I wonder if any of you know whether or not the accessory power
receptacle --the one located at the bottom of the Maxima's
middle-console box-- discharges power, even in small amts, whenever
something such as a phone charge is plugged in, even if the phone itself
is not plugged in. (The charger does not have an LED either.)
This is at the heart of a differing of opinion between my wife and the
dealership. They say it does, and that if the car is not driven for
several days (most recent example, 3.5 days) it can discharge the
battery! They say that most people never experience a problem with the
trickle effect because they drive their car enough to overcome it. This
just sounds really fishy to me.
This car has had two major battery failures since the dealer did the
recall work related to a lumbar seat wiring harness issue. She points
out that if they are right, why did the car do just fine for 2 years
prior to their work, with the charger plugged in? There were several
instances when the car sat idle longer than this time. In addition, this
2nd time was on a brand new battery.
Answers, opinions welcome.