It’s been an exciting month of MINI repairs here at White Roof Radio HQ (West Coast), let me tell you. Started with the lower motor mount, moved on to the clutch, water pump and rear main seal and ending (hopefully) today with a new set of tires. As they say, when it rains, it pours.

Driving to the gym on Saturday, out of nowhere comes some kind of sheet metal-like material. Before I could zig, zag or zug out of the way, the passenger side front tire was already on top of it. And it must have had some kind of giant hook or very sharp edge because that piece of whatever tore a 6" gash in the sidewall of that tire. I pulled over to a parking lot and parked, surveyed the situation and went to work.

Luckily I have 2 things on my side.

  1. I drive a MINI Cooper
  2. I live in the United States

Add those 2 things together and what do you get? A spare tire! And, for the 2nd time in 10 years, I got to use it as the photo above shows. It was a little low on air, but I was able to get that taken care of after installing it and I was able to get her home. All of this transpired at about closing time for my normal tire store of choice (who isn’t open on Sunday), so I wasn’t able to get any kind of replacement done this weekend, and I couldn’t drive on the space saver waiting for replacements.

I have, instead, done something I don’t think I have ever done; purchased tires from CostCo. Adding to the list of stuff I haven’t done before, I had installed Bridgestone tires. Turanza Serenity Plus Performance H/V.


Not a bad looking tire, comes with an 80K mile warranty (I doubt they will last that long in AZ) and all of the coverage that CostCo provides. Bonus is the $70 coupon I was able to use, so I was out the door, installed, for less than $600 for a full set.

But I didn’t need a full set, really. For those of you that haven’t used CostCo for tires, they are really particular about installing tires. To start, they aren’t really keen on installing plus size tires on any car (I run 205/55r16, stock is 195/55r16). They also will not install tires unless the load and speed rating match. Which means I had to buy 4 new tires.

Now that my car is practically brand new, I’m feeling confident about reaching 300K miles. And I’m feeling confident about not having to spend a bunch of money on her at least until the end of the year. Unless the antenna is expensive. Yes, I managed to break that today while giving her a quick scrub. If it’s not one thing is my mother. Sheesh.

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