really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,978 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper steering problems

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #64

Nov 042014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The passenger air bag sensor went on in my MINICooper. I noticed this seems to be a common issue. I also had to replace the steering components in the MINICooper, which again seems to be a common issue. I am concerned regarding all the air bag recalls, but at 1,7K to replace the entire seat; that is quite a burden upon a tight budget. I just wanted to use this website as a place where I have documented these issues, so that if there is a insurance claim down the road, because of these faulty issue, I have a documented complaint.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #63

Oct 312014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The power steering drained the battery and vehicle was inoperable. Parts necessary to replace were: Power steering pump power steering pump fan power steering fluid pen I am filing this complaint because the above parts have been recalled up until 2005. My vehicle is 2006 but I suspect that the older pump has been used on my vehicle because the fan has been working in an odd way ever since I got the car. MINIrefused to pay for this part and I am asking you to extend the recall if there are enough people with issues with these parts.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #62

Feb 202014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 100,823 miles
February of 2014 driving my 2006 convertible on curvy highway at 50 mph. Loud shrieking noise and then steering became very difficult to turn. Towed to mechanic. Had steering pump & fan replaced. Total cost $1,038.54. 2005 MINIs have been recalled for this exact default. Called MINIand they will not reimburse me because mine is a 2006. However, my MINIwas made in 2005.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #61

Mar 012008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Backing out of my long residential driveway, the power steering failed. Since my mileage was out of standard warranty and since I didn't purchase extended warranty, I used the "bentley publisher's" comprehensive MINICooper service manual to investigate the trouble. I tested the power steering cooling fan and the pump for operation. The fan was ok, but the pump wasn't getting any power. I removed the 100-amp fuse from the fuse block aside the battery compartment, inspected it for failure, but it looked good, wiped it clean with alcohol, and re-installed it. After everything was reconnected, the power steering returned to full operation. Several times from 2008 to 2014, the power steering failed, usually at slow speeds or upon start up of the vehicle, but it was always intermittent and returned to full operation on its own within a few days or weeks. It failed once again about two months ago, and has not returned to operation on its own since then. Although the NHTSA website shows 122 complaints on 2006 MINIs, of which about 25% of the complaints are for failed power steering, and since I can't locate any official manufacturer's recall on the internet for repeated 2006 MINIpower steering failures, I guess I'll take it to my local repair guy for a fuse or pump replacement.

- Italy, TX, USA

problem #60

Aug 052014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I bought my daughter a 2006 MINICooper S a little over a year ago. Today I decided to drive it to work here at fort hood, Texas. A little over an hour after I got to work I decided to go get breakfast so when I walked out of my office I heard a car alarm going off and when I rounded the corner I saw my daughter's car billowing smoke! I ran inside to get help and was able to find tools to disconnect the battery. I raised the hood and was meet with a lot of heat, smoke and a strong odor of burnt plastic. The car wasn't running and like I stated, had been sitting for over an hour. After conducting research online I found out MINIusa had recalled several MINIcoopers for the power steering pump that had the same exact symptoms. After calling the closest dealership, an hour away, and MINIusa I was told that my car was not part of this recall and I am left to pay for this repair myself. The dealership quoted me a cost of $1000 to replace the power steering pump. During my online research I have found many other MINIowners with the same year model that had the same problem. It seems that MINIusa isn't wanting to fully cover the repairs. I am glad I wasn't driving down the highway when this happened!

- Kempner, TX, USA

problem #59

May 162014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 99,105 miles
Power steering completely quit working. Car was very difficult to steer. Stopped and turned off car for a while. Started car again and power steering was ok. Now power steering is very difficult until car has been running for a few minutes.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #58

Apr 212014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 97,900 miles


The car began to make a high pitched whine which increased over the next couple of weeks, it continued to get worse and I noticed when I would move the steering wheel back and forth the noise became much much worse, leading to the failure of my power steering pump. MINIissued a recall on the power steering pumps for their 2001-2005 models (13 year, 150,000 miles.) mine is a 2006, I still don't think the problem has been resolved for this year of model as I am finding multiple accounts online of individuals with 2006 MINIpower steering pump failure.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #57

Mar 012013


  • 105,000 miles
My power steering pump is failing. Very loud and whiny. Ready to fail at any second.

