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My 2016 Clubman cooper S went in for a pre winter health check and engine oil service, mileage at the time was 12,675 during the health check inspection gearbox oil was seen to be leaking from the gearbox case end plate, it is a rubber grommet bung of 37mm ø this rubber grommet bung was now no longer supplied by MINI and was impossible to source anywhere, this resulted in an eye watering £5,038 factory new gearbox and clutch replacement, the clutch was not needed but I insisted a new clutch be fitted,

so a word of warning if your gearbox starts to leak from this rubber grommet bung, this part is no longer supplied, and unless a DIY repair could be done, then it’s time to find a decent used item.
 

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My 2016 Clubman cooper S went in for a pre winter health check and engine oil service, mileage at the time was 12,675 during the health check inspection gearbox oil was seen to be leaking from the gearbox case end plate, it is a rubber grommet bung of 37mm ø this rubber grommet bung was now no longer supplied by MINI and was impossible to source anywhere, this resulted in an eye watering £5,038 factory new gearbox and clutch replacement, the clutch was not needed but I insisted a new clutch be fitted,

so a word of warning if your gearbox starts to leak from this rubber grommet bung, this part is no longer supplied, and unless a DIY repair could be done, then it’s time to find a decent used item.
I find it somewhat hard to believe that one, there is already a gearbox leak coming from a car which has only done 12,675 miles, and two, this rubber grommet is no longer available. I would have gotten a second opinion on both issues.

These seals are usually used on other gearboxes made for MINI/BMW if not other marques. If they are indeed not making them anymore, there are companies who would make seals for you for allot less that a fraction of the £5, 038 for a new gearbox!
 

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I find it somewhat hard to believe that one, there is already a gearbox leak coming from a car which has only done 12,675 miles, and two, this rubber grommet is no longer available. I would have gotten a second opinion on both issues.

These seals are usually used on other gearboxes made for MINI/BMW if not other marques. If they are indeed not making them anymore, there are companies who would make seals for you for allot less that a fraction of the £5, 038 for a new gearbox!
thank you for your reply, I understand what you are saying, however, here is a short clip of the workshop video showing the gearbox oil leak, BMW MINI have not offered this rubber grommet seal since 12/2018 it is a OEM part which is not available anywhere, and believe me I searched and contacted everyone I know in the industry.

I’m sure given enough time I could have had the rubber grommet seal made as you have suggested, that said, you have to ask the question, what caused the rubber grommet to fail in the first place ?
Simply replacing the rubber grommet seal is not going to fix the real issue, given the age and mileage of my car for it to have failed relatively early into it’s expected service life.
A second opinion was not necessary.

BMW MINI Clubman cooper S 2016 manual gearbox oil leak
 

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That is shocking and not a good advert for BMW/Mini. Your car isn’t that old and I would hope that if a manufacturer choses to delete a spare as crucial as that they would help any customer who needed that part with a substantial financial support for a new unit; in your case a new gearbox. Even bloody Apple are making their devices repairable.
 

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Thank you for replying, I agree totally it isn’t a good decision to remove a part that would probably be a few £££s and then expect customers to stand the cost of a new gearbox unit.
When my dealer checked the stock level here in the UK for the gearbox, there was just one in the whole of the UK, I guess now there aren’t any, as I have the lonely one unit in my car now.
My dealership did build a claim case and submitted it to MINI UK to see if MINI would indeed contribute to the replacement cost, unfortunately no offer of a contribution from MINI UK was forth coming, due to the fact that I had a platinum warranty through the RAC, this warranty stated that the gearbox was indeed covered.
However as with all warranty claims they try make the rules up as they go along, thinking that joe public is unknowledgeable and they can and will try wriggle out of any claim.
Long story short, the RAC told me directly that the failed rubber grommet seal was not covered, it was on their exclusion list, I then asked to see this exclusion list, to which it transpired that list did not exist, after 2 weeks of daily phone calls and emails I had them in a corner, as I challenged them to a written engineers report which I would submit in a court of law, against their independent gearbox specialist.
They very quickly soon backed down and at first offered me a second hand gearbox, as you can imagine I declined this on the grounds that a second hand gearbox could not carry any warranty as it is a unknown entity without a full strip down and rebuild.
Their next and final offer was a payment contribution of £2,552.40 this I accepted but still wanted to raise a complaint against the RAC for their incompetence and first hand lies from the telephone call handler to their so called in house engineer, of which I tied up in nots as even he knew nothing of which he spoke and wrote regarding my situation, my complaint was raised and is awaiting another financial payment for the 2 week unnecessary fight I had to get what should have been a very easy and simple warranty claim.
 
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