Orange Blossom Special is simply a blast to drive. It’s hard not to grin with the wind in your hair, your own tunes cranked and the exhaust burbling. This car is perfect for a trip through wine country or down Highway 1.
OBS is an S model with a supercharger (168 hp) so it’s pretty zippy. It’s a stick shift with an easy clutch. It also has leather seats, an 8 speaker Harmon Kardon stereo/CD player with an iPod/iPhone/Android jack, 17 inch tires (brand new), ABS, traction control, front and side airbags and fixed roll bars behind the rear seat.
The top folds completely back with the press of a button. The front also slides back 15 inches for those days when you don't want to go completely topless. The car is only 12 feet long so it's easy to park, but the trade-off is back seats that are seats in name only and 6 ft.³ of trunk space. Pack lightly.
The car is located two blocks from downtown Alameda, easily accessible from the Fruitvale BART station (5 minute Uber ride or 15 minute walk) and the Oakland airport (bus ride or 7 minute cab ride). If I'm not here the key will be in the car and you will get detailed instructions before the rental.
OAK - Oakland International Airport
I’m happy to deliver the car to OAK for rentals of more than one week. Unfortunately, the delivery costs about $30 and the economics just don't work for rentals of less than a week. If it is delivered, it will be in daily parking next to terminal two.
OBS is a 5 min (and $7) Uber ride from the Fruitvale BART station. When it's convenient and for rentals of more than a week I will pickup folks at the Fruitvale BART but there isn't a safe place to leave the car there for delivery.
SFO and San Francisco
I do NOT deliver to SFO and San Francisco though I am more flexible for rentals of six weeks or more.
2006 MINI CooperOrange Blossom Special15561
was super close to airport took uber when I arrived enjoyed the Mini and parker was real easy to work with so all went smooth. I returned the car and got on a bus two blocks away that took me right to the airport. Very convenient location! pleased with my rental experience.
I had absolute blast with this car. Despite the chill in the weather I think I drove with the top down for most of my 6 days in San Fran. I previously owned a mini cooper S and wondered if the standard mini cooper might be a bit underpowered...that was certainly not the case. This car has plenty of zippy pick up. As far as working with Parker the owner, he was extremely accommodating and easy to work with. I plan on renting this car whenever I am back in SF and am already having withdrawals from not having a convertible top and stick shift.
Just the way we all like it: Troubles free!!! Had a great time around San Francisco. Parker made it clear with all the instructions and found everything as told. Nice and fun ride, you all should try it!
The OBS was great and very fun to drive! We had it for 5 days and had a blast touring the area with the windows down and listening to our favorite tunes with the audio connection. Parker was a great host and easy to communicate with!
Parker was great, he had the car detailed and ready for us. It took us only 5 min to get the car and the instructions. As for orange blossom I have only positive things to say. Super cool car to enjoy sunny day in Napa.
It was my sister and brother-in-law's first time visiting the Bay Area and I wanted to take them around in a fun convertible to fully take in and experience some of the sights such as driving through the Golden Gate Bridge and around Napa Valley. Parker's Mini convertible was definitely a joy to drive around as many others have previously attested to and it added tremendously to a great experience had by all of us. I originally scheduled my reservation for 11AM but Parker was more than willing to accommodate a last minute request to pick it up earlier so that we could meet our friend in time for a lunch reservation. Great communication and a pleasure to meet - I know I will definitely be back to rent again, thanks again Parker!
Fun car, Parker is very pleasant and extremely accommodating. The Orange Blossom Special is the perfect Napa car, as we received more than several compliments on our transportation choice! Thanks Parker, we will be back!
Had a great trip in a great car.
Parker is helpfull and a joy to deal with.
The included miles fits a day trip perfectly.
The car itself is fun to drive, its quick and handles exceptionally well. The clutch is a bit of a workout if you are out of practice, but nothing severe. Put the roof down, play your own tunes on the better-than-most speakers and you will be hard pressed to find this amount of driving pleasure in another car - especially at the price.
Parker was professional and arrived with the Mini to meet us at the Airport right on time, we dropped him off just 5mins away from the airport on our way to Napa. The car is in great condition, barely a scratch and very well kept. The convertible top is a blast to drive. The only downside or upside is that the suspension is very stiff, great for corners, but a bit rough.
Gorgeous car and great service. Parker is one of the best people I have worked with on Turo. Solid communication and the car was fun to drive! Thank you again I hope to rent from you soon.
February 4, 2015
Parker's mini was great fun. I recently took a trip with it down the coast to Santa Cruz and couldn't have picked a better car. Parker responds promptly to messages and made the process fun and simple. Overall great experience, would definitely do it again.
I couldn't have asked for an easier person to work with. This was my first experience with Turo and I can only hope my future experiences are half as good as this one. I rented Parker's car for a two-week road trip for my honeymoon and everything was flawless. Returning the car, I was even late (forgot to edit my return time based on a change flight) and Parker was completely cool about it. I highly recommend using Parker and would use him again if ever in SF.
