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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 01-27-2008, 04:15 PM
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location of block heater plug

1st post, 1st stupid question.

I have a 2004 BMW 525i. Today is the first very cold day and I want it to start tomorrow. I looked for the plug in and can't find it./ I have a 96 3 series and it is on the passenger side.

Any ideas? What side, possible locations? Under the bumper?

BTW, it is too cold to spend 1/2 hour looking.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:47 PM
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There isn't one, unless a previous owner added an aftermarket one. BMW doesn't offer them on current models. Not a problem for the oil, but your battery may not be able to cope without a battery blanket (they used to be available at Canadian Tire, not sure if they still are).
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:13 AM
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not that I'll ever need one but how does a battery blanket help? if it's just a better isolation of heat the battery will still turn cold after enough time of left alone.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:45 PM
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A battery blanket is a heating pad, basically. It plugs in to 120 volts, and it keeps the battery at a normal temperature with a thermostatic control. Batteries lose a lot of cranking power when very cold, and a warm battery spins over the engine at normal cranking speed.

It has been -30 C in Calgary this past week (location of the OP) and that is about the point that a heated battery helps ensure reliable starting.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:39 AM
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Yeah, I'm thinking a battery blanket is required for my 540i. It hit -37C and all I got was clicking when I tried to start it. :S

When I bought it used the dealer was very reassuring about not needing the block heater due to the low temp synthetic oil being used in BMWs. However, silly me forgot that buying a used car meant buying a used battery with unknown history. I don't know if the battery is old, but I'm sure going to check when it gets a little warmer, deal with that car then.

Does anyone have a battery blanket? If so, how was the install? Did you run the cord from the trunk through the center console, out the firewall and out to the front of the car? Seems like a lot of work.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:45 AM
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I used to have a 92 Explorer when I lived in Minnesota. If you know you have a decent battery, flcik your lights on for about 5 seconds then crank the car. These starts the juice flowing. My Ford always started even at 40 below before windchill. ANother tip is once started let it idle for the oil viscocity to thin so that you do not burn a bearing prematurely. You can have an after market block heater added or a dipstick heater. I do not know if any of these are available for a bmw. The block heater is usually $150 installed and they replace a freeze plug with one that has the heater element. Nice thing is when you go to start your car you have almost instant heat.
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Yeah, I'm thinking a battery blanket is required for my 540i. It hit -37C and all I got was clicking when I tried to start it. :S

When I bought it used the dealer was very reassuring about not needing the block heater due to the low temp synthetic oil being used in BMWs. However, silly me forgot that buying a used car meant buying a used battery with unknown history. I don't know if the battery is old, but I'm sure going to check when it gets a little warmer, deal with that car then.

Does anyone have a battery blanket? If so, how was the install? Did you run the cord from the trunk through the center console, out the firewall and out to the front of the car? Seems like a lot of work.
Why would you not just run it out from under the hood and plug it into the wall if it is 120V?

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Why would you not just run it out from under the hood and plug it into the wall if it is 120V?

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Because the battery is in the trunk?
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Why would you not just run it out from trunk and plug it into the wall if it is 120V?

FIXED IT.

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Why would you not just run it out from trunk and plug it into the wall if it is 120V?

FIXED IT.

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1st post, 1st stupid question.

I have a 2004 BMW 525i. Today is the first very cold day and I want it to start tomorrow. I looked for the plug in and can't find it./ I have a 96 3 series and it is on the passenger side.

Any ideas? What side, possible locations? Under the bumper?

BTW, it is too cold to spend 1/2 hour looking.
Is it a stupid question to ask why you assumed the car did have one? I don't know much about cold regions, though I know that block heaters exist. Is it just that every car sold up there has one, so it's a reasonable assumption? Otherwise I'd think it would be the first question you'd ask when buying (assuming you live somewhere that requires one).
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:27 PM
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Is it a stupid question to ask why you assumed the car did have one? I don't know much about cold regions, though I know that block heaters exist. Is it just that every car sold up there has one, so it's a reasonable assumption? Otherwise I'd think it would be the first question you'd ask when buying (assuming you live somewhere that requires one).
some things are standard up north (not saying BMW for sure) like
1- larger washer fluid reservoirs.
2- Heated outside mirrors on similar models that don't have them in the US
3- engine block heater.
4- Heated seats

Fair to say, cannot assume anything. By the way, the block heater heats the coolant and oil, nothing to do with the battery
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