Originally Posted by Soopercooperinfo View Post
Before I had the transmission fluid changed by an independent shop I called the MINI dealer with the VIN and they verified the OEM fluid to use. Eliminated any doubt.
When my leaking right output seal was replaced and my independent shop refilled the transmission fluid,
they gave the MINI dealer my VIN and they verified the OEM fluid to use (MTF-94 for me), then they sent the
WRONG fluid (LT-3 instead of MTF-94) in an unlabeled container*.
I noticed a different feel in the shifter and 1-2 better mpg and had the fluid analyzed, which showed
it to be the wrong fluid. About 1,000 miles later, after discovering this, I had them change it again,
and sent an aliquot of the fluid they used for analysis again. This time, it was the right fluid.
Turns out it takes a bit of effort to eliminate any doubt.
* The dealer gets MTF-94 in 20 liter containers and LT-3 in 5 liter containers, so when they send
some out to a shop or customer, it goes in a blank unlabeled quart container. You have to trust
they give you the right stuff, and that everybody keeps track of what fluid is what, and apparently, sometimes, they don't.