Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MINI-E #250 Back With 2 New Modules


Finally! After 24 days I finally got the call from Morristown MINI that #250 was fixed and I could pick it up. Evidently, there were two battery modules that needed to be replaced. I'm pretty sure part of the reason it took so long to fix was because I had it towed in the week of Christmas. MINI had specialized engineers that repair the MINI-E's, they don't use the mechanics at the dealerships. MINI calls these technicians the "flying docs" probably because they fly from coast to coast to repair MINI-E's in California, New York and New Jersey. I bet they flew home for the holidays so #250 just sat and waited for them to get back to work after the New Year. This is only the second time I had a problem with the car. The other time is was a bad battery module also and it was fixed in eight days. I had that problem three weeks after I got the car and at the time I was worried that it was going to break down every couple weeks or so. I remember thinking to myself "what did I get myself involved with?". That turned out not to be the case at all. I had six months of trouble free driving until this problem so I really can't complain. After all, this is a test vehicle, a prototype that will never be produced for sale. BMW made the MINI-E purely for research so I'm not at all surprised that there will be problems. But for now I'm back in the saddle of #250. Perhaps the best news is that nobody has to hear me complain about buying gas for a while.

4 comments:

  1. Great news Tom,
    hopefully #304 will be fixed soon too. Did you end up driving a loaner MINI at all or was it the pickup the whole time?
    Robert

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  2. Thanks, Robert. I did see Tim Gill's car there waiting to be picked up also, he's "WHY GAS" #486. I did drive the pick up the whole time. The dealer did call me last Friday and tell me I could come in and swap the truck for a MINI but I just didn't have the time. I planned on going yesterday but they called me in the morning to tell me the car was ready to be picked up. I hope you get yours back soon. How long has it been in?

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  3. Tom,
    #304 has been in and out of the shop 3 times in the last month, most recently I got it back on the 2nd but it died 2 days later.
    Hopefully they will fix the problem and I'll be driving electric again.
    Robert

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  4. Congratulations on getting you Mini back.

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