2003 BMW Mini Cooper 1.6 inline 4 from North America
Worth waiting out the delivery time
My transmission had a problem with reverse - it was very hesitant and often took up to 10 tries before it would actually shift. The transmission was repaired under warranty at about 8000km.
Other warranty repairs were minor and included a rattling in the driver's door and fit and finish details.
My local MINI dealer was always very prompt and willing to offer me a loaner car whenever warranty repairs were required.
Having chosen a Cooper over the more powerful Cooper S, I never regretted going with the smaller engined model. It is still very quick, perhaps not so much in a straight line, but around corners it is without rival. Apparently the MINI can run through a slalom faster than a Porsche 911 (although I've never tried that myself).
Around town it is SO much fun to drive - I can't even convey the feeling. You'll just have to go take one on a test drive.
The sales staff at my local dealer are very friendly and always accomodating.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th May, 2004
My 2003 Mini has the same problems with reverse. It also would not find 2nd gear and would sometimes grind, even with clutch pressed in all the way. My car, which I love just dropped the transmission...I waiting to see what the dealer days.
Guess what? Same problem with my 2003 Mini Cooper. I bought the car in a different state than I now live in. When I emailed the dealership where I purchased it, they replied that a few other customers had this problem- and they had a floor model with the issue as well. The dealership where I live and am trying to have it repaired/replaced is saying they have no problems with it when they test it, so they won't do anything. This inability to put it in reverse has happened to me countless times. Any advice?
We have never had this problem with our mini, though reverse on the Cooper S is in a different position. I have had this problem with other cars though. Generally, if you release the clutch, then push it back in it will shift into gear. The gear box on the Mini is very tight and I could understand how it might be easy to miss the gear when shifting.