Mini + Mission to Find Fuel!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Our mini is here! 
I can now explore!

The car was delivered with 0 miles of gas left on the digital readout.  I am one of those that once I get the first low fuel light I'm at the station, but knowing this was the ultimate low fuel light I freaked out! As I was parking the car I was scared that it would die at any minute and I would have to solicit help with my non-existent Spanish to push it into the space. 

Okay, my worst case scenario didn't happen and I parked sans problem. 

Well still one problem, we are still out of gas.  So, D called a neighbor for a lift to the station, they were already out running errands and brought us back a bag of gas (yes to-go gas comes in a bag in Mexico), how sweet of them was that!  So mini is now filled and we have directions to the gas station - we're in business right? 

That's what we thought too. But apparently the combination of selectively marked streets in Guadalajara, street names that I (the non-Spanish speaker and navigator that day) couldn't pronounce so D (the driver) didn't understand me, and our ability to remember directions given to us the evening prior doomed our quest in finding the nearest station.

So we drove, and drove - we pretty much went on a mini tour of our part of town with a gas gauge that still read 0 miles to go. So you know I was SO calm during all of this!  Finally, after chugging up a hill, our GPS came on, it was charged and ready to send me to the nearest station - 2 miles and a couple hills away. 

Somehow, the mini made it.  I'm a little mad at its liar of a fuel gauge for making me worry so much - but that little darling of a gas conserver made it to the station and didn't leave us stranded.  Crisis averted!

Lesson learned - always know exactly where my nearest petrol station is!

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2 comments

  1. ha, I could have told you about digital fuel gauges being liars. I make it a habit to test the limits of my fuel tank; in my experience you can usually get at around a gallon's worth of mileage after the readout says zero miles to empty. This is about the stupidest thing to test, and I have run out of gas once doing this, but at least my idle curiosity was satisfied.

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  2. Where were you and your knowledge of those silly fuel gauges when we needed you? Neither of us knew that it would go as far as it did - and I think now D never wants to be in a car with me again when the low fuel light is on. ha.

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