September 05, 2006

Misfortune?

I tell you, I'm in love with my MINI Cooper, but sometimes I get so frustrated with owning it that I just want to cut my losses and walk away from it altogether.

I don't say this lightly - I spent a lot of time dreaming about owning a MINI Cooper, from even before they went on the market in the US. When I got serious about getting a new car, I spent months and months agonizing about what spec I wanted the MINI to be, and even more time saving up enough of a down payment to keep the monthly payments marginally-affordable.

But my luck with my MINI has been really bad. I had the incident in May of 2005 where a truck tire tread flew into my bumper while driving on the freeway. Then back in October of last year my MINI was keyed, requiring a respray of the door and the bonnet (hood). And just at the beginning of this past August I had another unfortunate encounter on the freeway - this time with a roll of carpet in the middle of the freeway - that sent me, once again, to the body shop. I should probably mention that each of these problems cost me $500. That's $1500 total since last year.

Plus I've had all sorts of minor problems that have been covered under warranty - most-recently a leaking motor mount, and a power steering fan issue that has been problematic, yet unable to be diagnosed since June of 2005. These problems brought me to Nick Alexander MINI this past Saturday, where the two problems were fixed, and they sent me on my way. I then left my MINI parked out front for the remainder of the weekend while Erik and I road-tripped in his MINI.

So when I was ready to walk away from my MINI today in the parking lot at work and noticed two sections on the driver's side where the finish looked weird, well, I felt okay about flipping out. There are two areas - one right below my side-mirror, and one near my gas cap - that look like they have had stickers stuck to them and then torn off, and glue has been left over. Only I don't think that's what happened. The sections that look like glue actually look like the wax and clear coat have been completely stripped away. Melted maybe? A wet finger did nothing to resolve it. Also, it feels bizarrely lumpy - when you run the fleshy part of your fingers over it you can actually feel RIPPLING in those sections. What. the. Eff?!?

Anyways, I figured after work I'd grab a microfiber towel and go at it with the Meguair's Quik Detailer. No dice. I've tried several times, and cried, and tried several times again. Why have I been so unfortunate with my MINI? I have no idea how this happened - it could have been wax that hadn't been properly polished on at some point either when it was at the body shop or perhaps by accident at the Nick Alexander dealership that maybe melted away in the soaring heat over this weekend - but something somehow has stripped the finish. I have no idea. I just want one day where I'm perfectly content with the MINI, and lately, I'm not getting any.


posted by julie at September 5, 2006 07:30 PM

things people have said

I swear you and Brad got cursed MINI's. It seems as though we are constantly having to deal with one heartbreak after the other with the Mistress. I hope that this time it isn't very expensive for you cause all that really sucks.

so said: Karin at September 7, 2006 03:16 PM



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