GI Jane Finances

January 25, 2011

Great Expectations

Filed under: Uncategorized — gijanefinances @ 12:05 pm

In my quest to be more social, I decided to go to a Valentine’s Day ball in Seoul on the 12th.  There were a couple of ladies who mentioned it at the membership dinner last Friday.  They told me that the fraternities really put together a fun time.  I had turned down a business trip to Hawaii 8-11 Feb. So, I went ahead and reserved a room at the hotel and will make a weekend of it.  I also have a surprise party this Saturday, that should be fun.

However, on a totally different note, this msn story is a big downer: 5 Machines Mechanics Hate,  5 Cars that Mechanics Love. I have been dreaming about buying a mini-cooper for the past 4 years.  Here is an excerpt:

Consumer Reports dependability rating: 100 percent below average

The MINI Cooper drop-top was scored in both naturally aspirated trim and with the turbocharged Cooper S engine. Respondents called out body flex, wind noise, rattles and paint and trim tribulations as their major boggles with both MINIs. In the Cooper S, the fuel system and cooling were also issues. Otto recalls rebuilding two Cooper S engines in the same week: “They were driven through puddles, and somehow water was sucked through the supercharger, destroying the engine. Something is wrong with the design and build.”

I have saved about $5,000 for a new car so far.  I may have to go with a Toyota or Honda.  I actually love Toyota…but it is less sexy looking.  It is always good to do your research and not get swept away by the new car smell.

GI Jane



  1. Well, from a PF standpoint, a MINI is not a good buy. Tires are expensive as they are run-flats, premium gas is required, and parts and maintenance is expensive (and I think only MINI dealers service them? I seem to recall one of my friends with one said that but I could be wrong).

    Comment by karen — January 27, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  2. Wow, I did not know about only using premium gas! I expected maintenance to be expensive…only hoped it was well made, so there would not be a lot of repairs. My volkswagen is pretty expensive to repair. Especially when I lived in Louisiana and there were no VW mechanics.

    Comment by gijanefinances — January 27, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    • One friend’s supercharger has been fixed twice. I know her a/c sucks and she either lacks or has poor power steering.
      However, with premium gas you also have a very small car with good gas mileage.
      Re-reading your post, sounds like my one friend has the Cooper S!

      What about a Mazda? They have sporty looking cars.

      Comment by karen — January 28, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  3. I never liked Mazdas. I love the stripes and how cute the mini cooper is. I did want my next car to be bigger, but got sidetracked on how adorable the minis are…couldn’t resist. 🙂

    Comment by gijanefinances — January 28, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

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