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      03-25-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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As the title states the car has been sitting covered with a battery tender connected to it for about a year. I will be purchasing it and wondering if i would be able to drive it back or would have to tow it back. The drive back would be just over a hundred miles.

Any advice ?

I can drive it back real light on the throttle after warming it up for a bit and immediately going in for fluid replacement.

Or i can just tow it straight back to a dealership/shop.

Car only has 5k miles but hasnt been driven as owner has overseas this whole time.
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      03-25-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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Drive it back; check the tire pressures before you go and get a low mileage oil service when you get home.
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      03-25-2013, 01:30 AM   #3
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Drive it back; check the tire pressures before you go and get a low mileage oil service when you get home.
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      03-25-2013, 05:52 AM   #4
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For ten years I used to leave my car standing for 6 months every year. Before restarting as a precaution I used to remove the plugs, put a couple of drops of oil into each cylinder and turn the engine over by hand. But that was before "cats".
If its been standing on the tyres, they may well be permanently out of round and need replacing.
I would ask BMW USA tech dept to see what they say.
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      03-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #5
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Check the obvious stuff like tyre pressures/battery etc.

Make sure it starts and warms up without any odd sounding noises. Make sure you get an oil level reading on the dash thats within the limits

Drive it home and enjoy it, maybe get fresh oils throughout once its home and safe.

Can't see why there would be any other issues?! I've seen Ford Serra Cosworth's start and run perfectly after being sat for 3-4 plus years....
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      03-25-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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As the title states the car has been sitting covered with a battery tender connected to it for about a year. I will be purchasing it and wondering if i would be able to drive it back or would have to tow it back. The drive back would be just over a hundred miles.

Any advice ?

I can drive it back real light on the throttle after warming it up for a bit and immediately going in for fluid replacement.

Or i can just tow it straight back to a dealership/shop.

Car only has 5k miles but hasnt been driven as owner has overseas this whole time.
If the car was serviced (oil changed) before it was parked there should be no issue with it at all. Check tire pressures, and treat it as normal...... 1 year is not that long to store a car.
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      03-25-2013, 10:48 AM   #7
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Drive it back; check the tire pressures before you go and get a low mileage oil service when you get home.
yep, what he said.

should be no issues. I would also fill the gas tank ASAP too. Owner should have filled it before storage, but if not, fill it up with standard 93 (or 91 if you're in CA).
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      03-25-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. I'll find out if the tank was full and if fluids were changed. So before driving off I should check tire pressures, oil readings, battery. Hope she starts strong.

I will take it in for some fluid changes.

I hope the tires are still good - I just spent $3k on numerous tires for my other cars just in the past few months. Now I need to get another set of some track wheels/tires!
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      03-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #9
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Can't see why there would be any other issues?! I've seen Ford Serra Cosworth's start and run perfectly after being sat for 3-4 plus years....
Ford's are "built tough" though ha.

Glad to hear all these responses towing it from current destination back to LA would be a bitch!
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      03-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #10
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The oil will definitely have some moisture in it after sitting that long, not enough to cause any damage if you drive it but i would change as soon as you can.
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      03-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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everyone has good advice. fluid changes fluid changes when you get home! good luck, seems like a great car......
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      03-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #12
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If the tank is not full, try to dilute the old gas with as much new gas as possible.
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      03-25-2013, 07:55 PM   #13
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is it safe to drive back 120miles before servicing?
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      03-25-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
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Get a PPI
was thinking of doing that but the nearest dealership is pretty far. might as well bring it back to my place do a ppi and have all fluids redone.
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      03-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #15
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As someone stated.......get some fresh gas and enjoy the ride home..........Phil
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My car was now more than 3 months in hibernation...winter,snow,roadsalt !
So... today i started here up...without any problem,but every weekend she was on the battery tender
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Drive it back and see.

Couple things I suspect could and might happen. A seized wheel. A spotted bearing who needs to be replaced. And most certainly, flat spots on all 4 tires for sitting there so long. All of which can be dealt with. Most flat spotted tires heal themselves pretty good once they're heated back up and massaged once or twice. You got what it takes under the hood
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      03-26-2013, 12:34 AM   #18
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As someone stated.......get some fresh gas and enjoy the ride home..........Phil
Your name phil or my name phil?

Hope tires are ok. The car is in great shape and im just paranoid and want to take great care of it.
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      03-26-2013, 07:16 AM   #19
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She's be alright. BMWs can take a lot more than that. Top it off with 93-94 ease her back to life.
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      03-26-2013, 12:48 PM   #20
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Not sure if it helps, but I stored by car for a year and two months and drove it the next day without a problem. Just make sure you drive a bit slow initially, it doesn't hurt to do so. I found that if the car wasn't stored properly, the tires would have "Flat-spots" which would cause thumping noise when you drive.

Other than that, the M3 drove great after storage.
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Not sure if it helps, but I stored by car for a year and two months and drove it the next day without a problem. Just make sure you drive a bit slow initially, it doesn't hurt to do so. I found that if the car wasn't stored properly, the tires would have "Flat-spots" which would cause thumping noise when you drive.

Other than that, the M3 drove great after storage.
Helps tremendously....also spoke to a friend who is a bmw tech and said no worries and to let it idle for a bit before anything. Also gonna take it in for service on monday.
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I would ask BMW USA tech dept to see what they say.
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