That's the $64,000 question at the moment - everything is up in the air and I'm having to look at all sorts of possibilities. Don't think I'd want to be away for more than 3 months at a stretch if I can help it. Will have to decide whether to jack up and support it or get someone to drive it every now and again. In addition to the battery I would guess that possible issues might be wheel bearings, tyres, sticking handbrake cable and mould inside due to the humid climate.
I left mine for 6 months last year, away a lot somewhere hot and sunny, but keep your head down!
I washed the car, usually leave it with fresh oil in, put a sheet over it and fit a battery optimiser, trickle charge the battery. Had no problems at all, always started first time, thats the longest i have left it, but 2-3months on several occasions.
Things are a little different here - no MOT and tax refunds are a hassle and are only paid out if you seek a refund within 3 months of getting it taxed. Have to write a letter to the Ministry of Finance for a refund on what is about 75 UKP at current exchange rates. Might be worth talking to the insurance company though.
Battery optimiser might be a good idea in this climate. I know my Lancia one won't start the car if I leave it for about a month.
I left mine for 8 months when I went to New Zealand. Was parked in someone's garden and they ran it every now and again to keep it from rusting up the brakes and to stop anyhting seizing.
Doesn't do the wheel bearings any favours as I had to replace two within a couple of months of coming home. Might have been coincidence though.
My mum has b*ggered off to Africa for a year and has left me the keys to her Z4!! I'll plan to just run it every couple of weeks and take it for a decent enough run to get everything up to temp, making sure the brakes get a good seeing too - oh and have some fun too!!
Thanks Ricardo. I know that musty cupboard smell very well and I've even had mould growing on leather shoes and belts that I don't wear very often. Totally gross. I've put a couple of low wattage heaters in my clothing cupboards now to help keep the air dry. They are designed for continuous use and consume about 12W each.
Apparently, wheel bearings on some cars can suffer if the car is left in one position for too long. Suspect that it affects some cars more than others. The solution is either to support the weight of the car to take the load off the bearings or have the car moved every now and again. Have not experienced it myself but that's what I've heard!
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