hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,560 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 152011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


Driving to work 4 mile trip power steering randomly stops working almost locking up the steering wheel. Tried to pull over to the side of the road a full grown man struggles to be able to turn the wheel about a quarter of a turn. Shut off car wait to start back up. Power steering still dead call tow truck and have it hauled to repair shop. Told power steering pump has died and needs replaced along with power steering pump fan.

- Greenville, OH, USA

problem #4

May 132010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 MINICooper S. while driving at 45 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were approximately 90,000. Updated 09/24/10. Updated 09/24/10

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 126,800 miles
Power steering pump is noisy all the time. I am afraid this may lead to failure of my ability to steer the vehicle. The car is a 2002 MINI

- Port Colborne, 00, USA

problem #2

Dec 132007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The power steering on my 2002 MINICooper S, 62,000 miles, fails intermittently and unexpectedly while driving, causing an instant and unexpected loss of power assisted steering. This is extremely dangerous and can cause injury or death should loss of power steering cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Further research of online forums (mini2.com, northamericanmotoring.com, roadfly.com) indicates that this is a known problem affecting many MINIowners, and power steering pump failure has also been known to cause engine bay fires.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owned a 2002 BMW MINICooper S. the contact complained steering failure. The steering was not operating.. could drive but could not steer because there was no power steering. The steering system was broke a couple of months ago, and they repaired it. Currently, the dealership will not repair car anymore even though it was under warranty. The steering became very heavy, had to muscle the steering in order to turn the car. While driving on the highway all of a sudden could not steer the car, and it was very dangerous. Did have one steering failure before, and had to replace the entire steering mechanism. Currently, he could not steer under normal road conditions.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

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