2003 Mini Cooper Q&A
2003 Mini Cooper Question: manual transmission
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? - echartier
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: https://repairpal.com/directory?address=66801&car_brand_names=Mini 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. - Superbob
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