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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,784 miles

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2004 Mini Cooper wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 33,568 miles


The tire will not seal to the rim because of the small nipples in the rubber around the rim of the tire. The back side seal can not hold tire pressure because of the nipples. All four tires would not hold the tire pressure. Build date (4612) bought discount tires 5540 arapaho rd. Dallas, tx 75248 972-385-0700. They warranty the tires & I bought different brand of tires. I was shown what the issue was with the tires & took a photo on the nipples. I was charge other install fee. The other tires that I pick were the same cost yokohoma S which the car had before with zero issues. All the tires could not keep the same tire pressure which caused the car to drive poorly. I took photo of the small nipples in the seal area. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 202012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2004 MINIcooper that had nine month old pirelli eufori run flat tires on all four wheel that is exclusively driven by my wife. I used the car for the first time in several months and noticed abnormal handling on the vehiicle. I took the vehicle to a local tire store to have it checked out and discovered that all four tires has split down the center groove of each tire (photos available). On the most badly damaged tire, the steel belt was visible and had nearly worn through the steel belt. The store manager warned that the tires were defective and the vehicle was dangerous to drive on the existing set of tires.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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