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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-20-2013, 03:25 AM
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High Battery Drain

My new-to-me 535i has about 17,000 miles on it and has been performing flawlessly. However, when I started it after a 5 day interval, I got a "High Battery Drain" error message on the console. The car started right up and performed fine. The message did not come back when I stopped the car after a few minutes of driving. However, 3 days later, there it was again.

The car has Comfort Access but the key is no where near the car when it's parked. Any ideas ? I'm going on a long trip next week and don't want any problems. Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:52 AM
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High Battery Drain

I have read that a defective door handle will do this. Try a search in the 7 series forum for comfort access. I think that's where I read about it.


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Old 07-20-2013, 08:15 AM
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Sounds like you're simply not driving it enough or your battery is going bad and not holding a charge. if the car is sitting unused for 5 day/3 day intervals, you will probably get that message as the battery discharges. You stated that it goes away after you start driving it....that's probably the alternator recharging the battery. I would hook up a battery tender when its not being used, get the battery checked out/replaced, or simply drive it more often if possible. If you are having that "high battery drain" message and you drive the car daily, I would then assume you have a problem if you've tried the other methods i've suggested...
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:06 PM
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How old is the Battery ? And how mileage do you do?
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:33 PM
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Sounds like you're simply not driving it enough or your battery is going bad and not holding a charge. if the car is sitting unused for 5 day/3 day intervals, you will probably get that message as the battery discharges. You stated that it goes away after you start driving it....that's probably the alternator recharging the battery. I would hook up a battery tender when its not being used, get the battery checked out/replaced, or simply drive it more often if possible. If you are having that "high battery drain" message and you drive the car daily, I would then assume you have a problem if you've tried the other methods i've suggested...
A battery should not go dead in a 5 day period even with all these electronics in cars these days.

OP if you drive short distances consistently, you're battery isn't getting charged. The alternator only charges the battery above 2000 rpms, which is mostly highway driving.

Like this guy said, get the battery checked out. Specifically, get a load test performed. Also invest in a battery tender, if you do drive short distances and only drive the car periodically.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:43 PM
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Thank you, all, for your suggestions. I took the car to Bayside BMW in Queens, NY today and had the battery checked. Apparently, the battery is fine and the service advisor suggested that I drive the car more often. I was also told to remove the iphone charging cable I keep plugged in the USB port in the armrest. And lastly, I'll see if I can hook up a battery tender to keep the battery charged up. I'm just surprised (but perhaps I shouldn't be) how electronic-dependent this car is. In some ways, it is like a computer with an engine. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks.
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Late model BMWs employ "EfficientDynamics" and do battery charging mainly during braking and deceleration.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:55 PM
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High Battery Drain

I had a similar/same problem on my E60 and my service department said it was a defective battery and it was replaced under warranty (the battery had already been replaced and I was told they know there are defective batteries out there so there is warranty on them).

After that, no problems even when sitting around for a week.


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