X5 battery replacement - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums



Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)

X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
The X5 SAV Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-26-2005, 03:01 PM
Scott ZHP's Avatar
Scott ZHP Scott ZHP is offline
We want the Lion!
Location: PA, USA
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 7,769
Mein Auto: 03 ZHP, 01 X5, 73 MGB
X5 battery replacement

I replaced the battery in my wife's X5 3.0 yesterday. It hasn't left her sit yet, but it will be 5years old in Feb. Since I'm the one who will get the lucky phone call to retreive her when it does die, I figured I'd do it proactively on my own terms.

Anyway, the OEM battery is a Douglas 94R. It is identical to the factory installed battery, the only thing missing is the BMW sticker. I called around and found one at a BatteriesPlus store about an hour away from me for $89 (no deposit). Dealer wanted $299.

Douglas sold their battery division this summer to East Penn Manufacturing, near Reading PA. FWIW, the X5 battery will be manufactured under the Deka brand name and sport a black case.

Took about 30mins to R+R and that included cleaning out the beach sand from the hatch/trunk well.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Battery 001.jpg
Views:	34949
Size:	138.4 KB
ID:	57978   Click image for larger version

Name:	Battery 006.jpg
Views:	29376
Size:	91.3 KB
ID:	57979   Click image for larger version

Name:	Battery 007.jpg
Views:	24862
Size:	88.5 KB
ID:	57980  

Last edited by Scott ZHP; 09-26-2005 at 05:15 PM.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 09-26-2005, 08:55 PM
dkl's Avatar
dkl dkl is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southern Cal
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 700
Mein Auto: E53 X5, E86 Z4MC
Thanks for sharing. Just curious...did you plug a charger or something in the cigarette ligher to keep things from getting reset?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-27-2005, 08:01 AM
Scott ZHP's Avatar
Scott ZHP Scott ZHP is offline
We want the Lion!
Location: PA, USA
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 7,769
Mein Auto: 03 ZHP, 01 X5, 73 MGB
Quote:
Originally Posted by dkl
Thanks for sharing. Just curious...did you plug a charger or something in the cigarette ligher to keep things from getting reset?
Good question; I though about it, but didn't. I searched the TIS for battery replacement and didn't come up with anything specific to the E53/X5. Just generic stuff on the safe handling of batteries, how to properly jump start, etc.

After I installed the new battery and started the car, the airbag light and the DSC warning "triangle" lit up. I left it charge for a few mins figuring they might self reset. They didn't. I shut it off, restarted it a few minutes later and drove out of the garage; within 20 feet the dash chimed and they reset themselves.

Interestingly, I didn't lose my radio or my seat presets. Everything stayed in memory.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 02-11-2008, 10:36 AM
fetener fetener is offline
Registered User
Location: Greensburg, PA
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1
Mein Auto: bmw x5 2002
X5 Battery Replacement

How do you get to the battery in order to replace it? My husband is going to do it but as with everthing with the bmw's there is always a trick to it.
Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-11-2008, 01:33 PM
motordavid's Avatar
motordavid motordavid is offline
RetiredBum
Location: Mtns of Western NC & SW FLA
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 782
Mein Auto: '01 X5 3.0 '02VetteVert
Quote:
Originally Posted by fetener View Post
How do you get to the battery in order to replace it? My husband is going to do it but as with everthing with the bmw's there is always a trick to it.
Thanks!

Lift out rear deck panel, pull out spare tire and have at it!

The black turtle looking cover has only three bolts that hold it down:
undo those and lift it out of the way.

Here's my DIY post with pics from another board...also see link at end of first post,
just above first pic, for detail on which bolts to undo from "turtle", if that is confusing.

Be certain to reinstall the vent tube on battery. Whole job is <30mins, including breaks.
Easy stuff.
GL,mD

http://www.x5world.com/x5-e53-forum/...apped-out.html
__________________
Ol'Uncle Motor
'01 X5 3.0 Sport, 5 Spd Manual, etc.
'02 VetteVert 6 Spd, Z51 susp.
'17 X1 F48 for the CEO, & 3 Assorted M'Cycles.
BMW CCA mem. Tarheel Chapter
My Flickr...Scenes,Cars & Road Trip Pics:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/45275375@N00/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-11-2012, 09:03 AM
maba maba is offline
Registered User
Location: melbourne Australia
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 21
Mein Auto: X5 e53 Diesel
Smile Need advise!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott ZHP View Post
Good question; I though about it, but didn't. I searched the TIS for battery replacement and didn't come up with anything specific to the E53/X5. Just generic stuff on the safe handling of batteries, how to properly jump start, etc.

