As I tend to do my upgrades/mods when things are due for replacement…at roughly 39,590 miles, the first performance related mods have gone onto Ghost Pepper. Nothing to make her go faster…just stop faster.
A set of WMW rotors on all four corners, paired EBC Red Stuff brake pads, a new braided-steel brake lines, and fresh ATE Type 200 brake fluid…and since I would be replacing the brake lines, it was the perfect opportunity to finally paint the brake calipers as well.
If I could, I would have ditched them on day one…but it’s a bit difficult to justify spending several hundred dollars on new tires when your brand new MINI comes with a perfectly usable set of runflats (that just cost you roughly a thousand dollars). So they were put to use.
It took 2 years, 7 months, 23 days…968 days…to reach 36,000 miles on my MINI Clubman. Which, for me, is actually pretty impressive, considering put over 50,000 miles on my 2003 MINI Cooper S in under 2 years.
Over the weekend, I visited the Chicago Auto Show with my father-in-law, and my 6-year old son. A few cars stood out to me…the new Ford GT, the (new?) Acura NSX, the Toyota FT-1 concept, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo that will be competing at Le Mans later this year.
Pardon my dusty dash…but since I took delivery of my MINI Clubman in July 2013, one of my biggest annoyances has been MINI’s (or BMW’s) elimination of the coolant or oil temperature gauge, with an idiot light. It’s been said ad nauseam, but a physical gauge or readout is nice to have because it alerts of an issues that is impending…you see your coolant or oil temperature rising above where it normally hovers…so you can resolve it before it is an actual issue. Instead, an idiot light, just tells you when the issue has arrived. But that time, it’s possible damage has been done, and any fixes or repairs are going to end up costing even more.
After spending a week in Minnesota, my Clubman has been busy making it’s way towards Chicago. The Wallenius Wilhelmsen vehicle carrier, Parsifal, arrived in Baltimore on June 27th, and I my Clubman was unloaded a few hours later. On Sunday, the MINI Owners’ Lounge updated to show that she had made her way to the Vehicle Distribution Center. Based on that knowledge, I figured the earliest I could take delivery of my new MINI would be Friday, July 5th…if not Monday, July 8th.
Today is my last day with my 2003 MINI Cooper S. After 10 years, and 125,215 miles, she will move on to her new home, and new owners, tonight. Hopefully, she brings them just as much joy as she has brought me over the past 10 years.
From the first time I saw the new MINI, I knew I wanted one. After graduating college, and getting my first job, I saved until I could afford the MINI I wanted, exactly as I wanted it optioned out. In April 2003, I placed my order on an Indi Blue and White MINI Cooper S. I waited over the course of three months, and tracked her build and transport, until I took deliver on July 14, 2003.
After being bumped from the Endurance last week, I have been periodically checking the Wallenius Wilhelmsen website to see the status of my Clubman. After a week of seeing nothing but, RETURNED TO SHIPPER status, yesterday, the Wallenius Wilhelmsen website showed that my VIN number had been booked on the next vehicle carrier leaving Southampton for Baltimore…the Parsifal. Then, this morning, I saw the magic status, LOADED ON VESSEL.
The Parsifal’s started it’s voyage to Baltimore at about 3:00pm CST, and is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore on June 27th.