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Old 10-19-2011, 01:40 PM
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Guess How Much To Replace Battery On 2008 535

My car has 65k miles and still had the original battery in it until Sunday morning when I came to start the car and nothing. I have extended warranty ( best thing I ever purchased ) so I called roadside recovery however they were unable to jump car so they had to take car to dealership on flatbed.

If the car was drivable I would have taken it down EuroSport & at least saved on some of the labour charge : http://eurosportautomotive.com/

If you are in the Dallas, Plano, Frisco area EuroSport on Coat & 190 is a great place to get your BMW serviced etc.

I have attached invoice incase like me you could not believe the cost.

http://www.clickmeplease.com/bmw_battery_invoice.pdf
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:54 PM
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I cannot believe you paid that much for the Battery. Man that is crazy!!

I am in Dallas also and Classic BMW quoted me 225.00 for an OE battery plus one hour registration for a total of 325.00.
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:08 PM
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I paid $700 for a battery back in May. $299 for battery itself, the rest labor and taxes. They claimed it took them several days to get it registered because the car originally had satellite radio but the unit itself was no longer in the car. Whatever.... Just one more thing to avoid in the future.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:07 PM
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:17 PM
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I cannot believe you paid that much for the Battery. Man that is crazy!!

I am in Dallas also and Classic BMW quoted me 225.00 for an OE battery plus one hour registration for a total of 325.00.
It appears they charged him another hour for energy diagnosis to determine the cause of the "discharge". Their procedure in this situation...

A dead battery can have various causes, most of which do not concern the battery itself. For this reason, replacing the battery is not usually a permanent repair. The cause of the dead battery must be analyzed in order to guarantee a proper repair.

Only use the latest diagnostic software when diagnosing dead battery complaints.

For this reason, "Energy Diagnosis" must be performed on all dead battery complaints. At the conclusion of the "Energy Diagnosis" test plan, a diagnostic code will be generated.
This code must be included in the "Comments" section when submitting the warranty claim.Failure to quote the diagnostic code in the comments of the warranty claim may result in a delay in processing or refusal of the warranty claim.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:33 PM
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It appears they charged him another hour for energy diagnosis to determine the cause of the "discharge". Their procedure in this situation...

A dead battery can have various causes, most of which do not concern the battery itself. For this reason, replacing the battery is not usually a permanent repair. The cause of the dead battery must be analyzed in order to guarantee a proper repair.

Only use the latest diagnostic software when diagnosing dead battery complaints.

