A lawsuit alleging a “manufacturing defect” in continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) of certain MINI Cooper models has been filed against the German compact car brand in Florida, reports The Wall Street Journal. The suit claims the defect can cause transmissions to fail prematurely, and follows a number of recent complaints regarding CVT reliability in Mini models.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Miami, and alleges that Mini violated Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. According to the suit, the problem affects first-generation Mini Cooper hardtops produced between 2002 and 2006, and convertible models built between 2005 and 2008. The Wall Street Journal says similar lawsuits have been filed in other states.Mini could not be reached for comment on this story – we’ll update the post as soon as we have more information.
Because CVTs constantly vary gear ratios based on a number of factors including engine speed and driving conditions, that transmission type is theoretically more efficient than a conventional automatic. The current-generation Mini Cooper offers a six-speed automatic transmission instead of a CVT. Durability has kept CVTs, which can be found on the 2013 Nissan Altima and 2012 Toyota Prius, from entering the mainstream until only recently.
Source: The Wall Street Journal