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      05-22-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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What if you don't drive it much?

So, I've only owned my 335i since Dec and after I finished upgrading and fixing it up last month, I haven't been driving it much.

Started it up last week for a short drive and the "date" in the iDrive system disappeared and had to re-enter it. Started it up again today and this time not only did the date disappear but I also got a check control code warning (the small triangle w/the ! in the middle) and the BC symbol w/the "car up on the lift" which directs you to do a "vehicle check" BUT I didn't get the trouble code # (if there was one) before the check control triangle and vehicle check symbol went away.

Just wondering: Is it common to lose the date and get control codes if you don't drive your 335i much?
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      05-22-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like low battery. Just drive it around a bit so it can recharge. Might be close to replacement time. Read these batteries last like 5/6 years.
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Sounds like low battery. Just drive it around a bit so it can recharge. Might be close to replacement time. Read these batteries last like 5/6 years.
Thanks for the response.

Thought it might be the battery but, after all the $ I've thrown at this car, I certainly don't want to have to buy a new battery too (especially if I've got to bring the car into a shop to get the system re-coded to "register" the new battery).

So, I'm just going to hook up a Battery Tender to see if this solves the problem.
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Yeah my dealer wanted an exorbitant amount just to replace it. Something like $500. I was like pfft no way. I did end up buying a cable and software to do it myself. I didn't have a laptop but I found a tiny older one on ebay for $75 so its solely used for car diagnosis now.

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Thanks for the response.

Thought it might be the battery but, after all the $ I've thrown at this car, I certainly don't want to have to buy a new battery too (especially if I've got to bring the car into a shop to get the system re-coded to "register" the new battery).

So, I'm just going to hook up a Battery Tender to see if this solves the problem.
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Just attached one of these motorcycle type connectors from one of my Battery Tenders (I've got 4 of them) to the battery posts in my E90.



This makes it possible to charge the battery w/o having to remove the battery cover and connect clips to the posts every time I want/need to hook up the Battery Tender.
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Sounds like the symptoms I had when my battery was on it's way out.

If you still have the OEM battery, you can see that its got a little clear plastic hole in the top of it. Theres a color chart right next to it.

Those things weigh a ton though.
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If you still have the OEM battery, you can see that its got a little clear plastic hole in the top of it. Theres a color chart right next to it.
Don't know what it looked like before but, after being on the Battery Tender overnight, the color in the ring is green -- dark green and hard to see, but green nonetheless.
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Is it common to replace with oem? I seen regular batteries at sears that were listed to fit.

Do you use inpa to register the new battery?
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Regular batteries are fine (just make sure if you need AGM you get AGM) and yes register it. INPA works there are others too.

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Is it common to replace with oem? I seen regular batteries at sears that were listed to fit.

Do you use inpa to register the new battery?
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Same thing happened to me when I parked my car for the winter. Happened twice after the day I took it off parking. Go on a 45 mintue cruise and it will be fixed. Didnt happen again after the cruise.
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After being on the Battery Tender for a couple of days, the color indicator on the battery in my E90 changed to BRIGHT green -- much easier to see. So, the battery must have been in a very low state of charge before, because the color was previously a very dark green -- much closer to black, which would indicate low/no charge.

Going to keep the E90 on the Battery Tender 24/7 from now on to avoid further problems until the battery actually goes belly up. That makes 4 vehicles that I have on Battery Tenders 24/7. The F250, MR2, Concours and the Beemer. Just too many vehicles and not enough time to drive them all.

The only vehicle that's not on a Battery Tender is my FJ. It's my daily driver for errands around town and trips into the City (SF) . It's the only vehicle that I park on the street BUT I have a side yard that I can park it in, where I can hook up a Battery Tender to it if need be.
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Nice nice. Thx for following up.

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After being on the Battery Tender for a couple of days, the color indicator on the battery in my E90 changed to BRIGHT green -- much easier to see. So, the battery must have been in a very low state of charge before, because the color was previously a very dark green -- much closer to black, which would indicate low/no charge.

Going to keep the E90 on the Battery Tender 24/7 from now on to avoid further problems until the battery actually goes belly up. That makes 4 vehicles that I have on Battery Tenders 24/7. The F250, MR2, Concours and the Beemer. Just too many vehicles and not enough time to drive them all.

The only vehicle that's not on a Battery Tender is my FJ. It's my daily driver for errands around town and trips into the City (SF) . It's the only vehicle that I park on the street BUT I have a side yard that I can park it in, where I can hook up a Battery Tender to it if need be.
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Yeah my dealer wanted an exorbitant amount just to replace it. Something like $500. I was like pfft no way. I did end up buying a cable and software to do it myself. I didn't have a laptop but I found a tiny older one on ebay for $75 so its solely used for car diagnosis now.
What kind of cable did you buy ? and where did you buy it from? I'm having trouble finding quality cable that works on my 09.
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It was off of eBay. I don't remember exactly. I can search my order history if you want. It even came with a DVD with INPA. I think I just searched for BMW INPA on eBay and tons of stuff comes up.

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What kind of cable did you buy ? and where did you buy it from? I'm having trouble finding quality cable that works on my 09.
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It was off of eBay. I don't remember exactly. I can search my order history if you want. It even came with a DVD with INPA. I think I just searched for BMW INPA on eBay and tons of stuff comes up.
Thanks man...I'll check it out.
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