Glad to be joining the Mini family
I'm Edward, I live in Anchorage, Alaska, and I just purchased a 2010 Mini Cooper R56 in Racing Green and gloss black. I've wanted a Mini for a while, but I was reluctant because until very recently there wasn't a Mini dealership in Alaska. I really didn't want to have to ship my car to Seattle for warranty service.
Now that there's a dealership, I more than happily took the plunge after my previous 2003 Mazda Protege5 wore out its transmission. I got a good deal with relatively low mileage (30,500). When I took possession of the car it was just two months out of warranty - so I bought an extended warranty to cover major mechanical problems.
It was also a little odd that it came with a roof rack, since I don't see that very often at all. Since I don't have any of the other options (yet), I decided to take the rack off for now until I decide what I want to carry.
I'm really enjoying the vehicle and am starting to add the checkered flag motif to some of the detailing. I had locking wheel lugs and a factory alarm installed. Believe it or not, stolen Mini wheels in Anchorage was becoming a problem!
I'm learning all the quirkiness of the Mini way of doing things and am having a great time. The key fob is another oddity for me - it's the first time I've had a non-key. The second day I had the car, I accidentally sat on the fob for an extended period of time and learned about the comfort open when you hold the door open button for an extended period. All my windows were rolled down and I'd also managed to open the rear hatch. Yikes! Fortunately it happened at work and a good friend was kind enough to let me know what had happened.
I hope to learn a lot about Minis and fully embrace the culture. Attached is a photo from when I first bought the car.