three days after I ordered my mine, I still just can’t wait until I can drive it*. but, by my count, I really only have to wait about 112 more days…
*please note the lack of sex designation and name for my MINI. I believe that I won’t really know either until it finally arrives.
I forgot to mention, and this has been cause for grins for the better part of last night and this morning, but I was able to drive an MCS last night after placing my order! I am gonna get into SOO much trouble with that car! I was just motoring along, then I got a section of the dealers ‘loop’ that is a nice little ‘S’, got to fly right by another car, on the OUTSIDE!
Oh yea, and the interior at night looks awesome! like a jet cockpit or something! I hope I can make it until mid-January…
I have done it! placed my order for a 2003 MINI Cooper S! it’s going to be like this:
British Racing Green w/white roof and mirrors
Package #1 (sunroof, multifunction steering wheel, auto a/c & on board computer)
Package #2 (sports package…xenon headlights, 17″ wheels, DSC)
That’s how it is going to be, but I might change the color.
I ordered from Crevier MINI after all. After I talked to my guy (Darnel Alexander, who is great!), he was able to knock $1,000 off of the premium upcharge, but I’m still going to try to bring that all the way down to $0 on or before my delivery date. I have been told that mine will be with the other November MINI’s, with a January delivery….
Today I am going to call my guy at Crevier MINI and again try to place my order for an MCS, British Racing Green top and mirrors, and I only want to pay MSRP. I don’t want/need LoJack, permaPlate (whatever that is) or floor mats. Well, I do need floor mats, but @ $US4,000 those are some pretty expensive mats!
So, I went yesterday to my MINI dealer to place my order. As it turns out, my guy wasn’t there, but I thought that I could still place my order anyway. So, I got there, was greated by a new salesman who was fairly nice. We chatted a bit, I schooled him on some of the more noteable features of the MINI (he was selling Hondas last week). I did have some questions about the wheels that come on the ‘S’ with the sports package, so he went in to make sure he was telling me the right thing. He as the sales assistant, who is very knowledgeable about these things and I got my answer. So, I asked her about placing my order and she ran through the process, finishing off by telling me that there is a $4,000 add on by the dealer for Perma Plate (whatever that is), LoJack and floor mats. This is all stuff that I would probably want anyway, but to not have a choice in the matter, I told her that I didn’t want it and expected to pay MSRP, especially since I was going to have to wait until mid January for delivery. She said no, you have to pay the premium. Then I remembered that I heard that Long Beach MINI sells at MSRP when they are ordered, so I asked her if that is where I was going to have to go. She actually told me to go to Long Beach! Unbelievable! I will probaby still get mine there, but after hearing the price for an ‘S’, I will probably end up just getting a MC instead. My guy comes back to work on Thursday, so I will give him a call and see if he can help me out.