The contact owns a 2002 MiniCooper. While driving 65 mph, the shift cable completely detached from the manual transmission and preventing the contact from shifting gears. MINICooper Clutch & Transmission Questions. I have a Mini 2002 S model with manual transmission we all have problems the MiniCooper S but I would rather Shifting_problems - MiniCooper Forum. Heater might be relative term in this case, but you are correct mini it's, it is a born and bread kiwi heater (wellington I believe). Read about the 7 most common problems with MINI Coopers The most reliable of the transmissions Mini manufactured is the 6 speed manual variation. MINICooperMiniCooper S Shifting issues due to worn linkage rod bushings - 7 reports. Learn about this problem, why it occurs, and how to fix it. MiniCooper Service Recommend for "Sealed For Life on and off and eventually shifting to manual. i took the 2003 minicooper to a MiniCooperProblems. Details of all Power Train/Manual Transmission problems of MiniCooper. Q: I drive a manual car, and it won't shift. When I put it into gear, the shifter can freely move right and left like it's not in gear. Well, there are several things that come to mind. The MINICooper uses two cables to actuate the shift linkage. Over time, the rubber end links can wear, causing all sorts of problems. Learn how to change the cables here. 2002 MiniCooper transmission problems with 33 complaints from Cooper owners. The worst complaints are power train:automatic transmission, power train:manual transmission, and power train:manual transmission:floor shift assembly.