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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:36 PM
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Hello all,

I have a 2003 325i. One rainy day at work, I went to lunch, came back and absentmindedly left the lights on. When I got off work 4 hours later, the engine turned over, but barely. By the time I started it the next morning, the car would not turn over at all. It just clicks. But the radio, lights , etc. work.

This is the original battery that came with the car 6 years ago. The car is due for an Inspection II as it has 65,000 miles now. I will be taking it to BMW dealer for the Inspection in a couple of weeks.

However, my question is can I charge the battery so at least I can have some transportation before I take it in? If so, what kind of charger should I get? My car is not parked next to a building whatsoever, so I cannot "plug" anything into a wall to charge the battery.
Please let me know. I have been bamboozled by many BMW dealers/service mechanics due to my femininity and lack of substantive knowledge of this car! If I can get this battery going, it will make a world of difference.

Thanks so much! Please help!!!!

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Old 04-17-2009, 03:00 PM
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goto autozone, they will pull the battery out for you and test it at the end.
the machine will actually say "good" or "bad" battery at the end of the test based on your battery condition.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:00 PM
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Why not have a friend run you down to Auto Zone and purchase a DL49 battery for about $90+core and install it yourself ?...It will cost you a lot of cash if a dealer does it...

It's time to change the battery, you have gotten more than the typical 4 years of life from it...
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:17 PM
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I would also say that you will just be better off replacing it. Even if it is still good now it is just a matter of time before it does go bad.


I've also read many times on here about people getting false positives on the battery test. Not sure how often that happens.


There really is nothing like peace of mind that you have a good battery that isn't going to leave you stranded somewhere.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:27 PM
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+1 on replacement. If it's the original battery, it's long past it's useful life. Same effort to remove and test as it is to remove and replace and the Autozone suggested battery is a very affordable option.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:31 PM
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I could be wrong, but I thought the type of batteries that BMW uses don't go bad. My battery has never lost a charge and its the original on a 2002 E46. I did have to have the alternator replaced at one point.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:34 PM
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I could be wrong, but I thought the type of batteries that BMW uses don't go bad. My battery has never lost a charge and its the original on a 2002 E46. I did have to have the alternator replaced at one point.
Batteries that don't go bad and fluids that never need replacing, c'mon man do you really subscribe to that BS ?....
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I could be wrong, but I thought the type of batteries that BMW uses don't go bad. My battery has never lost a charge and its the original on a 2002 E46. I did have to have the alternator replaced at one point.
Carry jumper cables, cuz it could happen any day now.
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ha.. I'll keep that in mind.
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I could be wrong, but I thought the type of batteries that BMW uses don't go bad. My battery has never lost a charge and its the original on a 2002 E46. I did have to have the alternator replaced at one point.
You are very wrong.
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Hello all,

I have a 2003 325i. One rainy day at work, I went to lunch, came back and absentmindedly left the lights on. When I got off work 4 hours later, the engine turned over, but barely. By the time I started it the next morning, the car would not turn over at all. It just clicks. But the radio, lights , etc. work.

This is the original battery that came with the car 6 years ago. The car is due for an Inspection II as it has 65,000 miles now. I will be taking it to BMW dealer for the Inspection in a couple of weeks.

However, my question is can I charge the battery so at least I can have some transportation before I take it in? If so, what kind of charger should I get? My car is not parked next to a building whatsoever, so I cannot "plug" anything into a wall to charge the battery.
Please let me know. I have been bamboozled by many BMW dealers/service mechanics due to my femininity and lack of substantive knowledge of this car! If I can get this battery going, it will make a world of difference.

Thanks so much! Please help!!!!

-Baltimorebabe
Welcome to the fest. My Mom was from Bal-mer...not such a great neighborhood now where she lived.

Anyways, if you have an '03, highly suspect it's past time for replacement. I got almost exactly 4 years out of mine (also '03), then started having a slight hesitation on starting. Dealer diagnosed a bad cell and replaced FOC under warranty (just.)

Many threads here on the DL-49, heck, I bet you could even find a local person / garage to help you.

Are you a BMW CCA member? (www.bmwcca.org.) Great organization. They have a great local club in DC and I would be willing to bet a Starbucks someone from the club would be glad to help as well.

Or if you want to tackle it yourself, this forum is full of helpful and very knowledgeable people who can walk you through it.

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help

I just went to auto zone to buy a battery. It said don't replace the battery without resetting the computer!! Is there anyway around that?
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I just went to auto zone to buy a battery. It said don't replace the battery without resetting the computer!! Is there anyway around that?
If your car is an E46, this does not apply.
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You dug up a 4 year old thread and asked a question unrelated to the original topic? Odd.
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