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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 09-03-2012, 06:18 PM
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Battery life - how long?

I've tried to baby the battery in my 535 Touring and wonder how long I should expect it to last?

The wagon was Jan 2008 ED, now with 50k. My commute is about 10 miles each way, mostly highway (often congested in AM - DC beltway for those in the know). I routinely use a battery tender overnight most weekends, so battery is fully charged beginning of most weeks. Posts here suggest 5 years is typical battery life - will routine use of battery tender help extend that?

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:57 AM
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My car is about 6 months older than yours. Use of the battery tender is about the same. When I noticed the tender taking longer and longer to full charge the battery, I had it replaced with a AGM about 2 months ago.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:25 AM
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Four years used to be the typical number.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:06 AM
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My car is about 6 months older than yours. Use of the battery tender is about the same. When I noticed the tender taking longer and longer to full charge the battery, I had it replaced with a AGM about 2 months ago.
Could I replace the battery at Walmart?
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:27 AM
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Could I replace the battery at Walmart?
That would depend upon the make and capacity of the batteries that they sell. Some folks have posted success with non-bmw batteries. The issue of whether or not to register the battery has been debated forever. I had mine registered.
Do a search for "battery", and you'll find that some folks have had success at autozone, and at least one person has posted the type of battery and specs.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:33 AM
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You are probably doing the best you can for the battery. Personally, my battery lasted about three years. BUT my driving was typically city only, short distances with limited use of a full charger when needed.
Five years seems really good to me. Once the date/time start to reset to 0 it will be time to replace (within 6 months) although the tender may stretch it out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:08 PM
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Well, I calculated my normal driving per day - 3.3 miles one way so 6.6 miles work day. Weekend is almost strictly minivan. I had one battery replaced 2 years ago under warranty. That was a time when I still have high way driving.

Battery on Accord costs $90 including labor and recycle at Walmart. Cannot figure out why I need to spend more than $200 for a battery that wouldn't last long.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:12 PM
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Short trips only kill E60 batteries in about two years, hence the two year warranty. My wife has a low mileage 530 that we just replaced the battery on at two years and five months. I just bought an '08 550i with low miles that I think might be on its third battery. A dealer just told me that BMW recommends driving 20 miles per day. I try on weeks where I am only doing short commutes daily to go on a good 30+ minute drive once a week, pretty easy since the car is so much fun to drive.

We are also looking into a CTEK Multi 4.3 for each car to keep the battery topped up and maintained which also warns you if batter is getting to low or on its way out.

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Old 10-08-2012, 03:06 PM
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I installed a new battery (AutoCraft H8-AGM) from Advance Auto Parts on 09/15/2012. So far everything works great. It's only $125.99 after using a link my friend sent to me. The link saved me $35 instantly. The battery can be used on X3, X5 and 5 Series. I got free installation at local store.

Here is the link (up to 40% on everything): http://advanceautoparts.**************************

H8-AGM Spes:
Acid Included: Yes
Battery Type: AGM
Battery Usage: Auto/Truck
BCI Group Size: H8
Cold Cranking Amps: 900
Cranking Amps: 1000
Deep Cycle/Starting: Dual Purpose
Maintenance Free: Yes
Reserve Capacity: 160
Terminal Type: SAE
Weight: 59.45
Length: 13.94
Width: 6.938
Height: 7.5

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7 Year Warranty (3 Year FREE Replacement)
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:59 PM
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My original battery lasted just under four years . New battery installed under the new car warranty.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:10 PM
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Original battery still at 6 yrs. A 26 mile highway commute helps.

That said, I probably just cursed it to die this week.......
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:24 AM
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Does anyone know if locking the car puts it to sleep faster or is the activation of the alarm a bigger drain?
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