BMW/MINI Agrees to settle three class-action lawsuits over defective transmissions

If you've had transmission problems with a 2002-06 Mini Hardtop or 2005-08 Mini Convertible, you might be getting some financial relief soon. BMW has agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that claimed they knew those cars had transmission defects.

The settled lawsuits say that BMW engaged in deceptive conduct] and breached their warranties by failing to tell owners that vehicles equipped with a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmissions (CVT) are defective and prone to failure.

BMW continues to deny the defects (surprise, surprise) but the good news is they agreed to provide refunds to those who have had to repair or replace their CVT transmissions.

About the Settlement

If you had the CVT repaired or replaced at a MINI or BMW dealership, you’ll have a 3 year/500,000 mile parts warranty from the date/mileage of the repair or replacement. There are additional settlement terms and for a detailed breakdown.

A final approval hearing is scheduled for April 28, 2014.

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint

  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify the CAS

  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA

  4. Contact MINI

    MINI Support

    Mini Customer Relations No Address Listed USA

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