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Old 03-23-2005, 11:08 PM
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E38 E91 (R56 E30 E39)
Location: Seattle WA
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I don't have specific answers to your questions, but it sounds like you were charged a diagnostic fee and a battery removal/install fee.

Originally Posted by shaftdrive
61-21-8-361-050 (with labelled specifications of 70Ah, 320A, 575CCA, & 120RC).
(Mfg. by DBMC, Winston Salem, NC,27107)
61-21-8-381-762 shows specs of 90Ah,720A,850CCA, & 160RC.

DBMC is the OEM
Douglas Battery Manufacturing Company.
500 Battery Drive
Post Office Box 12159
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
1-800-DOUGLAS (800-368-4527)

Everything I see E39 shows 381-762 (Group 49) is the correct battery. That is the one for at least the 97 528i, 98 540i, 99 528i, and what came stock in the 03 540i.

I don't know where the 361-050 battery belongs. 361-049 came in the E46 3er, but I did not see any posts about the 361-050.

If the wrong (not spec'ed out by BMW) battery was in your car, I would not be surprised that they would not cover it under warranty. It's possible the previous owner put in the wrong battery, or if the car was purchased from a non BMW dealer they might have thrown in just any BMW battery to sell the car?

I thought the new car warranty did not cover a dead battery anyway?

Battery listed in ETK for 2002 525i is the 381-762.
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White

Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green

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