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What happens after
your order a MINI?
Want to Contact MINIUSA
I placed my order with Roadshow
MINI in Memphis, TN with a $500 deposit on June 24, 2003. Prior to that
I was on a waiting list at Long Beach MINI for about 3 months, and had
another 3 to 4 months before getting the chance to place my order.
I checked around the local dealers including Assael
in Monrovia, and Alexander MINI in downtown. They almost got my order
until they told me I had to pay a $1,500 Premium, even though the salesperson
told me that because I was ordering a "deluxe" MINI he could
"almost" get the Premium waived. I didn't think $1,500 was good
Tracking Information from
MINIUSA and Freight Websites.
- SCHEDULED FOR PRODUCTION
BEGAN 7/4 (BOOKED)
- CHECKED TODAY 7/9 STILL
SAME STATUS CODE #150
- FINISHED PRODUCTION
- RELEASED TO DISTRIBUTION
- OWNERS LOUNGE STILL
SAYS SCHEDULED FOR PRODUCTION
- STILL WAITING FOR A
TRAIN TO GET TO THE DOCKS ON 7/22
- ASKMINI THINKS IT MIGHT
GET ON BY TOMORROW
- READY TO SCAN AT TERMINAL
- RECEIVED AT TERMINAL
- LOADED ON VESSEL ON
- TOKYO HIGHWAY SAILED
- DOCKING & DISCHARGED
AT CHARLESTON, SC ON 8/15/2003
- ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATE
AT DEALER 8/22/2003
- 8/20/2003 OL UPDATED
TO SAY MY CAR WAS AT THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER, SINCE IT GOT OFF THE BOAT
IT SAID EN ROUTE
Looking for an aftermarket
ALPINE CD CHANGER CHA-S634:
Plays MP3's and CD-R's and can be found on eBay for around $225.
CD MAGAZINE: ALPINE KAE-116C: Extra Cartridges can be bought from Crutchfield.
Don't forget you also need a Blitzsafe Adaptor ($75-$100)
Favorite MINI Hangout
(I like how it emails me when a reply is
posted to a topic I replied too)
(I don't like how it emails with a notice
about every single new message, but Great How To's!)
SOME Frequently Asked
Should I buy a MC or
MCS? Is it worth it to upgrade?
The MC and MCS are really two different cars. While
the MCS offers a super charged engine with about
50 more HP, and some cosmetic differences, most notably the hood scoop,
and rear twin tail pipes, it's really a matter of preference.
The MC costs about $3,000 less, and accelerates about 1 sec slower to
60mph over an MCS, and reaches a top speed of 125mph instead of 135.
On the road, the difference also isn't significant. Most drivers agree
that both cars are equally as fast, but that the MC requires more shifting
to keep up with an MCS. Both cars shine on twisty roads, and both cars
need to be wound up to get decent acceleration.
Many people including myself just like the cleaner looks of the MC without
the hood scoop. I drove both cars, and found little difference, atleast
in normal day to day driving. Then again, I wasn't redlining them during
the test drive.
Should I get an automatic?
What about an automatic MCS?
The "automatic" referred to as CVT is
available only on the MC, not the MCS. The CVT works in such a way to
provide unlimited gearing possibilities
promising efficient automatic shifting. The MCS has only a 6 speed manual
Depending on who you ask, the opinions vary. Many people love the CVT,
and many people hate it. One friend of mine hated his CVT so much,
he sold his MC 9 months later and got an MCS. The trouble is that since
the powerband of the MINI is between 4000-6000 RPM, the CVT needs time
to rev the engine before moving. This "slushiness" means a delay
when you step on the gas. In my opinion, what makes the MINI fun is the
for hard acceleration, and that requires fast shifting at 5,000 RPM's
or higher. By the time you hit 3rd gear, you'll be at 70+ MPH, and the
Do I really have to
wait 4 to 12 months to buy a MINI Cooper?
Of course not. It's possible to be really
lucky and walk into a dealer and buy it the same day without waiting.
It really depends on you. I ordered mine because I wanted specific features
that are not normally found on the
dealer show room floor, such as the Navigation system. Many dealers have
quite a few MINI's in stock to choose from.
Why is MINI all in
caps? Why not mini?
MINIUSA has specified that when talking
about the new MINI Cooper, you spell it all in CAPS. If you spell it as
then you are referring to the original Classic Austin Mini.
Can I buy a MINI in
Los Angeles at MSRP? Will they deal with me?
There is currently only 1 dealer in Los
Angeles selling at MSRP and that is Long
Beach (Signal Hill) MINI.
on Alameda, near Downtown charges between $1,500- $3,000 over sticker
Other MINI dealers tack on between $2,000- $6,000 over sticker. Some try
to make the "pill" easier to swallow
by requiring you to buy additional options. So you are forced to buy $2,000
worth of accessories. However,
as I discovered, these are not $2,000 of any options--they are pre selected.
These might include LoJack,
an alarm system, CD Changer, or rugs. To me, it's a big rip off. Don't
expect any deals or special prices.
Dealers have the advantage here. They have no problem selling MINI's,
so don't expect to pay anything but MSRP.
So how can LB MINI
sell at MSRP?
They have a waiting list. A very long list. Each
dealer is allocated a certain number of MINI's every month. When I called
back in June 03 to place my order, I was told I'd have a 4 month wait
before it could be processed, which would take another 2-3 months!
If you've got the time, buy it from LB. Or if you would rather be driving,
go out of state like I did.
What's involved with
buying out of state? Do I avoid Sales Tax? What about servicing?
Extended answer coming shortly....The brief
answer is that you lose nothing by buying out of state. You still pay
CA sales tax when you register at the DMV, and
servicing and warranty can be handled by your local dealer.
plate? How much and how?
The CA DMV has a website for registering and purchasing
online. It's simple and just $25/year extra. Go HERE!
First timer driving
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