For this reason, "Energy Diagnosis" must be performed on all dead battery complaints. At the conclusion of the "Energy Diagnosis" test plan, a diagnostic code will be generated.
This code must be included in the "Comments" section when submitting the warranty claim.Failure to quote the diagnostic code in the comments of the warranty claim may result in a delay in processing or refusal of the warranty claim
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This is what I'm going through right now. A week ago it was tested and charged (they had it for over 2 days). It is acting up again, so back to testing while I get to drive an Altima
They won't put a new battery in and see if that fixes it, but the battery has been discharged so many time that I can't imagine it being able to hold a full charge.
Glad it is still under the factory warranty after seeing that bill
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:45 PM
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As long as you're not footing the bill I guess you're good to go. I am just surprised BMWNA or TC allowed them to keep it for that long doing the diagnosis without a conclusive solution other than charge your battery and a wave goodbye. Someone is footing the technician's labor cost and soon it will far exceed the cost of the replacement part... ludicrous.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:11 PM
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This is just another reason why my next vehicle will be a Lexus. Sorry to say, but two BMW's since 2000 and have not been happy with either.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:48 PM
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why do you complain, you should know by now any dealer is very expensive either BMW or Lexus (James_2008_535). I have Lexus, so replacing timing belt 1,000, when Toyota dealer would charge around 400 for same thing, or replacing spark plugs Lexus dealer - 600, Toyota - 400 (it's a lot hour labor for 3.2 L engines in Lexus 330)
My battery was cost me 200, and nothing more, but I have a good friend who does it for free (computer diagnose)
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:57 PM
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:50 PM
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why do you complain, you should know by now any dealer is very expensive either BMW or Lexus (James_2008_535). I have Lexus, so replacing timing belt 1,000, when Toyota dealer would charge around 400 for same thing, or replacing spark plugs Lexus dealer - 600, Toyota - 400 (it's a lot hour labor for 3.2 L engines in Lexus 330)
My battery was cost me 200, and nothing more, but I have a good friend who does it for free (computer diagnose)
the 3.3 is basically the same as the 3.0. we used to do it for lexus owners all the time when i worked for toyota. there are some things that are a little more difficult but nothing that a toyota dealer cant get done. including timing belt and spark plugs.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:47 AM
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This is what I'm going through right now. A week ago it was tested and charged (they had it for over 2 days). It is acting up again, so back to testing while I get to drive an Altima
They won't put a new battery in and see if that fixes it, but the battery has been discharged so many time that I can't imagine it being able to hold a full charge.
Glad it is still under the factory warranty after seeing that bill
I went through the same thing two months ago. The car was in and out of the dealer three times within two weeks because the battery wouldn't hold a charge. The dealer kept telling me I didn't drive the car enough for it to hold a good charge (over 50 miles a day...which is insane as I only drive about 10 miles a day) and I should keep it on a battery tender at home. After they kept the car overnight twice after charging it, the car still had battery problems the following day after bringing it home. This was the original battery and the car had about 32k miles on it at the time. I was really getting fed up with the whole thing (and worrying if my car wouldn't start somewhere when I wasnt home) so finally my husband called the dealer and politely told them he would drive it though their window if they didn't change the battery...so, yeah, they changed it and I have had no problems since. And also, there was a problem with one of the connecting wires to the battery....I was annoyed that they couldn't have figured this out the first time I brought the car in. Thank god it is still under warranty...
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:48 AM
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It's very interesting how the different dealers charge amounts all over the board for the same service. I just had my battery replaced at 56K miles on my 2008 535i and it was $352.99 total for parts and labor which included the energy diagnosis. Battery was was $233.99 and the labor was $119. Thanks to this board I've monitored the costs from the dealer so I would have some idea of what to expect....
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:54 AM
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You would have saved a little over $150 if you had gone to Autobahn Motors in Ft. Worth.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:03 AM
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Geez...$600 bucks for a battery. I for the life of me do not understand why people take the car to the dealer for this sort of thing. Mine died a couple of months ago at Home Depot. I called roadside and they jumped the battery. I drove across the street to PepBoys and purchased a Bosch battery (like OEM) for 99 bucks and left the car running while I went in and got the battery. Went home and put the battery in the car. The whole deal from beginning to end took me literally 20 minutes. I then took it to the dealer for registration for 66 bucks. Total battery cost $170 bucks. That is more like it. If the car fails to start and it is 2-5 years old just replace the battery and see if that solves the problem. That is cheaper than dealing with the time and brain damage of the dealer tinkering with it for weeks on end.
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I replaced the battery in our 2006 e90 for about $130.
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It's very interesting how the different dealers charge amounts all over the board for the same service. I just had my battery replaced at 56K miles on my 2008 535i and it was $352.99 total for parts and labor which included the energy diagnosis. Battery was was $233.99 and the labor was $119. Thanks to this board I've monitored the costs from the dealer so I would have some idea of what to expect....
It is very true that dealer prices vary widely. My dealer would have given me a new BMW battery for about the price you paid. However, I decided the $99 Bosch battery was good enough (and my service advisor agreed "off the record").
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I replaced the battery in our 2006 e90 for about $130.
That is more like it.
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My car has 65k miles and still had the original battery in it
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This is just another reason why my next vehicle will be a Lexus. Sorry to say, but two BMW's since 2000 and have not been happy with either.
A Lexus will also need a new battery after four years of heavy operation. I don't know if you can go to Wal-Mart and buy a battery that will work in one, but I suspect not.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:29 PM
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They did the same thing as last time. Test battery 3 times. First and second time it says good-recharge. The last time it says good, so BMWNA says to return the car to the customer. The last time my SA says he will take care of it if I have to come back, so he finds a loophole and replaces it under goodwill.
Glad it's over!
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:41 PM
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My car has 65k miles and still had the original battery in it until Sunday morning when I came to start the car and nothing. I have extended warranty ( best thing I ever purchased ) so I called roadside recovery however they were unable to jump car so they had to take car to dealership on flatbed.

If the car was drivable I would have taken it down EuroSport & at least saved on some of the labour charge : http://eurosportautomotive.com/

If you are in the Dallas, Plano, Frisco area EuroSport on Coat & 190 is a great place to get your BMW serviced etc.

