From 2005 to 2008, Mini Cooper produced the first generation Cabriolet. These compact vehicles were the first attempt by German auto company BMW AG to enter into the convertible market with their recently purchased Mini brand. Traditionally an extremely British brand, BMW felt they could improve upon the quirky appeal of the Mini by adding elements of German engineering. The resulting coupes were so sporty and fun to drive, their appeal continues today. Though, the Mini Cooper is marketed as mechanically solid, many experience mechanical issues with their cars.
Some Cabrio owners complain of transmission problems with their vehicles, even at normal cruising speeds. The problem is usually described as hard shifting, which causes severe jerking in the cabin. Some drivers also report that the automatic transmission may fail to ‘find the gear’ while shifting which may be causes revving of the engine as if in neutral. This can be extremely hazardous and if this happens to you, do not wait to seek the advice of a service professional!
There are a number of potential causes of transmission problems with the Mini Cooper Cabriolet. You may have a problem with the computer software that governs the shifting of the vehicle. Or there may be a mechanical cause within the gearbox that causes hard shifting. Due to the difficult nature in isolating the cause of the problem, we recommend an appointment with a trained professional if you experience hard shifting in your Mini.
Your local German auto import service technician is the best source of information related to problems with your Mini Cooper Cabrio. He or she will be able to properly evaluate your vehicle and isolate the cause of the problem quickly.
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