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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,366 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Mini Cooper fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 032010


  • 60,366 miles


My 2004 MINICooper had a bad fuel leak from the fuel rail that sits on top of the engine connected to the fuel injectors. My wife was driving it to work when she was all most overcome by gas fumes. When she got to work she noticed that she had lost a half a tank of gas. I had the car towed to vista motors in pompano bch. Fl. on sample road and the MINIservice manager told me that he had never seen this problem before. When I asked him if the part was going to be investigated by MINIwhy the part started leaking and could of easily caused a fire and became a safety hazard I was told no.

- Boca Rayon, FL, USA

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