I have attached invoice incase like me you could not believe the cost.

http://www.clickmeplease.com/bmw_battery_invoice.pdf
I know someone who got ripped off pretty bad by that shop.
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My wife and I leased 2 successive X3s from 2005 to 2011. Both had battery problems, went dead if they weren't driven +100 miles daily. We had frequent mornings where the car wouldn't start and we had to call for roadside assistance. I even bought a booster battery to give it a jolt so we could start it.
Everyone at BMW told us it was because the car's computer was always running and drawing power from the battery. They claimed it was a design flaw and that BMW Germany were too arrogant to admit their mistake, so the only fix was to buy a trickle charger and connect it every night.
So for years we lived with this problem, had to take a car service to the airport for instance as each time the car would not start after leaving it sitting for a few days somewhere.

I have always thought this explanation was completely bogus and that the car just needed a new battery. But I didn't feel like paying for one, so we had a Mexican stand off.

To make matters worse I am having a dispute with BMW Financial Services over our last lease. When I returned it in May it went through pre inspection, then 5 days later final inspection when I turned in the car. They hit me up for $900 for some minor bumper scratches, disposition fees and a few over limit miles. When I later received an invoice from BMW Financial it was for $1,400 and change. I looked at my original End of Lease Inspection which totalled $904 and paid that plus another $50 in taxes. I attached a letter explaining my rationale and invited them to contact me if they wanted to discuss.
A month later I receive a letter that says I owe nearly $800, which is the balance from the first staement plus nearly $300 in vehicle property tax. I had returned the plates, stood in line at DMV for 2 hours, mailed back the receipt to BMW, done everything in accordance with their procedures. So I write another letter back suggesting this should all be in good standing, and please update your records. Later I went to the BMW dealership and had them fax in the tax forms as well.
Another month goes by and a collectons agency calls me. Demands immediate settlement of ca $800 or they will report me as a a delinquent payer and adversely affect my credit rating. Pretty soon they are calling me 3 times a day, 6 days a week.

The dealership was useless, but after trying various numbers I finaly get through to a live person at BMW Financial who tells me that the final inspection report was never signed by the dealership. It was processed on their letterhead, had the dates, name of the inspector, but no signature. So therefore they obtained a different one from an independent company.
I received a copy of that report. It was undated, unsigned, had no name on it. It did show pictures of my X3 and some apparent roof damage that was not present when I returned the car. I received this report in late September, the first I had heard of its existence. It was done on software belonging to a web based provider. I contacted them and referenced the account number. They disclosed that it belonged to Mannheim Milwaukee, which is an auction house who handle BMWs and other cars. Various dealers give them their post lease vehicles to sell to the whole sale market. I contacted Mannheim and gave them the report, asked who had completed it and where. They answered that they could not disclose this without express permission from BMW Financial. They in turn did not respond to my emails requesting that this information be divulged.

I then reported the matter through the Better Business Bureau as it was evident that BMW Financial was trying to charge me for damages that occurred after I returned the car and it was sent to an auction site for clean up before it could be sold. I imagine BMW realized there was a difference in the estimates and conveniently decided to have the lease holder cover all expenses. Plus some more tax fees for good measure. They probably figure most BMW lease holders would rather pay $800 than waste their time arguing over such trivial amounts.
I just think they are plain wrong, and not only will I never lease another car from them again (I just steered my brother in law into an Audi A8 and away from a BMW 750, I am a car advisor in the family), but I will also fight them on these charges until they either drop them or it gets settled in court. I find it reprehensible that they are so comfortable dictating self serving terms and sending a collections agency after me, yet ignore any and all attempts from my side to mediate and provide relevant input. I have now sent them the vehicle tax information 4 times, by mail, fax, email scan, and from thr dealership's fax machine. They still list me as being delinquent on taxes for a vehicle I returned to them on May 8 to be precise. The collections agency refuses to look at any documentation, they just act on the amounts that they are given by BMW Financial. Pretty incedible and quite sobering.

Wish me luck in small claims court in Ohio. I will have to file against them to protect my credit rating. It will undoubtedly cost me more in legal fees to get this matter dropped, but clearly it is the only way at this point.
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If the car was not totally dead and been able to be dumped I would have taken the car to an independent garage and saved money, unfortunatly that was not an option.
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