2002-2006 Mini Cooper (R50)

2006 Cooper: Automatic Shift from 5th to 6th Gear

Old 05-26-2013, 01:32 PM
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Default 2006 Cooper: Automatic Shift from 5th to 6th Gear

My 2006 Mini Cooper (automatic transmission) does not shift from 5th to 6th until I pass 100kph, which keeps the RPMs at around 4000 in 5th. As soon as I pass 100kph, it drops into 6th, with the accompanying drop in RPMs. But if I slow down and drop under 100kph, the transmission shifts into 5th and the RPMs go back up.

This is a problem because most of the driving around here is between 90-100kph. On the highway where speeds range between 90 and 110kph, this can make for some very choppy driving.

And I canít believe itís good for my gas consumption or engine. Iíve been tracking kms per liter, and Iím getting between 11 and 12.5 km/l on each tank.

It has behaved this way since I bought it about three months ago, so I canít really say if this is normal. The car has 70,000 kms and I had a maintenance check at BMW right after purchase.

What Iíd like to know:
1. Does this make my engine work unnecessarily hard?
2. Is this normal?

Thanks for any help.
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