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Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

I'm getting ready to be away for five weeks and no one will be available to periodically start my car. Does anyone have a sense of how long a 2004 e320 might be able to sit before the battery goes dead? It will be stored in my garage in north Florida.
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

I've had mine (04 E320) parked for two months but do start it every two or three weeks and let it run for 20 minutes at various revs. No problems.
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

Don't forget to have the car rolled back and forth even if only a few feet so the tires don't flatten out. (Give a trusted neighbor your key and have them start the car every two weeks as suggested above.)
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

Assuming that you don't have unusual current draw and the battery is in good shape and fully charged, it should be able to sit for about 8 weeks. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have one of those jump start batteries or a charger just in case though.
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

It is better to not allow the battery to discharge. The plates in a discharged charged battery will sulfate. This is a permanent condition which increases the internal resistance and reduces the amperes available from the battery.

It would instead be bettery to connect the battery to a regulated 13.8 VDC power supply and let it remain at a full state of charge, not over charge.

For the tires, it does not hurt to let a vehicle remain suspended, for extended periods, on jack stands.

Don't forget to clean and dry the vehicle. It does not hurt to have a fresh oil change either.
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

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I'm getting ready to be away for five weeks and no one will be available to periodically start my car. Does anyone have a sense of how long a 2004 e320 might be able to sit before the battery goes dead? It will be stored in my garage in north Florida.
Get a trickle charger. Or disconnect your battery from the car (this also slows down any person trying to steal the car).

WRT the tires. If you are concern...You may want to jack it up off the ground and sit it on some wooden blocks. We use to do that with our boat so the tires would not take a beating between fall and spring. I personally would not go this far. I think it's a little extreme.

Or alternatively, you can lend the car to your neighbor and ask them to use it while you are away[:D] NOT.
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RE: Parking for extended period -- how long does battery last?

Thanks to everyone who posted a response. I appreciate the help. I decided to change my travel plans so I wasn't gone longer than three weeks.
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I've had mine (04 E320) parked for two months but do start it every two or three weeks and let it run for 20 minutes at various revs. No problems.
The same thing with 02 C230K.
But I had another little issue with ESP: see it here, please.
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Five months could be, five weeks no issues, flat spotting no issue!
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