After I installed the new battery and started the car, the airbag light and the DSC warning "triangle" lit up. I left it charge for a few mins figuring they might self reset. They didn't. I shut it off, restarted it a few minutes later and drove out of the garage; within 20 feet the dash chimed and they reset themselves.

Interestingly, I didn't lose my radio or my seat presets. Everything stayed in memory.
Hi, I own a 2004 X5 E53 diesel, I am from Melbourne Australia and I am not quite sure if CCA ratings differ in different parts of the world due to weather conditions however my battery is rated 720 CCA and I am curious if you had fitted a battery with an identical CCA rating. Is it ok to replace with a higher CCA rating? I spoke to a BMW dealership and he advised if you are replacing with a non genuine battery it must have exact CCA rating to avoid issues.

Thanks in advance,
maba
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-11-2012, 09:12 AM
Scott ZHP's Avatar
Scott ZHP Scott ZHP is offline
We want the Lion!
Location: PA, USA
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 7,769
Mein Auto: 03 ZHP, 01 X5, 73 MGB
Quote:
Originally Posted by maba View Post
Hi, I own a 2004 X5 E53 diesel, I am from Melbourne Australia and I am not quite sure if CCA ratings differ in different parts of the world due to weather conditions however my battery is rated 720 CCA and I am curious if you had fitted a battery with an identical CCA rating. Is it ok to replace with a higher CCA rating? I spoke to a BMW dealership and he advised if you are replacing with a non genuine battery it must have exact CCA rating to avoid issues.

Thanks in advance,
maba
Higher is fine. Lower might be an issue, especially for a diesel (they're harder to start).

I have replaced this battery since authoring this thread. The best battery on the market for the E53 is the Deka "Exact Fit" EAS9AGM49. It's AGM/valve regulated and something like 1100CCA.
__________________


Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
JUST...LOOK...UNDER...THE...CAR....for Chrissakes....it`s like checking to see if a dog is male or female....
Quote:
Originally Posted by smolck View Post
A bimmer with forced induction should have a proper manual gearbox. Anything less is like french kissing your sister.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-19-2012, 04:54 AM
maba maba is offline
Registered User
Location: melbourne Australia
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 21
Mein Auto: X5 e53 Diesel
Hi all,

For members in Melbourne Australia, Just wanted to share with everyone my experience regarding a battery replacement for my X5. To put it simply BMW wanted $455 for the battery plus $110 to initialize it. Naturally did some research and found a Bosch battery designed for european cars which is perfectly suited to the cars specs regarding dimentions and CCA 800 for just $275 (part number 60038) including a 15% discount fitting inclusive. The company is HOLLYHOCKBatteriesPLUS located at 35 Yarra Street Abbotsford Victoria 3067. Check out their website. Anyone interested is eligible to receive 15% discount when you mention this forum. Excellent service!! Very happy...All the best.

Regards
MABA
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-20-2012, 09:51 AM
bowang bowang is offline
Banned
Location: OH
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 21
Mein Auto: 2007 X3
I installed a new battery (AutoCraft H8-AGM) from Advance Auto Parts last Saturday. So far everything works great. It's only $125.99 after using a link my friend sent to me. The link saved me $35 instantly. The battery can be used on X3, X5 and 5 Series. I got free installation at local store.

Here is the link (up to 40% on everything): http://advanceautoparts.**************************

H8-AGM Spes:
Acid Included: Yes
Battery Type: AGM
Battery Usage: Auto/Truck
BCI Group Size: H8
Cold Cranking Amps: 900
Cranking Amps: 1000
Deep Cycle/Starting: Dual Purpose
Maintenance Free: Yes
Reserve Capacity: 160
Terminal Type: SAE
Weight: 59.45
Length: 13.94
Width: 6.938
Height: 7.5

Warranty:
7 Year Warranty (3 Year FREE Replacement)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-10-2012, 01:06 PM
GPSnV1's Avatar
GPSnV1 GPSnV1 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: OKC
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 296
Mein Auto: X5 5.0i
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowang View Post
I installed a new battery (AutoCraft H8-AGM) from Advance Auto Parts last Saturday. So far everything works great. It's only $125.99 after using a link my friend sent to me. The link saved me $35 instantly. The battery can be used on X3, X5 and 5 Series. I got free installation at local store.

