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.