Just found out my '06 MCS is scheduled for production week 40! (BTW this is my first post on Mini2)
Here is the spec -- I went relatively "stripped":
Space Blue / Silver
Cloth Upholstery w/ Anthracite Headliner, Alloy Patina Interior Trim
Cold Weather Pack (it will be my only car and I live in Colorado)
Limited Slip Diff
Front and Rear fogs
MFSW (I take frequent road trips and wanted cruise control for boring highway stretches)
Dealer says that Zephyr will be here by mid-Dec, but I am hoping earlier. I honestly can't remember the last time I have been this giddy with anticipation for a material good (maybe when I was promised a BB gun for Christmas when I was 8 -- many, many moons ago)!
Any more confirmed week 40s out there?
Last edited by micahbones; Oct 2nd, 2005 at 03:56 PM.
Nice spec dawgfan. I was actually wavering between a MC and a MCS myself, in addition to either Chili Red or Space Blue as a color choice. In the end I decided to go with a MCS because I live at 5300 ft. elevation -- a motor with forced induction has less power loss at altitude than a normally aspirated motor. Went with Space Blue after seeing a color sample and thinking it would look good with a silver roof on the many sunny days we get on the "Front Range" of Colorado.
That's cool your dealer throws in some extras for no charge. My dealer has been straightforward in that they charge MSRP for the vehicle, but at the same time wants over $600 for an invisishield install -- so I have decided to go elsewhere for a clear bra. Don't get me wrong -- the experience has been great so far -- but I expected that everything would be different than a "regular" car dealer, and did not anticipate price gouging for dealer installed items (e.g., the Mini website quotes just over $200 for an upper and lower invisishield -- does this mean the dealer charges $400 for the install?)...
The stuff the dealer included is part of their $495 dealer prep. fee. As of yesterday they didn't have any base Mini that could be ordered or changed to my spec. They told me maybe next week. They did have MiniS that could be changed for me. I am after the mileage. I live about half way between Greenville, SC and Atlanta. I chose the Greenville dealer because I hate the Atlanta traffic. Both get MSRP plus dealer prep. Atlanta is $100 higher than Greenville.
Thanks for the clarification...the "dealer prep fee" is just another way for dealers to pad their profits (they probably pay less than $50 for the extras they give you, it takes about 15 min to install, and then charge you $500 for a cool $425 of pure profit). IMO that's just BS -- another lame tactic to scam consumers and one of the reasons that car dealers have such a negative overall stereotype in people's minds. You should call them out on that, let them know that you know what they are trying to do, and say that the only way you will ever buy another item from them or patronize their business is if they eliminate that arbitrary charge. The only way that consumers can get a fair shake is if we play hardball back when presented with such tactics...
Got the word from AskMini today - our MCSC is scheduled for build week 40 - can't wait!
Here's our spec:
Black Leatherette upholstery
17" Web Spoke wheels
Black racing stripes (boot and bonnet)
Convenience, Premium, Sport, and Cold Weather Pkgs
Interior body color
Chrome line exterior
Rear fog lamps
iPod Auxiliary input
Micahbones, we're planning on adding the clear bra. I'm not so convinced the markup from your dealer is that outrageous. I understand the application is pretty time-consuming if they do it right - that's a lot of labor cost....
We got a price quote from another dealer that used an independent body shop to apply the clear bra, and the rate was about the same.
Thanks for the feedback. I have checked with the next closest dealer in N.M. and they quoted me around $400 for the full invisishield. Independent local shops have quoted me around $450 (and that includes the headlights, which are not done with the factory invisishield). So if I do a clear bra at all, I will go with someone other than the dealer.
In fact I have actually been leaning toward bagging the clear bra install in favor of some upgrades like spark plugs and wires, rear sway bar, crank pulley, and/or supercharger pulley/air intake. The reason is that I have recently looked at some clear bras where the paint damage begins where the edge of the clear bra ends, and to me this looks just as bad as if there was even paint damage across the whole front end. Either way the cosmetic resoration to new condition involves a repaint... Plus it seems that in the true tradition of motoring, a few "battle scars" just add character to the car, and I should spend my money on mechanical upgrades.
Nice spec on your MCSC BTW -- I just saw some web spokes in person on an '05 MCS, and they looked outstanding! I will look forward to seeing photos when our cars start to arrive!
Thanks Micahbones! We're still leaning toward the invisishield, though your points are well made - lots to think about there. I've also been told by other MINI owners that if a rock does get through the shield, there's no way to make a repair other than a complete shield replace at that point. Decisions... decisions....
We checked with the next nearest MINI dealership in Portland, and they told us the independent installer they use applies a product with a 10-yr warranty, much longer than the 4-yr MINI-installed product. I'd like to find a local independent place, but I'm not sure how to find one we can trust with our new baby!!
Sounds like you've got a real performance car on the way... planning to do some racetrack time?
Any guesses on a delivery date yet? I've been scanning the August and September build threads hoping for clues on when we might see our cars. I'm hoping for early December.....
Roymo I would recommend you post a question in the regional forums on NAM or Mini2 to see if you can get some recommendations from Mini owners in your area. From what I understand it takes a real professional to do the install on a Mini because of the many curved surfaces on the front of the car.
Yes I kept the spec light and simple with performance in mind, and I do plan to hit some of the local tracks -- we have a really tight, twisty one called Second Creek that is perfect for Minis! In fact local legend has it that Randy Webb (of Webb Motorsports) driving his highly-tuned test mule MCS chased down and passed a Ferrari 360 Stradale driven by an ex-pro driver at that venue! My personal dream is to do Rally Newfoundland, but to accomplish that I need to find a good co-driver and a sponsor for the entry fee.
Early December is what the dealer told me, but some other folks on NAM told me it could be here as early as mid-Nov!
British Racing Green / White Top
White bonnet stripes
Fog Lamps, front & rear
Heated mirrors & washer jets
Black Panther leatherette
Anthracite roof liner
Multifunction steering wheel
CD player with boost
Chronopackage / on board computer
6 speed steptronic automatic transmission with paddles
16" X-Lites (I stayed away from the 17" S-Lites)
In 2002 I went to our MINI dealer in Palm Harbor Fl. They wouldn't let me test drive a car because they didn't have dealer plates yet (whatever). They also proceeded to tell me there was a waiting list and that I was 678! I ended up buying a Honda Accord coupe. On September 17th 2005, I placed MY ORDER with the MINI dealer. On Monday the 19th, I received my production number! The Owners Lounge still indicates it's for a Red Chili MINI but I'm calling customer service tomorrow!!!! I struggled between Space Blue and Hyper Blue but went totally opposite.
Pepper White MCS
Black Bonnet stripes
Harmon Kardon sound system
Center arm rest
Auto w/agitronic paddles
...and I can't wait! I'm driving my friends. co-workers, everyone crazy causet I can't stop talking about it. I just hope with the holidays coming, it doesn't halt production.
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