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 2005 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:
90,000 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Power steering stopped working. Power steering replacement, trunk repair and driver's side door repair. Updated 07/26/11

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 272010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper. The contact stated that the interior driver side door handle would become inoperable due to the boden cable guide becoming dislodged from its retention clip. The dealer was contacted who informed him that there was a design update but the dealer could not say when the design update had taken place. The manufacturer was contacted but provided no assistance. The dealer was contacted again and stated that all problems and questions should be directed back to the manufacturer. No assistance was offered by the manufacturer or the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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