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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Mini Cooper brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 022006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,150 miles


Brake failure - while coasting in "brake and release traffic", the brake pedal did not catch. Looking down at my foot, I watched my foot floor the brake pedal and felt no brake pedal catch. Looking up, my car continued rolling forward and hit the car in front of me. My car sustained over $2000 damage. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the other car was not damaged. A month prior, the MINIdealership had done scheduled maintenance brake work on my MINIBecause of this incident, I asked MINIif it could have been an air bubble or something else related to the brake job. MINIsaid no; any problem would have occurred a couple days after the job; not a month later. My car was towed to the MINIdealership where they checked the brakes. MINIsaid nothing was wrong. What could cause this? I'm concerned that my brakes could fail again, this time with more serious consequences, even death! please help!

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

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