bmw 118d left alone 1 year.

10

Asked by Oct 04, 2015 at 06:27 PM about the BMW 1 Series

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i got a bmw 118d,year late 2006,122hbp.i left home,so the car now is not
driven for approximathely 1 year.what is the less wrong: if i dont start the
engine at all, or i start the engine for how long?periodically in each 2
weeks? each month?if engine started needs to run fiew miles or its inough
to keep running 20 minutes 30 minutes to worm up?(i need to ask one of
my relatives who is at home to start the engine if its needed.)

3 Answers

64,995

I have 2 cars that I don't use much. My belief is that it's better to drive them for about an hour at least every 4 months or so. This keeps everything moving, lubricated, and working. Storing a vehicle in a garage is best. But if this is not possible, buy a car cover and cable lock set for your BMW. You don't need a super expensive one. Just one that is well fitting and will protect the paint from the weather. You should disconnect the negative (-) battery cable each time the car is parked for an extended period or the battery will go dead. I bought a disconnect switch that bolts to the battery terminal for each of my cars. This way I can just turn off the negative (-) side of the battery when I park the car. Keep the gas tank full most of the time to prevent water condensation in the gas tank. You can add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank but actually it shouldn't be necessary if you fill up with premium. Premium grade gasoline keeps better than the lower grades. HTH. -Jim

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
10

if i disconnect the battery from the car... will not loose any stored security code?than will not recognise the lock key card?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
64,995

I don't know about that. Check your owner's manual or your local BMW Dealer. If that's the vase there should be some way to power down the car so that the battery doesn't go dead while in storage. HTH. -Jim

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

1 Series

Looking for a Used 1 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 1,199 nationwide 1 Series listings starting at $6,499.

ZIP:

Search BMW 1 Series Questions

BMW 1 Series Experts

#1 Racer_X
Racer_X
Reputation 60
#2 Luke Merry
Luke Merry
Reputation 50
#3 KenF
KenF
Reputation 40
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
966 Great Deals out of 33,256 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 2 Series
38 Great Deals out of 1,935 listings starting at $20,499
Used BMW M3
34 Great Deals out of 1,714 listings starting at $4,544
Used Ford Mustang
374 Great Deals out of 46,937 listings starting at $1,999
Used BMW 5 Series
530 Great Deals out of 15,322 listings starting at $1,999
Used BMW Z4
38 Great Deals out of 1,185 listings starting at $4,988
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
473 Great Deals out of 28,834 listings starting at $1,499
Used BMW 4 Series
237 Great Deals out of 7,906 listings starting at $19,977
Used Audi A4
200 Great Deals out of 10,806 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Camaro
145 Great Deals out of 32,809 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 6 Series
83 Great Deals out of 3,232 listings starting at $5,399
Used BMW X1
126 Great Deals out of 5,889 listings starting at $11,900
Used BMW M2
97 listings starting at $51,870
Used BMW 1M
3 listings
Used BMW 7 Series
178 Great Deals out of 6,029 listings starting at $2,999