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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 242009


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 MINICooper S. while parked, a fire erupted under the hood of the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the flames. A police report was available. The cause of the failure was unknown. The failure mileage was 10,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 032005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
On 3 different occasions after traveling a few hundred yards or so our MINIwould suddenly lose power and go into a "limp mode" as we move from either a stop sign or traffic signal. This would cause the vehicle to stop in the intersection causing a potentially hazardous condition. The vehicles ses check engine light also comes on. We have taken our vehicle in for service three times to get this defect addressed. MINIstates that it is a "known" problem with the current software. I now have a third version of the software, but we are afraid to drive the car to "test" it out. I hope either MINIor the NHTSA will post a recall on this dangerous condition.

- Wayne, PA, USA

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