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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:58 PM
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Exclamation 2004 530i Battery issues Please Help!

Hello everyone,

My 530i was just at the dealers getting the oil changed now they have previously told me that i do not have a good battery and that it needs to be replaced. Now with them saying that i told them the car works fine and i ignored the issue. So yesterday the car got the oil change done to it and like a day after the car literally just went completely dead. Like no lights or anything. in literally in a half hour span...the car started i drove it somewhere and then within 30 mins it was SHOT!..So i tried to jump start it, i put the negative on the frame positive on the battery thing in the engine bay. first it didnt help but after charging it for a while...it woke up!..but problems continue..its trying to turn on .its turning over but its not turning on... So what do you guys think the problem is ...does bmw have a system that it dosent turn the car over completely unless you have a good battery or..???...The light comes on that the battery level is low in the i drive...and also it says Engine malfunction, Reduced power!.. this sign comes up when its trying to turn over but it does not turn on...


Please help i know i wrote a bit too much...And also should i get the battery replaced by the dealer?... 550 plus tax at dealers to change the batter. I live in the city so its a bit too much and dealers tend to rip you off.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:45 PM
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I have the 525I, same year, and have been through 2 batteries. First one died and the same thing happened that u described. So yes, when the battery goes out and depending on the severity it may not let the car be jumped. maybe coincidence but the second went out to the day almost, four years later.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:34 PM
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Thanks for the reply! So its definitely the battery?...I was researching and do you think it might be the fuel pump or the alternator maybe?...but i have never had problems with the car from the time i have owned it. 3 years now.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:11 AM
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Get a new battery. Read the threads about it so you don't pay the dealer outrageous $$ to do it.

Yes you need a new battery!
Everything you described is normal for needing a new battery.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:58 AM
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I have been skimming through the fourms but i have seen people having more problems they dont get it programed by the dealers. I dont know who else programs it here. Maybe i should get the oem battery myself and let them install it...install is like $210..Any ideas where i can get a OEM battery?
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:02 AM
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I got mine from the BMW parts counter for ~$210. Unbolt the old one bolt in the new one then take it in to have it programmed.

It swaps out like any battery. But this is a big heavy one and you have to lift and lower it into the trunk. Best to have a helper hold cables out of the way.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:58 AM
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That sounds good instead of me paying about 150 alone for the tow..the dealership is far away do you think maybe i can blame the dealership for doing something with it while they were doing the service a day before it went out?.. How much do you think programing seperately would cost?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:01 AM
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Dealership is closed on sundays so cant do anything today and really worried about the car cause its my only one that i use to go to school with.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:20 AM
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i have the same exact car like yours. the original battery went dying in 2009. i had it replaced from a battery store. they matched the battery as closely as they could with a similar battery. they ended up putting a slightly narrower battery. i did not have to register the battery. it is still working fine, touch wood, despite having it almost completely discharged once when i left the headlights on all day. it cost me about $120 or 130. hope you can do as well.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:52 AM
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That sounds good instead of me paying about 150 alone for the tow..the dealership is far away do you think maybe i can blame the dealership for doing something with it while they were doing the service a day before it went out?.. How much do you think programing seperately would cost?
I would not blame them for something as simple as an old battery dying. You don't have any proof/evidence that indicates they did anything out of the ordinary to damage your battery - they even warned you that the battery was no good. Expect to pay about an hour of labor for them to register the battery so figure $100 and a little extra.

If you plan on taking your car there in the future, its better to build a good relationship with them.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:08 PM
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I installed a new battery (AutoCraft H8-AGM) from Advance Auto Parts on 09/15/2012. 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.

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:43 PM
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Yea i actually just asked them nicely if it had something to do with it and they said no i wasnt rude they always service my car and i want to keep it that way.


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I would not blame them for something as simple as an old battery dying. You don't have any proof/evidence that indicates they did anything out of the ordinary to damage your battery - they even warned you that the battery was no good. Expect to pay about an hour of labor for them to register the battery so figure $100 and a little extra.

If you plan on taking your car there in the future, its better to build a good relationship with them.
On second note i have bought the original bmw battery that fits the 530i Its white i dont know but they said its the most strongest version that fits my car so i bought i didnt wanna take a risk with an after market. The battery was 252 after taxes..I know its like 100 dollars more but you get peace of mind thinking you have an orignial in there plus they gave me a 2 year warranty with it also. Now all i have to do is install it start the car and take it down there for them to program the car. They quoted me about 190 to program...i feel like its unfair but what can you do can any of you please post a link to a video or something that shows how to instlal it i already accessed the battery and i know it takes a 13mm wrench to open up the screws...but confused about why people are worrying about the negative and positive charge. i saw a video where someone put a sock in the wires to make sure they dont touch anything and then instlal the battery. I dont want to put a sock, please help and thanks all for the replies!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:44 PM
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you should get your programming done as well i asked the dealer and the service guy said that he has seen alternators and batteries both getting burned because people dont program thier cars after installing the battery trust me its the way to go instead of spening about 800 bucks on a new alternator down the road.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:42 AM
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luky...agreed. With these bmw's you just have to be prepared for the unexpected...and the costs associated to maintain them. Have you not hear what BMW stands for...? Bring Money With-ya!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:09 PM
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