At the halfway point in our scheduled year with the MINI, we've clocked nearly 6,500 miles on the sporty red hatchback
, including three roundtrips from Southern California to Las Vegas. Our MINI has yet to get up close and personal with a service bay of any sort, and other than a mysterious dash light that appeared suddenly at 4,500 miles and vanished almost as quickly, we've had nothing to trouble our minds. In fact, the only wear and tear to mention is a loose battery cover on the key fob. As long as we can continue to unlock and start it, we're looking forward to another six months of happy MINI motoring.