Towed! After only 87.8 miles… Sheesh!
So, today I again noticed the % charge going down more quickly, and when I got to work it was at 33% and not 39%, though today’s trip to work was 1.8 miles longer (after a few blocks, I realized I had forgotten my cell phone and had to go back home and get it, in case I ran out of juice today). And on the way home, the 0% / 0 mls point was reached with about 22 miles left (more helpfully, I had gone 65.1 miles since leaving this morning with a 100% charge). This seemed crazy, and consistent with yesterday.
So, I get into the right lane of the Garden State Parkway and reduce my speed to 60 and figure it will be closer tonight. Indeed, at about 83 miles, when I was about 4 miles from home, a new warning light came on and the car wouldn’t go more than about 30 mph. When I was about 2 miles from home it started getting slower still, and it wouldn’t move when I was about 1 mile from my house. So I pulled onto a side street and called the 800 number.
It took 20 minutes for the 800 agent to find a contract tower who knew how to handle the MINI E, and then about an hour for the tow truck to arrive. He loaded it up on his flat bed, and I warned him about the narrowness and curviness of my street and he joked that he would carry the car into the garage for me. Well, he was able to deposit it about 20 feet from the garage door, but he and I and a neighbor could not push the car over the 3-inch hump into the garage. He said What the heck is that thing made out of? It was amazing to me as well that we couldn’t push it easily. Luckily the cable was long so I charged it for 10 minutes sitting out in the driveway and then just as the rain picked up, backed it up into the garage spot.
I have not kept up with reading others’ blogs the last few months (same reason I had not updated mine) , so I don’t know if other participants have been towed for running out of gas juice. I wanted to have it happen, and am glad I experienced it, but what’s going on with the car? If I can’t do a round-trip to work, it’s useless.
I do have my 3,000 maintenance scheduled for next Friday now, so maybe I will learn something.