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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 12-13-2010, 06:21 PM
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2007 530I battery replacement

I would like to know if anyone has purchased a battery outside of the dealership for their vehicle? They quoted us $430 to replace the battery. The dealership also stated that it is not covered in the warranty, but our car is under 50K miles. hmmm, I'm not understanding. Is it worth the cost or should I seek another service center.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:49 PM
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Buy a WalMart EverStart MAXX-49 for $77 (3 year free replacement and 9 year prorated warranty) and go to an independent BMW shop to register it for $40-$50.
Total cost should be around $120.

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Old 12-14-2010, 05:23 AM
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I had mine replaced under warranty last year after it failed to start twice. Talk to SA and let him know others have had it changed under warranty and you are not pleased with their service. They may cover it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:55 AM
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mine was replaced under warranty. Failed twice on me as well.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:04 AM
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My '07 530i is out of warranty. I recently had the battery replaced with an Interstate battery, by an independent, for $300 total including registration and tax.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:10 AM
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What is registration? Is there some sort of computer reset necessary with a battery replacement?
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:13 AM
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I've read that by registering the battery, in your car's computer, that your alternator will know that the battery is new and will not overcharge it. I've searched and read on the forum that owners have mixed opinions about whether registration is necessary.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:05 AM
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I went threw 3 batteries last year, not knowing when purchasing them that they vehicle took a certain type. From what I understood, the battery had to be programmed with the car in order to charge properly. GL
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:56 AM
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Four years is about average with a BMW battery. The OEM batteries aren't the best, and they're a consumable like brake pads, so it doesn't surprise me that the dealer will charge you. If it failed after one or two years, that would be different.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:21 PM
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I had mine replaced under warranty as well.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:55 PM
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Recent days some people are getting battery replaced under warrantee. They have been saying it is not covered under warrantee because owners have not driven far and frequent enough. I was denied free replacement until last month but a week ago I got it replaced. They seems to have had earful from customers with the issues. I don't care what some say but I do believe it is some sort of design issue with BMW. It is like saying if you drive short distances, you should not have bought BMW.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:35 PM
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They didnt replace mine under warranty, but after long discussion with SA, agreed to do it goodwill if I buy the tickle charger - costed $70
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:47 AM
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trickle charger

I have battery issues as well, I do not drive long enough, far enough ,just commute to and from work about half hour daily in the city....can someone tell me if a trickle charger hooked-up permanently to the battery will help ...if so, how do you hook it up?
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:53 AM
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I read on the Autozone website that some Duralast batteries must be "registered" or a similar term was used. it stated that if the car has I drive, this may be necessary.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:47 AM
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According to BMW all new batteries in modern BMW's need to be registered in the computer so the charging profile (voltage, amperage, etc.) can be adjusted appropriately. I think most BMW OEM batteries are Exide and you can use non OEM if they have a similar or identical electrical rating. But BMW or an independent with the right service tools needs to "register" the new battery so it will not be damaged by the car improperly charging it. From what I read, over time the computer adjusts the charging profile of a battery as it ages. So if you just stick a new battery in there, the computer doesn't know and continues to treat it like an old battery... and this can lead to premature failure of the new battery.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:50 AM
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I have battery issues as well, I do not drive long enough, far enough ,just commute to and from work about half hour daily in the city....can someone tell me if a trickle charger hooked-up permanently to the battery will help ...if so, how do you hook it up?
Check this: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...39&postcount=2

In warm weather and if I'm not driving the car daily, I hook up to a tender about once a month. In cold weather, I'll hook it up once every week or two. Seems to work for me.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:28 PM
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hmmm thanks

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:59 PM
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Smile Replacing a 2007 BMW530i battery

I researched the replacement of the battery as it has the original battery ...5 1/2 years old and starting to not maintain a charge.
The battery is located in the truck on the right side under a cover. Look for a YouTube tutorial for proper procedure to change battery out. You will need 10 mm and 13 mm sockets and a short extension on the ratchet wrench plus a Phlips screwdriver. That is all. Ther is some talk of keeping a charge on the car while replacing the battery. I do not think that is safe and had no problems with I drive settings after disconnecting and replacing the battery...about 1/2 hr process. However do not close the trunk after removing the battery!
I chose an Autozone 95R-DLG battery ( 8 yr warranty)... It is the exact physical dimensions as the OEM battery 15 9/16" wide x 7.5" ht x 6 15/16" deep. Plus it has the same 850CCA and 110 Ah rating and the vent is at the same location. ( yes the vent hose is Important to be reattach). This battery cost $179 vs $240 plus $150 for installation at the dealer.
There is one last step, and that is registering the battery to the cars electronics. I do plan to register the battery the next time I am at the dealer (soon) for an oil change. Hope my experience helps the next person looking to replace the OEM battery for about half the cost!

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:24 PM
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I replaced my 2007 X3 battery by AutoCraft H8-AGM. It can be used on 2007 530. It has been working great for almost 6 months. By the way, I have a $30 off promo code. If you are interested in the code, you may click my user name to send me a private message.
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