Friday, May 20, 2011

DAY SEVEN - 1 week and a tank of gas

I discovered channel 19 on my satellite radio today. Elvis Radio! I love it.

Back to the low coolant issue. I made a trip to the dealer today to have them top off the coolant reservoir. When the technician opened the reservoir, it was full. Further investigation was required. He asked for my key, which he plugged into a slot on his computer and a "historical readout" came up on the monitor. When he hit the print button, the printer spit out a data record containing lots of info. He said he would give this to the "analyst" and someone would call and let me know what needed to be done. I had no idea the ignition key held all that data.

Also, when he slammed the hood, that uneven closure disappeared. Apparently, I had been too gentle in shutting it and hadn't engaged it completely. In the future, I'll just slam it. Duh!

So, at this moment, my low coolant warning is still an unsolved mystery. But as soon as I find out what's going on, I'll be sure and pass it along.

On the way home from the dealer, I got a "low fuel" warning on the instrument panel. I stopped at the Shell station and filled the tank with 91 octane, which is what the manual recommends. The total bill was $60.01 for the 15.35 gallons it took to fill up. After checking the "vehicle info" on the iDrive and learning that the car has averaged 19.8 mpg since I picked it up, I hit the "reset" option and punched the trip button. I'm hoping the second tank will get better mileage, but that remains to be seen.

It's supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow in the Kansas City area. It seems as if it will be a good day to give it a wash and wax everything that I haven't waxed yet. I'm looking forward to it.


  1. Weird about your coolant issue Adam, I never got low enough to show a symbol until ~14,xxx, or 18 months of driving. Trust it is solved soon.

    Good luck getting better mpg, after 3 years of tank to tank hand calcs I average, wait for it, 19 mpg! On straight hwy miles I've cleared 25 mpg a few times, otherwise it's been a range of 18-22 mpg. gl

  2. Gary,

    I'm anxious to find out what's going on with the coolant issue, too. And that's pretty good mileage you're getting. Hope mine stays at least where it was on the first tank, i.e., 19.8 mpg. We shall see.