Thursday, July 13, 2017

Big Red

 That's The Mister paying the tow truck that brought Mini home. Repairs did not go well.

She blew a head gasket and the dealer wants anywhere between $2500 and $9000 (!) to fix her. Gulp. I should mention she is a 2003 with 150,000 miles. Not worth fixing they say.

 The Mister was making arrangements for the dealer just to junk her when I went to blubbering pieces and insisted we bring her home. I paid $95 to have AAA tow her 25 miles home. I spent the night watching videos on people doing this repair themselves. I can't quite convince The Mister but I'm still working on him. What do we have to lose?

Right now she is just a driveway decoration but at least my baby is home. I can't believe how happy I was to see her. I gave the tow truck driver $20 for lunch and had to restrain myself from hugging him. Silly old me. She's just a car-fiber glass, metal and glass. My head knows this but my heart just isn't agreeing.

So what am I driving now that Mini is out of commission? Meet Big Red. The Mister made me go pick out a Ford Escape. After my scary accident in December, he says bigger is better. I say brighter is better so they had to order me a red one.  Now I just need some white stripes on the hood-and to figure out how to park this monster.


  1. Aww, poor Mini. And poor you. The Mister is VERY good to you. Both for towing it home and buying you a Escape. Put some stripes on that baby and have fun with your bigger, brighter, shinier, new "mini". :)-

  2. Oh, good for you!!! (I drive a 2010 Ford Escape and I love it!) It is hard to lose a great vehicle!

  3. Love your new Escape! Sorry about the Mini....

  4. If anyone knows how you feel, it's me. But the Mister is right... blown head gaskets are a b@tch to repair, especially on a teeny tiny thing like the Mini. Every time Dave or my Dad had to fix something on Stella, I had to listen to them complain about no room in the engine compartment.
    If the body is still in good shape (no rust) and the Mister is so inclined, it may actually be cheaper to put in a used engine (not sure how much $$ Mini engines run). If Stella's body and suspension had been in better shape, that's what I would have done for her because we could get a used engine for a few hundred here.

    That said - Mom has an Escape and she LOVES it. It won't take too long to get used to the size difference, and the Escape really isn't that big... not like a Yukon or an Escalade... it's a good choice.

  5. I love this "Minni meets Maxi" post. Hopefully "Minni" can be resuscitated by the Mister but on the bright side...think how many wheels will fit in that shiny new "Maxi"!!

  6. I know there is safety in bigger, but I love parking a little car!

  7. Relating to your old car connection! Also believe bigger is better with the vehicles.

  8. Ooooooooo...your new car is very pretty.

    I know how hard it is to let go of a car you love (my 99 honda), but I think you'll love the reliability of a new car too.

  9. I feel so much safer in a bigger vehicle. I actually used to have a Toyota Sequoia and that was a monster. When I got my Subaru Outback I thought I was driving a tiny car. Enjoy being safe in a new car that won't give you troubles.