Mr. Parker is a very nice guy. His mini Cooper is beautiful and clean . It runs great. I rent it for my wedding. My wife loves it. It is my first time using this rental service. Mr. Parker is well prepared and make the process easy to work with.
Definitely a 5 star experience. First time using Turo, and Parker made it super easy. Very quick responses, easy to get a hold of, and very accommodating. And as far as the Mini Cooper, exactly what we were looking for. A perfect car for the California coast! I would recommend Parker and the Mini Cooper without hesitation!
From start to finish, everything was great - eveyrthing we expected! If you choose to give the Orange Blossom a spin, and are traveling, DO REMEMBER to PACK LIGHT! The trunk is small, but what do you expect from a car called a Mini? Parker couldn't have been more accommodating, even when we showed up early - it took us a lot less time to get from Oakland Airport than we'd planned and he was so gracious, even though we took him away from making pancakes for his kids. Thanks for everything!
This car was so much fun to drive. My wife and I drove up to Sonoma from San Francisco, after picking the car up in Alameda; and we had the car for three days. We had the top down the entire time, and had a blast zipping around.
Parker was very helpful, and everything worked as anticipated.
The car's in great shape, low mileage and well-maintained, a pleasure to drive. Good sound system too! The owner was very helpful in coordinating with my arrival. I was traveling light and alone, or with a local friend, so the size of the Mini was never an issue for me.
Would highly recommend to anyone comfortable with a stick in traffic and in the Bay Area's hilly terrain.
The Orange Blossom Special was a fun, efficient, and all around marvelous way to see the Bay Area. Parker was accommodating and very easy to work with, the next time I am in the area I hope to rent the OBS again. Thanks again Parker!
Parker's OBS was great- clean, quick, and perfect for running around (and parking in tight spots!) in SF. Loved the power soft top for sunny days. Parker was very easy to deal with- would definitely rent again!
Parker's car is great fun to drive! Enjoy the convertible roof during SF's sunny days! Pick up and drop off were made very easy and Parker was very responsive to any queries we had. I would definitely recommend Parker's car to anyone!
Parker had the MINI clean and ready to go. We enjoyed being able to use the sunroof option on the cooler days, but it was very easy to also put the top completely down. The vehicle handled well, and the manual transmission was fun to drive on our weekend to Sonoma. I recommend Parker and his MINI.
This car was a fantastic ride. I'd never spent time with a convertible before, and for our trip to stay in the Pt. Reyes / Tomales Bay area over Memorial Day weekend it was perfect. It helped that the weather was perfect, no rain, just some fog that always burned off by mid-morning.
We loved driving to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse in the ever-deepening fog one early morning with the top down, it makes me re-consider my previous stand on not getting a convertible because of the potential hassle with the top.
Keep in mind you can put a jacket and hat on, crank the top down, and blast the heaters at you with the windows rolled up if it's a bit chilly, as it usually is in that area.
Parker was great to deal with, no stress, no obsessive fussing over the car, and easy to reach when we had any questions.
Parker made sure that I had an exceptional experience. He was prompt, clear, and thorough at the time of pickup. On top of that, he went beyond the call of duty to smooth scheduling and administrative issues in advance. I really enjoyed the car as well. It was zippy and fun. I am tempted to rent this Mini again.
I had an absolute blast in my first Turo excursion with Parker's orange blossom mini. It was zippy and compact, easy to get around, and fun to boot. The suspension is tight, but apparently that's a Mini thing. Parker was easy to make arrangements with and a super nice guy. Highly recommend!
Understandably, it is hard justify the time it takes for an owner to pick-up and drop off for a one day rental (even more so at times when traffic is an issue - in this case, about 6 miles from the airport). The cost for one way cab from Oakland International is roughly $25-30. A less convenient but viable option at $2.10 each way is the ACTransit bus (route 21) which takes 25-55 minutes depending upon when you arrive at the bus stop and the timing of the next bus (online tracking via http://transit.511.org/schedules/realtimedepartures.aspx proved accurate on the airport to Alameda leg but was not even close going from Alameda back to Oakland).
The bottom line is that this is a fun car that was clean and in good condition. As a first time user, it was a good experience and a bit of an education.
These days it is very difficult to rate any product or service with 5 stars on all categories, but definitely with Parker's Mini I can definitely do that!! It was an awesome experience, to enjoy the California weather woth the roof off. I have rented a couple of times with Turo and parker is a very formal and organized owner. Pick up and return were seamless. The car handles very well and it is definitely a cool car to drive.
Parker was great and Orange Blossom Special was amazing! The car is like brand new and was a blast to drive. The convertible top was great when i took my friend into the city to show him the sights last weekend with the gorgeous weather! would not hesitate to rent again, Parker was very easy to arrange pick-up and drop off!