10 May, 14

BMW Mini One / Cooper R50/53 Midland MA Gearbox Repairs

BMW Mini Gearbox RebuildsBMW Mini Gearbox Problems
The earlier BMW Mini (mk1) is notorious for it’s long list of common problems and includes the common failing 5-Speed manual gearbox. The BMW Mini Mk1 is fitted with a Midland box across all models including the Mini ONE and Cooper. This is possibly one of the most common gearboxes we see in our workshops.

The most common problem with these gearboxes is bearing failure and more often it’s either the pinion bearing or front bearing on the lay gear – you may notice a distinctive noise as they progress to wear out. If you do notice the problem in it’s early stages, the cost of repair is much cheaper than if you wait for the bearings to completely collapse.

Once the bearings collapse, it could as much as double the repair bill depending on the extent of damage it causes. We’ve seen gear-sets get chewed to bits and gearbox casings cracked – this type of damage is irreparable and new casings and gearsets can be very expensive.

Common BMW Mini Gearbox Faults

  • Noisy Gearbox (Crunching / Whining / Grinding Noise)
  • Not Going Into Gear (especially 2nd + 5th)
  • Stuck In Gear (commonly 2nd + 5th)
  • Loss of Power / Clutch Slipping

If the front bearing fails, your clutch may need replacing due to oil contamination.

BMW Mini Midland Gearboxes RepairedOur BMW Mini Gearbox Rebuild + Free Fitting Service
We are able to fully strip & rebuild the BMW Mini gearbox. We use new genuine OEM components when repairing gearboxes to ensure each and every reconditioned gearbox meets & exceeds OE specifications. All of our rebuilt gearboxes come with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty and free fitting in our gearbox service centre.

If you have a gearbox fault with your BMW Mini, call us today on 0844 847 9999.

Tags : BMW Mini Gearbox Faults, BMW Mini Gearbox Problems, BMW Mini Gearbox Repairs, BMW Mini Midland Gearbox Repairs.
137 thoughts on “BMW Mini One / Cooper R50/53 Midland MA Gearbox Repairs
  • Hi..iv got a 51 mini..and its hard to get it into reverse..could you tell me how much it will cost to sort it…. obviously i will take the box out myself,,Thank you Gary..

    • Hi Gary

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • I have a 2003 mini and have just noticed noicey gearbox but goes away when press clutch . Any ideas wot this could be and price to get it fixed

    • Hi Sharon

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • The gear box on my 2005 mini Cooper is Whining. Do you offer a fitted replaceme and or repair service. If so cost please.

    • Hi Ian

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi , I’ve got an “02 Mini One (~65k) with an Increasingly noisy gearbox, and occasional difficulty selecting reverse (all other gears seem fine). Taking note of your comment that taking action early could avoid more catastrophic problems, what would you course of action be and at what cost? Thanks, IR. (sorry about all these capitals – happening as I type!)

    • Hi Ian

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • I am looking at buying a 59 plate mini one With 39k for my son but it has a problem changing from 3rd to 2nd (syncromesh.?) is this a known issue and what would an approx repair cost?

    • Hi Alan

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi,

    Is this service still available?

    Looking to get an understanding of replacement and fitting costs.

    Thanks
    clyde

    • Hi Clyde

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

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