BMW’s MINI brand gets sued by a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers in Florida alleging a “manufacturing defect” in the continuously variable transmissions – CVTs. The defect is said to relate to the MINI Cooper models and could cause premature transmission failure. Similar lawsuits in other states allege the car maker cut corners in building the transmissions to lower costs.
Issues with CVTs have been documented for years and some owners complained about their reliability.
The lawsuit filled in Miami states that the problem affects MINI Cooper hardtops built from 2002 through 2006. The convertible variant is affected as well, pertaining to the models built from 2005 through 2008. The suit includes vehicles sold in Florida and alleges the car maker violated the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act .
According to the new suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Miami, the problem affects Mini Cooper hardtops built from 2002 through 2006, and Mini Cooper convertibles built from 2005 through 2008.
By using CVTs, MINI and other automakers benefit from superior fuel economy. CVTs are also know for providing smooth operation, but they have a history of reliability going back as several decades.
It is worth mentioning that CVT was not the primary transmission choice and it was sold as an option.[Source: WSJ]