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Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
1/17/20 6:55 a.m.
CAinCA said:

A co-worker had a Mini. It was a money pit. Hi n his the trans developed a leak. According to him there isn't a way to add gear oil to the manual trans. That was the last straw for him. He bought a ND Miata and has been really happy with it. 

I've changed the transmission oil in a MINI, so I know that is not true.

CAinCA GRM+ Memberand New Reader
1/17/20 11:08 a.m.

I stand corrected. IIRC he said it was a sealed unit and that the dealer didn't work on them. If you had a problem you ordered a new trans kind of like the Nissan CVTs.

Regardless he had gotten to the point that the car needed much more put into it that it was worth and it had less than 100k miles on it. 

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
1/17/20 12:04 p.m.

In reply to CAinCA :

It does have a "lifetime" fluid (typical of BMWs) and if you want the OEM fluid one needs to sit down before hearing the price per quart.  Redline MTL is a common replacement, but needs to be changed a lot more often, so the actual cost difference is a bit of a wash.

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