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Old 11-22-2012, 09:29 AM
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Battery replacement 2001 740 iL

Can someone suggest the most reasonable replacement battery for my 2001 740IL? Mine has a leak in the side and the replacement prices that I have found are running about 600.

Thank you in advance for your reply.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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Interstate Batteries the best price I've found and I've never had a problem
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:41 PM
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You Should Pay No More Then A $175 to $200 Installed I did mine this last spring on my 01 740iL ...........
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:54 PM
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This is one of the easiest questions to answer due to it being one of the most asked questions. A simple search using they words "replacement battery" should pull up thread after thread of choices. The biggest difference is price, battery case color, and length of warranty among those mfg'd by the same company. Specs will vary slightly...but the biggest variance in specs is between the battery class size. And length of battery is different based on battery class size.

But length doesn't matter because your battery compartment has 3 holes for the battery hold down clamp...this allows for various battery lengths.

The cliff notes:
  • there are approx 3 battery mfgs in North America that make all the batteries sold here (Johnson Controls & Exide are the major two)
  • look for any 49/H8 or 95/H9 class size battery...and don't forget the (free) vent kit if you are switching from a side vented battery to a top-center vented battery YOU MUST VENT the battery any way you go
  • the 49 & H8 class sized batteries usually cost the least (respectively)...and the 95 & H9 batteries generally cost the specs vs your electronic needs vs what you want to spend...then make your choice

Many choose Duralast 49DL ($100), H8 ($135), or 95 ($190) due to AutoZone being almost nationwide...and they DO honor the respective 2 yr free/5 yr pro-rated free warranty or 3 yr free/5 yr pro-rated warranty (based on which battery you purchase) and your name & car is in a national database which again helps if you need a warranty replacement battery when you're out of town.

Batteries Plus (Rayovac), Advance Auto's Autocraft (49/H8/H9), Interstate's H8/H9/TP-93, Sears International DieHard, NAPA, O'Reillys, PepBoys, Walmart....all sell batteries in the 49/H8/95/H9 battery class size...just call and price check for the aforementioned battery sizes. And if you're wallet is really tapped out...check out your local Walmart...depending on your region...they may not sell the 49/H8/95/H9 class sizes...but may be off by one or two a 47 or 48 class size...or a 93 or 94 class size battery. The Walmart branded battery may come in below $100...but again, check the battery's specs to see if they can fulfill your electronic needs.

USA Battery MFG's & the brands they sell them under

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

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:03 AM
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That battery info is gold.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by BMWFatherFigure View Post
That battery info is gold.

Amen. Sticky worthy?
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:50 PM
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Funny that all of sudden my Battery quit so I got out my receipt and I had bought my Interstate Battery 30 months ago went over there and they gave me a new one no charge while I was there I purchased a trickle charger because I bought an 08 645 ci and don't drive the 7 much anymore but don't have the heart to sell it. Anyway the Battery has 3 year replacemant and 2 more years of exchange pro-rated the cost is $157.00 installed

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