Any one else hear of this? I received a notice in the mail telling me about it. I'm in California if that matters. Something about the knob separating from the shaft if pulled hard enough during an aggressive shift.
Rory Reid gives the car a good review, but he raises concerns about the whole gear shift stick (not just the knob) in this YouTube vid. (See his comments from about 4:00 mins). I don't know whether Mini have addressed this issue since the review was done, but I must admit I felt slightly relieved that I've ordered the automatic transmission!
It takes so little effort to move the gear stick through the gears that I cannot believe that anyone could be so ham-fisted as to remove the knob while driving unless they were deliberately looking for problems.
Having said that my son once pulled the knob off the gear stick on my R53 while in the middle of a Motorkhana course.