I am a very Happy Man! My wife and I stop by my Mini Dealer last night and place an order for a Black Mini Cooper S. . It doesn't hit me quite yet but a mini is coming my way with my name on it. The wait for the S is 13 weeks! and I won't be seeing and driving my mini until March 05!. How do people deal with such a long wait. I though it might be fun to know how people cope with the ordeal. It is pretty cool that I can see my mini being build with the production number. I guess that Mini is trying to make the wait fun. I have not try it myself but I will when I get my production number from the dealer next week.
By the way, I was very pleased with my dealer. My wife and I where happy working out of the dealer (Classic Mini in Mentor, Ohio)
Start planning all of those little modifications you're going to make to it when it arrives. Believe me, it wastes hours and hours and before you know it your new MINI will be there
Personally, I spent my 13 weeks clearing the garage to give her somewhere nice to sleep. The pressure was on and I had to build a shed to empty the entire contents of the garage (that didn't go to the dump) in to.
I needed more than 13 weeks to do it all, so the time flew by!
when i placed my order for my first MCS in the summer of 02, i had to wait 8 months. Luckily, i was able to snag one that was very close to my spec, after only 3 months. Anyway, it turned out to be a not so good one, so I toko a break from the MINI and i'm back now. I got the last pre january build at my local dealer, and the day after i placed the order it went into production. I should be taking delivery second week of January! not a bad wait. I just browse the forums :-). that's what keeps me going, oh and i compile a list of the mods I want to do to it. I did that in 02, and i'm doing it again. Enjoy the wait! the more antsy you get, the better the end result will be :-)
Indeed painful... I ordered my MCS in August, and it just hit the docks yesterday... It's been a long, tedious wait punctuated by MINIUSA's site updates that drive me nuts rethinking what options I wanted or things I wanted to change (not to mention drooling over other poster's cars)...
Even worse is that my two best friends just got new cars (a red MR-S and Blue WRX respectively) during my wait... Talk about torture...
Yes it does help a lot, talk to the folk on here, plan your mods, get a whalen and the time soon goes fast. My S has been on order since May........but i only have one more week to wait , but it is now going very slow
- Selling your old car (our 02 MC sold in less than 24 hrs after placing our ad on cars.com!)
- Planning your car care routine and which products to use
Spend money on:
- Whalen (this is good for at least a one week diversion as you spend time trying to decide on your custom engraving pattern )
- Car care products
- Coco mats
- GBMini's auto up window mod (at least I'm on the list for his next batch )
- All kinds of shirts and goodies for the family
The nearer your delivery date, the harder it seems to get too, . My car arrived at the distribution center in NY Tuesday, so I keep hoping every call/e-mail that comes in is to schedule a time to pick up our new baby.
Many hours reading and posting here and on NAM, planning mods (I still can't decide which wheels to get), ordering lots of car-care products, making room in the garage, buying MINI diecasts, tracking the build and shipment, hanging out with some local MINI club people, and playing with the Miata that my wife just bought in the meantime.
Thanks for all the suggestions on how to deal with the loooong wait for the mini. I am thinking moving things out of my garage to to make room for my new mini. That will take awhile anyway. My wife may not like me if I made room for my new mini in the garage and leave her new Jeep outside (we got just a one car garage.)
There are many modification that I'm interested in but I think I am going to wait on them and enjoy my new MCS(stock) just the way it is for a little while. I used to own a mustang and did a lot of mods. on it but most aftermarket parts are not engineer to work/fit with the car as well as the OEM parts. My old mustang use to give me plenty of headache but I guess it's a ford. Mini should be much better anyway and I can't wait to drive my.
Now, there can also be embarrassing things you find yourself doing when waiting for the new Mini. When I had my order placed around november of 2002, the dealership phoned me in mid December to let me know the order should be going in that day and I should see some sign of it at the mini owners network.
I swear, I saw for an entire afternoon at the office clicking reload at the mini owners network to catch when the order made it in and its spec as entered...
I dont mean every half an hour, more like every three minutes... click-reload... click-reload... click-reload
Here in Boston its a bit easier for people now that zipcar has added mini's to their fleet. A friend of mine who ordered one obtains the mini zipcar near their house on a regular basis to enjoy the driving. If you live in NYC or Washington, I believe zipcar (http://www.zipcar.com) also has mini's in their inventory there...
-=-=-=-=- and now for a different experience
My 2003 Mini cooper, Preston, was let go last week. I was in the dealership on Tuesday with a windscreen replacement and there on the floor was an available silver 2005 cabrio mini with all the options I could want (except leather which I dont "need"). Woe to me, my bank had a preapproval ready for me and the check would be delivered last Friday...
The two days driving Preston around before I traded him in for Mouse was odd... I had the same "new mini" feel inside of me, yet I was actually _attached_ to Preston; that I was about to let go of. Odd feeling... On Monday when I took Mouse in to have the iPod adapter added, I started to do a cruise about the parking lot to see if I could find Preston, but decided against it and to look forward, not back.
Cooper S Conv, br green exterior; cordoba interior; packages 1, 2, 3, 4, SatNav, iPod adapter, 65,000 foot headroom mod.
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