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.

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  1. I’m back to manual in my Clubman, after some years of MINI and non-MINI autos, and I really don’t see much benefit to it now; I think my future will be automatics too.
    Congrats on the new new ride; looks fab!

  2. Green with envy. I have a saved search on cargurus.com for a roadster that I flip through on Friday afternoons. Happy to hear that this was a positive move for you and that you’re living my dream. LOL! :-)

  3. Nice new ride! Definitely needs some stripes :-) I hear you on the automatic, my daily 20 miles is 50 minutes and I’m tired of shifting, I will miss the action and reaction that a manual gives you, though.

    My next one is probably not going to be a MINI but I said that last vehicle…..

  4. Wow. Very happy for you. My R56 has also become a bit “fall-aparty” as of late. I’ve just crossed 140,000 miles. My hope was to exceed your 300K miles on my car, but I don’t think that is going to happen. And I also think this MINI will be my last. You’ve purchased the only MINI I would seriously consider buying right now. Alas, I have to carry 3 people from time to time, and really can’t justify a 3rd car to the wife.

    So…my next car: Probably a Subaru. And it will probably be the next gen WRX based on the new Impreza platform. Or, I may just move to the new Impreza before I am hit with another $3,000 bill on my MINI. It hurt to pay that for my last repair, when the car is worth less than that. I still love the MINI brand, but I really hate the look of the current generation, and the seats are much less comfortable to me, no matter the trim (I’m a BIG guy, 6’7″, and the F56 seats hurt me).

    The Roadster. I fit. I don’t fit in other roadsters. But I fit in this. I am convinced that they will never build anything like this again. I WOULD pay to keep THAT car on the road forever. I really would. I found one in Chili Red and Black a while back, with cloth seats. I begged the wife to consider it, but it was a no go.

    Congrats. It’s really nice. I can’t wait to see what you and Todd come up with for graphics. How about some lizards on the boot deck?

      1. And just like that there is now a Pepper White JCW Roadster at my dealer. 37K miles. $20K. Sigh.

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