Purchased a `12 CooperS convertible today
Here's how it happened...we have an `04 Lexus GX470 with 42K on the odometer; it gets driven maybe 7 times a year and I needed to replace the tyres. So, before I spend about $1K on new shoes I thought it made sense to explore selling/trading it for a pre-owned X5. I go to the dealer on Saturday and they let me take one home for the weekend...`09 X5 4.8 in my favorite colour, Space Gray. I love it my wife doesn't; however, she tells me that she would like to sell the Smart and is interested in a Mini convertible...but not just any convertible...one with a light interior. So, I return the X5 and ask the Sales Manager if he can get me a Mini convertible. It turns out that my BMW dealership, Passport, has a "sister dealership" that sells Minis. The Sales Manager refers me and I do everything on the phone...they have a `12 Mini convertible in Ice Blue with Polar Beige interior...it also has Cold Weather Package, Steptronic, HD Stereo, and Bluetooth. Sticker is $32,750 and I got them to $31,700...done! The kicker is that because they are in Virginia and we live in Maryland, they delivered it to my wife and offered to allow her to drive it for 24 hours. She has the car now and loves it. They gave me everything I wanted for the Smart, I sign the papers tomorrow (Wednesday), and they detail the car for delivery when she stops by on Thursday. Oh, the GX470 is now back in its parking spot with brand new shoes. My impressions so far are that this car definitely is a BMW and that it has tremendous attitude.
Currently: 2015 Porsche 911 GTS and 2016 Cayenne S eHybrid
Past BMWs: `05 645CiC; `07 650i; `08 M6 convertible; '08 135i; `11 750ix MSport; `15 M235i convertible
Others: '11 Panamera 4S; '13 Boxster S; '13 911 C4
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