really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace valve body (1 reports)
2006 Mini Cooper S transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Mini Cooper S Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 232015

Cooper S 2DR 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


love the car, BMW is one sorry company, these were sorry transmissions and bmw new it. they screwed us good on these, price on transmission is from 3000 to 7500. everything works good but the transmission, may GOD forgive you BMW corp. what goes around comes around. how can you sleep knowing you took all these people. you're rich from all these people, you must be one EVIL person, you cant take the money with you, DO you believe in jesus? I HOPE SO. KENNETH WELLS

- wellswellskenny9, Roanoke, VA, US

problem #2

Jun 152011

Cooper S S 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

This a known issue with most Mini Coopers. There is law suit against BMW for the CVT transmission failure but does not cover the 6 speed automatic Aisin that has the same problem. Fix is to replace the VALVE BODY

- mtek5890, Fresno, CA, US

problem #1

Jan 072015

Cooper S 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

Bought a 2006 MINI Cooper S from a used car dealer in Clovis California and did not know about issues with transmission. We discovered exactly 16 months later that BMW MINI USA knew of the issue but let cars still be sold without recalling them.

I was just getting my wife a work car to drive to work as a daily car. It was not disclosed by the used car dealer, nor was it ever known to us that there was an issue with these vehicles. BMW purposely kept the public from knowing of the major issue as the cost of repair is over $6500 to date, we in our second year of ownership owe $8,800 on the car, yet the defect has surfaced about 6 months ago unknown to us and discovered by a local repair facility.

This being known, there was not only the illegal use of resale, BMW declined to disclose the issue to would be buyers on the second hand markets or to disclose the known issue at all. This is a blind sheep practice that they use and have little to no concern for buyers new or buyers on the second market such as us.

I firmly believe the issue was known by the used sales as they included a check mark for inspection so to a buyer you feel the car passes the 10 point inspection list and does not have any issues. Only car establishments and facilities that perform repair would have devices in place to distinguish these such codes and/or problems. There are several MINIs that were seen on lots at the time we bought and I see many more today that are leading the public to make miss-informed decisions on purchasing a vehicle as a primary car or secondary mode of transportation.

I have a aging 1993 BMW 3 series sedan that is my daily driver and this was our newest car, but the fact that it is under 65,000 miles (we bought at around 57,000 mi) and nothing but a 1600lb paperweight is truly deceptive and in a way a corporate crime to deceive the hard working American public and throw a blanket on this issue as a way to cover up the problem they initiated.


- Brad A., Fresno, CA, US

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