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Transmission noise in 2002 Mini Cooper 5 speed'

Anyone have a similar problem. I am a car dealer and I just traded for an 02 Cooper. The transmission makes a bearing noise. The noise sometimes goes away when you push in the clutch which sounds like a throw out bearing problem. However, the noise also remains while the clutch is engaged. Any input at all would be welcomed as I do not sell these cars regularly. I do not trust my local Mini dealer for advise.

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  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    get a new transmition that is what I did

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    Carla1981 Sep 21, 2008

    My 2002 Mini Cooper has since the day of purchase made a whinning noise, and it is uncertain what it is, and it is NOT from the fan, or alt belt. It is however below and to the right. It is pronounced in the summer and when the wheels are slightly turned.

    Most recently steering is very stiff, and the noise went away, how ironic!

    I really am NOT prepared to fix this problem financially, yet.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    car was running fine until I was leaving the gas station and was easing out of the bumpy drive way. I let off the clutch too soon and the engine cut off. now it will not start. we pushed started it and when you turn to engine off it will not restart.


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I have been working on one all week install and remove 3 times all inside bearings have to be replaced quite a job two bearins are cooper only 100.00 each the rest are local bearings from autoparts timken brand no idea why the original is made in poland not too good better get it freshly rebuilt at transmission shop im down 1000.00 and more parts too change ps i changed clutch for nothing throw out bearing was very minute noise compared to the inside bearings if u drive like it is now it will get louder and eventually crack the casing of the transmission sorry for the bad news danny

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The bearings do have problems on these vehicles, I just recently installed a rebuild kit in my 02 mini cooper 5spd and the problem seemed to be fixed for about a week and now I am having more problems than ever. I take (to some) what is considered extreme care of my vehicles and address problems before they start but this car has given me so many I can't keep up and it only has 140K on it. My last VW MKIII I sold with 270K while it was still running fine. This is my seventh vehicle and it has been the worst headache since day one, I will never buy a BMW car, motorcycle, or SUV again just from this vehicle experience. My solution to the problem scrap the car before investing more money into a dying cause.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010

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    temitayoadek Mar 22, 2013

    how do you scrap cars esp minis i want to scrap mine,the automatic transmission needs about 3 minutes to move forward when you put it in drive


The trans mission has bad bearings, most likely input & cluster as they rotate in neutral !

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Posted on Aug 30, 2008

Check the blogs out on the net. apperentely the mini coopers have transmission problems. My 2004 with less the 49,000 miles just went out. I thought it was a theow out bearing also. But I was wrong.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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