From last weeks edition of Autoweek and my favorite columnist Cory Farley:

FARLEY’S FIRST RULE OF AUTOMOTIVE Enthusiasm is this: Never Advise Friends about Cars. They’ll ask, of course. They figure you like cars and read about them, so you’ll know what’s best.

If you protest that “best” is relative (do they want to drive two miles to work or 200 miles to Sunday brunch?), they’ll wheedle, “Tell me what I need. I won’t hold it against you.”

Two lies in the same statement: Nobody wants to hear what he needs, and if you give in, anything that goes wrong, from a blown transmission tomorrow to a blown tire at 75,000 miles, will be your fault.

You can read the whole article here. I won't spoil the rest for you but needless to say it's quite an unexpected and MINI related ending.