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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 07-17-2010, 10:48 PM
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Thumbs up High Battery Drain - Solved!

I have seen a lot of threads on "High Battery Drain" fault message but none really put a finger on what is causing this issue. Hence, this thread.

In my case, the fault for High Battery Drain is being caused by "defective passenger front door comfort access tag handle carrier". The dealership performed a test, determined the cause, replaced the part and I never got that fault message again. Problem solved! After doing my research in several forums, I believe that there might be other parts that may cause this issue for other people.

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Background:
Bought my 2007 550i during Fall of 2009. The first time this message popped up was 2-3 weeks after I bought the car. Since then the message started showing up every 2-4 weeks regard less of how many ever miles driven just hours before a message. So I took it to the dealership and they kept the car for a couple of days to run tests and finally figured it out.

Below is the word-to-word description that is reported in my invoice provided by the dealership. I don't understand everything from their report but I am sure if you guys have any questions, the experts on this forum will be able to clarify.

Customer states the battery is weak, customer sees fault for High Battery Drain, check and advise.

Cause: E

0000555 Check Faults on DIS
308 WBC
1068 WBC
1 51-21-7-191-590 Carrier, Outside Door Handle: 512099TV

6120503 Closed Circuit Test On Battery
308 WBC

6120505 Checking Battery W/ Tester
308 WBC

6100006 Performing Energy Diag
1068 WBC

5121625 Repl Outside Door Handle Carrier
308 WBC

FC: 51210079UW
Part # 51-21-7-191-590
Count: 1

Followed test for energy diagnosis. Energy diagnosis determined number one cause of battery drain to be high closed circuit current draw. Charged car battery. Performed battery test. Battery test good. OK. Performed closed circuit current draw test. Confirmed intermittant closed circuit draw in excess of 80 milliamps. Determined current draw coming from defective passenger front door comfort access tag handle carrier. Replaced passender front door comfort access tag handle carrier. Rechecked closed circuit measurement. OK.



whew...

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Old 07-18-2010, 10:57 AM
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Wow, that dealer is a keeper! Battery drain problems are extremely difficult to diagnose and very time consuming. Sounds like your dealer really went the extra mile to resolve for you!
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:06 PM
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Wow, that dealer is a keeper! Battery drain problems are extremely difficult to diagnose and very time consuming. Sounds like your dealer really went the extra mile to resolve for you!
Yep. That dealer had been good to me so far. I had him work on a few other stuff on my car since its still under CPO warranty.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:29 PM
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Wonder how many people you just helped? Nice Job.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:18 PM
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I had the same problem. And I had the same solution. The dealership said that my drivers side CA door handle would constantly " wake my car up while it was trying to sleep". I guess everybody needs their beauty rest
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:16 PM
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Talking about waking it up.....when I sit the my E60, and turn everything off, every few minutes, the CD starts to roll and I can hear some equipments start to run...is this normal?
Is that like the car detects you sitting in the seat, so turn on some equipments? Or this should not happen?
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:31 PM
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I hear my nav cd spinning up when I get in the car.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:32 PM
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I hear my nav cd spinning up when I get in the car.
I suppose that is normal. But when I am sitting in the car, they would just spin up every couple minutes...constantly.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:26 AM
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I was told by my SA that if the key is close to the car, the car will never go to sleep. That's why you would hear some things being active. She said she's had numerous issues where the owner puts the car in the garage but does not take the key with them (either leaving the key in the car or placing it close by). Since my 528 is parked outside, me leaving the key close by is not an issue.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:37 AM
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I was told by my SA that if the key is close to the car, the car will never go to sleep. That's why you would hear some things being active. She said she's had numerous issues where the owner puts the car in the garage but does not take the key with them (either leaving the key in the car or placing it close by). Since my 528 is parked outside, me leaving the key close by is not an issue.
Thanks. But how close is close? What if the car is parked just outside the bedroom window?
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:45 AM
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I think I' m glad I didn't pay extra for "comfort access".
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:18 PM
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My car is currently at service center for 3rd time (open road BMW - Edsion NJ) for same issue "HIGH BATTERY DRAIN". I purchased CPO from same place on 5/27/2012.
1st time battery and terminal wiring changed, same issue next day, back to service 2nd time replaced rain sensor, drawing high current (200ma) again same issue. Return to service center on 9/10. After two days today received a call from SA, they could not figure out asked permission for technician to take home and do drive test.
I have mentioned all fixes details in this forum... is there any suggestions... please.... thanks...
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:17 PM
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My 2008 535i had three problems when I got it in 2009.
Entire Comfort Access module, not just individual door handles.
Electronic Gear shift.
After market Boomerang/Lo-Jack system from previous owner.

