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MINI Cooper Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

772 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer MINI Cooper. 118 of these members (15.3%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 80 suspension and steering repairs to MINI Coopers--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently MINI Cooper problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the MINI Cooper problem descriptions below.

Don't infer MINI Cooper problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of MINI Cooper repairs by problem area

44% of the MINI Cooper repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 12% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 784 repairs.

MINI Cooper suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the MINI Cooper suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 31% between $100 and $499, 23% between $500 and $999, 24% between $1000 and $2499, and 11% more than $2500.

Chart based on 95 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten MINI Cooper Suspension and Steering problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 0    
0 Steering wheel not straight. Dealer said it is OK. I'll get it fixed next time. 
5000 0 new shock absorber fitted following knocking noise. 
19000  

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

MINI Cooper in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 46000    
56000 1700 replaced rack & pinion 
62000  

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 38000    
44000 107 Slight mushrooming of strut mount--a common problem with MINIs of this vintage. Was advised that problem is minor and to simply align wheels at this time. Further mushrooming will require a more expensive repair. 
61000 2825 Leaking power steering line. Control arm bushings worn and loose. 
66000 711 Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
72000  

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2005 MINI Cooper

Engine not specified

MINI Cooper in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 62000    
64000 2000 Suspension is loose- not sure of the technical reason. Not a critical fix for now, but expensive. 
 

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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 46000    
47000 0 Replaced defective power steering pump 
57000 1500 Replaced defective/worn power steering, fan Asked for 4 wheel alignment. Repair shop diagnosed need for new front end bearings and new right front tie rod in order to perform alignment. 
 
MINI Cooper in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 32000    
34000 0 Had to replace 2 bad wheel bearings in front. 
 
MINI Cooper in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 40000    
53000 450 Power steering fan & pump failure - debris seized fan. 
63000  
MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 48000    
62000 200 Power steering fan required replacement. Covered under the extended warranty. 
68000 200 Power steering motor failed. 
 

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2004 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 84000    
85000 650 electric steering pump failed and was replaced. 
 

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