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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,896 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.

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


I have an '06 MINICooper and never had any engine/transmission issues prior to today. All scheduled maintenance was done by the MINIdealer. Today leaving to go to work, I started the car, put my seat belt on, checked the mirrors, rolled down the windows, put the car gear in "D" and started moving forward out a parking lot, and after a few seconds while driving, the car lost all acceleration and came to a stop. Then the car won't reverse nor move forward while in any gear. Towed to the dealer and later was told it's the cvt transmission and it will cost thousands of dollars to replace the cvt transmission.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #4

May 152012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. While driving approximately 45 mph, the RPM readings increased as the vehicle jerked forward abnormally. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 252011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Traveling on highway at 70mph and instrument panel lights up, speeds drops to maximum 30mph creating unsafe driving condition. First occurrence March 2012 was diagnosed as failed "throttle body", second occurrence in July 2012 was diagnosed as failed "wiring harness".

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 122006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
Brand new MINIcooper convertible (1 week old). I was driving on a freeway in the left most lane. While I was checking the possibility to change to the right lane, the freeway curved in the right direction. The car entered slightly into the shoulder lane on the left. The speed was 65 mph. The moment part of the car entered the shoulder lane, it lost control and hit the shoulder. As a result, the car flipped over and dragged for about 5 seconds before coming to a stop. As a result of this crash, I incurred severe eye injury and significant head injury in addition to road rashes on head, hands and face. The car was totaled.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180 miles
: the contact owns a 2006 MINIcooper model S. three days after purchase at 130 miles the vehicle stalled and operated at a reduced speed while attempting to accelerate. Although the vehicle did not stall out completely, the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer reprogrammed the computer software. Afterwards, the contact was pulling into a parking space with brake pressure applied, the engine roared and the vehicle lurched forward and struck a tree. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The vehicle sustained minor damage, but no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and was unable to duplicate the problem. The service department suggested replacing the engine. Updated 3/3/2006 -

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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