When last we met, you already knew that I was trying to get out of Bruce and into something different. If you play the DonBurnside™ home game, you already know what happened. But, because I’m a giant nerd and am feeling the need to write, you get the words.
I did a bit more research on this guy before I rolled in. Our man Brian Dallas hooked me up with a full VIN history (this MINI is very well taken care of). With that, and other research that shows this MINI started life as a MINIUSA mule (possible press car), and that it was CPOd when acquired by a local dealer, I was in good shape.
For the financing, let’s just say I got a proper APR this time around. Not as good as it can be, but really close. Close enough that you would be impressed.
Oh yea, the car. It’s a 2013 MINI Cooper Roadster S. The original sticker price on this MINI was right at $40K when it was new, which means it is loaded. And, when I say loaded, it really has all the things.
- Heated leather seats
- MINI Connected, Nav, HK
- MINI Yours steering wheel
- Sport pack
- Automatic transmission
- Everything else
The color is called Kite Blue and it is quite striking no matter how you look at it.
And yes, it has an automatic. I know, I know! I can already hear you screaming…
“But db, an AUTOMATIC? I thought you hated the automatic!?!?”
So, here’s the thing there. Since 2003 I have driven MINIs with Manual transmissions. In rain, in sleet, in snow, across the US and on F1 circuits in Europe. Awesome times. Until it comes time to use this car for actual transportation back and forth to work. My current commute is a 20 mile crawl that usually takes me about an hour each direction. And I’m over the whole shifting thing in traffic. Seriously. Over. It. That plus some medical things make the automatic a good choice for me at this time.
I’ve only spent a few hours with it so far but can tell you it is a joy to drive. The last roadster I drove was the MotoringFile company car, which was a JCW. While that car was a blast to drive, I am finding the standard S to be slightly more forgiving and joyous for normal driving.
A quick shout-out to my squad for the sounding board and advice when it came time to start dropping offers. The slack channel was very busy for a few days!
Before you ask…
- No mechanical mods planned at this time
- This car does not yet have a sex designation
- Or a name
While no mechanical mods are planned, I am in agreement with the boys about this. So. Much. Chrome.
AMVIV is coming up which means Todd will be performing some black-out magic and, very possibly, some stripes.