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Old 09-19-2011, 01:05 AM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
Survey of E39 batteries & prices & specs available now in my area

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BTW, what specific gravity tester do most of you use (since I have to buy one tomorrow)?
Since that is off topic to what batteries fit in our E39s, I opened a separate thread on the battery electrolyte tester:
- What tool do most of you use to test the specific gravity (hydrometer) of the battery

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Originally Posted by pleiades View Post
Firestone tire shops have the Interstates
It's midnight so I can't call Firestone, but, from their web site, they have two Interstates that fit, but, their horrid web site lists no prices, nor even any specs, nor even specific model numbers for the batteries. (I'll call them tomorrow.)

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and occasionally have coupons for $10 off.
I never do coupons unless they fall into my lap. I tried to find an Autozone coupon, for example, just yesterday based on these threads and I gave up in disgust at the results that Google found. Then I remembered why I never do coupons!

If the store handed me a coupon, as I walked in (or if one could be found easily on the web), of course I'd use it ... but I'm not about to give my email address to anyone to spam me day in and day out sending me things I don't need or want at the time they're sending them. So I opt out of all those kinds of things and simply shop when I need them.

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Walmart Everlast is usually $20-30 cheaper than Duralast
The Walmart web site doesn't list a single battery! It has dozens of battery chargers, and scores of battery accessories, but, at least here in my part of California, not a single Walmart store came up with any automotive batteries. As with Firestone, I will try to call tomorrow ... but I've been on the phone with Walmart before ... and it's not a pleasant experience so I might give up after a half hour of waiting for someone to pick up in the right department.

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BatteriesPlus stores would have the East Penns
I had never heard of them; but there's one in San Jose on Stevenscreek Blvd, so I looked in their web site; alas, they list two batteries, both Rayovac, but, no prices nor any specs other than CCA. So I can call them tomorrow for details.

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Knecht's had the cheapest 49-class battery
Again, I had never heard of them. Running the Knecht's Auto Parts store locator, I find the nearest store is in Oregon, so, that won't do me (in California) any good.

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If warranty matters
I 'never' buy by M A R K E T I N G warranty! See details here:
- When does a battery/tire replacement warranty make sense (1)

If a warranty 'ever' matters, it's only as a tie breaker; but with batteries, there are plenty of other tie breakers to choose from so I doubt it will matter (to me) one bit what the warranty is (I've never made good on a parts warranty in my life!).

Following your advice, and doing additional research (so others benefit from the results), I find these batteries are listed as fitting my 2002 BMWS 525i sedan:

Pep Boys:
  • PB/Johnson Controls PJB
    • $105+ 9% tax, Bosch 49-850B, 850CCA, 140 RESERVE MIN
    • $155 + 9% tax, Bosch 94R730B, 730CCA, 140 RESERVE MIN
    • $200 + 9% tax, PS Platinum 95R850PP, 950CCA, 110 RESERVE MIN


Napa Auto Parts

  • $256 + 9% tax, Napa Legend International, BAT 7595R, 850 CCA, 190 min reserve
  • $144 + 9% tax, Napa Legend International, BAT 7549, 900 CCA, 185 min reserve
  • $235 + 9% tax, Napa Legend International, BAT 9849, 850 CCA, 170 min reserve
  • $169+ 9% tax, Napa BAT 8449, 900 CCA, 185 min reserve


O'Reilly (Kragen)
  • $157 + 9% tax, Super Start 94REXTJ, 765 CCA, 140 AH reserve capacity
  • $165 + 9% tax, Super Start 95R72J, 110 AH reserve capacity


Autozone
  • $155 + 9% tax, Duralast Gold 94R-DLG, 730 CCA, 140 min reserve capacity
  • $167 + 9% tax, Duralast Gold 95R-DLG, 850 CCA, 110 min reserve capacity
  • $125 + 9% tax, Duralast Gold H8-DLG, 760 CCA, 100 min reserve capacity


Firestone:
  • (prices not available on the Firestone web site), Interstate Mega-Tron II (specs not available on the Firestone web site)
  • (prices not available on the Firestone web site), Interstate Mega-Tron Plus (specs not available on the Firestone web site)


BatteriesPlus
  • (no price on the web site) Rayovac Maximum SLI94RH7M, 790 CCA, no reserve listed [Replaces: 694RMF, MTPH7, SLI94R-LI, SLI94RH7-MERGE06252011]
  • (no price on the web site) Rayovac Maximum SLI49H8M, 900 CCA, no reserve listed [Replaces: 649MF, MTP93, MTPH9, SLI49-LI, SLI49H8-MERGE06252011, TY25224]


Sites that failed to bring up any batteries for a 2002 BMW 525i:

  • Walmart (the Walmart California sites brought up ZERO batteries!)
  • Sears (they didn't have the right size)
  • Target (nothing came up)
  • Costco (they don't have the right size but that's not listed on their web site; it's listed here)
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