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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:14 PM
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Flooded Battery Compartment

Anybody else having this problem. $1700 fix. No Warranty so says the dealer.

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Old 05-06-2013, 03:37 PM
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How'd all the water get in your trunk to end up there?
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:22 PM
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Saturday a week ago we had 5" of rain in an afternoon. The car was parked in the driveway and got wet. That's all I got.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:40 PM
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That's unfortunate! Can't fathom where it leaked in unless you drove through some deep, standing water. Were any of the rubber plugs loose? Was there an accumulation of anything in the seals? Every once in awhile on mine, it doesn't pull itself fully closed. Usually, I'll notice. Open it, then close it again.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:54 AM
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The car was parked. My theory is that high winds from the south forced water across the hatch threshold and it filled the battery compartment through the latch opening. Just a theory.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:30 AM
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That video was hard to watch. It used 1/3 of the screen. Take heed to Glove and Boots:
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:04 AM
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Flooded Battery Compartment

I admit to being a rank amateur when it comes to iPhone videography. What was hard to watch was that service writer try to explain how this is my fault and I need to pay $1700.


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Old 05-07-2013, 12:28 PM
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When shooting video, hold the silly camera so the wide part is horizontal! It makes things MUCH easier to view on our horizontally rectangular screens.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:04 PM
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I assume there is no drain in this area. I wonder why? I'm thinking about drilling a 1/4 inch hole in the bottom when I get mine.

Unless the dealer can point a warranty exclusion of "Damage which results from negligence, improper operation of the vehicle, improper repair, lack of or improper maintenance, environmental influences, flood, accident or fire damage, road salt corrosion, or use of improper or contaminated fuel" it should be covered by the warranty. A car should be able to keep out the rain.

The dealer has the burden of proof.

I had an older 325e years ago that would leak water in heavy rain. The water ran down the windshield and into the air vent right into the front seat floor area. Under the vent, there was a small lip that was supposed to guide this water to the side and out the bottom of the car. It was only 0.5 inch tall. I had to extend this higher to about 1.5 inches with some adhesive and weatherstripping. It ultimately solved the problem.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:19 PM
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There's a warning in the owner's manual regarding carrying liquids in the trunk, but the vehicle should not allow liquids to enter from outside the car. Depending on the model and options ,there can be a significant number of electronic modules under there that can be affected if they get wet.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:49 PM
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I'd push back and ask to talk to the regional rep or call BMW international. If your trunk was closed and this happened you should have no liability. My $.02
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:33 PM
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A different water problem on my 2012 GT...

After the big storms in Houston this week I noticed a water flowing sound from my hatch when I opened it up. It sounded like there was water trapped inside somewhere and it was moving around when the hatch raised and lowered.

Yesterday I figured out where it was coming from. The drivers side hinge well for the small hatch. When I open the big hatch it all drains and flows out the top. The passenger side was damp but did not have any standing water.

Is there a plug or drain for this? What about leakage further down into the body or electronics?

Anyone seen this before?

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:02 AM
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Flooded Battery Compartment

My solution was to hire an attorney. Stand by to see how that works out. After the factory rep, Scott Clark, told me the car was designed that way I figured logic and reason were no longer in play. Too bad. My last BMW (after half a dozen or so) I promise.


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Old 05-30-2013, 06:06 AM
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My solution was to hire an attorney. Stand by to see how that works out. After the factory rep, Scott Clark, told me the car was designed that way I figured logic and reason were no longer in play. Too bad. My last BMW (after half a dozen or so) I promise.


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One would think if the car is designed that way (to let water in and not somehow drain out) its a design defect. Please keep us advised on your case as it could be important for many if this issue comes up again.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:19 AM
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The owner's manual specifically says not to carry liquids in the trunk to ensure you do not get any into that lower area because it can damage electronics...it makes absolutely no sense that the vehicle design would allow any in there either...I'm with you, a totally bogus answer. The real question is why did it happen in the first place.

I have found that my soft-close trunk function does not always latch the trunk fully. Sometimes, it takes a touch of the switch or an open/close operation to do it. If yours was not fully latched, the seals may have let moisture in in a driving rain.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:16 PM
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BMW has a VERY long history of wet trunks: E39 Sportwagons, E61 sportwagons, early X5's, first generation X3's, etc. 9 times out of 10 the sunroof drains got clogged, a connection burst, and water from the sunroof which was designed to drain OUTSIDE the car drained into the trunk instead. Of course the rocket scientists keep putting the electronics in cavities below the floor, with no way for fluid to drain out. Like giving your ECU its own little hot tub.

To any logical mind, it is impossible to see this as anything other than a design defect. Sorry to hear it (or a similar problem) has befallen the GT as well.

BTW, I would be willing to bet the damages would be covered under your auto insurance policy, subject of course to paying your deductible. That $300 or $500 will likely be a lot less than you will spend on the ambulance chaser. AKA "esteemed member of the bar."
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:31 PM
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Im not sure if anyone has found a good solution but I was experiencing the same water in the battery compartment in my 2007 5 series.. what I found is: open the truck of your vehicle and pour water down the back windshield on the right side nearest the battery. The water drains down the window then it follows the track around the trunk, down between an opening behind the taillight and out of opening in the bottom of the bumper.. The problem is as it drains through the opening near the taillight is splashes and when that happens the droplets find there way to the vent that located on the inner wall where the battery is located and it leaks through the open spaces around the vent.

SOLUTION:

1. REMOVE THE VENT
2. USE A SOME TYPE OF SILICONE AND RUN A BEAD OF SILICONE AROUND THE TRIM OF THE VENT .
3. REINSTALL THE VENT

PROBLEM SOLVED!!
IT WORKED FOR ME!!!!


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