Problem finally solved.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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Recieved call from SA still could not rectify, started indirectly telling me that I am leaving cell phone chargers. Though I repeatedly mention no charger connected... On above blaming its only happening when I am driving, its not happening in service center or when technician took overnight to his home for test.. Now they will keep over the weekend and check monday morning and if they dontbsee any ask pick the car..
BTW: I have submitted formal complaint to BMW customer relations dept.. Seems it sounded BMW will not be providing any help.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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If you have high battery drain while driving its probably a good chance the alternator is on its way out.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:25 PM
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I think door handle is common problem as I saw many replaced it.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:08 PM
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SA drove my car and parked in my driveway and picked next day for diagnosis, no issue found. Drove the car back on same day 9/17 evening this time parked the car in my garage. Came back next day noticed Same issue high battery drain message, he took it back got it diagnosed for Z-wave Radio Frequency interference triggering making car system come awake from sleep mode, mentioned possible cause from Verizon FIOS power supply installed in garage, and suggested to move to different location, and they cannot help anymore. I tried one day shielding with metal foil and grounded, no help, next I tried totally unplugged, next day same issue. I did researched on internet and checked regarding Z- wave frequency which are in range 900 to 910 Mhz. I do not have any home automation that uses Z-wave. One of my friend suggested to park the car backing in into the garage, and it did worked with no High Battery Drain Message. I cannot change my garage construction layout and cannot park backwards always. Specially its tough for my wife.....
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:17 PM
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SA drove my car and parked in my driveway and picked next day for diagnosis, no issue found. Drove the car back on same day 9/17 evening this time parked the car in my garage. Came back next day noticed Same issue high battery drain message, he took it back got it diagnosed for Z-wave Radio Frequency interference triggering making car system come awake from sleep mode, mentioned possible cause from Verizon FIOS power supply installed in garage, and suggested to move to different location, and they cannot help anymore. I tried one day shielding with metal foil and grounded, no help, next I tried totally unplugged, next day same issue. I did researched on internet and checked regarding Z- wave frequency which are in range 900 to 910 Mhz. I do not have any home automation that uses Z-wave. One of my friend suggested to park the car backing in into the garage, and it did worked with no High Battery Drain Message. I cannot change my garage construction layout and cannot park backwards always. Specially its tough for my wife.....
Call Verizon and ask them to move it will cost you 100 bucks or so.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:30 PM
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I think it's a BMW problem, not a Verizon problem. There are lots of Verizon subscribers out there and I've haven't' seen another post on any BMW forum where Verizon was causing a problem waking up a car because of RF emissions. I think your BMW dealer was passing the buck.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:01 AM
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its so annoying, and keeps spinning as I drive mine too... hate it especially when stopped at lights, I just removed the disc since i don't use nav much


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I hear my nav cd spinning up when I get in the car.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:47 AM
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SA drove my car and parked in my driveway and picked next day for diagnosis, no issue found. Drove the car back on same day 9/17 evening this time parked the car in my garage. Came back next day noticed Same issue high battery drain message, he took it back got it diagnosed for Z-wave Radio Frequency interference triggering making car system come awake from sleep mode, mentioned possible cause from Verizon FIOS power supply installed in garage, and suggested to move to different location, and they cannot help anymore. I tried one day shielding with metal foil and grounded, no help, next I tried totally unplugged, next day same issue. I did researched on internet and checked regarding Z- wave frequency which are in range 900 to 910 Mhz. I do not have any home automation that uses Z-wave. One of my friend suggested to park the car backing in into the garage, and it did worked with no High Battery Drain Message. I cannot change my garage construction layout and cannot park backwards always. Specially its tough for my wife.....
If you are still under warranty and have the older white battery Lead Acid.. ask them to change to the AGM and do the upgrade of computers and register. They did all this on my car for free. These cars need AGM battery.. the Lead Acid is no longer an option and BMW is replacing the battery to AGM for any issues seen. I got this done for free
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