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JetterBug

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Why on a Bimmer?!
« on: July 19, 2007, 06:50:58 PM »
What the heck?! So I go out at lunch today to get into the car (for my 4 hour lunch) and guess what?! No starting of the bimmer. I was SOOOO mad. Apparently Tim left the lights on this morning and killed the battery. HOW is this possible?! It was like 3 hours, I mean aren't batteries stronger than that??!!!   >:(
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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 06:59:35 PM »
They are, but it takes a lot of juice to start a car. Sorry to hear, hope the battery can be saved.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 07:15:22 PM »
that sucks.  I too hope you can salvage the battery.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 07:21:49 PM »
your bimmer is new enough that it shoudl have an auto-OFF function for the car.

How old is your battery?  Batteries wear out and eventually go bad, sometimes within 3-5 years.
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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 07:24:19 PM »
My Passat is a 2006 and it doesn't have an Auto Off. Nor does it alert me that I have left the lights on.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007, 07:54:57 PM »
my subaru has auto off :)...but my MINI does not.  Turns the head lights off, but leaves the parking lights on and bings at me.  So I do have a warning.

Her Bimmer is a 2006 325i, so it should still have a good battery.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2007, 07:56:34 PM »
seriously?  it is sad when 2003 $20g cars have auto-OFF and beepings to let you know your lights are on and a 2006 Passat doesn't... what is VW thinking?

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2007, 08:07:36 PM »
they are not, that is the point.  I am surprised that BMW does not have that feature, when my MINI does....at least the warning.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2007, 08:15:52 PM »
The Passat package I have does not have the Auto lights feature. Some packages do, so they do have it, but it wasn't worth the extra cash to try have it.

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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007, 08:54:50 PM »
So I dont think it has a warning, I'm not really that sure... I actually don't drive it too much. We are going to jump it after work. I was talking to the dealership... and they said that this happens on cars that are new, and havent been driven. Apparently if you dont drive it the battery wears back down and you have to drive it to juice it back up. I informed them as nicely as I could (I was VERY heated) that we have had the car for uh...6 weeks?? This shoudl NOT be happening. So anyways, they said to jump it and leave it running for about 1/2 hour and that should fix it. Grrrrr.  :(

I asked Tim and we do not have auto off, and he didnt hear the little ding  ::)
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Re: Why on a Bimmer?!
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2007, 09:06:59 PM »
Don't let them bully you, some MINIs have been known to have been delivered with bad batteries, and it takes some convincing to have the dealer replace it with something new.  I would hold your ground, and if it keeps happening, have them get you a new battery.  30 minutes of Idle gas...hmmmm, how much will that cost you?

Do you have a trickle charger you can hook to it over night?