A Closer Look

While out in Quartzite this passed weekend, I was able to get some shots of my, as not yet named so stop effing asking, new MINI. Including the roof graphics. Once the weather warms up, all vinyl is coming off of this car (possibly including the tint) and getting redone.

I’m getting a lot of positive feedback on the roof. I think it’s awful. The redo will be with stripes. Still need to talk to Todd about that. And to remove the clear bra.

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“Can you read me the current odometer reading”


We then went back in and completed the paper work. Roxy was no longer mine.

It’s no secret that I have been looking for another car for the past few months. With Roxy getting up in miles and the frequency of odd noises and new rattles rapidly increasing, it was time. My plan was to keep her and add another car to the stable, eventually relegating full time track duties to her.

On January 22nd, 2014, I was doing my daily internet check when I found a very rare MINI.


That is a 2008 R56 MINI Cooper. It does not have a sunroof. It does have manual transmission and sport package and less than 60k miles on the clock. And it was listed for less than $10,000. At that price and configuration, I knew a car like this wouldn’t come around again for a while.

So I moved on it.

It was a painless experience, oddly enough, but 3 hours after arriving at my local Auto Nation Nissan dealer, he was mine. All i’s were crossed and t’s dotted. I cleared my stuff out of Roxy, said good bye and signed on the dotted line. Already added an additional 500 miles on him and I have to say I do like an R56. You can here my thoughts, day of, on this week’s show.

Welcome to dbmini.us v2.0 – The R56 Edition. Updates to follow.

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An Argument for Window Tint

broken window

Driving into work this morning, as I do. Driving next to a slightly lifted Chevy pickup when there is a sudden POP! I look over and see this. Pretty damn scary, if I’m honest. I was able to continue my journey to work without issue and did not have to spend any time picking shards of glass out of my person or Roxy because my windows are tinted. Super glad about that, as you can imagine.

Anyway. Replacement scheduled for Saturday and insurance will reimburse me for the tint up to $50. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

(0) Comments|Posted in Project: Roxy on 12/24/2014

Project Roxy: Repair log, 303838


Not going to say last repair visit for 2014 because I don’t want to jinx myself, but Roxy did go in Friday for a few minor repairs. For the past (too long to admit) she has been an old, creaky, squeaky British car. A new passenger side strut tower mount corrected that. Bonus, I can also get her in for a wheel alignment. Bonus #2, the end link broke when it was being reinstalled, so the passenger side has been replaced.

After the last big summer storm here in Phoenix, I managed to drive through water that was deeper than I should have. It ruined the temperature sensor, which made the thermometer think it was +20 degrees. That’s been fixed.

Finally, new bonnet struts so the damned thing quits hitting people on the head.

The only things left are power steering hoses, which is a ridiculously expensive job due to the exorbitant price of the hoses. After that, it’s front suspension stuff; driver’s side end link, ball joints, sway bar bushings. I’m hoping to get those knocked out shortly after the first of the year.

I’m already putting together the next list of things to be done; the Mod list. Can’t wait to get started on that!

Thanks for sticking around for another year gang! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Unless you don’t celebrate Christmas, then imagine me wishing you the appropriate holiday cheer.

(2) Comments|Posted in Project: Roxy on 12/20/2014

Lots of Threes

Damn. I drive a good lookin' car. #mini

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As I’m continuing to drive roxy home from the moon (almost at 301k), teh lad asked me over dinner about how many of this or that I have had to replace on Roxy. Turns out, I’m on the third of many things.

  • Transmission & Clutch
  • A/C
  • Alternator
  • K & N Filter element
  • Windscreen

The top three are items you don’t want to be on the 3rd of, for obvious reasons. And for those of you wondering about the K & N filter, sure you can clean them, but after 100K miles, why not spend the $50 to replace? Standard drop-in filter would be replaced at least 10 times in 100K miles, making the K & N the more frugal choice.

I had to do a half-assed brake job last week to replace the pads that were done. I had a back-up set that were lightly used that I put on and are doing the job for the time being. A full, 4-wheel, brake job is on the short list. Also moving to that short list is an oil change and alignment.

Otherwise, still keeping an eye out for what’s next. Everything is going well on Roxy right now and I’m hoping to be able to put off getting another car until next March. Fingers crossed if you please.

(2) Comments|Posted in My MINI on 11/1/2014