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.
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.
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.
UPDATE June 11, 2013: So yeah, apparently my Clubman isn’t exactly en route. I checked the status of my Clubman on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics website this morning, and found that it has been bumped from Endurance. So, it looks like she will get to spend a few more days in Southampton. I have heard that if a vehicle is bumped from a cargo ship it has priority on the next vessel. Hopefully, it will be rebooked on the Parsifal cargo ship, which is the next Wallenius Wilhelmsen vehicle carrier leaving Southampton. It departs Southampton on June 18th, and arrives in Baltimore, MD on June 27th.
Since receiving my Clubman’s Production and VIN Numbers, I have been checking it’s status at least twice a day on the MINI Owners’ Lounge. Since May 30th, the Owners’ Lounger status has read, Scheduled For Production. On Friday, June 7th, the status finally changed to read Awaiting Transport. Since the MINI Owners’ Lounge is typically 24-48 hours behind reality, my Clubman finished production on June 5th or June 6th.
Yesterday, I received an email from Jason, my Motoring Advisor at Knauz MINI, with the VIN Number and Production Number for my Clubman. Like any good expectant MINI owner, I immediately signed into the MINI Owners’ Lounge, and input my Production Number, so I could begin to track where my new MINI is at.
My Clubman has gone from On Order, to Scheduled For Production, so within the next week or so, she should begin her eight day journey down the production line at the MINI production plant in Oxford, England…