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July 23, 2012 / Christian Przybylowski

Second MINI Suit Over Defective Transmission

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BMW Mini for defective transmissions. The suit involves first generation Cooper hatchbacks from 2002 to 2006 and convertibles from 2006 to 2008.

Apparently, the continuously variable transmissions (CVT) installed in these Minis can fail suddenly, causing potentially dangerous situations. The suit asserts that in its fervor to access the American market, BMW Mini sacrificed quality to meet demand and to keep the sales price low, leading to the manufacture of vehicles with substandard quality. As a result, the CVT is prone to premature failure.  Additionally, owners are upset at Mini dealers for failing to remedy the situation, leaving unhappy and stranded customers to foot the bill for repairs of their defective CVTs.

This suit follows another suit filed in California with the same allegations. The California action is seeking restitution, damages, and other relief. Owners have had to spend anywhere from $6000 to $9000 trying to repair or replace the faulty CVTs. For some owners the price is too steep, forcing them to instead sell the vehicle at a substantial loss.

The Florida suit charges BMW Mini with violating state fair business practices laws, including the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The California suit charges BMW Mini with violation of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Civil Code section 1770), Unfair Competition Law (Business and Professions Code section 17200), and for fraud.

If you or a loved one feels they have been a victim of a company engaging in deceptive or unfair practices, please notify Khorrami, LLP for a confidential evaluation of your rights.


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