1st Generation (2002—2006) Cooper Problems

Cooper owners with a 2002—2006 model year have the most problems with the steering (21%), transmission (15%), and the electrical (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 6 complaints at an average of 108,960 miles in the 2005 MINI Cooper.
  2. Water on Floor Shorted Out Wiring Harness 3 complaints at an average of 48,667 miles in the 2002 MINI Cooper.
  3. Loss of Power Steering 6 complaints at an average of 89,294 miles in the 2006 MINI Cooper.

What Cooper 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 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 17 0 44 8.37
2005 20 0 48 13.39
2004 6 0 39 2.46
2003 8 0 45 6.79
2002 6 0 42 6.58

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