..Has reached new levels at MotoringFile HQ. Like other owners of ’02 MINIs I’ve been clamoring to try on an ’05 for months now. Well, I think I may be close to finally talking myself into it. If you know anyone interested in a pristine, loaded 2002 Cooper (aka the MotoringFile MINI) shoot me an email.

And on a related note I’m curious to hear how many of our readers have also upgraded from early MINIs to an ’05. What are your experiences with the upgrade? Was it worth it? What did you change and what did you keep the same?