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2002 Mini Cooper Yellow/black on 2040-cars

Year:2002 Mileage:41963 Color: Yellow /

East Rockaway, New York, United States

East Rockaway, New York, United States
Body Type:Hatchback
Vehicle Title:Clear
Engine:1.6L 1600CC l4 GAS SOHC Naturally Aspirated
Fuel Type:Gasoline
For Sale By:Private Seller


VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
: wmwrc33432tc31006
Year: 2002
Number of Cylinders: 4
Make: Mini
Model: Cooper
Trim: Base Hatchback 2-Door
Options: Sunroof, CD Player
Drive Type: FWD
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag
Mileage: 41,963
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
Exterior Color: Yellow
Interior Color: Black

Up for auction is a 2002 MINI Cooper with less than 42,000 original miles.  First year for the 'new' MINIs, and I have been the only owner.  Tires installed at 36,582 miles. Body looks great, interior looks good with small wear tear in driver seat.  Engine and transmission are in great shape.  Muffler is rusted but still effective.  

HOWEVER, there is an interior rain leak that I can not locate, and it has not only soaked the carpets but it has affected the wiring.  I located the wet wires and connectors in the driver's side wall, cleaned them and WD40d them and that worked for a while.  Eventually they got wet again, and now the tachometer and it's gauges do not work (which I could live with) and the battery keeps dying (which I can't live with).  I installed a new battery and it started and ran great, but 4 days later the new battery was dead.  At this point I can start it only by pushing it, or installing a new battery which I expect will just die in a few days.  

The car was in an accident in March 2013 and was excellently repaired, but perhaps that repair caused the leak.  My other thought was the sunroof, so I taped it closed but that did not solve my problem.  (And it left me with the residue of the tape on the roof. I think you can see it in the pictures).  

I am VERY frustrated and no longer want to put any more time into the car, so I am hoping it can find a more patient owner.  Or perhaps it will make a great parts car for anyone with a first gen MINI Cooper. 
Thanks for looking.  Hope you can give her a new home.  

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