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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:58 PM
Sherlock717 Sherlock717 is offline
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Exclamation Battery indicator light? Help!

Ok guys, I just bought a new battery from auto zone, it meets all the requirements and is bigger than the stock battery. I've had it now for about six weeks and now all of the sudden the battery light comes on the dash and i have no idea what it's from. It starts fine and nothing else is wrong. Any thoughts???

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM
MINI+BMWtek MINI+BMWtek is offline
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Proper size battery is very important not just rated specs as battery hold downs will not fit properly. I will test battery,charging system and

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Old 10-04-2012, 11:08 PM
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Take the car to AutoZone for a battery and alternator test.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:11 AM
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Alt bad. It wasn't making enough juice and killed your battery. You fixed the symptom not the problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by edjack View Post
Take the car to AutoZone for a battery and alternator test.
What he said.

The only thing I'd add is to CHARGE the battery first, before taking it to Autozone.

Read why in this thread:
- DIY how to test a BMW E39 battery & alternator
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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