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2003 Mini Cooper Question: manual transmission



echartier, SOHC, Emporia, KS, June 22, 2011, 10:30

I took my car in for an oil change and was told that it needed to have the transmission changed because it was leaking and since it is a sealed transmission they would have to change the whole transmission. my questions are: do Mini Coopers all have "sealed transmission"? does the intire transmission have to be changed? has anyone else had this happen with their manual transmissions?

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    June 22, 2011, 14:47

    Find an independent Mini or BMW specialist or a transmission shop and ask them for a hands-on diagnosis. Don't just phone them, you won't get a thoughtful answer.
    I don't believe that the transmission would have to be replaced for a leak, sealed or not, although it may have to be removed to repair it. Also, make sure it's really leaking before getting into an expensive repair.
    If you want to find a Mini specialist, here's our directory link for you:
    PS: If you're going to an oil-changer place, don't. The good, qualified technicians don't work at those places, generally. Find a pro.
    Good Luck.

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