Hey y'all, I just wanted to take a second to introduce myself before I spend hours on the forums figuring it all out. Ha. I'm Steph and I just bought my first Mini- I've done the single mom thing for a long long time and have always driven cars that I can afford or that I needed, never one that I *wanted* so after thinking about it forever I finally decided that after 17 years of mom cars I should have a little fun. I drove approximately 6.2 bazillion vehicles and decided on a 2005 Mini Convertible. I'm so excited, she's not the fanciest on the streets but dangit she's fun. All I heard is how I would hate having such a small car, i'd change my mind, i'd hate driving a manual (one of my requirements, most people I know won't ever be able to drive her!) and a whole lot of negativity that I just don't need in my life so I decided to get one that I could just swipe my card for....no money in payments means more cash flow for customizations right? So far, so good...i'm in LOVE and she's so much fun to drive. Four days in and she's got better tires, i'm shopping for wheels and she's got an appointment for rally stripes next week- getting ready for summer! I'm super excited to maybe meet up with some people in Central Ohio and get a few road trips under our belt... Nice to 'meet' you!