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Old 06-05-2005, 12:49 PM
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X5 Battery Update

Hello fellow x5-ers. Here is an update to the battery situation.

I own a 2001 4.4i with the Sport Package and my battery died after sitting for 2 months in storage. Since it was in storage, I did not want to get a tow, bring it to BMW, and then pay a fortune for a simple fix. Jumping the battery did not work because I believe it was simply too far gone. It kept clicking but would not turn over. The storage facility did not have any electrical outlets to attempt a trickle charge.

After searching, I found that Douglas Battery was the OEM vendor. However, Douglas Battery sold off it's auto division to some company in PA at the beginning of 2005. As of this posting, they no longer produce nor does Batteries Plus have any of the Douglas 49 model that I would have needed.

With that, I believe that there are very few battery companies left in the US. Anyway, after searching all over, I was choosing from Sears Diehard International ($109), AutoZone's Duralast ($75), and NTB (Exide), I decided to gow ith the Duralast since I could not get a look at the Exide battery in person. The NTB was out.

It turns out that the Diehard International and Duralast are actually the same battery - from Johnson Controls. The Duralast actually comes with a external vent extension for fitting BMW's so I went with it - it was cheaper too.

The batter worked like a charm. The fit is great. I recommend it now that you can not get Douglas.

Took 20 minutes to do it myself.
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Old 06-06-2005, 04:55 AM
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Daniel: Thanks for that info post!
Looks like the AZ Duralast is the one to go with.
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