Jan. 10th, 2008
R.I.P. Mini  
I was going to post how the noise stopped and all was right in the world again. Alas, 2 minutes into my drive home, I knew something was wrong.

Gears just weren't working right. I popped into 2nd, and it would rev up to like 4K then fall again after a second or two. Then, I had to know. I threw it into 6th, going like 30 mph and it would still rev up to 4,000. It was then I knew. Well, that and the new smell of burned popcorn.

I hated you at first, but I grew to love you. After I got the hang of you, you took off like a rocket. And those two moments where a small-dicked douhebag and then some idiotic soccer mom (both in ginormous SUVs) nearly took us out, well, we shared something.

I'll miss you, Mini. We'll always have last week.

Memories... like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories, of the way we were
Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another, for the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again,
Tell me: Would we?

Could we?

R.I.P. Mini key
R.I.P. Mini 2008-2008


Okay, I will say I bonded with that car. I don't know if it was the primitive shifting technology that brought us closer, the way I could change the interior LED accent colors, or if the Mini is just that awesome.

After everyone looking at me as if I were O.J. at the car rental place, I'm now in a Hybrid Civic that must have the same transmission that stupid Rogue had (read: no gears at all). It looks awesome, and I can change radio stations again, but it has no pickup and just revs forever. My car is supposed to be ready tomorrow (file this under "I'll believe it when I see it").

Oh, Mini.

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Mood: mourning
Listening to: Barbara Streisand - Memories
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 11th, 2008 - 05:07 am
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 05:08 am
It had to be the guy before me! It just had to.... How could I break it under two weeks? I only drive 12-15 miles a day!

12-15 MILES A DAY!!!!! (and like never on weekends)
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Primus Dorrajimus: L.A. trafficgethenix on January 11th, 2008 - 05:20 am
Damn, can I have your commute? Seriously.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 05:26 am
oh, those 6 miles home still take 30-40 minutes.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 05:18 am
If the shift don't fit, you must acquit

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Primus Dorrajimus: L.A. trafficgethenix on January 11th, 2008 - 05:19 am
::Puts on taps::
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on January 11th, 2008 - 06:10 am
What's the name of the print with the house? Don't they use that in the intro for The Outer Limits?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 10th, 2008 - 02:20 am
"Photo Synthesis"
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Troy D.: Stopamnewsboy on January 11th, 2008 - 06:20 am
Oh, Mini.

It came and it gave without taking... but you sent it away.
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sublimevisions on January 11th, 2008 - 07:16 am
it must hurt to loose the transmission.
are you getting a new one?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 07:19 am
just a rental. i got a replacement car. mine should (hopefully) be ready tomorrow.
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kizoza on January 11th, 2008 - 08:24 am
that doesn't sound like a blown out transmission, sounds like your clutch just went belly up - those aren't horribly intrusive and pretty common.

i've never actually driven a mini...they're fantastically popular up here for obvious reasons...are you getting it fixed or wha?

the hybrid civic w/o gears...i think the new civic hybrids have the new fangled CVT - continuously variable transmission - yeah no pick up and go...but what freaks me out the most about them is the lack of shifting. you can floor it and keep it floored and just get freaked out by watching the rpms just kinda float there at like 3500ish.

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danthmanes on January 12th, 2008 - 09:34 am
Yeah, pretty much all hybrids have CVT's nowadays. The Honda Insight, Honda's original hybrid, originally came with only a manual, but they eventually offered a CVT. And, yes, CVT's do have a tendency to just keep the engine at the torque peak until the car eventually lollygags up to speed. Unsatisfying.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 11th, 2008 - 12:21 pm
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 04:10 pm
This was an S.
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reverend_cary32 on January 11th, 2008 - 02:24 pm
Awww...my heart goes out to you, but on the up-side, just THINK what you are doing for the environment with the hybrid ;-)
Yeah, I know. Weak. But I'm trying to be optimistic :-P
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hUcKiE: Carshuckie on January 11th, 2008 - 05:37 pm
My bf has a hybrid civic. It's not a bad car once you get over the lack of acceleration power. The CVT was a little weird at first, but I quickly decided that I liked it much better than the CVT's that try to "fake" gears. I mean, that's not the way that they are intended to operate, it doesn't really add anything, so why bother? There's something oddly blissful about the smooth acceleration. I still rank it DSG, Manual, CVT, every other crappy automatic.
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kizoza on January 11th, 2008 - 06:00 pm
DSG still wigs me out a little bit...i test drove something a while back with it..i really want to say it was an audi something...or a bmw something. just so surreal how quickly it shifts. it was a paddle shifter, come to think of it. i didn't like it because i like the feeling of throwing a shifter around when driving.

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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 11th, 2008 - 06:07 pm
Paddle shifters would bring my driving experience far too close to that of Xbox. It would only be a matter of time before I tried "chucking" cars out of the way by ramming them.
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kizoza on January 11th, 2008 - 06:15 pm

i love the visual this creates...you in a mini with a paddle shifter screaming down the 405 (obviously this would have to happen at 4am for anyone to go screaming down the 405) chucking cars outta the way by ramming SUVs and such.

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danthmanes on January 12th, 2008 - 09:42 am
I am at once proud of you and ashamed of you.

I knew you wouldn't be able to resist that MINI charm. And you experienced it the way Issigonis intended--with a stick. Which sacrificed itself for you.
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