I took Rascal ('07 cabrio with 71,750 miles) into Peak Auto Thursday after the engine started making a whining noise on Monday. The diagnosis --> CVT transmission failure....replacement cost $6K ($4k rebuilt CVT and $2K labor). I called Dan at Grassroots and he quoted the same price.
My question....how hard would it be (and is it even possible) to replace a CVT with a 5-speed manual transmission? Would it cheaper than $6K? I checked minimania.com and they have a GETRAG 5-speed rebuilt transmission for $2,200? I am going to call Dan on Monday, but I wanted to get opinions from some of you mechanically inclined MINI owners.
Thanks in advance,