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      01-28-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Battery issues

My local BMW dealer is refusing to warranty a new battery for me due to driving habits. They say I have to many 3 mile trips which doesnt allow the battery to charge.

This is my second M3 (currently an 09 E90) and formerly I had an 08 E90 in which I drove the same exact way/distance for over 60,000 miles with 0 battery issues.

I called BMW NA and they said they can't do anything and have to trust the dealers decision.

Do I have any options here other than buying an expensive ass battery, or getting a different car since evidently I can't drive the M3 properly?
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      01-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Do I have any options here other than buying an expensive ass battery, or getting a different car since evidently I can't drive the M3 properly?
If you cant get BMW to replace it, why buy another car, just replace the battery.
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      01-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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If you cant get BMW to replace it, why buy another car, just replace the battery.
I was just being a d*ck. heh
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      01-28-2013, 12:16 PM   #4
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Would it be worth it to try a trickle charger for a night or two to see if it resolves my issues, or just pony up and buy new?

Car seems fine minus clock reset/slowness at times and the occasional increased battery discharge message.
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      01-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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They said that to me too. I said fuck that to the service advisor and that hes replacing that shit... Which he did lol. Call again get a different person on the line and bitch your heart off.
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      01-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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I need to bitch more, for sure. To BMW NA or the local dealer?
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      01-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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Definitely get a charger. Great tool to have in the garage.
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Try a different shop .... & don't buy another car from the dealer that doesn't honor the warrenty.
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      01-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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Bit of an update - they fixed it under warranty. D*cks
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      01-28-2013, 03:35 PM   #10
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Bit of an update - they fixed it under warranty. D*cks
Nice,they should have done that from the beginning !
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      01-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #11
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Unreal customer retention practices here! A $100 battery to them and they would risk customer loss. Good it got fixed but brutal you had to bitch to get it done.


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      01-28-2013, 07:41 PM   #12
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I have never seen any other car manufacturer try and deny warranty items like I have with BMW. Glad they fixed it for you, they were getting paid any way they look at it.
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      01-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #13
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I would have lost it if they told me that.... Good to hear that they replaced it!!
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      01-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #14
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I would have lost it if they told me that.... Good to hear that they replaced it!!

Funny, two places told me the same thing. I don't drive the car long enough distances for it to recharge properly. Both suggested a trickle charger or "drive more each day" one guy said...lol

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I would have lost it if they told me that.... Good to hear that they replaced it!!

Funny, two places told me the same thing. I don't drive the car long enough distances for it to recharge properly. Both suggested a trickle charger or "drive more each day" one guy said...lol

I wonder what's hibernating that's drawing all the power ...... GPS module ?
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      01-29-2013, 11:45 PM   #16
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Hard wire a BMW trickle charger !!! I have installed dozens of them.
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BMW said same thing to me. My 2010 E90 was taken to BMW 4 times with a dead battery. All they did was charge it and send me on my way to die again. Finally I complained to the manager and they replaced it. But it took 4 times for it to die to replace it. And they were trying to blame it on my mods..
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