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

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2006 Mini Cooper steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #44

Apr 152007


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed a whining sound coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the power steering pump would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #43

Jun 152013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering failed while attempting to turn in an intersection. Almost caused an accident.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #42

Apr 302013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering system malfunctioned. The steering wheel then became tight and became difficult to maneuver. The contact took the vehicle to dealer but did not diagnose the failure. The contact then took the vehicle to a local mechanic. The mechanic stated that the steering pump and pump cooling fan was defective. The mechanic replaced both the steering pump and pump cooling fan. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Tiburon, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 152013


  • miles


Driving on road went to turn, and steering loss almost caused accident.L ## VIN failed ##

- Oden, MI, USA

problem #40

Apr 182013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The power steering when out on the car. This makes it difficult to steer. Also, because of the failure, the steering/car will not straighten itself out after making a turn. One has to make an extra effort to straighten the wheel out. I almost hit a parked car because of that problem. I see Canada made MINIdo a recall on this issue. Is it going to take an injury or worse before the usa makes MINIrecall the cars ?

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #39

Jan 232013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Power steering went out making vehicle very difficult to control. Was told by MINIdealer $1500 to replace.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #38

Jan 032013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


While driving the vehicle, at any speed, the automatic power train does not shift gears properly. It will shift up, and down, and not engage the proper gear. The vehicle transmission will "wind-up", then jump into a gear. At times, the vehicle will not shift out of first gear.

- Fort Washington, PA, USA

problem #37

Dec 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact was driving 50 mph and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle started to sway from side to side and caused the contact to crash into a utility pole. The vehicle was destroyed and had not been inspected for the cause of the failure. The contact sustained slight injuries in the crash. The failure and the current mileage was 70,000... updated 02-07-13 updated 02/13/2013

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #36

Dec 262012


  • 96,488 miles
Without any warranting the power steering wheel was hard to turn. The car became very difficult to drive I just had diagnosed test four days ago on the car the only problem noted was the thermostat. Know I can not drive the car.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #35

Nov 112012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering failed as the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was exiting the highway when the power steering failed and caused and increase in steering efforts. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection where they advised the contact that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised that there were no recalls for the vehicle and that they were aware of the failure that existed with the steering. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #34

Sep 242012


  • 85,277 miles


I was slowing down to make a left hand turn and all of the sudden the power steering went out on it. Being a front wheel drive car made it extremely difficult to turn. Had someone with less arm strength been in the driver's seat they could have hit oncoming traffic head on and killed someone.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #33

Jun 142011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
The steering wheel locks. It first began locking when I turned it on. I didn't think anything of it since it unlocked a minute later. Then a month later it happened again. It started to happen once a month and just like the first time it unlocked. However, as of last month it has just locked and won't unlock. The 2004 and 2005 had recall on the steering wheel. I feel that 2006 has the same issue. It should also be recalled. How do I know that they have not used the 2004 or 2005 part on the steering wheel? this is a major safety issue, and it can cause major car accidents.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 052012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
I purchased this vehicle about a month ago in a private sale. A few weeks ago, the MINIdeveloped a strong power steering whine. This is not the electrical buzzing noise typical of these models but a noise heard above the engine at all speeds or in neutral regardless of whether you turn the wheel. Several days ago, the steering began to stiffen up especially when parking. Yesterday, it failed entirely and this was while driving! now, I'm a 6' 180 lb male and was able to react and wrestle it safely but I'm thankful that my 5' 100lb wife was not behind the wheel. Make no mistake this is a safety issue that the manufacturer refuses to address!! just research the problem and you will see hundreds (probably thousands) of complaints across the globe about the same thing and it appears to be primarily 2001-2007 models. Other countries have mandated a recall but not the safety conscious U.S. which surprises me greatly. When other major manufacturers have listed recalls for things like seat belt anchors "that could crack" or air bag switches "that could corrode" why the heck isn't a MINIcooper recall done for power steering systems "that are failing"? if you value your family's safety, do yourself a favor and steer (no pun intended) clear of this vehicle. I will be dumping this T urd as soon as possible. My family is too important to waste on a fad car.

- Watkins Glen, NY, USA

problem #31

May 142012


  • 78,000 miles
Executing a left turn and all of a sudden the power steering went out. Was unable to control the car due to the fact that I was not expecting this issue. Damage front right side of car against curb. I have learned that this is a serious problem. This issue needs to be addressed on a recall!

- Lindenhurst , IL, USA

problem #30

Apr 132012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Purchased 2006 MINICooper S brand new at a MINIdealer in boston. The vehicle has 108K highway miles. I had serviced the vehicle at the dealer until warranty ran out and transitioned to a national car care chain. I began to notice the vehicle slipping between second and third gear when traveling in stop and go traffic. I brought the car to my regular mechanic and they indicated that I should bring it to a transmission shop. Delivered the car to the shop and have been informed that my cvt transmission had failed and would need to be re-manufactured. I was also informed that my power steering pump is leaking and failing. The power steering fan had seized and was likely the cause of the power steering failure. The MINIdealership quoted me over 10K for the transmission replacement only did not inquire about power steering and there were no programs for customers in this situation. This cost is more than the car is worth. The transmission shop will do the repairs for 6K.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #29

Apr 172012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Power steering failed completely upon warm engine re-start. The smell of overheating components is in the passenger cabin.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #28

Apr 132012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
The power steering wasn't working. It made it difficult to steer the car. After turning the car off, back on again, and moving the steering wheel from side to side slightly, the power steering re-engaged. This is the second time this has happened. Everything else with the car seemed to be running normal.

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #27

Apr 122012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The power steering went out while my wife was driving home making driving extremely difficult. Having only 12 miles to travel she drove home fighting the steering all the way home when she arrived home I open the hood and could smell and see smoke from what I have discovered to be an electrical melt down on the power steering pump. The entire wiring connectors are melted and ash and un usable. We were lucky the car did not catch fire. However there is clear evidence the wires were on fire.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 022012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Power steering fails when engine is turned on. Also occurs while driving. Mechanic stated that the power steering pump failed.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #25

Mar 142012


  • 40,600 miles
My 2006 R53 only has 40,000 miles and out of nowhere the steering became periodically stiff. After persisting for 2 weeks, it has become incredibly hard to move the wheel and the pump seems to have cut out completely. It is much stiffer then any car with manual steering that I have ever tried, rendering my MINItotally undriveable. Somehow the Cooper S is not included in the recall from Transport Canada" ( wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/7/vrdb-bdrv/search/recalldetail.aspx"lang=eng&rn=2012029 )

- Livermore, CA, USA

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