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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 042007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Wheel bolts broke. Previously, I had three wheel bolts break during removal. Dealer and manufacturer denied warranty claim as result of pot hole. Recently, I had a wheel bolt break during installation. While using a torque wrench, the bolt broke before reaching the specified torque. The wheel bolts are fragile and failure in service could result in the loss of a wheel.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 252006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
: the contact stated the lug bolts sheered while attempting to remove by hand on more than one wheel. The dealership replaced the hubs.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

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