battery runs flat whenever car is left for a length of time

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My Name: lennysc3

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hi all, hope somebody can shed a bit of light on a problem, whenever the car is left for a length of time, such as over night or whilst at work, the battery goes flat. I've had the battery checked and all cells are ok, and ive had the alternator checked which, again, seems fine. ive been to a local mechanic who is also at a loss as to what could be causing this. any help would be great
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
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Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
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Welcome to the forum lennysc3,

Just a few questions about the car to help pin down the problem,

What year and model is your C3 and does it have an aftermarket stereo fitted, or any extra things like car charger, parrot, sat nav hard wired?

Can you tell me HOW the cells were tested?
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My Name: GRP47

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This happens to my C3 (2003 1.4HDI Exclusive) quite often: I only drive it once a week to the local supermarket so it doesn't get a good run (I'm retired and don't need to do a lot of routine travelling). I consulted the local Citroen franchise from whom I bought the car but they weren't much help. They seem to think that the car should be driven every day to avoid the problem but with the price of diesel, that's an expensive option. I've invested in a decent battery charger and put the battery on charge perhaps once a month. That seems to keep it going.
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