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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 192005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles


(1) events: Driving long distance, after approximately 4 hours I noticed that the left front wheel was making clunking noises. I slowed down, and the noise got worse. Eventually, I slowed down, pulled over, and the car keeps bouncing up and down, and then after I stopped it would not move forward anymore. (2) failure: Lost 3 out of 4 lug bolts on the left front wheel, as a result, the left front wheel is almost falling off of the car. The left front rim was also bent. (3) called BMW roadside assistance, towed the car to the nearest dealer, and the dealer replaced 3 of 4 lug bolts and also replaced the bent rim.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

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