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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 10-25-2012, 08:45 AM
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I replaced mine (2007 550) with the same form factor (Duralast Platinum Part H8-AGM) but didnt keep power to the car when swapping...I have had zero issues for 6 months now.

I will be taking this to an Indy for a spark plug change and will ask if they can reprogram or if it is needed.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:58 AM
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@stevendc - car is not under warranty anymore..
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:03 PM
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[potentially stupid] question:

What amp hour rating is the H8-AGM battery?? Sorry, maybe I missed too many days of my one and only electrical engineering course, :lol:

I'm going to order one shortly and my car is still using the old white battery, so I need to switch everything over to AGM and the correct AH rating.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:01 PM
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[potentially stupid] question:

What amp hour rating is the H8-AGM battery?? Sorry, maybe I missed too many days of my one and only electrical engineering course, :lol:

I'm going to order one shortly and my car is still using the old white battery, so I need to switch everything over to AGM and the correct AH rating.
I got one from Advance Auto Parts, it's 95 A/H.
Change from regular white battery went smoothly, did not keep power on, only clock has reset (date was intact). Coded with NCSExpert and Tool32 as per DIY posted on the net. Changed A/H to 90ah_agm since this was the closest available I am aware of.
So far so good.

Here's link I used to get $35 off everything @Advance Auto Parts:

http://advanceautoparts.tellapal.com/a/clk/3sMKbP

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Old 11-06-2012, 05:09 AM
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I got one from Advance Auto Parts, it's 95 A/H.
Change from regular white battery went smoothly, did not keep power on, only clock has reset (date was intact). Coded with NCSExpert and Tool32 as per DIY posted on the net. Changed A/H to 90ah_agm since this was the closest available I am aware of.
So far so good.

Here's link I used to get $35 off everything @Advance Auto Parts:

http://advanceautoparts.tellapal.com/a/clk/3sMKbP
The one I got should be the same--I coded for 90ah_agm as well--figured that was as close as I could get. So far, no issues.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:38 PM
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Is there IBS reset function for 08' 550i? I don't see it in INPA..
Or it's not applicable for my car?
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:41 PM
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Is there IBS reset function for 08' 550i? I don't see it in INPA..
Or it's not applicable for my car?
On INPA opening screen, pick E60, click on Engine, double click MS 45.0 For M54, hit F5 (Status), then F5 IBS-Powermanagement, then F5 Batterietausch registrieren
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:56 PM
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As I said my car is 550i, it's N62 engine, so my DME is ME9, there is no IBS access in INPA as far as I can see...

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:33 PM
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Trying to figure out what to do and would appreciate some advice. I hav an '04 E60 and barely drive the car because I had to travel a lot for work. Didn't start the car for weeks at a time and about a month ago the car just completely died. This is the 2nd time I'm going in to get the battery replaced at the stealership and they blame it on me not starting the car for extended periods of time, etc.

Do you recommend that I take it in to the dealer (given that its completely dead) or go through an indy? The car has less than 30K miles on it and I'm planning to use it for another year and then possibly trade it in. For those folks who swapped the battery themselves or had an indy do it, any issues or should I bite the bullet and just have the dealer take care of it?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:03 PM
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Get yourself one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender...battery+tender
It might take a couple of days to fully charge your battery. Even if you do need another new battery, you need to hook it up to a battery tender regularly, depending on how much or how little you run your car.
Buying a new battery is discussed on this forum constantly. A little searching is required. I bought an AGM battery from a dealer and registered and coded it myself.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:25 AM
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Battery tender will def help.

There's a junction box under the hood for the positive cable that you can use if you don't want to deal with pulling the trunk apart to hook it up
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:06 PM
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Battery Replacement in BMW E60 5 series DIY

Curious if instead of using another car to jump at the terminals can I instead use a battery tender and hook up the tender connectors to the jump connections under the hood and replace the battery in the back? Would the tender keep the car's electronics on?


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Old 06-29-2013, 04:48 AM
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That should work if nothing in the car draws more than one or two amps while you are changing the battery. My Battery Tenders only put out 1 or 2 amps max.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:04 AM
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Battery Replacement in BMW E60 5 series DIY

What electronics are you trying to keep on? What's the purpose? Saving the correct time ?


