2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Getting Gas, the Long Way
July 21, 2014
Well, it came on during a long stretch of highway between Los Angeles and Gorman California. Range anxiety kicked in and I used the Mercedes Comand system to locate the nearest gas station. The GPS took me to the next exit, and much to my surprise, put me back on the highway heading the opposite direction.
I told myself there must be a gas station off the beaten path that I didn't see from the highway, that is until the Comand system told me I was twenty miles away from my destination. I stuck it out thinking this must be the closest station. We were, after all, in a mostly rural section of the state where places of commerce are few and far between.
After reaching the gas station and refueling, we were back on our way. Fifteen minutes later we passed the exit I had been instructed to get off, and I took note of the odometer. Eight miles further down the road there were the signs for three different gas stations. So, eight miles towards my destination there were multiple gas stations, twenty miles back toward home there was one.
Being able to find a gas station in a pinch is a wonderful feature, however my take-aways are 1) don't push it when it comes to fuel, and 2) don't trust Comand unless you have time to kill.
John Calderwood, Video Producer @ 12.000 miles