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For sale: Pepper White 2004 MINI Cooper S


We are selling our beloved PW/PW MCS as Sherry is moving to San Francisco and probably won’t need a car for a while. Here are the specs and details:

  • 2004 MINI Cooper S (6-speed manual)
  • 33,000 miles
  • Pepper White
  • Body Color Roof
  • Black Mirrors
  • Black Bonnet Stripes (dealer-installed)
  • Sport Package (Dynamic Stability Control, 17’s, Fogs, Xenon headlights with Headlight Washers)
  • Silver Wheels
  • Panther Black Leatherette w/ Panther Black Interior Door Casing
  • Auto A/C
  • Parking Distance Control
  • On-Board Computer
  • Muti-Function Steering Wheel with Stereo and Cruise Controls
  • Harmon/Kardon Premium Sound System
  • Silver Dash
  • Metallic Window Tint (dealer-installed, Texas-legal)
  • Rear fog lights
  • OEM wheel locks
  • Dension IceLink v1.1 for 3rd-Gen Apple iPod integration
  • Invisible Bra Paint Protection on front bumper, bonnet, mirrors, door cups, headlights, and fog lights
  • No front license plate, nor drilled holes
  • Non-smoker
  • Single-owner
  • Car detailed very often with P21S and Griot’s Garage products (I am a member at Autopia, if that means something to you)
  • Oil and filter change every 5k miles with Mobile-1 Synthetic and OEM filters
  • Brake lines flush annually with ATE Super Blue high temperature fluid
  • Never tracked
  • Recently replaced all four Pirelli Run-Flat tires at SoulSpeed
  • Rims are “curb-rash free”
  • All scheduled maintenance and service items (as indicated by the On-Board Computer) performed at MINI Center in San Antonio, TX
  • Car is located in Austin, TX
  • Edmunds valued at $20,045
  • KBB valued at $22,560
  • Asking price is $20k

Some recent pictures, you can find more here.

Here are some pictures of our “MINI Adventure”:

You can e-mail us at, and please, serious inquiries only, we would love to chat and show you the car, but Sherry is finishing her thesis so time is limited.

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MINI Cooper S JCW GP edition

Got an email fro MINI USA about this:

limited run of 2000 cars, no backseats, 217 hp @ 7100, 184 ft-lb @ 4600, top speed of 150mph. If they geared this thing correctly it will be pretty damn fast. (I hope it has an LSD, but since it is available as a option on the MCS’ now, it probably has it on the JCW GP edition)

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Jet-powered VW Beetle

Jet-powered VW bug takes to the street – Engadget

Ron Patrick wanted a VW Beetle with a jet engine (hey, who doesn’t?). But he also wanted to be able to drive it on the open road, rather than just on a closed airport runway surrounded by fire engines and EMT crews. His solution? A dual-engine vehicle, with a normal VW motor for day-to-day transportation, and a GE T58-8F helicopter turboshaft engine converted to run as a jet, to get through rush-hour traffic.

Ferrari Driving Experience

This might be fun, Circuit Mont Tremblant, a former F1 circuit, looks like a lot of fun, and from the circuit map it seems quite high-speed, Not sure if I could get up to the F430 top speed of 196mph, but probably at least 160mph or so. The school is extremely overpriced though, but then you get to drive an F-car, and doesn’t look like they offer F430’s with clutch pedals. *sigh*

For the price I’d rather go to Skip Barber 3 times!!

The FERRARI DRIVING EXPERIENCE puts you behind the wheel of a Ferrari led by professional instructors who share the Ferrari passion for a unique driving experience. With a fleet of 12 brand new Ferrari F430s you will learn how to master the skills necessary to handle a 490hp Ferrari.
During this two and a half day experience, you will learn various driving techniques including threshold braking, weight transfer, managing acceleration, as well as finding the ideal apex point on curves and discovering the limits of vehicle adhesion in both wet and dry driving situations.

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