Here is the link (up to 40% on everything): http://advanceautoparts.**************************

H8-AGM Spes:
Acid Included: Yes
Battery Type: AGM
Battery Usage: Auto/Truck
BCI Group Size: H8
Cold Cranking Amps: 900
Cranking Amps: 1000
Deep Cycle/Starting: Dual Purpose
Maintenance Free: Yes
Reserve Capacity: 160
Terminal Type: SAE
Weight: 59.45
Length: 13.94
Width: 6.938
Height: 7.5

Warranty:
7 Year Warranty (3 Year FREE Replacement)
Has this worked out well for you?
__________________
2008 X5 4.8i. 2012 X5 5.0i retired, 2004 X4 4.4i retired
BS RL/EL, Max 360, V1 (3.894) V1C LE/V1 Driver
2015 BMW X5 xDrive 50i/XL/CW/DA+/EP/LP/FVS
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-10-2012, 01:28 PM
bowang bowang is offline
Banned
Location: OH
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 21
Mein Auto: 2007 X3
Yes, the battery has worked great so far.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-25-2017, 01:18 PM
Doonbugg Doonbugg is offline
Registered User
Location: Rock Hill, S.C.
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 16
Mein Auto: 95 E36 Vert
Advance Auto Parts refuses to replace one of their batteries in my 2005 X5 4.4. Said it has to be factory reset.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-25-2017, 04:26 PM
QSilver7's Avatar
QSilver7 QSilver7 is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Northeast Indiana
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 9,587
Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doonbugg View Post
Advance Auto Parts refuses to replace one of their batteries in my 2005 X5 4.4. Said it has to be factory reset.
Sadly...I guess they can't tell the difference between the 2nd generation e70 X5 (2007-2013) and the 1st generation e53 X5 (2000-2006).

Its the 2nd gen e70 X5 the requires battery registration. Your 1st gen X5 does NOT require it...and doesn't even have the communication bus that monitors the battery like the e70.

BMWs that require battery registration are the iDrive generation BMWs...it would be the early e90 3 series & e65/e65 7 series which communicated this info over the BSD bus...then starting with the 2004 e60 5 series....BMW started using the IBS (intelligent battery sensor) and the communication moved to the LIN bus.

These BMWs also have a IBS (from 2004-up) on one of the battery cables...which is part of the communication that goes on between the battery & DME. You need the LIN bus or BSD bus for the IBS to operate (and again, the e53/e38/e39/e46 BMWs do NOT use this type of communication system). Your e53 X5 4.4 uses the I/K/M/P/CAN/Diagnostic bus:

{E53 Communication Bus - old generation BMWs}


{E70 & other new Generation BMWs utilize higher technology & requires a more advanced Communication Bus like below}

Click link for small description of topological chart below: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...system/2NVYdwS


If you have another store in your town, try them...perhaps they have clerks that are more informed, or reasonable that can except the correct information as to which BMWs require battery registration:



__________________
Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
(SOLD)
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg

Last edited by QSilver7; 07-26-2017 at 07:47 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-06-2017, 08:04 AM
jon cattletown jon cattletown is offline
Registered User
Location: fayetteville, arkansas
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 25
Mein Auto: x5 xdrive
Hi QSilver7, How do you determine if the battery is close to its life? My battery is measured 11.4V cold, and when engine starts, it drops to 10.5V and comes back to 14.5V when engine is running. Is there a problem? I heard before that any battery if measured cold voltage below 12V needs to be replaced. Don't know if this is true for AGM batteries. Thanks.


Quote:
Originally Posted by QSilver7 View Post
Sadly...I guess they can't tell the difference between the 2nd generation e70 X5 (2007-2013) and the 1st generation e53 X5 (2000-2006).

Its the 2nd gen e70 X5 the requires battery registration. Your 1st gen X5 does NOT require it...and doesn't even have the communication bus that monitors the battery like the e70.

BMWs that require battery registration are the iDrive generation BMWs...it would be the early e90 3 series & e65/e65 7 series which communicated this info over the BSD bus...then starting with the 2004 e60 5 series....BMW started using the IBS (intelligent battery sensor) and the communication moved to the LIN bus.

