The owner of a 2009 Mini Cooper S may complain about poor shift quality and/or the selector lever quadrant not synchronized with the transmission detents, usually following transmission repairs or engine compartment service. This can be caused by improper handling (bending, mis-adjustment or over-stretching) of cables.
Correct full throttle adjustment of the engine accelerator cable is necessary before adjusting the transmission shift cable. When loosening or tightening, the clamping nut for the shift cable adjustment, the cable housing must not be allowed to rotate. Housing rotation will allow the shift cable rod to turn, possibly damaging the transition point between the shift cable rod and the wire cable.
If the shift cable is wedged-in or stretched during transmission removal or installation, because the shift cable was not disconnected at the transmission, the shift cable must be replaced.