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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles


Purchased car new 10/2004. In February 2005 it began to act as if it was going to die at low speeds, especially when first started. When the rpms are low it acts as if it is not getting fuel. Calls to the dealership re: This problem were met w/ "MINIknows about the problem, it is a software problem and there should be a fix by May." I brought up my concerns regarding safety and was told to "be careful". having the car die in mid-turns or when trying to drive across an intersection is not acceptable.I called the dealership again today and was told they have been told by MINIthere is no fix to this problem and owners will have to wait until the gasoline in the usa is "better".I hope the NHTSA will be able to do something before someone is killed because of this "unfixable" problem.number of failures noted was calculated by multiplying approx.# of days since this problem began by the ave # of starts per day.

- Camas, WA, USA

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