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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2010, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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i need a new gearbox for my 2002 (52) mini cooper and i want to know if a cooper s gearbox will fit does anyone know cheers

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Yes but it looks like quite a job ...

Fitting a 6-Speed Getrag Transmission in a Cooper

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Mini Gearboxes Ltd are featured in Modern MINI magazine this month (July-August 2010) and will quote for conversion:
Mini recon gearboxes |BMW MINI cheap gearboxes
Their prices for an exchange recon gearbox and new clutch fitted to a MINI:
5-Speed Midland gearbox 595
5-Speed Getrag gearbox 690
6-Speed Getrag gearbox 750
Recon box supply only from 325
(Ask for a quote on upgrading from Midland to Getrag as additional parts are required.)

Main Dealers quote a minimum of 6 hours for job, 'Mini Gearboxes' fit up to 15 Midland gearboxes a week and have got the job down to around 4 hours by removing the front subframe only from below, instead of the modular front end/rads/bumper assembly. Full method with photos showing stage by stage in MM magazine above (Issue 41).
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It's not difficult. You need the gearbox, gearbox mount, starter motor, clutch/flywheel, gear linkage and clutch slave cylinder pipe.
The 6speed Getrag gearbox is a bulletproof unit. Never heard of one breaking, so little need to recondition it. They can be picked up secondhand on eBay or from breakers for 400. You should be able to get all the parts needed for 800 - 900 and the breakers will buy your old box back off you.
I did mine myself in 8 hours and I'd never even done an oil change before that.

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Hi guys,

I bought a Mini Cooper 12/2002 with the knowledge that I had to replace the box (bearings gone), its driveable but sings like a bird.

Long story short, bought a replacement Midland box on Ebay but got sent by mistake the 6speed Getrag from a 2003 Cooper S.

Im tempted to do the swap as described above. What is the "minimum" of parts I need to replace? I saw in the article that he was going with a fancy clutch package and a new flywheel. Is it not possible to use the original flywheel used with the Midland box? also, The clutch in my car is relatively new.

Thanks for the help.

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Is it not possible to use the original flywheel used with the Midland box?
I don't think so.
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