First time buyer - should I buy it? Not starting
I'm looking at a 2005 Cooper S, manual, with 121k on it. The seller is asking $1600. Sounds good, right? Needs tlc, but overall looks to be ok. Now, it is not starting. The battery is new. There is nothing getting to the ignition. If you try to jump it from the battery, nothing. If you try to jump it from the jump points under the hood, the dash lights up, but when you go to turn the key, again, nothing. Is this something that is common to these cars? My only Mini experience is with my MkI 1964 Mini, which is far easier to work on.
I was thinking that there may be more than one issue, like a split cable between the battery and the ignition, and then a bad starter solenoid or clutch pedal relay. Any ideas would be appreciated - I wouldn't want to buy it and then have it become a nightmare.
Thanks in advance for your input.