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From the Inbox

Much to the contrary of the following note, I don’t get these kinds of messages often. Sure is nice when I do.

>Hello Don:

>My name is Mike, and I stumbled upon your blog late one night about a month ago. I was sicker than dog, and couldn’t sleep, somehow found your blog and enjoyed reading it through that night. The raw and open telling of your fight to purchase a MINI was surprisingly engaging, and your story telling stayed with well after I shut the computer down in the wee hours of that morning. I kept thinking to myself that this guy who bravely revealed his every struggle in finding his dream car should be applauded.

>I’m certain that you have been praised many times over the years that passed since you began this blog, but I wanted to add my voice to those of the readers who have come, gone and stayed.

>There are some parallels, by the way. For instance, we were looking for MINIs at the same dealership at the same time. Though different, I faced some challenges as well. I adored that MINI I purchased from Crevier from the very first day I purchased it, through this evening when I parked it in the garage and smiled as I closed the garage door and found myself taking one more quick peek over my shoulder to admire the little guy.

>I haven’t the miles you have on your MINI, because I use another car for work on most days, but I’ve been grateful for every mile I’ve traversed in my MINI. So, I understand and relate to you when I read about your missing piece of trim, your indecision concerning your side scuttle, the love and care that you provide your car, and your enthusiasm and devotion.

>Anyway, I just wanted to drop a you a note of “thanks” for telling your story, and for all you are doing for the brand. I’ve read Motoring File for awhile, but had never read your personal blog before, and was quite surprised to finish it and then later trace it back to you, its editor. Though I’ve entertained fleeting thoughts of trading my car up for a MINI with greater horsepower or the newest features, I find myself unable to part with the MINI that currently has a place in my garage, and will always have a place in my heart. In this regard, reading your blog revealed to me a kindred spirit of sorts. I’ll look forward to returning to your personal blog, and (of course) revisiting MotoringFile

Thank you again Mike for taking the time to write in! It is notes like these that remind me (and the WRR boys) why we love this little car so much and why we keep doing what we do!

A busy month ahead

The next 30-some days is shaping up to be pretty busy for me, at least as far as MINI stuff goes. If I’m honest, it’s been too long!

First up, February 27th I’m going to be hanging out at MINI of Ontario for their first Blood Drive. I’m looking forward to seeing some new MINI folks and hopefully meeting up with some old friends. Stop by 10-3 and say hi!

Following that, both Todd and myself will be back at MINI of Ontario on March 6th for their official Grand Opening celebration! All day, 10a – 5p, taking pictures, video, interviewing people and playing air hockey. Yes, MINI of Ontario has an Air Hockey table. You can see it in the video below.

After the grand opening, we will be hanging out and a still unknown location and would like any of you to come by too! It’s going to be a great warm up to AMVIV and expect a good time to be had. More details on this to follow.

And rounding it all out is AMVIV happening the last weekend of March. Sure we are going to be there hanging out and causing mischief like we like to do, but we are also (we being White Roof Radio) hosting and sponsoring a little thing called White Roof Radio Live on Saturday night. Details on this will also be coming very very soon.

So, a busy month ahead. Maybe I’ll get to see J/C’s new MINI too!. That would be pretty sweet.

On Replacing your MINIs Battery

Our good friend UK Paul recently posted the above to his Twitter stream.

Have you called around for this yet? If not, be prepared to be shocked. No kidding. This is something that we have been discussing on the show quite a bit lately, including Chad giving us the full skinny on aftermarket batteries.

Here is what you can do. First of all, you need to know that replacing your battery is 100% DIY. In fact, there is a tool in the kit that came with your MINI that is the exact size needed to loosen the cables from the battery terminals. Once the cables are loose, you can remove them, pull the battery out of the box (Cooper or MCS, doesn’t matter) and set it aside. Then, place the new battery in it’s place. No kidding gang, start to finish should be well under 10 minutes. You girls out there in the audience having a hard time lifting the battery (it’s fairly heavy) might want to get some help.

As far as procuring the battery, from the dealer (if you are hardcore and have to have OEM parts in your MINI) really shouldn’t cost more than $150 at the parts counter. Work the club discount if you can. It’s a 24 or 36 month battery, so the value isn’t quite there.

What you can do instead is give a call to your local Napa part house. They will sell you the 7547, which is an exact fit for the MINI, for $100 – $130.

The take away here is that there is no reason to pay the dealer for a battery installation. Save the $150 and get yourself something nice.