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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-04-2010, 09:46 AM
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2003 530i battery dead today...

my indy said around 200 to buy and replace. way too much to pay? is it an easy replacement for me to do it myself as I am not a car guy at all and last thing I want to do is F it up. thanks fellas!
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:58 AM
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Let him do it. A car battery contains LOTS of energy! If you shorted it out, it would do much more damage than $200 worth: it may even explode, spewing acid all over you and the car!

Not to mention that it must weigh at least 60 lbs, if not more.

He has probably found a reliable brand of battery for his customers; that alone is worth the money.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:03 AM
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I must be cheap. Go to AutoZone. $90 +/- $10. Fifteen minute DIY and an adjustable wrench (sockets work better). Do a search.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:07 AM
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thanks for the quick responses! i need to make sure I can spark it up with a jump so I can get it down to the shop unless i go it myself. i have put batteries in before in the past but not in a BMW. pretty easy i thought but we'll see i guess.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:25 AM
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Do a search.
To the OP, go to the bestlinks thread and control-F search for the word "battery".

You'll find:
- What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) & how NOT to change it (1)
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:38 AM
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Couple things:
1. Charge your battery then go to local Autozone and get a new Duralast 49DL for $80.
There are a few Autozone in Omaha NE where you live.

2. The DIY is here, all you need is 10-m wrench. Pay attention to the hold-down rod and retaining bar (on top). Watch the existing setup and copy it:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1162536

3. Last but not least, do NOT overtorque the 10-mm nut. If people ever break that particular battery T-bolt (shown below), then read this thread and buy VW part:
www.1stVWparts.com
Positive battery cable T-bolt:
PN: 6X0-915-138
$6.00

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1417595

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Old 10-04-2010, 02:33 PM
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PLEASE....DON'T FORGET TO VENT YOUR BATTERY!!! (yes, I'm yelling it!)
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:42 PM
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PLEASE....DON'T FORGET TO VENT YOUR BATTERY!!! (yes, I'm yelling it!)
+1, My vent hose came off in my first e39 and caused the paint on entire bottom of the battery compartment and part of the spare tire well to blister off. Fortunately, the car was totaled!
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:42 PM
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Thanks Q. I am just going to have my indy put in a BMW OEM battery tomorrow so I don't F it up. i will pay the little extra to have it done right and shouldnt' have to worry about a battery again for a few years atleast...
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:02 PM
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You should double check what battery he will install. My understanding is that the BMW OEM Battery (Douglas) costs $350 at the dealer. If you're indy is charging you $200, you could be getting a $90 AutoZone battery and 15 minutes work for $200.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:27 PM
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Let him do it. A car battery contains LOTS of energy! If you shorted it out, it would do much more damage than $200 worth: it may even explode, spewing acid all over you and the car!

Not to mention that it must weigh at least 60 lbs, if not more.

He has probably found a reliable brand of battery for his customers; that alone is worth the money.
Post of the Day for me. Lots of good advice, and no foul language.

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:45 PM
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You should double check what battery he will install. My understanding is that the BMW OEM Battery. (Douglas) costs $350 at the dealer. If you're indy is charging you $200, you could be getting a $90 AutoZone battery and 15 minutes work for $200.
I will check before he puts in but he said he checked with my VIN # and found only 3 types of batteries he would use and he found 1 for me for tomorrow that is a BMW OEM as that is all he would use. i trust him and thats why I am going back to him.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:37 PM
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Thanks Q. I am just going to have my indy put in a BMW OEM battery tomorrow so I don't F it up. i will pay the little extra to have it done right and shouldnt' have to worry about a battery again for a few years atleast...
Not a bad idea. I changed mine myself and accidently "tapped" one of the bulb holders for the right side tail light and snapped it off. Bought a new one to fix it.

Otherwise the swap is not too difficult. As stated, make sure not to over tighten the fasteners, and ensure the vent hose is routed and connected properly. Not rocket science. I also check the electrolyte level and top with water if needed.
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I am a little confused, I just got my battery changed at Sam's club for $57, I think if you buy a battery, the store will change it for free. Why need DIY on this?


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Couple things:
1. Charge your battery then go to local Autozone and get a new Duralast 49DL for $80.
There are a few Autozone in Omaha NE where you live.

2. The DIY is here, all you need is 10-m wrench. Pay attention to the hold-down rod and retaining bar (on top). Watch the existing setup and copy it:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1162536

3. Last but not least, do NOT overtorque the 10-mm nut. If people ever break that particular battery T-bolt (shown below), then read this thread and buy VW part:
www.1stVWparts.com
Positive battery cable T-bolt:
PN: 6X0-915-138
$6.00

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1417595

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Old 02-18-2011, 11:38 AM
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I am a little confused, I just got my battery changed at Sam's club for $57, I think if you buy a battery, the store will change it for free. Why need DIY on this?
what battery did you get as $57 is a hell of a deal for the duralast...
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:40 AM
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what battery did you get as $57 is a hell of a deal for the duralast...
The battery is called interstate, the original price is $97, but my previous one also cames from Sam's club with 85 months warranty. So I got the new one price prorated.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:48 AM
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My battery never seems to die when the temperature is above zero so it was AAA to the rescue for me. I let their guy freeze his fingers off while I sat by and coached from the sidelines.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:51 AM
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I replaced mine with an Interstate a few months back, but, I didn't get it for 97 bucks. Good deal.
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