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The mini is not well [Feb. 16th, 2012|10:20 pm]
Doug Ayen
Well, a few days ago, the odometer hit 188,888. That must have been a magic number, because since then:

The airbag light came on
the right front turn signal was smashed by a rock
The clutch started slipping under acceleration
The latch on the glove compartment broke (again)
a rock cracked the windshield (ok, it's only about 1/4" long, but it'll grow)

Tonight, on the the way home:
a wheel bearing has started making disturbing grinding noises
The "flat tire," ABS, and traction control error lights came on

Add in a non-functional CD player, tires worn to the wear indicators, a muffler held on by some scrap copper wire, and enough rattles, squeaks, and other odd noises to get on the nerves. The engine is still sound, and it should clean up nicely enough, but I don't think I can hide that this car needs some serious work, and I'm sure the mileage won't help. I think I'm just going to clean it out for one last trip to trade it in and pick up something.

The question is, what? The mini is too small, as handy as that was when I was commuting into DC proper. I have a 100 mile round-trip commute (hey, it was 30ish when I bought the place), so efficiency is nice, but I'd like something with some luxury, as well as the ability to comfortably hold 4 adults during lunch expeditions. I follow Jalopnik and several tech blogs, but nothing recent has really screamed "That's my next car."

And while I really, really want a Morgan 3-wheeler, there's a year-long waiting list, and I just don't see it as a daily driver in bad weather.

[User Picture]From: rmd
2012-02-17 11:57 am (UTC)
I find the Mini Clubman appealing, and it fits four adults for real. i had a post soliciting folks for car opinions a while back that might be helpful, too.
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