This bulletin applies to R57, R58, R59, R60 and R61 Mini models equipped with a manual transmission. The customer may comment about a stiff diagonal gearshift lever movement (N-R, R-N, 2-3, 3-2, 4-5 or 5-4).
Also, in some cases, gears cannot be selected, or the selector gear does not go into the neutral position.
The deflection lever circlip of the gearshift mechanism may be damaged or is missing. Also, there is possible corrosion at the gearshift mechanism (shift cables or transmission gearshift unit).
Inspect the shifting gear mechanism deflection lever for a missing or damaged circlip. Install or replace as needed, using new parts P/N 23 11 7 593 200 (circlip) and P/N 23 11 7 593 217 (sliding sleeve).
If the cables move freely after disconnection and the level circlip and/or sliding sleeve are not found to be defective, then replace the transmission gearshift switching unit.