Notes: Power steering problems are a major issue with the 2004 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Unable to open the driver's door from the inside; immediate failure. At about 36,000 miles and again at 60,000 miles, the driver's door could only be opened by pulling on the inside door handle multiple times or opening the window & using the outside handle. The issue appears to be a cable that comes off a pulley in the opening mechanism. The dealer replaced the cable in its proper position; the fix lasted about 2 years before re-occurring causing the car to fail state safety inspection. This is a problem known to MINIBMW and is reported in many online MINIcooper forums.

- Colchester, VT, USA

problem #1

Feb 162010


  • miles
Door lock mechanism freezes and traps drive and occupants inside of the vehicle. Anytime the temperature is below freezing door locks freeze. Upon contacting MINItheir response was that they get this complaint frequently but they do not have a method to correct the problem.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

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