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:
7,835 miles

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2005 Mini Cooper windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 092006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,505 miles


Sudden stress crack appeared directly behind rear view mirror. No rock chip or other impact evidence. We'd just gone from cool (mid 50's ) to record heat (100) in 24 hours. Have less than 4,500 miles on the car. Came out in the morning to find the crack, which is approximately 6" long growing vertically. The car is a 2005 MINICooper S convertible.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Windshield spontaneously cracked. Crack started at top center extended down about 4 inches, then horizontall for about 4 inches and is now moving down again.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 172006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Cracked windshield 2005 MINICooper S.

- Carpinteria, CA, USA

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