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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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.

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Three Hundred Thousand

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As I like to say, done and done.

What’s next?

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Roxy Has Had a Week

A week or two ago, she was having trouble starting. It became more and more of an issue until she went completely dead last weekend, leaving me stranded. Twice. Battery replaced, everything was ok for about 6 miles until she left me stranded again. Turns out, corrosion was the issue and I spent the remainder of my weekend wondering where my car skills disappear too.

Skip ahead about a week, driving from PHX to California to watch my youngest niece graduate high school. During this drive there are 2 major grades that are more than 30 miles long. During the first one, Roxy went into limp mode. After I let her rest for about 15 minutes, she was ok until the next big grade. Same problem happened. This time I let her rest for about 20 minutes and she’s been good since. The SES light is on and Eurotechs has been alerted to the issue.

Just slightly over 5K to go to hit 300K. I hope she makes it.

In the meantime, just so you guys know, I have been poking around the used market to see what is available and what the price range is. Nice to see LCI R56s in the 15K-ish range.

Finally got around to replacing the windscreen too. This is only the third she has had since 2003. I color myself lucky, but really, the last one should have been changed back in ’08.

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