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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#845 of 5378 2003 BMW 325i Battery Drain
Oct 10, 2003 (6:43 am)
Does anyone have any idea how long the battery on a 325i (March 2003 production model with 1,200 miles on it), should last when the car is parked before it needs re-charging?
I ask because we went on holiday for two weeks, and upon our return, the battery was dead and required a jump start. The mechanic that gave us the jump-start said that "it's normal for 325's battery to run down after not driving it for more than two weeks". He also said that the drain is a result of the alarm. Nuts I say! Our other car (a 1997 Dodge) has been left for up to six weeks with the alarm engaged and, without fail, has always started.
Might this be something other than the alarm? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 10, 2003 (8:54 am)
I've had my 2002 sit in the garage for up to two weeks a few times without ever having a battery problem.
Oct 12, 2003 (7:51 pm)
I wonder how long it actually took for the battery to go dead? A real "drain" on a battery usually can kill it in 24 hours at most.
Most cars seem to be able to last longer than two weeks as the little LED displays or even alarm power isn't very much of a drain.
But all this can be measured by a qualified person. Once you know how much current is being sipped out of your battery by the car while it is "quiet", then you'll know if something irregular is going on; otherwise everyone is just guessing.
If you got a reading in milliamps and let us know what that is, perhaps someone here could tell you if the current drain is unusual.
#848 of 5378 There's a recall for this on 3-series manufactured 3/03-6/03
Oct 17, 2003 (10:14 am)
Call your dealer up for this as my car also would die if I didn't use it for 3-4 days. It involves a reprogram of your light control computer.
Oct 21, 2003 (2:20 pm)
Do you have a recall number? I looked on various recall databases online and this was not listed. Is it a recall or a TSB?
#850 of 5378 front end shake
Nov 12, 2003 (4:34 pm)
Tonight, while driving home, I noticed a high-frequency shake in the front-end of my car. It only happened when steering left at fairly high speeds (70+mph). I plan on taking it into the dealership tomorrow on my way to work but I fear that they will not be able to reproduce the problem because of the speeds at which it occurs (55mph limit around here). Has anyone else experienced this or something similar who can give me an idea of what the problem might be? Or anyone, based on mechanical experience, just wanna take a stab at it? I have checked tire pressures and they are fine.
#851 of 5378 kominsky
Nov 13, 2003 (4:39 pm)
in broad daylight inspect tires for uneven wear..
Nov 17, 2003 (7:33 pm)
I read msg #840 of 851 Convertible Top Leak by livethelake Nov 10, 2003 4pm who wrote that "BMW seems to be on my side". I'd like to know how and what BMW did because… in April 2003, I bought my '98 BMW 328i Convertible from the 2nd owner [who'd bought it about a year ago in '02 as a Certified Pre Owned from Allison BMW]; he said it did not have any leaks. It was raining in April when I looked, drove and fell in love! <with the car!> Go figure…
I don't have a garage but in San Jose/ San Francisco Bay Area, California weather seems to be made for convertibles and it was my dream car. I was horrified to discover one Friday morning about 2-3 weeks ago that it was leaking badly. I sat in a wet sheepskin seatcover- it had rained the night before and then while driving it in a rainstorm that same day I saw the water running down both driver and passenger door panels [too close to the HK speakers] as well as dripping from both sunvisors. This is a 2-3 yr CERTIFIED PRE OWNED VEHICLE up to 100,000 miles with only 58k on odometer of which I put on the last 5,000 miles in seven months. Allison BMW in Mt. View CA just "fixed it" at a cost to me for $400 labor and $200 parts to replace one of three? window gaskets/seals- however, if it stills leaks the other two window seals cost $260 EACH plus LABOR. Any suggestions as to what I should write and to whom to voice my extreme disgust and displeasure that a five year old BMW has what is to me a pretty major defect on a convertible and sold with the assurance as a certified vehicle? I bought this car- my first BMW- after months of research/ Edmunds, CARFAX, Kelly Blue Book, Consumer Reports that BMW was THE icon to which other car manufacturers and models compared themselves. Thanks for any info and/or suggestions.