Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1968 250S, 1991 300se, 1998 SL500, 1977 450SEL 6.9. Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
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MB Roadside Assistance
This last weekend we drove the '68 250S on the MG Glenwood CO rallye as we have a few times before. It was a great rallye from Denver to Glenwood Springs. The next day we drove to Aspen for lunch.
Unfortunately my W108 was acting up, it would just bog down and not rev up and cut out all power. After sitting it would run fine again for an hour or so. I initially thought it was vapor lock, but I am going to explore the filter in the gas tank. I have recently rebuilt the carbs. I cleaned the tank 15 years ago, but didnt know about the filter back then.
Anyway on our way home Sunday just headed up Vail pass (10,662 feet) it bogged out, so we pulled off and let it cool off for 40 minutes, took off only 5 minutes later it bogged out completely. We got the car off the highway and decided we needed a tow to get home since this had happened 4 times already and was not looking good for another 180 miles to get home in 90 degree heat.
So we called roadside assistance. It took them a while to figure out where we were, but they had me in their system because I bought our 91 300SE from the MB dealer in Seattle 17 years prior. I told them what car I was driving, but maybe he wasnt listening. He then had a hard time determining which dealer was closest and was naming a them off all the way from Colo Spring, denver area and then mentioned Loveland CO, which is very close to where we live. I said YES that one.
Curiously that dealer was just announced and they haven't opened it yet, but the Mercedes sign is up on the building. I then said I really just wanted to be towed home and after a long wait period he came back and said it would be $118 extra, but the tow to Loveland was free!
I have used indies for years not using dealer for over 15 years.
We had a very nice tow driver and got home about 4-5 hours later.
I dont know if the guy on the phone was new or what, but we got great service from them for a 45 year old car!