- Grantsville, UT, USA

problem #56

Jun 212013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Power steering failed while driving. The power steering returned after parking the car and starting on the next trip. Over the next few days, the power steering failed several more times. It could easily cause an accident if it happens at the wrong time. The problem was fixed by replacing the power steering pump.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #55

Apr 022014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Power steering pump stopped working while driving a 35mph. Stopped and restarted vehicle no change, an hour later pump worked again.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #54

Mar 142014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 184,700 miles


Exiting the highway, the power steering on my 2006 MINICooper stopped working. I was unable to keep the car on the pavement. The car left the roadway, narrowly missing a highway sign (wooden post), and stopped in a grassy area off the shoulder of the road. My wife and I were shaken but unhurt. The vehicle body does not appear to be damaged. However, there is now a loud rattle coming from the rear or undercarriage of the vehicle. The power steering is also completely gone. The car can be driven but it is very difficult to do so.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #53

Mar 012013


  • 65,000 miles
Power steering failure while driving. Steering became very difficult. Persisted until car was turned off for several minutes. Happened sporadically afterward, then disappeared for a couple months. Issue returned and now affects the car most of the time while driving. Will happen upon starting the car, or while driving.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #52

Mar 162014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I heard a loud humming/squealing type sound--unable to turn the car's steering without great effort while driving down a side street and pulling into a parking spot. I had wondered where the sound was coming from and having to make it home I struggled to keep the car in my lane and make left turns at intersections--making it home I noticed a dark stain where my car was parked and checked the steering fluid which was bone-dry. I have children--after reading these posts I am afraid to drive them and am afraid to be on the road even after putting more fluid in the receptacle am finding it on my driveway. I just purchased the car in November with 50,000 miles on it.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #51

Nov 202013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I had issue with the steering wheel pump a year ago, and I replaced it. But last night when I was driving home, the steering wheel wouldn't turn and I almost got into a car accident. Luckily traffic was slow and I was close to my house. Unfortunately, it was extremely hard for me to make any turn. I had to call a towing company and my car is now at the MINIdealer in Chicago. I already spent over 2 thousand dollars a year ago and I don't understand why my car is having these issues again.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #50

Apr 132013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
In April 2013 I was merging onto highway I20 with my children in the back of my MINICooper S 2006. As I was speeding up to merge onto the highway the car completely cut off. I veered over into a median in the middle of six lanes of high-speed traffic. The car had completely shut off, even the hazard lights. I was very lucky that the median was there and that I had not yet entered the main stream of traffic. The police came, then a friend. After about a half hour it restarted without power steering and he was able to slowly drive it, and he fixed a belt that he said had looked like it had blown out. About four times in the year prior to this the car had cut off, but not while I was driving; it shut down as I was pulling out of a parking spot but then immediately restarted. No one could explain it. After the April incident I went to the MINIcooper dealer and spent close to $3000 to ensure that the car was safe for my children. However, yesterday, 11/5/13, I was backing out of a parking spot and the car completely shut down. I called the dealership for assistance and they said they had never heard of this kind of problem and couldn't help; fortunately the car restarted about ten minutes later. However, I am extremely concerned that this car is unsafe and I have heard from an acquaintance who also has a MINICooper S 2006 who said this has happened to her, that something random happened with her car and it completely shut down while she was driving. She told me that there was a recall, but I called MINIcorporate today, and was told there was no recall and referred me to NHTSA.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #49

Sep 082013


  • miles
The car was parked in front of our townhome. That afternoon, my neighbor knocked on the door to tell me that there was black smoke coming out from under the hood and that she had heard a loud pop under the hood. After calling the fire department, the firefighters cautiously raised the hood and discovered that something had caught fire under the hood. They told me to not drive the vehicle, and I called my insurance company, had the car towed to the mechanic who works on our automobiles, and the insurance company sent a claims agent to assess the damage. The power steering pump had caught on fire, and numerous other parts were damaged.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #48

Sep 162013


  • 95,000 miles
Power steering system failure. Dealership mechanics stated fan and pump had seized.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #47

May 012012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Power steering pump failed while traveling at highway speed late at night on a long road trip home. Was told by mechanic this is a common problem with this vehicle make and model and well known by MINIBMW.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #46

Sep 092013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 81,604 miles
Power steering lose the power suddenly, hard to turn or change lane when my wife was driving. Checked this car history, the power steering pump was changed at BMW dealer in 3 year ago. This time the steering lost its power again.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #45

Jul 272013


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated that when turning in either direction, the power steering assist would sporadically fail as the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the power steering pump and fan needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Westbury , NY, USA

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