2002 Mini Cooper - $2,000 (Lincoln, NE)

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condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 178000
paint color: red
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
Clean title.

I bought this car for son to drive through college. He's gone on to get a prius, so I don't need it anymore.

The first day he had it the original 5sp transmission broke.
So, we swapped in a 6sp Getrag transmission from a supercharged mini, along with a new clutch. They are much stronger than the one mini puts in the plain cooper.

Good details: Nothing leaks (is this even a mini?!). Seriously though, it's never left a drop anywhere and never needs anything topped off. It doesn't seem to burn any oil either, it's always still full when we change it.
The tires are a matching set of michelins with lots of tread.
It starts easy, runs strong, and doesn't make any bad noises.
Never needs a jump start, even if you ignore it for a week.
Between the cold air intake and custom clobbered-together exhaust, it sounds pretty cool at full throttle.

Bad details: While we were converting it to the stronger 6sp transmission, my son insisted we delete power steering. It kinda sucks to steer at low speeds now. I feel this was a mistake, but not worth reversing.
The a/c rarely works. It's not low on refrigerant, maybe the compressor is bad, idk.
The passenger door only opens from the inside, and the power window for that door struggles to go up or down.
In the first month my son drove this car, he managed to back into 3 separate people, so the rear bumper is pretty thrashed.
The sunroof doesn't leak at all, but it rattles as you go down the road. It does open and work fine.

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