Notes: Power steering problems are a major issue with the 2005 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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,800 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.

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 212015


  • 184,000 miles


I received a notice from MINICooper important safety recall notice by mail and called to try and schedule a replacement of the seat sensor. I was told that a diagnostic test might be charged for this and it would be $150 for the replacement. This is freaking ridiculous, this is the second time they try to cash out at my expense... NHTSA recall number: Opens new window takes away from VIN lookup section> 15V205 recall date: April 3, 2015 manufacturer recall number:

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 142015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The written "safety recall notice" that I received in the mail yesterday, October 14, 2015, of which BMW/MINIlikely provided NHTSA a copy is both false and misleading. Four months after BMW/MINInotified me not to allow an adult-size person to ride in the front passenger seat of this four-seat, two-door automobile, the current written notice indicates that BMW's MINIdealers "are now ready" and I should "schedule an appointment for recall repair service as soon as possible." In using the website provided in the notice to locate the nearest dealer, I was unable to schedule an appointment. The dealer had no parts and would not even schedule an appointment to occur in the future. A call to the BMW/MINItoll-free number included in the notice caused the BMW/MINIcustomer relations and services" representative to admit that the notice was false and that many dealers are not ready to schedule appointments for this service. The notice for recall campaign no. 15V-205 indicates that it was sent to me "in accordance with the national traffic and motor vehicle Safety Act." Does NHTSA really condone false and misleading written notices purported to be in accordance with federal safety law?

- Riverside, IL, USA

problem #14

Nov 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 50,291 miles
When passenger exited vehicle, light airbag off notification came on. This happens every time someone exits the passenger seat. Also airbag warning light & seatbelt not buckled light come on.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #13

Oct 012013


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate mileage failure was 60,000.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #12

Apr 072014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,890 miles
My air bag lite came on.while my wife was driving.I had my system checked. I found that the seat has to be replaced at a cost of 2000 $.BMW has recall on all 3,5,7 series.but not on MINI

- Phila , PA, USA

problem #11

May 152013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 35,890 miles
Occupant seat sensor failure in passenger seat, airbag light comes on and stops airbag operation. I see that NHTSA has contacted BMW for this problem and for this model year; however, BMW/MINIwon't take blame for airbag failure. BMW takes irresponsible attitude that even though car has only 36,000 miles, safety is my problem, not thiers. As a side note, dealer says part is $1200 plus installation and reprogramming. BMW, the ultimate driving (and killing) machine.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #10

May 202013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 35,900 miles


2005 MINICooper. While driving approximately 45 mph, the front passenger air bag off indicator illuminated with an occupant positioned in the seat. In addition, the failure would occur even when an occupant was not present in the front seat. The illumination no longer continued when the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated the passenger seat mat sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #9

Feb 062012


  • 40,000 miles
The front passenger seat weight sensor for airbag activation failed. Due to this, the front passenger airbag will not deploy in an accident. The only fix is a $2000 replacement of the entire front passenger seat.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 142013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Driving to work in the am. I smell something in the car. When I look at my passenger side seat I saw smoke. Pull over and got a better look at it. I have a holes in my car seat and the two vest that I place on the seat. It appears the heated seat had a electrical failure. Took car to MINIdealer. They said it real odd this happen. They also nice to say I would have to paid to fix it. Look at many site on internet and seen BMW/MINIand other company have issues with heated seats. It do not seem to odd to me. I did not even had the heated seat on because no one was seating there.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 012011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The passenger air bag sensor activates, saying that there is a passenger in the seat when one is not present. It often reminds this "passenger" to buckle their seat belt. Other times it is silent but still indicates that the passenger airbag is turned off when there truly is a passenger.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012012


  • 33,000 miles


The occupancy sensor has failed. This causes the airbags to be unarmed while the vehicle is in use. I have contacted MINIabout the problem. They covered the repair on certain vehicles, but not mine. This is a safety issue, and it should be covered on all vehicles that it has occurred on, regardless of mileage. The repair is very expensive, and should be covered.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #5

Sep 012010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Passenger air bag sensor is defective. The passenger air bag off light, illuminates 3-4 seconds after engine start, along with the red air bag failure light, on the main speedometer. This occurs, whether there is a passenger in the seat, or not, due to this safety defect. MINIcooper dealers, deny this is a problem, however, I have found over 40 other complaints registered on this exact defect !!! major repair cost from the dealer, to change the whole bottom seat cushion assembly, which includes the defective air bag sensor, that separates from the seat cushion, after a short time!

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 112012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The airbag sensor in the passenger side seat does not correctly detect a person sitting in it. When a passenger is in the seat, the airbag sensor stays "off".

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 102008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,830 miles
4/10/2008 airbag light on dash came on intermittently - MINIdealer could not duplicate problem 9/23/2008 airbag light on dash came on and stayed lit - MINIdealer found micro-cracks in OC3 seat mat fault code FC71 stored in mr55K checked faults replaced OC3 seat mat installed seat and enable seat mat with GT1 cleared faults summer 2011 - airbag light on dash came on intermittently October 2011 - airbag light on dash came on and stayed lit 11/15/2011 - MINIdealer refuses to cover under warranty, despite known issues with this component having a history of being defective.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 012010


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2005 MINIcooper. The airbag sensor in the passenger seat failed around 50,000 miles. I was told that the passenger seat had to be replaced at a cost of $1400. This is a know issue with this year of MINICooper S. dealships need to be aware of this problem and MINIBMW needs to have a recall.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Seat warmer failed to shut off ad burnt a hole in the seat and in my jacket. May have started a fire if I had not shut it off. This car had been in fla for most of its years and also had low mileage - clearly a defective part.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

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