really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,215 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper steering problems

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2003 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 13 of 13)

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problem #4

Nov 262007


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 MINICooper. When the contact would turn off the vehicle, she could still hear the motor fan running. She took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the power steering hose and fan needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired because the warranty expired, and the contact would be responsible for the repair costs. Also, all of the windows on her vehicle would spontaneously open. She took the vehicle to the dealer and a technician deactivated the convenience power system for the power windows. After the repair, the failures continued. The contact called the manufacturer, but they did not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 73,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 262008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Overheating of power steering pump.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 192008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
My car has approximately 65K miles on it. As I was driving to work this morning on the highway, going approximately 65-70 mph, my power steering failed. My reservoir is full, and I have yet to find a garage who is willing and/or able to address the problem (having already stopped at 3 today).

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 032007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,050 miles
Parked my 2003 MINICooper on the street. Smoke started billowing out of the engine. Popped the hood and saw the smoking continuously emanating from the engine compartment. Had the car towed to the MINIdealership in princeton. They told me that the power steering pump failed; that it leaked and melted the engine harness and power supply cable and power steering fan connectors. Also, the main coolant fan was not functioning properly; and there was another leak in my valve cover gasket. I have read many instances where fires have been started for the same reason, and am lucky that did not happen to me. However, the damage to the car totaled over $3400. I had to have the power steering pump replaced; along with the engine harness, power supply cable, power steering fan and main cooling fan. If this is an issue with many MINICoopers especially 03 and 04 editions, I think the manufacturers should take responsibility to fix the problem and ensure that it does not happen to anyone else.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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