These BMWs also have a IBS (from 2004-up) on one of the battery cables...which is part of the communication that goes on between the battery & DME. You need the LIN bus or BSD bus for the IBS to operate (and again, the e53/e38/e39/e46 BMWs do NOT use this type of communication system). Your e53 X5 4.4 uses the I/K/M/P/CAN/Diagnostic bus:

{E53 Communication Bus - old generation BMWs}


{E70 & other new Generation BMWs utilize higher technology & requires a more advanced Communication Bus like below}

Click link for small description of topological chart below: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...system/2NVYdwS


If you have another store in your town, try them...perhaps they have clerks that are more informed, or reasonable that can except the correct information as to which BMWs require battery registration:



Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-06-2017, 10:35 AM
Porando Porando is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: South OC
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,836
Mein Auto: 2011 335i, 2004 X5 4.4L
If your charging system works (14.5V when car running suggest that) and you driving it long enough to charge the battery. Lets say 15 miles or so you battery is charged as it supposed to.


If you want to determine yourself - do #1 bellow or just od #2..

1. After you shut the car battery voltage should be at 12.5V or higher (I read 12.6 on my) and same should be the morning after.. ok if it drops 0.1V it is OK.
If it drops to 11.4V battery might be bad OR you may have device draining it..
So check it further do this - after you shut the car and battery is fully charged - 12.5V or higher.. Monitor Voltage while cranking - if drops bellow 10V your battery is likely ready to be replaced.. but if it only drops to about 10.5V I would not be sure... When my was going bad - it would drop close to 9V when cranking.

2. And if you not sure - take it to the nearest battery shop - or auto parts store where they sell batteries (Like Auto Zone, PepBoys etc) and they will check it for free - they have device to determine battery health. This device puts a heavy load for few seconds and checks the voltage drop...

Last edited by Porando; 12-06-2017 at 10:37 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-06-2017, 03:08 PM
jon cattletown jon cattletown is offline
Registered User
Location: fayetteville, arkansas
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 25
Mein Auto: x5 xdrive
Thank you for the reply, Porando. I am going to drive my car for 15 miles to test out its charging status and will measure the voltage tomorrow morning to see what happens. By the way, can places like AutoZone check a battery on BMW because it is hidden in the trunk? Thank you again.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Porando View Post
If your charging system works (14.5V when car running suggest that) and you driving it long enough to charge the battery. Lets say 15 miles or so you battery is charged as it supposed to.


If you want to determine yourself - do #1 bellow or just od #2..

1. After you shut the car battery voltage should be at 12.5V or higher (I read 12.6 on my) and same should be the morning after.. ok if it drops 0.1V it is OK.
If it drops to 11.4V battery might be bad OR you may have device draining it..
So check it further do this - after you shut the car and battery is fully charged - 12.5V or higher.. Monitor Voltage while cranking - if drops bellow 10V your battery is likely ready to be replaced.. but if it only drops to about 10.5V I would not be sure... When my was going bad - it would drop close to 9V when cranking.

2. And if you not sure - take it to the nearest battery shop - or auto parts store where they sell batteries (Like Auto Zone, PepBoys etc) and they will check it for free - they have device to determine battery health. This device puts a heavy load for few seconds and checks the voltage drop...
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-15-2017, 11:08 AM
QSilver7's Avatar
QSilver7 QSilver7 is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Northeast Indiana
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 9,587
Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
Quote:
Originally Posted by jon cattletown View Post
... By the way, can places like AutoZone check a battery on BMW because it is hidden in the trunk? Thank you again.
If the battery doesn't need to be removed...you should be able to use the jump start terminals in the engine bay. The positive jump start post in the engine bay should be connected to the battery...at least it is in the previous gen BMWs (like the e38/e39/e46/e53)...see the illustration below of the positive battery cable run in the e53 X5...and as long as you use the correct grounding bolt (also provided in the engine bay)...they should work:

__________________
Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
(SOLD)
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg
Reply With Quote
Reply

See More Related BMW Stories


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Odyssey battery in M-coupe Bob Clevenger E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 15 05-20-2007 12:26 AM
My first BMW service (please advise what you would do)? shaftdrive E39 (1997 - 2003) 23 08-18-2006 08:51 PM
e61 touring vs x5 3.0 wagonman E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 37 05-20-2005 05:48 PM
replacement carpet X5 sdkinion X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 4 03-29-2005 05:09 AM
'04 X5 Battery vdt04452 X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 2 08-26-2004 04:29 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.