My husband drives a 2002 PT Cruiser and it has over 150,000 miles on it. Two years ago when he was driving to our hangar the car just stopped on the highway. He called the auto club only to find out that our subscription had expired (there was a bit of confusion with our membership when we moved from CA to TX.)
Anyway, he sorted all that out by renewing our membership and upgrading it to one with a towing package. Since then we have used the towing service a few more times, so that upgrade has been well worth it.
A few weeks ago my husband just happen to mention that the car had stalled on the highway again (actually a few times), but he would just pull over and it started right back up. I have no idea how long he had been doing that, but he finally mentioned it again and I scheduled an appointment to have it looked at.
I called my neighbor/friend and made arrangements to get picked up at the repair shop and headed down the road. I didn’t even make it 1/10th of a mile before the car stalled.
Well, this time, the car would not re-start, so I called the auto club. The customer service guy got a good laugh when I told him that I was on my way to the repair shop and I just didn’t make it that far.
My neighbor had already left his house by the time I called him, but I know he would come across me on the road. He pulled up behind me and we waited for the tow truck.
The car is back up and running. It was some obscure automatic shut-off relay.
I must say that the upgrade in our auto club membership has more than paid for itself for the times we have used the towing service over the past two year. With 3 older vehicles with high mileage it has been worth the expense.
What do you do when your vehicle acts up?