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Dodging the Bullet

May 28, 2006

When I made the decision to order a 2006 Mini, it was not without some trepidation.  After all, a brand new, completely redesigned Mini will be launching next year.  A part of me wanted to wait, to get the latest, greatest thing, but the more I thought about it, the more I kept coming back to the 2006.  My reasoning was as follows:

The way I see it, the current Mini is damn near perfect.  There’s
not much I would change.  It drives great, looks great, it has an iPod
adapter.  And, nearing the end of its model run, it is about as
well-sorted as it can get.

In other words, the next-generation Mini will be hard pressed to top
the current one, and even if it does, it is unlikely to top it by
much.  On the other hand, I fear it will be far easier for the new Mini
to fall short.

It comes down, essentially, to simple risk and reward.  I know I
love the current Mini, but I run the risk of the 2007 being
phenomenal.  On the other hand, what if I wait for the 2007 only to
find that it falls short?  By that point it will be too late to opt for
an ’06.  I would rather run the risk of having a car I love, even if it
is not the latest, greatest thing, than have to settle for a car that
falls short of what I want.

I’ve wavered somewhat since, wondering if I made the right call or not.  But today I finally saw a picture of an undisguised 2007 Mini Cooper S, and it confirmed, at least in my mind, that my decision was the right one.



Let me be the first to say "guh!".  Between those terrible headlights and that mesh grille, the new Mini looks like some goofy anime character.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay permalink
    May 28, 2006 10:48 pm

    It looks kind of like the talking car on those Exxon commercials.

  2. May 29, 2006 9:46 am

    You made the right choice. The new one looks like the plastic car we got Austin to scoot around in when he was little.

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