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      01-19-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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"Battery discharged while stopped"

"Battery discharged while stopped; electrical devices were temporarily switched off"

thats the message I got on the idrive yesterday. Today it still has the yellow warning triangle by the mileage and I get the message on start.

Im not to sure what it really means, everything appears to be working fine. Anyone else got this and found out how to correct it. My car has just about 55K on it.

BTW: the battery is only about 6 months old. It was replaced by the dealer because of another issue.

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      01-19-2015, 04:46 PM   #2
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Take it straight back to the dealer and get them to resolve under warranty. I'd be interested to know what the diagnostic is
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      01-23-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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i received the same message this morning on a 328 with 27K on it. Did you ever find out what this meant?
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the message went off the next day. Im at 55K miles so no more free service, so no way was I bringing to the dealer. I did some research on other sites and think it may have been the ignition accessory left on. My girls were washing it that evening and had her iPhone connected playing music. So Im guessing they left the accessory on after unplugging the phone. Like I said the code went off the next day. The battery was replaced 6 months ago so it had to be that, anyway thats my educated guess.
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the message went off the next day. Im at 55K miles so no more free service, so no way was I bringing to the dealer. I did some research on other sites and think it may have been the ignition accessory left on. My girls were washing it that evening and had her iPhone connected playing music. So Im guessing they left the accessory on after unplugging the phone. Like I said the code went off the next day. The battery was replaced 6 months ago so it had to be that, anyway thats my educated guess.
Thank you, mine went awaY this afternoon. I think I might have left the ignition on last night and that caused it
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Using the stereo with the motor off will wake everything up and all control units start communicating with the DME. This will not only cause the battery drain warning to come on but can kill that 6 month old battery. Go for a 20+ mile drive and it will start to recharge the battery.

If it does kill the battery, the parts warranty or even the original factory warranty would not cover it. The diag report will show that you used the stereo with the car not running and how many times. Batteries are not covered under any warranty unless there's something that's a non user error issue found.
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These modern cars use a huge amount of power when you turn them on without starting the engine.
I have regularly measured discharge rates of well over 20amps from the battery just from turning on the ignition. Now turn on the radio and have the AC fan blowing and you will quickly drain even the largest battery fitted.

Models before the E90 and F30 would very seldom have double digit amp draws.
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Apparently there is a service bulletin on the battery discharge issue. I took mine in after getting this warning several times in the January cold. This is despite using a battery tender, keeping the car in a relatively warm garage, driving on the highway for 150+km ... All things that would keep a battery charged.

The dealer applied a fix. I now have a few differences in screens (opt and a gear show up on the right hand side of the display when there are options, heated steering wheel info shows on engage and disengage, nav behaves differently - goes through fly-in).

It is still bloody cold here so we will see if the car behaves normally when I go out tomorrow morning.
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I've seen it a few times (and also on my E92) when I left the trunk open and the lights stayed on.

Drive is a few miles as geoff7877 suggested and everything will be okay.
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Less than 2k on mine and I get it - only when very cold!
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This happened to me as well with a months-old car. It was the proximity sensing door handle on the driver door.
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Bellow what voltage does the car give a warning?
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Apparently there is a service bulletin on the battery discharge issue. I took mine in after getting this warning several times in the January cold. This is despite using a battery tender, keeping the car in a relatively warm garage, driving on the highway for 150+km ... All things that would keep a battery charged.

The dealer applied a fix. I now have a few differences in screens (opt and a gear show up on the right hand side of the display when there are options, heated steering wheel info shows on engage and disengage, nav behaves differently - goes through fly-in).

It is still bloody cold here so we will see if the car behaves normally when I go out tomorrow morning.

Same thing happened to me, and got the same fix (and updates).

The dealer told me that BMW in Germany sets the warning to off at 85% capacity of the battery. Due to the deep freeze, and with other systems running in the background, the battery drop to 85% is quite easily made. They reprogrammed the threshold to 65%.
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