We have a 2006 Mini Cooper Cabrio with 55K miles. The car is a lot of fun, but lately I’ve run into a problem: when starting movement and engaging first gear, as I release the clutch and engage the engine - the car/engine shakes briefly. Sometimes just a little bit, sometimes quite severely, but always noticeable and resonating through the car. This happens when you apply very little gas (less noticeably) and when you give considerably more gas (shakes a lot more and when it engages - gives an abrupt kick).
This also happens in the second gear, but not to the same degree. Today this happened every time i’ve shifted into first or second and i’m getting worried that we are in for some expensive repair on a fairly low mileage car.
Has anyone experienced something similar or exactly the same problem?
I’m not new to manual transmission and have learned to drive on a car with a stick. I’ve been behind the wheel for 20 years with driving manual on and off for at least half the time.