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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper lights problems

lights problem

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 242005


  • Manual transmission
  • 79 miles


Consumer was driving home when people starting honking and waving at consumer. Brake lights were not working. Consumer had dealer come and get vehicle, dealer told consumer that it was an electrical problem. Consumer said that vehicle was in her possession for 24 hours when brake lights failed. Consumer bought vehicle new from dealer, who supposedly fixed it. But consumer had not been able to check to see if brake lights actually worked. Consumer stated that it was significant that this happened after dealer had done the safety preparations for delivering the car. Dealer said that the preparations were done, and they checked the lights and all the fluid levels.

- Deroit, MI, USA

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