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    My 520d bought new in March 2013 has been perfect until I took it across the North Sea with Stena. On getting back in the car at the Hook of Holland ready to drive off after about 7 hours, and switching on the ignition it said 'increased discharge when stationary electrical consumers use temporarily suspended'. Nothing had been left on but it had indeed gone into partial electrical shutdown mode. The fault cleared on trying a few minutes later, the car started and off we went.

    On holiday in Germany this fault did not re-appear, but when returning to Harwich in the Stena ship (after about 900 miles and no fault), and getting back in the car in the ship's hold ready to start it, the same battery fault message reappeared!

    I had been particularly careful to make sure that everything was switched off in the car again. That second fault happened a week ago and this message has not reappeared.

    So it only happened on a ship, but it happened twice. Stena say they do not put cars into safe mode electronically, and BMW service and help line can't suggest anything.

    Has any clever person here got any ideas?

    Loved the autobahns by the way!

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    If you locked it on the remote the level sensing part of the alarm( to stop it being lifted and towed) would have come on, this would have resulted in the alarm draining the battery.


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    maybe it was sea sick lol
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrolmarty View Post
    If you locked it on the remote the level sensing part of the alarm( to stop it being lifted and towed) would have come on, this would have resulted in the alarm draining the battery.


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    What he said.

    I did a France crossing at the end of last year, you could hear the alarms sounding all night on the vehicle deck. Thank Christmas our cabin was some distance away!
     
     

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    Thanks Petromarty, and Vista. That makes a lot of sense. I am surprised that Stena did not come up with that answer as these car tilt alarms triggering onboard ships must drive people bonkers.

    Easy to cancel the tilt alarm according to the manual, just press the locking button again within 10 seconds.

    Strange though that it went off again on the return journey as the sea was as flat as a millpond.

    Yes Hawk61 maybe a Stugeron pill in the diesel tank would help.

    Much appreciated everyone.
     
     

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    i would have said its the tilt sensor , press the lock button twice with in 10 seconds , this deactivates the interior sensor and the tilt sensor .
     
     

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