So, something’s dropped off our shiny new MINI First. After five months’ and 5000 miles’ happy motoring, and not a single problem to report (as you’d expect with a brand new car), it’s almost with a sense of glee that I cam home to find that something had finally dropped off it. Now, it would be possible to say that the MINI hasn’t completely lost sight of the past.
I wasn’t driving it when the errant wheeltrim fell off, but ‘er indoors the driver, was quick to say that she hadn’t done anything wrong, and that she doesn’t remember hitting anything. So did it just fall off of its own accord? Or was it taken? Who knows?
But today, I thought it would be nice to get out and put some miles under the belt of the test Range Rover Evoque and see how much a new one would cost from a dealer. When I arrived there (on a Saturday afternoon), the lady at the counter suggested that it would be around £15, but I couldn’t buy one until Tuesday. That sounds reasonable enough to me – but the missing plastic did have me wondering: should I replace it at all, and just buy some replacement alloys? The one thing you can’t say MINI doesn’t do well is alloys – and a nice set of 16s could look lovely on the burnt orange First.
But friend Richard Porter suggested an even better idea – how about going naked? Instead of buying another trim, how about taking them all off, and just slotting in some centre caps instead for that ultimate MINImalist look? I have to say I do like that idea. The picture below gives you some idea…
But while I’m thinking, I’ll just stick on the trim the salesman gave me on the way out.
So, what to do? Trims, alloys or naked? Have your say below.
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