Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Power steering problems are a major issue with the 2004 Mini Cooper, with hundreds of owners reporting complaints to the NHTSA about their power steering suddenly failing while driving.

Some power steering failures have caused crashes & injuries. Average mileage at failure is well under 100,000 miles & the repair cost is over $1,000. Not good.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
77,671 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. wait a while (1 reports)
2004 Mini Cooper AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 092011

Cooper S 1.6L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,671 miles


Several times now, especially on colder mornings, the automatic climate control won't come on. No response how matter how many times I push the buttons on the console, nothing. Then about 10-15 minutes into the drive, it just mysteriously comes on, and I finally get some heat for my frozen body.

- , Guelph, Ontario, canada

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