1st Generation (2002—2006) Cooper S Problems

Cooper S owners with a 2002—2006 model year have the most problems with the transmission (28%), steering (14%), and the airbags & seat belts (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Clunks 4 complaints at an average of 68,500 miles in the 2005 MINI Cooper S.
  2. Transmission Failure 3 complaints at an average of 92,667 miles in the 2006 MINI Cooper S.
  3. Steering Pump Failure 2 complaints at an average of 80,543 miles in the 2006 MINI Cooper S.

What Cooper S Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all MINI model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 29 0 12 17.9
2005 13 0 12 14.04
2004 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0

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