May 11, 2005

guess whose MINI turned 10,000 miles old today?

That's right! As I was driving into the Universal lot parking structure, listening to a remixed version of Bloc Party's "Helicopter", my MINI Cooper S "dinged" as the odometer digitally-clicked to the 10,000-mile mark.

5 months, 10,000 miles. Whew!

I really haven't had a single problem with my MINI. There are a couple of rattles, attributable to the loosely-installed cupholder and the kick-arse Harman Kardon sound system - both which can be easily fixed when I get my 10k servicing this weekend.

Let's see, what else? I'd like them to have a look at my brakes, only because the other day they felt weird as I was braking to a stop on a particularly-bumpy section of road - and about a month ago I had been hearing some slight squeals while braking (maybe 3 or 4 times).

But so far, the MINI is awesome. The only thing I'm not looking forward to in regards to this Saturday's service appointment is having to wake up at an ugodly hour to arrive there at 8am (my own fault, I opted for that timeslot), and the fact that my MINI is dirtier than it's ever been... ever.

I feel an overwhelming sense of shame about how dusty and grimy the exterior of my MINI is at the moment. The white spokes are literally caked with black brake dust. I noticed this morning that there were a couple of bird droppings splattered about. And overall, there is a fine layer of grime settled on the car - a result of not washing it for the past month.

I can't imagine a scenario in which I will have an opportunity to wash my MINI before Saturday morning, and I sincerely doubt that I have the gusto to wake up at dawn on that morning to hose down the offending grime from my poor MINI. So I will walk into Bob Smith BMW/MINI's servicing department with my head held low - and hope they forgive me my trespasses.


posted by julie at May 11, 2005 10:22 AM

things people have said

10K already? Wow! Time flies eh?

so said: j/c at May 11, 2005 09:33 PM

I've got your car here at Bob Smith. Looks like an hour and a half and it'll be all ready to go. It was funny, but the Service Advisor, Nicole, recognized me but was confused because: 1) I was in just a few weeks ago for the first full scheduled maintenance on my car, and 2) my MINI isn't Electric Blue. This is the best MINI dealership ever.

so said: erik at May 14, 2005 08:19 AM



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