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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,000 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 162013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


While turning into a shopping plaza parking lot the steering wheel locked up and I was not able to control or complete the turn. Thank god I was driving at a slow speed and pedistrians were not near by. I experienced the same thing when I was leaving to return home and two more times after that. Something needs to be done, innocent lives are at risk.

- Buzzards Bay, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152012


  • 27,000 miles
Right inside door release failed so that passenger could not open door from inside. Passenger would be trapped inside vehicle in an emergency. MINIdealer repaired by replacing rotary latch lock at cost of $447.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Hinge on rear hatch began bending until door would not close at all. Finally, the hinge fractured and the whole door nearly fell off of the vehicle, leaving the vehicle in an unsafe and undrivable condition because the hatch was now hanging over the rear bumper by only one hinge. These events occurred over the course of two days and with very little warning.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 132012


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper. The contact stated that the hinge on the rear hatch fractured and the entire rear hatch was detaching from the vehicle. The rear hatch would not close due to the broken hinge. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

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