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Old 06-29-2013, 08:17 AM
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What electronics are you trying to keep on? What's the purpose? Saving the correct time ?


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Not only the correct time, but every personal choice item you have programmed into the memory of the car...AC setup, seat positions, radio frequencies, etc. are some of the things you lose if you lose total electrical power. The dealership connects an auxiliary battery to the electrical system when they change the main battery to preserve all those memories.

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Old 06-29-2013, 08:36 AM
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I did not maintain power to the car while changing the battery and only needed to re-set the time.
I am convinced that my AT adaptations were re-set though, because previously experienced rare hesitations had disappeared and shifts felt a bit smoother. Just a seat-of-the pants observation which other owners confirmed and others rejected. I have the sport AT with paddle shifters.
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Never lost any settings that I have noticed other than the clock. Resetting ECU or transmission settings occasionally is generally a good thing.


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Old 06-29-2013, 10:26 PM
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Not only the correct time, but every personal choice item you have programmed into the memory of the car...AC setup, seat positions, radio frequencies, etc. are some of the things you lose if you lose total electrical power. The dealership connects an auxiliary battery to the electrical system when they change the main battery to preserve all those memories.
So for clarification does the battery need programming after following this procedure to preserve memory? I have an 04 530i with M54 engine.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:02 AM
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So for clarification does the battery need programming after following this procedure to preserve memory? I have an 04 530i with M54 engine.
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I would recommend it. I had mine programmed to avoid all the problems some have reported that didn't think programming was necessary. It will certainly extend the life of your battery. It just tells your car you have a new battery, it's type and capacity and regulates charging according to that data.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:30 AM
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So for clarification does the battery need programming after following this procedure to preserve memory? I have an 04 530i with M54 engine.
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It is recommended that you do register the new battery, but your car won't explode or anything if you don't do it. It's not too big a deal (IMO) if you're swapping the battery with another of the exact same type. However, if you're going from non-AGM to AGM or vice versa, you really need to let the car know by coding the new battery type so it knows how to charge it
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:21 PM
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Answer me this guys.. who have switched to the AGM battery. what are the advantages of switching over to a AGM vs a acid type. I hear it holds a charge longer,, anything else ? Im still on my third acid type battery and have never programed any of them. I haven't had any issues of any kind at all in six years ive owned my car. Ive often thought about switching over to a AGM but don't really know the benefits in doing so.. Maybe some of u guys can give me the pro,s on a AGM battery and why would it b worth making the change..
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:15 PM
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Are you saying you've gone through 3 batteries in 6 years? If so, there's your answer
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Are you saying you've gone through 3 batteries in 6 years? If so, there's your answer
Im including the original battery that the car had when I bought it, so on third battery since new, and the car is eight years old. Ive owned it for six, and installed the third about 12 months ago. So they averaged bout 3 1/2 years each. So no haven't gone thru 3 batteries in 6yrs.
Its more like gone thru 2 batteries in 7 years time
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:49 AM
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I have a 2010 535xi. The car was sitting on the lot for over 2 months with little test drive/ interest so when i got it, the battery was dead on arrival. Had to charge it overnight and then took it to the freeway and drove for 40 minutes to give it some good charging.

Came back and the car has started fine over the last two weeks. I've hooked it up to a Century Battery Charger with auto shutoff. Slow-charging it every night using the 2amp charge mode.

Don't know if this car's oem battery is in it's last leg or not.

I read somewhere there's a fairly accurate way of testing for the battery's condition using a multimeter. It involved reading it with car off, with car on, and then something about reading it 10 minutes after shutting the car off.

Does anyone know the exact procedure?

Also like to find out if I have the OEM agm battery of if mine is an acid-based battery.

Any help is appreciated.

Theo

p.s. i tested the battery's charge 3 times today, here's the result:

1. car sitting in garage over 2 days, hooked up to battery charger at 2amp low charge: 12V
2. car started over 8 minutes, 14.3v
3. car shut off 1 min: 13.3v
4. car shut off 25 minute: 12.2v
5. car shut off 6 hours later: 12.09v

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