In Reply to: Re: Kiss of Winter - anyone have this problem? posted by Bob on January 26, 2000 at 09:37:16:
Here's the followup. The dealer did take a look at my car the first day and left a message at my office. I wasn't there since the entire city has been shut down. Naturally, no one else at the dealer knew about the call and half of them were out as well. I don't think I can fault them on this.
When the dealer looked at the car the first morning after the evening I dropped it off of course it started. They thought it wasn't worth exploring any further, especially since they were backed up with other work. Since my drive to the dealer was about 20 minutes long, the battery was probably pretty well charged.
I think the problem may be based on my driving habits. I have a "tough" commute that takes about 5-10 minutes each way. Can it really be that the car doesn't have enough time to charge itself back up after starting?
I was perplexed by the behavior of the alarm but if it does go off when the battery's low that would explain it. Can anyone verify that's the case?
To prevent this again,I think my best bet is to try to drive the car a bit more. Tough choice, eh?
On the other hand, the car has been terrible to drive in the recent snow. I have the sport suspension with 17" SP2000's. They have no traction at all and got me into a ton of trouble when I brought the car back from the dealer. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Here I was, a typical example of worthless BMW yuppie scum stuck in the middle of an intersection, unable to get out of a pile of snowy muck. A dozen kind folks helped dig me out of the snow, some with no gloves, and they pushed and pulled for 15 minutes to help me get out. Makes you feel glad to be a human being.
I'm quite happy with my AWD Chrlysler T&C with heavy-duty suspension and Michelin X-One tires. It has taken us through all of the snow with great hanlding and predictability. And, when it's dry, I can get the van into a 4-wheel drift, the right kind of drift.