Dropped off the MINI at Long Beach MINI in Long Beach, CA this morning. It's in for it's scheduled service. Almost 1000 miles past due I think. Life has been so busy of late, it's been tough to schedule a visit. The MINI E has become such a part of the family sort of speak, we use it for everything possible. Our gas powered Ford Freestyle sits idle in the garage 99% of the time collecting dust.
Quick note about the loaner I got today. It's a 2011 Clubman with the new MINI Connected system. It's completely different than the old style. The car didn't have a manual and yet within a few minutes I figured out how to pair my Palm Pre, set a few radio stations and check that the daytime running laps and 3 click turn signals were on. Great job MINI in making it intuitive. At first it appeared a little overwhelming but I've driven the car only 4 miles back from the dealership and really like the interface....I of course miss the driving experience of the MINI E. :)