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Old 11-07-2012, 04:46 PM
BlackMagic BlackMagic is offline
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Mein Auto: 97 M3, 97 528i, 09 MINI
I had a similar situation on my '09 MINI Cooper S. I drove it for two years no problems then my wife started using it to get to her job. She drove only 5-7 miles each way and used the lights, seat heaters, etc. We then started to get the low battery dash warnings. I tried hard to get the dealer to replace the battery and they explained the same story about user profile. I didn't believe them at first but when I looked at the actual change in driving patterns, it seemed they had a point. I went out and bought a battery maintainer and use it regularly. It also de-sulfates the battery so it should be good for a long while. At this point it has been almost a year since we had any low battery warnings. I am still not convinced the battery is not weak, but my warranty is good till the end of Dec. I suggest you buy a Battery Minder for about $35 and use it whenever practical.
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