First step on the road to recovery, save money, well sometimes you have to spend it to save it. With the Mini down for awhile the only thing I had to drive was my beater conversion van, just won't cut it, 1990, 177,000 miles & 10mpg, with a 75 mile per day commute it worked out to be about $500 a month in gas alone, and thats if it held up. (great for when you needed to use it, not so great to have to actually depend on it) So, new DD: Gas and payment work out to $100 less a month than gas alone in the van, plus nothing to worry about or have money to fix. So far, it's OK, but it's wierd, I'm so used to getting a "charge" out of driving and with this it's just back to "transportation", don't get me wrong, it's fun & quirky enough, but it's nowhere near the same. Teardown on the Mini should start in June.