Hey everybody, for the present week and maybe a few days in the next one, I have been given a 10-year old (approx.) Mini Cooper S Convertible, as a replacement car. Mine has been sitting at the body-repair shop waiting for a replacement rear bumper. This is a stock photo of the little Mini, just to give an idea to those not familiar: It's the first time I have been driving one of these cars and my first experience driving a convertible ever. I have been driving it since Monday and I have come from utterly hating it at first, and wondering how is it even possible that people are actually paying the asking price for it (new), all the way to secretly falling in love with it (well, with certain aspects of it, at least). Let's start with the negative ones: it's certainly the least practical car I have ever driven. The turbo engine is petrol-hungry, it's noisy, it has practically no space at all (I can barely sit comfortably, entering and getting off is uncomfortable, it barely fits me, my 2 boys and their school bags when I drop them off at school), it's the definition of the ergonomic nightmare (it took me forever to find certain switches and the dashboard is full of unecessary dials & info), the built quality, well, leaves a lot to be desired and I know from it's owner that every other week something breaks down / malfunctions so it is really a pain in the a$$ to maintain and it eventually costs a lot! Oh, and shifting gears is also a literal pain, that my left knee has started feeling already! The positive ones are really a few: it has a very powerful engine that has an abundance of torgue to provide at any speed and at any rpm, it has a really precise steering wheel (smaller than what I like, however), the driving position (since you are sitting really low) is fantastic for sports driving and... pretty much that. The fact that you can drop down the hood is nice, but, apparently in mine something has broken, so I can only roll it back but not tilt it back (what a surprise! - not). But... despite all the negative ones that make it a really bad purchasing decision, in my opinion and make this car totally unpractical as an everyday / family car, it has brought me back several years. Back to my younger days (approaching 40...) when it was all about feeling the rush of sports driving. This car practically begs you to step on it, control it as it takes the curves with the utmost precision and (if you manage to tame the really stiff shifting stick and pad) make the most out of it. I caught myself using my lunch break today doing some stuff in the city that were certainly not urgent and then spent the next 40 mins driving around the coastal road, letting the sun & the air hit me straight on my face, featuring an ear-to-ear silly grin... I barely made it back in the office on time. I would not want it as my main car. Just so that you can get an idea, this is (stock photo) my main one (Toyota Avensis), just to see how much of a different world we're talking about: But if I could afford the Mini, maaan, I would keep it as my 2nd / weekend / fun / for the heck of it - kinda car. Like a wife/mistress situation. But one that's actually allowed. Thanks for reading!