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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-15-2012, 01:54 PM
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Exclamation OEM Battery???

Hey...I have a '96 328i with new (2 months old) Interstate Battery and new re-built Bosch alternator (140 vt.); no charge is going to the battery; checked alt. and it is putting out charge, but battery not charging; drive for 2-3 hours and battery goes dead; battery will fully recharge on a charger and hold at 95-100% for a week or more; have extensively checked for drainage leaks and there are none; dealership says I need to put in a BMW OEM battery, because "certain models" won't allow a after-market battery to take and charge. Anyone else heard of this, or had this problem??? Appreciate any advise and/or suggestions.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:04 PM
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Absolutely nothing wrong with using an aftermarket battery. Probably a wiring fault, have it tested first at AutoZone since its free, and if inconclusive at an auto electrician.

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Old 10-15-2012, 02:24 PM
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dealership says I need to put in a BMW OEM battery, because "certain models" won't allow a after-market battery to take and charge. Anyone else heard of this, or had this problem??? Appreciate any advise and/or suggestions.
The dealer is 100% lying to you to make a dollar. Fortunately, E36s are not like the newer BMWs, which require the battery to be electronically "paired" to the car's computer. This means that you can use any appropriate aftermarket battery. Interstate happens to be one of the best battery brands available, too.

Your problems are most likely due to an electrical drain somewhere that you haven't been able to find despite your extensive searching.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:37 PM
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Appreciate the advice...

Not a drain...have check throughly when car running and off....battery simply not accepting charge from alternator...why?
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:47 PM
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As stated, have the system checked by an AutoZone machine for free, its a great starting point.

That said, the voltage regulator could be going if the alternator is producing charge and it's not getting to the battery.

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:28 PM
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Thanks Chad...Voltage Regulator is best answer I've had yet! Will check it tomorrow and let you know...Thanks again!
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don't know if this will help but I just went for weeks trying to find a similar issue and if you look up the battery drain posts I finally found it was a after market rust prevention coming off the battery,,, pulled the fuse all is well for now.
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blueeyes28: Thanks for the info...but not 100% following....you're saying the battery box drains clogged by rust prevention? what fuse & where did you pull ?...please clarify.
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sorry,,, what I was trying to say is that my battery was getting drained by a after market electronic rust prevention unit. It was hooked up directly to the positive post of the battery and it had a fuse link in it about a foot from the battery,, pulled the fuse and problem went away.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:18 PM
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Oh, OK...thanks for clarifying that. I know I don't have one of those units on the car. Thinking it might be voltage regulator going bad. Appreciate your input.
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What the what? What is electronic rust prevention?
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http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/...ws/reviews.htm

http://www.ecclesautoservice.ca/do-e...ctors-work.php

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...article535224/

Mixed reviews some swear about them other swear at them; they've been around awhile.
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Weird. I can't imagine those things working for real. If they did, it seems like all cars would come equipped with them from the factory. Or at the very least, they would be much more widely known and used.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:06 PM
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This.......I'm blown away by that.

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Had they claimed their electronic rust protection unit would improve my fuel consumption by 35%, I might have gotten sucked in and bought one. What a missed opportunity!
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Ok I don't have that rust prevention thing, & I bought a new battery & a new alternator & still have my battery light on in the dashboard, checked the charge at the battery & there wasn't alternator charge at all.
Before I install the alternator I plugged the battery at the back & checked the alternator wire in front with the voltammeter it was connecting charge so that means nothing wrong with the connecting wires. Any ideas Caz am going crazy.
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