steering and there were no programs for customers in this situation. This cost is more than the car is worth. The transmission shop will do the repairs for 6K.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011


  • 60,000 miles
Plethora of electrical problems. Heated seats are a major concern. They go on and off by themselves, seem haunted. Sometimes, they get so hot they leave burn marks in my legs. I am afraid of an electrical fire. The heated seats get so hot, they left burn marks in my seat. Aisin 6 speed automatic transmission, equipped with "lifetime" fluid, begins slipping gears at 70K the supercharger had to be replaced due to the "design" of the supercharger it could not be repaired, I was forced by bmwusa to purchase a remanufactured supercharger. I was told it was a "common problem" I have also found out from forums such as northamericanmotoring.com this is a problem that BMW does not want to admit its at fault for however they are acknowledging the widespread happenings across the country. The availability of new superchargers is very low because of this problem, hence me purchasing a remfgd one. Rear wiper motor failed at 40K quoted hundreds to replace, not worth it!!!!!

- So Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 242010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I purchased at 2006 MINIcooper automatic in July 2010. October 2010 I had the kids in my car, key in my hand, car turned off and in park. The car started to roll backwards, dragging me and I had to pull the emergency brake to get the car to stop rolling and not roll into on-coming traffic. I was worried my kids would be hit. MINIusa claimed nothing was wrong. Now I am told my back brakes are worn, I am scared they did not look at my vehicle properly, did not take me seriously and am scared my car will roll again. I always park my car and pull the emergency brake I never leave it just in park. I need someone to make sure these cars and my car is truly safe. MINIusa and the dealer that certified my car have both failed to take this dangerous manner seriously. I could of been seriously hurt and my children killed by on coming traffic.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082010


  • miles
I purchased a rebuilt left half shaft from bestsource auto parts on line for a 2006 MINICooper S. the re-builder name on the box was feq. The outer cv joint housing exploded into pcs after about 3000 miles. I was lucky it happened driving off from a stop. If it happened on the highway the damage would have huge and the car may have gone out of control. This failure should have never happened. The thick steel housing exploded then releasing the half shaft to fly in a big arc.since I was driving off from a a stop it was a loud bang and then clanging of the half shaft smacking the wheel etc. I was lucky but someone else may not be so lucky. I was in las vegas so I took the car to desert MINIand they saw it first hand, I took photo's I can send to you. Bestsource tells me feq is a quality rating "first equipment quality" and that they could not find them either. Feq has a simple one page website with no contact information. I understand metallurgy, this part was flawed. You can tell by the way the brake looks.. desert MINIkept the part and sent it back to BMW last week. We can track it down I am sure of it. I have tried to find the vendor but no luck. This is wrong. They need to know about this and they should cover my replacement expense. The expense is not as important to me as safety to others right now. The photos I have will make any of your safety engineers concerned.

- Rolling Hills Estates, CA, USA

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