Hi everyone! I got my 2005 RX330 right after Thanksgiving last year, it's not yet been 4 months eversince I got it. Anyway, I was out of town last week for 5 days and when I started my car yesterday, nothing came on. The lights were out, the remote didn't work. The battery was dead. A roadside assistance came and jump started my car. Then, I called back the service department at the dealer and he advised that it could be because I was out of town for 5 days. I was like...it's a new car and does that mean I have to have someone to start my car for me if I had another vacation again?? Besides, it was only 5 days. Did it happen to other RX330/300 owners before? Is that normal? What could be the cause? A defect?
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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I never left the car sitting for that long so I have no idea how much the current draw is, but 5 days still seems short. It is possible that you just have a bad battery. Those Panasonic batteries are not exactly the best. Some last a real long time while in the past I've seen others go bad within months.
Well... I re-checked the RX330 owner's manual, and Out2L8 is right.
I'd swear the RX300 manual mentioned the fact that you shouldn't leave the key in the ignition when the car is off. I figured that it must have something to do with the transponder chip activating a circuit and drawing power.
Nonetheless, I can't find a mention of it in the RX330 manual.
I also think the RX300 manual told you not to leave the headlights in "Auto" mode for more than 2 weeks without running the car, as that would also drain the battery. Can't find that one in the RX330 manual, either.
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Your battery is probably defective. The brand new car's battery is covered by a warranty (I believe my Honda's was covered for the first year, which I had changed out cause it died in the middle of the day while running errands).
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It is obvious that the service adviser has no clue as to what is going on. There is no way that a battery should die if left for 5 days.
Have the dealer do a load check. If the battery checks out , then they need to check to see if something is stealing power. I had a Jeep with a similar problem. Turned out that the light in the glove box would stay on and drain the battery.
I went to the dealer today for a check up on the battery. They found a dead cell in the battery, and replaced with a new one for me without charging me anything. They have also intialized the windows and the sunroof for me since they were not working as smoothly as they were before.