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Growling noise in high gear

My Mini makes a growling noise that matches in intensity the amount of pressure I put on the pedal. It only does this in higher gears. I took it in to the dealer for other work without mentioning it to them and they didn't catch it. Is this a muffler problem?

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Sounds like the air filter/silencer is loose

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