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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,027 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.

2005 Mini Cooper steering problems

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 222013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles


2005 MINICooper. Consumer writes in regards to catastrophic electric power steering pump failure. The consumer stated while driving in heavy, rapidly moving traffic, the electric steering failed. An inspection revealed the electric power steering motor had stopped, quite likely due to the failure of the auxiliary fan. The consumer was quoted a price of $ 1100 for the parts alone.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 112012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 64,868 miles
While driving through a residential area, the wheel of the car became very hard to turn. It was determined that the electric hydraulic power steering pump (ehps) was malfunctioning. The fan of the ehps was not disengaging when the car ignition was turned off, therefore running down the battery and causing the ehps to not work correctly. The next day, with the same ehps, the power steering was working fine.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 042011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,260 miles
The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper S. while driving 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to move when the contact noticed a burning odor. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where he was informed that the electric power steering component had melted and needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that there was a concurrent investigation for the failure however, there were no recalls. The manufacturer offered no further assistance. No repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 63,260. Updated 12/20/11 the consumer was informed the power steering unit had suffered a complete melt down which spread to the power steering hose and wiring harness. Updated 01/20/12

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 142011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 65,575 miles


Power steering stopped working near the end of a 15 mile drive to work. Power steering functioned normally on the drive home 9 hours later.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 122011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Without warning, in March 2011, my power steering failed. Service determined the cooling fan for the electrohydraulic steering pump motor in my 2005 MINICooper needed to be replaced--intake manifold and fan with protecting grille. No mention was made that a further failure, of the pump itself, could occur. In June 2011, the electrohydraulic steering pump motor failed whilst I was driving on the highway. Service revealed the failure was due to an internal short circuit and said pump was replaced.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 212011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,540 miles
The contact owns a 2005 MINIcooper. The contact stated that shortly after powering off the ignition, he noticed smoke coming from the steering pump. The fire department arrived and cut the battery line. The dealer did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The contact replaced the steering pump. The current mileage was 40,746 and the approximate failure mileage was 40,540. Updated 9/13/11 the consumer repalcd the pump, fluid and other small parts. Updated 01/23/12

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 092010


  • 98,000 miles


Unexpected and permanent power steering failure.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #2

Jul 182011


  • 64,000 miles
Power steering pump failure on 2005 MINIcooper leads to dangerous driving

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper. While parked outside of a retirement center, the contact was informed that his vehicle was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire and unplugged the battery because it appeared to be an electrical fire. The vehicle is currently parked at the contact's residence. Through research, the contact discovered that the failure was due to the electrical power assist on his rack and pinion. The manufacturer was aware of the failure, but there were no recalls available. The contact believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect and a recall should be issued. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 85,000.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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