The Safelite gal showed up early at my work this morning ready to replace my windshield. But its pouring rain somethin fierce here today so she hopped in and took it to their shop to replace it inside. Sounds good to me I suppose. The worst that could happen would be that she steals my bag of dirty laundry I left in there lol.
Mini has been great, but yesterday I spent 30min after work trying to keep my hatch latched shut. Its spazzing out and unlocking the hatch when I unlock the car, start the car, or leave car idling. No problems after I start driving.
-fixed hatch lock with new part
-drove the heck out of it as usual
-went to ohio and back several times this year already
-listened to engine make noise
-installed new foglights that fit cars that had that option (then wired them auxilary style because my car isn't optioned) They are awesome!
-turned up the radio as engine makes more noise
-limped it along more
-bought a house and moved so I didn't have time or place to work on it
-took it to a shop to have timing chain replaced......and probably water pump friction disc thingy. Gonna cost me money but I need it for more trips this month.
Quick catchup: Went to my BILs bachelor party and bent 2 front rims driving like a rally car in the backhills of central OH. Just got them replaced finally.
A few weeks back 3/4 of a semi truck tire laying in the highway popped up from under the car in front of me and wrecked the Mini. Bumper, hood, headlights, grille, and a mirror. $3800+ in damages, insurance covered it and I paid 800+ due to some stupid details. Car is fixed and doing good. The new paint up front it nice, didn't realize how bad it was.
I put 40,000miles on it in a year since purchase. Still going....love this stupid car.
Update: Car has over 166,000 miles on it now. I've got nearly as much time in the seat as I do in the Jeep. Next on the list is a full set of springs and shocks (struts). Also needs a buff/cut/detail in a bad kinda way. Oh and another set of tires since the Coopers on it are gone and have over 70,000mi on them. I bought new snow tires this last winter and put them on the factory wheels. They were awesome but I want to make them last so I took em off in early March or late Feb. I don't remember.
At this point I highly recommend a Mini to someone who wants a fun car to commute in. Or even roadtrip in. This one has taken me all over the country so far, with very few issues. Much nicer than a comparable honda or a kia IMO.
And yes, I do realize my fellow Jeep forum people don't give a flying heck about a little car. But it really balances out my stable and works for my life.
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