mini cooper hesitation on acceleration

Asked by Aug 10, 2011 at 07:45 AM about the 2005 MINI Cooper Convertible

Question type: General

Mini hesitates on acceleration.  Dealer says that normal for a CVT.  Seems odd.  
Could it be something else?

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It could, but it's very doubtful - the CVT was the worst thing to happen for the Mini, and it is otherwise impeccably reliable with zero true mechanical flaws.

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Thanks for your response. I'm getting used to it. It's now only a problem trying to get out of the way of the Big Rigs!


the CVT does have a sport mode like the BMWs which is activated by pushing the shifter sideways, this will sharpen the shift pattern a little in a pinch, also if your battery is original, it really wouldnt hurt to replace it with a new correctly sized unit and have a workshop re adapt the cvt shift points. this can also make a notable difference

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You should also remember that your throttle body is attached to the accelerator via drive by wire. Which causes hesitation in the throttle response.

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The CVT takes getting used to for sure. For optimum start start in 1 (Sport side) take to 5500 RPM go to normal then back to S quickly / Best jump I had from my CVT before it died at 150k miles

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I hope I don't have to get out of the way of anything....... if I do.....I'm toast!

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