Repair will cost more than car is worth

Asked by Nov 14, 2016 at 03:03 PM about the 2006 MINI Cooper S Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Took my 2006 Mini Cooper S convert to the local dealer for a free "Fall Maintenance Check Up" this weekend. I've owned the car for just about 3 years and have had an occasional issue with very harsh downshifts from the Steptronic trans, so I mentioned it on check in. Well, when my car was done there was a chat with the mechanic and he told me my trans was failing, it could break at any time and said he would not drive it as it is. Only fix is total replacement that goes for about $7000. Car has 65k and I only drive it 2-3000 miles per year.  Used car guy told me they would've offered $3500 for trade, but with trans problem they do not want it at all. Suggestions?

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Definitely on a diagnosis like this, get a second opinion. Visit a local, reputable, transmission and/or import shop. You also have the option of installing a used transmission. But make sure you get a warranty of some kind from the salvage yard. I did that with a '94 Ford Escort that I owned and got 3 more years out of it. Unfortunately somebody crashed into me and the car was totaled! HTH. -Jim

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Don't spend $7K. $4K is more like it, even if that is the issue, maybe you just need to replace the fluid. Take it to a good local shop like Js suggests.

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This smells like a bit of a scam. A "free" diagnosis where they tell you that you should pay them a small fortune to fix it. At the miles you drive the trans could last a decade or more.

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Have the fluid changed. Way cheaper and may fix your problem. Mini says it a lifetime fluid but that's BS Mine does the same thing. Take a look at google , there is a class action suit against mini for that year/ trans.

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