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Yesterday 01:08 PM
motobroker Me too
May 11th, 2015 11:03 PM
bluecray I've just bought a 2006 Mini Cooper with 23000 miles on the clock and to my horror have now learnt about this possible steering box failure.


I saw this elsewhere ……Of effected cars ………


175,000 Mini One, Mini Cooper and Cooper S cars sold between 2001 and 2005
9,000 convertibles and
32,000 Mini Hatch cars sold in 2006 and,
800 Mini Convertibles sold in 2007.

My question is, will my Cooper be effected??
May 11th, 2015 09:29 PM
JCWMini05 How did you get on.. please let me know...
May 11th, 2015 09:26 PM
JCWMini05 Miss Miniii,

Please right back with any update as so much useful detail has been included in this thread it would be great to have another good news story.

I have copied and pasted part of a thread here that should be considered by others with similar issue it appears to have helped this subscriber...

"I suffered the same thing for a week or two, steering would suddenly feel heavier than normal, and yes parking was like driving a 1930's truck. Shortly after that I had a complete failure on a roundabout and shook up the other drivers as well as myself. Car was taken to Mini UK, they told me £650 to repair...........and I politely told them they were picking up the bill due to the 'KNOWN' failure and good will package, put in place, because of the design fault issues that have been going around for ever!!!"
May 11th, 2015 09:17 PM
JCWMini05 Waynef,
I have just voted on the Poll but not sure of the relevance of doing so now.. I will continue to read these threads and hopefully all will be revealed. Thanks for posting this important information buddy.
May 6th, 2015 12:44 PM
Miss Miniii Taking my Mini convertible '05 into a local dealership tomorrow with a dying PSP.
A) wish me luck with any hopes of a goodwill offer, and
B) let's hope I get there in one piece as I now dread driving my beautiful car!

Have found loads of helpful tips from this thread so thanks to contributors, here's hoping I also have some success with BMW/Mini UK.

Any other suggestions ppl can make if it comes back that I end up with the bill in full.. I'm assuming parts & labour from a Mini/BMW garage is going to be a pretty packet?! 😁
Apr 24th, 2015 03:27 PM
Caveman
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Originally Posted by DAC1984 View Post
I have just bought a 2004 Mini Cooper 112,878 miles, if my pump has gone would they fix this?
If you're in the US, the original pump is covered by an extended warranty up to 13 years or 150,000 miles whichever comes first.
Apr 24th, 2015 12:08 AM
DAC1984 I have just bought a 2004 Mini Cooper 112,878 miles, if my pump has gone would they fix this?
Feb 17th, 2015 11:32 AM
Gizmotech Hi all, I dismantle my steering pump yesterday as it was leaking. I found that in between the impeller and the high pressure outlet part of the pump, there seems to be no gaskets. I have slight corrosion and pitting on the mating surfaces as I can seen is the case with many others from the pics they have posted. How did you guys who have stripped and rebuilt the pump prevent it from leaking or seeping? I cleaned my surfaces and it is still leaking and I am not surprised one bit. What poor design! Any help appreciated.
Feb 16th, 2015 04:12 PM
January Sara Thanks so much. Taking it to a dealership this Friday to get it checked.
Feb 14th, 2015 08:13 PM
R53WithOne
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Originally Posted by January Sara View Post
Hi all, my Mini One recently suffered complete failure of power steering causing me to nearly have a very serious accident on a roundabout. I couldn't even turn the wheel.
It sounds like many people have had the same issue. Has anyone successfully managed to get BMW to pay for a new pump? The car 10 years old but just 60,000 miles and pretty much like new. Does anyone know if the age of the car means Mini will be less likely to help me fix it? Just trying to figure out best thing to do next. Thanks very much.
Hi, If you can check out the previous threads by other members, you will realise that a huge amount of us have had it done for free through a dealership,....worst case scenario is a £99 diagnostic fee. It is now a recognised fault by Mini UK as well as most of the World!!
Feb 14th, 2015 08:03 PM
January Sara Hi all, my Mini One recently suffered complete failure of power steering causing me to nearly have a very serious accident on a roundabout. I couldn't even turn the wheel.
It sounds like many people have had the same issue. Has anyone successfully managed to get BMW to pay for a new pump? The car 10 years old but just 60,000 miles and pretty much like new. Does anyone know if the age of the car means Mini will be less likely to help me fix it? Just trying to figure out best thing to do next. Thanks very much.
Feb 14th, 2015 07:05 PM
R53WithOne
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Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
If you're within the 13 year / 150K extended warranty you should get it fixed for free while you can.
I suffered the same thing for a week or two, steering would suddenly feel heavier than normal, and yes parking was like driving a 1930's truck. Shortly after that I had a complete failure on a roundabout and shook up the other drivers as well as myself. Car was taken to Mini UK, they told me £650 to repair...........and I politely told them they were picking up the bill due to the 'KNOWN' failure and good will package, put in place, because of the design fault issues that have been going around for ever!!!

Thank you USA for making this an issue through legal devices to get it recognised through-out the world! The pump and hydraulic assembly was not designed for this type of application.............works well for Small Aircraft Landing Gear though, but in those applications it only has to work occasionally....not constantly!!!
Feb 1st, 2015 08:41 PM
jimmy_racoon yes, paid in full when fixed

year later, fully credited by MINI

no issues with that here!
Jan 27th, 2015 12:33 PM
hugginsi
Power Steering Failure

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Originally Posted by burns76 View Post
Well, girls and boys, it's good news. All credit to BMW, power steering pump replaced for free, with only the cost of the diagnostic to pay. Now we all know that the diagnostic fee is just a legalised fiddle, but who would rather pay around £550 for the whole thing, than £100 or so for a diagnostic alone?

So, for those who, like me, lurk around places like this, soaking up information about such faults and fixes, ready to leap into action should the car so much as hiccup, here are the MCS' vital statistics:

9 years old, 53 reg
Built August 2003
95k miles
Manufacturers warranty expired August 2006
TLC pack expired January 2008
Serviced by an independent ever since

Well done BMW - what a super advert for your customer care. My only suggested improvements would be to lose the diagnostic fee (I diagnosed it for you, so why charge?! We all know it's a sham!) and for them to have issued a recall (like the Canadian tingent have done for this same fault) so that we wouldn't have had to go through this in the first place, and have the worry of our cars being razed to the ground, as some others have (some seriously horrific stories in America!).

So if your PSP goes, get your MINI flat bedded to your dealer and let them sort it.

And now...back to the independent she will go for all future work!
This happened to be on the way to work this morning, rather scary and that was in traffic, let alone taking a bend. Off to BMW later, should be a fun drive, feels like all the tyres are flat. I have to pay a £90 diagnostic fee then they will discuss this with BMW uk .... can feel a fight coming on
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