I don’t need a new car, I really don’t.

I mean, the Subaru works great and I do love the All Wheel drive. It handles well and has had no issues.

But I have new car fever, and I Want a MINI Countryman.


I’ve actually been infatuated with MINI’s for a long time. At my first job out of college, out plant manager drove an original MINI to work.

I loved seeing it in all it’s teeny glory.

And then in 2001 or so when the new MINI debuted at the Paris auto show, I was smitten and I said, “I Will own one of these.”

And in 2002 I bought one.

It was the first new car purchase that I was truly geeked about. Sure the car had lots of first year issues that drove me bonkers, but the next MINI I got (2005) worked awesome.

I would have kept the 2005, but it was a convertible and didn’t handle quite as well as I was hoping in the Minnesnowta winters. Plus, the fucker had NO room for anything– maybe two bags of groceries. That’s it.

Hence the Subaru.

But now there is the 4-door MINI Countryman. More room. With All Wheel drive. AND the quirky, sporty MINIness that I just really like.


This is almost exactly what the one I’m looking at looks like:


I drove one on Saturday and really liked it. The AWD and traction stability felt good, and the car has a bit of pep to it on the on ramps.

And the 6-speed manual gearbox was quick and fun to work through. Sporty even.

I need to decide today if I want to pursue getting it. I’ve already done pro/con lists and looked into trade-in value for the Subaru and will explore insurance costs, etc.

Can I afford it? Yes. Do I want to spend more a month on car payments? No.


Damn. I really like the Countryman. And should I deny myself the chance to have fun and drive something that I really enjoy?


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15 Responses to Conundrum

  1. justajeepguy says:

    When you buy it, make sure you get a trailer hitch so you can attach a bike rack (one that tilts so you can still open the hatch even with bikes on it) and it will also give you other hitching options – like more storage.

    What about the Range Rover?

  2. Kevin says:

    GO FOR IT! I have wanted one for years, and the Countryman is calling me too… LOL!

  3. Gk says:

    Get it yolo!

  4. truthspew says:

    I assume the Subaru is all paid up? If so do this instead – it’ll hurt yes but you can avoid financing the car for two year. Every month just put $200 or $300 into a savings account. If you wait five years you’ve got at $300 a month, you’ve got $18,000 just waiting.

    • cb says:

      No the Subaru is not all paid off.

      I have a savings account that I already put money in– but it is for emergencies.

      • truthspew says:

        Well still I recall a Car Talk episode years ago where they calculated out the average repair costs for a vehicle per year and it came out to $500 or so. I’d imagine now it’s maybe $1,000 but that’s better than slinging $3K to $4K a year in payments on a new one.

      • cb says:

        While true, I would be happy driving a new Countryman. I would be much less happy driving a 90’s Buick Regal and spending money just on upkeep.

  5. Terry says:

    You know if you can afford it or not. If you is short. Get the car.

  6. Chip says:

    How tall are you? Will u be comfortable with the amount of legroom in this model over the longterm ?

    • cb says:

      I’m 6′ tall and have owned 2 previous minis. I have more room in them than I do in most other cars.

      The rear seat passengers? Not so much.

  7. Gii says:

    I would save for six months and revisit it. If you are serious you will have saved a significant amount and be in a better position to make the purchase. Just my 2 cents!!

    • cb says:

      Oh, I have savings– I just don’t want to pay cash for the car, and then not have an emergency reserve/rainy day contingency fund.

  8. josh says:

    Get something you love. Then you’ll be less likely to get new car fever again so quickly. I got the car I’d be dreaming of 8 years ago and I’ve been happy with it (still love how it drives/still love how it looks) ever since. I never think about getting rid of it. And before this I was a new car every couple of years kind of guy. Going for what I loved over what seemed practical ended up saving me money in the long run because It’s been long payed for and I’m still satisfied.

  9. Cubby says:

    “…manual gearbox was quick and fun to work through”. The key word here is *work*.

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