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post #1 of 9 Old 27th June 2008, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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How often should the car be driven, or at least started?

Hey guys,

Now I know the correct answer to this question is every day, but hear me out. lol

Between work and being really busy, my dad rarely drives his M5. Its a true garage queen . I gets driven about once every 2 weeks.

Would you guys suggest that I start it up for him, and maybe drive it around the block once or twice a week just so the car doesn't sit for that long? I'm sure its doing the car no good sitting for 14+ days at a time.

I guess any excuse to drive his car as much as possible , but I just wanna make sure nothing goes bad with it just sitting there.

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Generally, I think a car should be started and driven to the point that the engine is completely warmed up at least once a week. Once every two weeks isn't bad, but once a month might be a little too infrequent to keep the battery charged up. He might want to get a good battery tender for it if it only gets started and run briefly every couple weeks. If it's getting some good use every couple weeks, then a tender might not be necessary.

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Tell your dad if he doesn't let you drive every day, his exhaust will eventually sound like stock Good excuse, huh?

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Generally, I think a car should be started and driven to the point that the engine is completely warmed up at least once a week. Once every two weeks isn't bad, but once a month might be a little too infrequent to keep the battery charged up. He might want to get a good battery tender for it if it only gets started and run briefly every couple weeks. If it's getting some good use every couple weeks, then a tender might not be necessary.
Based on the anecdotal evidence from the members here and I my own experience of not driving my car every day I would second the recommendation of the battery tender. I am surprised his battery has not died.

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My car has sat for a month at a time several times while I'm away. I call the garage to turn it on once every two weeks, but that's it.

Battery has never died.
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My car has sat for a month at a time several times while I'm away. I call the garage to turn it on once every two weeks, but that's it.

Battery has never died.
I agree with this.. mine a a garage queen during the winter months... only have to start it once every other week or so.. let the engine run for a little bit... short drive if the roads are dry and without salt... but mostly just sits in garage idle... have never died! love it
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The best thing for the car is NOT to allow an 18 year to drive it......
Period....


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Hey guys,

Now I know the correct answer to this question is every day, but hear me out. lol

Between work and being really busy, my dad rarely drives his M5. Its a true garage queen . I gets driven about once every 2 weeks.

Would you guys suggest that I start it up for him, and maybe drive it around the block once or twice a week just so the car doesn't sit for that long? I'm sure its doing the car no good sitting for 14+ days at a time.

I guess any excuse to drive his car as much as possible , but I just wanna make sure nothing goes bad with it just sitting there.

Thanks,
Jordan
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The s85 is practically a race engine, so needs to be driven with the occasional high rpm burst to keep it at optimum shape. The components are designed for that and is where they want to live at the edge! Although compromises were made to make it streetable for every day life, past M5's (E34/E39) I've seen that were not driven much suffered problems. It's like boats, airplanes and classic cars, when they sit, all sorts of gremlins creep up. I did leave mine for approx a couple months at a time without driving it last year when I was overseas for business and it ran fine after a day of driving upon return. However she was somewhat sluggish and not happy! Drive her weekly and she she should be good.

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The best thing for the car is NOT to allow an 18 year to drive it......
Period....
I'm a pretty responsible 2nd-year college student. My parents have let me use the car to drive to work before all alone. They trust me, but I just want what's best for the car.

Shoot, I get super nervous whenever my dad drops off the car at a valet or whatnot. I always jot down the mileage on my phone, lol. I have some pretty serious respect for the power that the car has.

But I guess just leaving it sit for a few weeks isn't the worst thing in the world.

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