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      07-06-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2011 E92 M3, I live in upstate new york and I want to store the car for winter. What does everyone do? I was planning on:

1. Battery Tender - I heard the cigarette lighter is an active switch and you can plug the BMW tender into it and it will keep the battery charged. Any thoughts?

2. Gas Preserver

3. Change oil before storage

4. Keep in neutral with parking break off - I have 6MT, will stabilize with blocks to prevent roll. Any problem keeping it in gear?

5. Will not start the car - Nobody gave a reason but multiple threads talk about not starting the car. Any thought?

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      07-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #2
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why dont you drive it in winter? just get some winter tires
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      07-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #3
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full tank of gas, but I would just slap on some winter tires and drive it.
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      07-06-2011, 09:01 PM   #4
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1. Battery Tender - I heard the cigarette lighter is an active switch and you can plug the BMW tender into it and it will keep the battery charged. Any thoughts?

I don't drive mine in the winter either. Yes, with snow tires you could drive it, but I prefer not to and I have a nice winter vehicle anyway.

Get the BMW battery tender from your dealer. Works great. Whatever you do, the battery tender is a must.
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      07-06-2011, 09:38 PM   #5
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I have a decent winter car, the winters up here are brutal, I take back roads to work, need a good all wheel drive vehicle.
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The reason you don't want to start your car is because you will mix the condensation in the oil and make it basically look like a milkshake, making your have to change your oil sooner. When then engine gets up to proper temp, the condensation is burned off instead of mixed.
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In addition to what you have listed, I do a full detail before she go into hibernation. I also fill the tires up to max allowable pressue and put them in some nifty little wheel things from bav autosport to keep the tires from flat spotting.
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I don't believe the cigarette lighter has power once the ignition is turned off. Best bet is to hook the battery tender to the jump start terminals under the hood.
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      09-23-2011, 12:28 AM   #9
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So I'm going to be storing my car too for the winter and this is going to be my first winter with the M. I know the battery has to be maintained with a tender but do I leave it connected for the whole winter? I feel uneasy leaving it hooked up for months with the hood down. I live in Winnipeg and the winters get like -40 over here, the cars going to be under a cover in a garage. Any advice anyone?
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what I do for winter is drive it
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      09-23-2011, 02:57 AM   #11
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Battery tender, full tank of gas and pump the tires up to max pressure. That's all do. It's been several cars over the course of the last dozen years and I've not had any problems. The MT's I just left them in gear. And no I did not start them unless I was actually going to drive them. And I didn't really worry about the oil change. I keep that changed every 5k anyway. Not worried about the timing as far as winter.
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why dont you drive it in winter? just get some winter tires
i have winter tires put on around december 1st. car is great in snow too
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      09-23-2011, 07:36 AM   #13
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I just purchased a 2011 E92 M3, I live in upstate new york and I want to store the car for winter. What does everyone do? I was planning on:

1. Battery Tender - I heard the cigarette lighter is an active switch and you can plug the BMW tender into it and it will keep the battery charged. Any thoughts?

2. Gas Preserver

3. Change oil before storage

4. Keep in neutral with parking break off - I have 6MT, will stabilize with blocks to prevent roll. Any problem keeping it in gear?

5. Will not start the car - Nobody gave a reason but multiple threads talk about not starting the car. Any thought?

Thanks!
1) Battery tender is the way to go but I dont believe you can plug it into the lighter. Definitely go under the hood (which is so easy, by the way)

2) Everything else is overkill, especially the no-start thing. Its only a few months, not years. It's not like your storing it in a barn for 50 years for Wayne Carini to find it and auction off at Pebble Beach
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I just purchased a 2011 E92 M3, I live in upstate new york and I want to store the car for winter. What does everyone do? I was planning on:

1. Battery Tender - I heard the cigarette lighter is an active switch and you can plug the BMW tender into it and it will keep the battery charged. Any thoughts?

2. Gas Preserver

3. Change oil before storage

4. Keep in neutral with parking break off - I have 6MT, will stabilize with blocks to prevent roll. Any problem keeping it in gear?

5. Will not start the car - Nobody gave a reason but multiple threads talk about not starting the car. Any thought?

Thanks!
I only change over to my winter wheel/Michelin Ice winter tire set and keep an eye on the weather. When the roads are nice and dry I'll take my babe for a spin. I could never ever condemn my M3 for a 6 months sentence in the garage.
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what I do for winter is drive it
Something tells me the winters in NY don't quite compare to those in Winnipeg.....
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just bumping this up for those of us who will be storing their vehicles during the ice and snow months.


I stored my E46 M3 with battery tender and max tire pressure and was good to go.

And btw, I was able to use the tender via the lighter and did not need to go under hood..
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      09-27-2011, 06:13 PM   #17
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I am going to drive my M3 sparingly once winter arrives. (I'll take it out when the roads are dry to avoid salt is my current plan) I figure I should get a battery tender to be on the safe side. I did some searching and it looks like I want a BMW Advanced Battery Charging System.

Here it is on Amazon for $70:

http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Advanced-B.../dp/B0016BRA3M

The Amazon review says that "BMW deactivates the cigarette lighter on recent BMW models."

After searching the forums I found: "All e9x vehicles are equipped with an Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS) on the negative terminal which turns off (as commanded by the DME) within 1-2 hours after engine shutdown.

If you do use the trickle charger, make sure it is directly on the battery terminals (in the trunk) rather than underneath the hood."

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When I stored my Z4 30is e85 for the winter months my SA recommended to A) disconnect the battery and B) add 10% over recommended air pressure to the tires.

I did exactly that and all worked out well ... no problems at all.

With my e89 Z4 35i I did the same, only I took the car out a few times during the winter months when the roads were dry.
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I don't think that is what they are talking about. It makes no sense: How would you jump start the car if the negative terminal was disconnected? That's what it's there for. I have never had the under-hood terminals not work for me.
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Am I able to take out the battery and bring it in during the winter and just put it on the charger now and then? I'm a noob when it comes to BMW's cuz I drove a Honda all my life hahah. For my motorcycle I would just bring the battery inside for the winter and charge it like once a mth but the BMW salesguy said to never connect anything directly to the batt and only use the terminals underneath the hood, is this true??
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full tank of gas, but I would just slap on some winter tires and drive it.
yeah but all that salttttt

I just don't wana imagine it just about the idea of getting salt on every corner under the car...

well i know most parts aluminum and you guys should do under wash but....i don know

I'd prefer it to be a garage queen
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Am I able to take out the battery and bring it in during the winter and just put it on the charger now and then? I'm a noob when it comes to BMW's cuz I drove a Honda all my life hahah. For my motorcycle I would just bring the battery inside for the winter and charge it like once a mth but the BMW salesguy said to never connect anything directly to the batt and only use the terminals underneath the hood, is this true??
To the best of my knowledge this is true. Also, the tenders that birchwood installs are very good. Plug that in all winter and it will be fine. When the battery is fully charged the tender will turn itself off and turn itself back on when the battery gets low again.

Totally understand you not wanting to drive it through the winter. A lot of people don't really get how brutal it can get up here. You really need AWD. Also you have to take off part of the intake otherwise condensation can build around the O2 sensor and cause an engine light to go off, for winter driving in Winnipeg there are just as many things that you need to to as store it.
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