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Old 01-20-2015, 07:26 AM
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Hi All,

I am looking to replace my OEM AGM battery in a 2011 550 (900 CCA 90 AH rating).

Are there any suggestions on aftermarket (Interstate, Bosch...) batteries that can be direct replacements for my car?

If my the better option is just to stay OEM than I guess I will stop by the dealership. $350 for the OEM battery sound right?

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Old 01-20-2015, 08:10 AM
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Before doing that you might check with your dealer to see if it is warrantied.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:23 AM
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I have actually called my local dealer in New Orleans, but unfortunately, it will not be warrantied. I am just weighing my options.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:32 AM
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Did you call before or after bulletin B001314 was released? The rationale of why it wouldn't be covered might be interesting.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:39 AM
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Hi All,

I am looking to replace my OEM AGM battery in a 2011 550 (900 CCA 90 AH rating).

Are there any suggestions on aftermarket (Interstate, Bosch...) batteries that can be direct replacements for my car?

If my the better option is just to stay OEM than I guess I will stop by the dealership. $350 for the OEM battery sound right?

Thanks!
The OEM is probably a Bosch anyway. In any case, as long as it has the correct size, venting capabilities, AH rating, and is AGM, then you can pick any battery out there.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:44 AM
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I actually have an appointment scheduled next week for the "N63 campaign". I am just worried that my battery won't last until then.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:45 AM
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I actually have an appointment scheduled next week for the "N63 campaign". I am just worried that my battery won't last until then.

Get a battery tender, use it for a week while your car is parked overnight, and then return it when you take your car in for the campaign. Or keep it because those things are pretty handy at improving the life of car batteries in general.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:47 AM
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That seems to be the problem. Finding the exact CCA and Ah is not going very well. I believe I read somewhere that the 2011 batteries were discontinued.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:47 AM
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I called about 5-6 different places trying to find a battery for my 2011 550 and nobody carried it - had to go to the dealer - very annoying for something that should be so simple
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:18 AM
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I actually have an appointment scheduled next week for the "N63 campaign". I am just worried that my battery won't last until then.
My car is having the N63 Customer Care work done as we speak and I just got a call from the dealer telling me my battery is weak. They want $400 to replace it. I don't believe a replacement battery is covered under the campaign, if I'm wrong, please let me know.

This battery is what's suggested by Sears and is 50 CCA lower than suggested in the thread. Does anyone know if that's going to cause issues? http://www.sears.com/diehard-advance...ype=SKIP_LEVEL
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:49 AM
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My car is having the N63 Customer Care work done as we speak and I just got a call from the dealer telling me my battery is weak. They want $400 to replace it. I don't believe a replacement battery is covered under the campaign, if I'm wrong, please let me know.

This battery is what's suggested by Sears and is 50 CCA lower than suggested in the thread. Does anyone know if that's going to cause issues? http://www.sears.com/diehard-advance...ype=SKIP_LEVEL
I believe they have been suggesting to up-rate the original 90 ah battery to 105 ah. I am scheduled for drop off tomorrow. If it needs to be replaced, I will either pay for the 105 ah or the 90 ah will be replaced for free. I am not willing to buy a $400 battery ever other oil change.

I understand I bought a performance car, but having a battery that cannot last the industry standard is ridiculous.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:35 AM
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The battery is not covered specifically under the N63 recall but there is another bulletin that came out in Jan that says they should replace the battery with oil changes. An oil change is part of the N63 recall. I had the bulk of my work taken care of last week but they charged instead of replaced the battery. Did some research and called them back when I got home and they agreed that I should have gotten a new battery. Took it in this morning to get that sorted. Hopefully I'm good for a while. I really need to look into a slick way of hooking up the battery tender. Going in through the trunk is a PITA.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:19 PM
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The battery is not covered specifically under the N63 recall but there is another bulletin that came out in Jan that says they should replace the battery with oil changes. An oil change is part of the N63 recall. I had the bulk of my work taken care of last week but they charged instead of replaced the battery. Did some research and called them back when I got home and they agreed that I should have gotten a new battery. Took it in this morning to get that sorted. Hopefully I'm good for a while. I really need to look into a slick way of hooking up the battery tender. Going in through the trunk is a PITA.
There are terminals under the hood that can be used as well. At least on my 2011 528i there are.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:26 PM
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There are terminals under the hood that can be used as well. At least on my 2011 528i there are.
Cool...thanks. Will poke around. I need to figure out a solution I'll actually use so I don't have to wonder about the battery.

Sort of wonder if they're conditioning me for a hybrid?
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