MINI Recalls 86,000 Cars from 2002-2005 Due to Steering Pump Issues

The R50/R53 generation of MINIs have been acclaimed from day one for their performance. But build quality and mechanical issues continue to plague the cars. This latest recall is dealing with a particularly well known issue involving the steering pump. As most longtime first gen owners will tell you, the steering pump is one of the most fragile mechanical bits on the car.

MINI USA previously extended the warranty on the pump from 4 years / 50,000 miles to an extraordinary 13 years or 150,000 miles. This full-on recall promises to finally fix the problem entirely.

Read on for the full official release.

Report Receipt Date: OCT 15, 2015

  • NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V660000
  • Component(s): STEERING
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 86,018
  • Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC


BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2002-2005 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles and 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertible vehicles. The affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance.


If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, potentially iincreasing the risk of a vehicle crash.


MINI will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system, replacing the components and wiring, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 1, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

  • Bill Derr

    I highly doubt they will fix this issue correctly. It’s just completely design wrong and is destined for failure. They need to make the PS fan turn on from a temp sensor on the pump, not set to turn on when the radiator fan turns on. That would fix this problem entirely……


    MINI already replaced mine under warranty. Does this mean they’re going to replace it again?

  • Matthew Toombs

    My power steering pump failed and I had to pay to have it replaced (MINI was out of warranty and it was before the warranty was extended). It will be interesting to see if they need to replace it again.

  • Sub_R

    My car does this, sometimes I can be driving on the highway and go to change lanes – no PS. I have to cycle the ignition to have it turn back on. Really scary if this would happen in a situation where I really need the steering. I have a June 2005 production R53 that was affected by the 150,000 warranty but my car was past that mileage when I received the recall, I hope I am included in this so it can be fixed 🙁