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Complete Transmission Failure

Hey All.

Could use some advice. My mom has a 2005 Mini cooper convertible with the notorioius BIG CVT transmission. It has about 136,000 miles on her.


Apparently it has konked out and she is looking at a full replacement. The part shipped over from Germany costs about CAD $12K (like $9K US).

Several thoughts about this have occured to me:

1) Manual swap.

2) Find a rebuilt CVT somewhere and swap in.

3) Say screw it, and sell the car for parts.

Anyone dealt with this before? I don’t know what exactly the transmission is doing, could be a programming error maybe....I will try to find more info asap. In the meantime here is a remanufactured CVT I found on ebay for about $5K US.


I’ll take oppoinions on that too!


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