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Old 10-10-2013, 07:55 AM
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I'm hoping to get some advice here...
I don't get much time to drive the bmw, not my daily driver, I take it our for a few miles during the weekend, during May thru September...so it's not much driven. What type of maintenance do you perform in this case? Do I need a battery charger and leave it plugged in while garaged? Thanks!

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:23 AM
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I suggest a once/year oil change and battery minder to keep your battery healthy.

Not sure about brake fluids + coolant. Some people do it once/year, others every other year, some people never do it. I do it every two years on my other vehicles. There is an excellent maintenance manual, from a BMW owner, online.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:34 AM
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I didn't do a whole lot to my car which spent a lot of time sitting in the garage. Basically took it out for a drive or two every few months and made sure to do the recommended service (oil change, brake fluid change, tire pressure checks, etc) at the suggested intervals (I did do the oil changes a little more frequently...just to be safe). Other than this I didn't do much and the car was running great when I sold it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:10 AM
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I would take it out for a highway run of at least 20 miles

I would take it out for a highway run of at least 20 miles
once a week . In non stop and go traffic.
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Brake fluid is the only fluid that will break down due to moisture absorption. This should be changed at least every 2 years, preferably every year.

You'll definitely want a tender to keep your battery in good shape.

Engine oil I would also change every year since it's cheap.

You might want to put fuel stabilizer in your gas tank as it sits over winter as well.
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You also want to move the car every couple weeks, just back or forward a few feet, to prevent flat spots on the tires.

You over inflate as well but remember to properly set them when you drive.
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Thank you all for the good advice. Any advice on the brands for battery charger and fuel stabilizer?
Any other things to do?
The car will sit about 6 months, and them driven lightly on weekends, for a few miles...


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I use a ctek 3300 for a battery tender.

I've never had the need to use fuel stabilizers so I can't suggest any.
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Get a battery tender such as a Ctek 3300 or better

Get a battery tender such as a Ctek 3300 or better (7000 series)
you should get the fuel stabilizer and put the car on blocks or raise it somehow for the tire flat spot issue.

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Old 10-10-2013, 11:11 AM
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Thank you all for the good advice. Any advice on the brands for battery charger and fuel stabilizer?
Any other things to do?
The car will sit about 6 months, and them driven lightly on weekends, for a few miles...
I wouldn't bother with fuel stabilizer unless the vehicle is going to sit for a really long time. I never used any and never had a problem with the fuel going bad. I also didn't use a battery tender and never had a problem with the battery (I did replace the battery once but that was due to age). Wouldn't be a bad idea to have one though.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:27 AM
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Thank you all for the good advice. Any advice on the brands for battery charger and fuel stabilizer?
Any other things to do?
The car will sit about 6 months, and them driven lightly on weekends, for a few miles...
I too use a CTEK. Sta-bil is the brand, I think some people even prefer to use the more expensive marine version, but I think the regular automotive should be good enough. I don't like that you'd only drive a few miles, in fact I'd wonder if it's better not to drive at all than just a few miles. If you're going to go through the effort, do as mentioned and take a +20 mile trip and/or get it to operating temp and use that DCT and get up in the happy rev range. Your tires are less likely to flat spot because they are lower profile than typical tires, but overinflation and raising the car on blocks/stands is even more preventative. I don't know how different it's with BMW, but many people who do long term storage stuff steel wool in tailpipes (rat preventative), and a couple of boxes of Arm and Hammer fridge/freezer baking soda boxes in the cabin. Personally, I'd also wash, wax, and car cover before winter if my +20 mile drive was only going to be once a month. Good job on regularly changing oil and brake fluid. BTW, if you know/learn how to get your car up on stands, then you're already halfway there for DIY brake fluid. Something like a motive pressure bleeder screwed right into reservoir, then OEM brake fluid is only about $4 a bottle.
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CTek 3300. eBay about $30-40. I never used fuel stabilizers or had flat spots on tires.


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If it is sitting for 6 months then light use for 6 months I would change the oil before I put the car up for 6 months. With your usage pattern you are not getting the oil hot enough & long enough to burn off the contaminates that short trips create. You want to get the crap out of the crankcase before you let it sit. As mentioned, a battery tender is also a good plan.
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How much more do you inflate the tires for the winter? Do you sit the car under something soft?


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How much more do you inflate the tires for the winter? Do you sit the car under something soft?
I left mine at the recommend pressure and I did not place something soft underneath.
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