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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,215 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper steering problems

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2003 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 9 of 13)

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problem #84

Mar 252011

Cooper

  • 110,442 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving, the power steering assist will intermittently fail completely, making it very difficult to steer the vehicle, and greatly increasing the likelihood of an accident. The fluid levels are correct, and power steering will return after shutting the vehicle off and letting it sit for a while.. I have not yet taken corrective action.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #83

Mar 222011

Cooper

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper S. while the contact was driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed to operate. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road, and the engine was turned off. The vehicle began to function normally within thirty seconds before the failure recurred. The was able to continue driving. He vehicle was inspected and he observed that electric power steering pump had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #82

Mar 162011

Cooper

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper S. the contact stated that while driving 30 mph the steering wheel became very stiff and within a few minutes he smelled fumes inside the vehicle. He opened the hood of the vehicle and it was on fire. The fire department was notified; however, there was no mention of a fire report. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or local mechanic for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any of the recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 113,000.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #81

Mar 122011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was leaving my home when I notice, as soon as I start my car, that my steering is very stiff. I have to use my whole body to turn the wheel and maneuver the car. It has been going on for almost a week now off and on. Go online and research problem to find its going to cost me near $1000 to fix.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #80

Feb 242011

Cooper

  • 90,450 miles
Experienced a complete loss of power steering while driving at high-speed and preparing to exit the highway. As such, I nearly drove off the road attempting to turn the vehicle on the exist ramp -- very hard emergency braking was necessary because it was virtually impossible to turn, and thus, control the car. I later discovered by MINIof san diego (who conducted repairs) that the power steering pump had failed and had to be replaced costing approximately $1,100. They also informed me that chronic problems with MINIpower steering pumps were being investigated and that a recall might be issued to correct the problem. I researched further and believe that the 1st year being reviewed is the 2004. I believe that the 2003 should also be included as well in the event of a recall since I experienced the very same problem being investigated, and the danger resulting from the defect is considerable.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #79

Mar 122011

Cooper

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper S. while driving approximately 20 mph, the power steering failed without prior warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was awaiting a response from the technician to determine the cause of failure. The contact discovered that the power steering pump defect was a common problem while doing further research on the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 89,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #78

Mar 122011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving normaly power steering failed on freeway curve, had to fight to gain control.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #77

Mar 022011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,023 miles
2003 MINICooper S just had a power steering system failure resulting in at least $600 in repair cost. Car only has 80,000 miles on it and when the system failed, steering went to manual effort, no assist, no warning. Fortunately I was driving and not my wife as she would have had difficulty completing the turn. I know the steering still operates, but if you aren't ready for the drastically increased effort required to complete a turn, you will loose control of the vehicle. Half-way through a turn in traffic conditions is no time to find out you don't have the strength to finish it. There was absolutely no warning of impending failure. To have a major safety and control system of your vehicle fail this quickly (only 80,000 miles) leaves me wondering as to the safety of the other vital systems on the vehicle. MINImade changes on the power steering system on later vehicles to address this without having any recall or voluntary repair program for retrofit to the older vehicles. This is not fair and definitely not safe.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #76

Feb 242009

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2003 MINICooper S with power steering failure. Power steering goes in and out. Car radio turns on when car is off and no key is in the engine, causing battery to drain. Once my power steering went out when I was leaving a parking area causing me to hit the car in front of me. I have not repaired damages. I have however replaced the engine due to faulty wiring in aprox 2009. A fuse that runs everything for cooling blew and gave me no warning the engine was overheating.

- Marvel, CO, USA

problem #75

Jan 262011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 121,800 miles
When I bought the MINIback in March the night I brought it home the steering suddenly got really stiff. Then went away for about 8 months working fine, then about 3 weeks ago got stiff again, went away and now is completely out.

