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:
79,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Mini Cooper transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012010


  • 110,000 miles


Transaxle on the MINICooper failed. Unit contains sealed bearings (so I'm told), that are not serviceable. Therefore, I had to buy a complete new unit at a cost of $3,000 ()included $900 labor). I understand this is not an uncommon failure for minis, and that MINIand BMW are refusing to work with consumers to address this problem. However, they have apparently changed the design, recognizing the poor design of the original unit.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 172009


  • 50,000 miles
24 degree morning car's manual 6-speed transmission frozen in 1st gear. Took other car to work. Problem gone after returning from work at 40 degrees. Looked up online. Saw many of the same complaints due to water in shifter cables.

- Goochland, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 072008


  • 77,000 miles
My 2005 MINIhad aprox. 77,000 miles on it when I had drove for about an hour, pulled into my driveway, heard a loud noise, and when I got out I saw a piece of the transmission casing laying on the ground and all the fluid drained out. There are 95 MINIowners that I know of who have had 1 or 2 transmissions replaced after only a few years of use. Mine cost me 5,000 dollars and loss of use for 2 months. MINIwas aware of the faulty transmissions and continued to sell them. I really believe there needs to be a reckoning.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

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