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?