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #74

Jan 022010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 MINICooper. Power steering failed intermittently then completely. Steering failed but would restart after car was restarted. Steering shut off and came back on suddenly during a long sweeping curve causing a near loss of control. I think this is a very dangerous defect. Replace the pump with a rebuilt at my own expense since the car was bought used. Second pump has also failed after about a year.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #73

Jan 062011

Cooper

  • 63,000 miles
My 2003 MINICooper power steering pump went out while rounding a corner. Barely gained control in time to stop. I when to the MINIdealer and the mechanic said " this is a common flaw in minis from 2002-2005. I see it all the time". then I find out there is a class action suit on the defect. Some cars have even caught on fire. Car only has 63K in it.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #72

Dec 282010

Cooper

  • 50,000 miles
Power steering pump failed while car was driving. It fried one battery. Placed second brand new battery in to confirm the faulty power steering pump defect. Learned from class action lawsuit posted online that BMW knew of the defective problem. BMW claimed they fixed the problem in 2007 to get nhsta to stop investigation. However, I was never contacted or informed of the problem by BMW between 2003 to 2010. BMW customer service told me their investigation found nothing wrong with the power steering pump therefore no recall! they will not pay for any part of repair after they told me to tow my car to the dealer. If the car failed during high speed on freeway I would have been hurt. No warning of when the power steering pump will fail so consumers will have no warning of this problem until it happens. If I did not stop the car immediately, my engine would have been on fire.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #71

Dec 282010

Cooper

  • 50,000 miles
Power steering pump failed while car was driving. It fried one battery. Placed second brand new battery in to confirm the faulty power steering pump defect. Learned from class action lawsuit posted online that BMW knew of the defective problem. BMW claimed they fixed the problem in 2007 to get nhsta to stop investigation. However, I was never contacted or informed of the problem by BMW between 2003 to 2010. BMW customer service told me their investigation found nothing wrong with the power steering pump therefore no recall! they will not pay for any part of repair after they told me to tow my car to the dealer. If the car failed during high speed on freeway I would have been hurt. No warning of when the power steering pump will fail so consumers will have no warning of this problem until it happens. If I did not stop the car immediately, my engine would have been on fire.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #70

Dec 152010

Cooper

  • 63,950 miles
Hi there is a problem with my MINICooper losing power steering, I have lost the power steering few times this week and when I took it to the BMW near my area they told me its a known problem with MINIcars from 2001 to 2005 as the psp ( power steering pump ) on the models have a fault and you may lose the steering power at any time. I almost had 2 accidents because of this week and they are asking my to pay 550 for a new pump. If they have a faulty pump and they now it can risk lives they should recall it or offer to fix this for people who are affected.

- London, 00, USA

problem #69

Dec 122010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Power steering pump failed, causing hard to control conditions in vehicle.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #68

Feb 012010

Cooper

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper S. the vehicle was parked and shut off for approximately 30 minutes when the contact was advised that the vehicle was on fire. The contact stated that fire was coming from under the hood. The fire extinguished independently and the vehicle was towed to an independent repair facility. The contact was informed that the power steering remained on while the vehicle was shut off and caused the fire. The power steering pump, wiring harness and battery were all replaced. The failure did not recur. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #67

Dec 012010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I purchased a 2003 MINICooper S used in November 2007. It had 30,000 miles. Shortly after purchase the power steering pump went out. The dealership replaced it promptly, Dec. 2007. I am now experiencing intermittent power steering failure again, at 79,000 miles, 49,000 miles on a new pump. It comes and goes while driving. Very dangerous while taking curves.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #66

Nov 092010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
My 2003 MINICooper has almost caught on fire several times, replaced transmission, electrical harness, power steering pump, A/C hoses and A/C service, wheel bearings, injection plugs etc....... I still cannot find the real problem why is causing a short, it has almost caught on fire several times, this car has been the most dangerous car I have ever own, I have never spend so much money on trying to fix any vehicle, right now I'm about $11,500 in costs of repairs, this is a crime to the consumer, I have been reading about a class action lawsuit that is in progress, I hope and pray that we get justice from the maker of MINI

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #65

Nov 112010

Cooper

  • 74,651 miles
The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper. While driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering failed. The driver was operating the vehicle when this failure occurred and had to control the steering wheel with both hands. There were no warning lights prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the power steering pump and fan were defective. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were 74,651.

- Glen Allen , VA, USA

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