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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 12-15-2012, 07:56 AM
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Battery replacement for 550i

I tried doing a search but couldn't find any specific info for the E60. My battery charge is low and I want to get it replaced before it dies on me. Does the battery have to be specifically an OEM battery from the dealer? I'm afraid they're going to charge a lot. Can't I just go to Sears?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:33 AM
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What??? No one has yet to replace their battery? I find that hard to believe
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:37 AM
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I replaced mine under warranty. It would be $800 if I had to pay. I'm sure you can get one cheaper but I wouldn't go to Sears ..
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:05 AM
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I found this via search: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ry+replacement

Sounds like you'll eventually have to engage at least an Indy shop. BTW- I have your exact same car. I bought it three weeks ago CPO. Turned in an 07 550. Loved it but really love the 2009.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:12 AM
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I replaced mine under warranty. It would be $800 if I had to pay. I'm sure you can get one cheaper but I wouldn't go to Sears ..
Thanks for your post.
You can replace a battery under warranty? I thought a battery is something that is a "wear and tear" type of thing. I'm still under a CPO warranty, but not sure if that counts for anything with regards to a battery.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:25 AM
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I found this via search: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ry+replacement

Sounds like you'll eventually have to engage at least an Indy shop. BTW- I have your exact same car. I bought it three weeks ago CPO. Turned in an 07 550. Loved it but really love the 2009.
Thanks for sharing that thread-a lot of useful information. I couldn't find that when I did my own search.
I spoke to a Service advisor yesterday and he did mention about the registering thing. I wish putting in a battery in my 550i was a simple "plug and play"
I suppose I can call around and look for an indy. I'm still under CPO warranty. I didn't think going to the local Sears or hole in the wall shop was the best place for my BMW. I may have to go the dealer route then as I don't have time to deal with this during the work week.

I love the 550 too! I hope to keep it as long as it is running smoothly. No major problems so far!
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If you have a lead acid in the vehicle now, and you haven't had problem with it, I would stay with a lead acid to avoid the recoding necessary for the AGM conversion. It is still recommended to register the battery, which resets the IBS in the negative battery cable, however most people skip this step and don't report problems. If you did want to get the battery registered, I would try to find a local who can provide coding servers, most of the time these guys would only charge $60 a single session. Another option would be to replace the IBS with the battery, this is pricey but if you haven't replaced your IBS yet, it's most likely due anyway.

BTW- There are many many threads on battery replacement for a e60.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:38 AM
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Dealer should take care of it under warranty. It'not worth the aggravation of someone screwing up your treasured ride.
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I am now on my third battery ,,, have never registered , no problems
Alls I did was get a battery that has the same characteristics as the original battery .at auto zone,, actually the battery I have now is for a Mercedes got it cause it had a little more cranking amps and was closer to the original size,. I've had the battery for two years now running two amplifiers and sub, and had no issues,, I heard Oreileys has Oem battery's but have not looked into it ..
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:33 AM
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I've always used OE/OEM batteries with no problems but definitely more expensive.
The last time i changed the battery was on my previous E60 it was for around $300 - $350. With no programming, i just bought the battery, took it to Indy and he said it was not necessary . . . which was true.
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Wow, I didn't know not registering the battery is ok and no problems would arise after, OP if your car has been giving you the yellow key symbol in your dash asking for the key to be on all the time while you stopped , something might have been wrong with your battery, I would use that as an excuse to get a new one under the dealer warranty. Good luck
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:13 AM
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Put an AGM Battery from AutoZone for $169 into my 550i a year ago without registering...zero issues so far...
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BTW my indy mech only asked for $20 to change the battery, the $300 - $350 was the battery cost with taxes, i had to buy it from the dealer because there are NO autoparts that stock batteries for german cars, all of them sell the regular ones for jap cars.
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BTW my indy mech only asked for $20 to change the battery, the $300 - $350 was the battery cost with taxes, i had to buy it from the dealer because there are NO autoparts that stock batteries for german cars, all of them sell the regular ones for jap cars.
Not sure if you read my post just above yours, but AutoZone sells batteries for our cars all day long for $169 with 3 year warranties...
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Not sure if you read my post just above yours, but AutoZone sells batteries for our cars all day long for $169 with 3 year warranties...
Hahahaha yes i did read it . . . the problem is i'm not from USA!
Any euro car parts here is at least 2X and usually around 3X the price of USA.

An example: i called half a dozen auto parts stores that sells "euro" car parts and NONE of them had OE/OEM or at least a reputable brand for oil and air filters and all of them ONLY sold GENERIC filters for 2/3 the price of an OE filter from the dealer, guess what i did . . . i ended up buying them from the dealer. (It was for my E39)

Another example is engine oil, the only oils i've ever seen that meet the BMW LL-01 spec is the Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 and Mobil 1 0W-40. The Shell costs from 9$ to $11 a quart depending on where you buy it and the Mobil 1 anywhere from $12.25 to over $16 a quart depending on where you get it.

I asked them why they don't stock those items . . . they said that people are not interested in them because they are "expensive" . . . oh come on, they will know what's expensive when their cars starts to break.

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Hahahaha yes i did read it . . . the problem is i'm not from USA!
Aw man, very sorry UltimateDriving! Shame that you guys don't have cheaper alternatives for wear/tear items like these...
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Aw man, very sorry UltimateDriving! Shame that you guys don't have cheaper alternatives for wear/tear items like these...
Hahahaha yeah, even a simple DIY oil change can cost over $100 easily if i use quality parts.
I ordered a couple oil filters and engine air filters from Amazon because it's cheaper than buying it directly from the dealer and thats taking into account the shipping and handling!
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If your car is still under the new car warranty, your battery is covered. Now if you are not the original owner and you are a cpo then I'm not sure if you are covered.
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Just bought a new battery at O Reilly. Kid that worked there said he worked on BMW's as I was worried about codes and registering. He said no problem, just like any other car. We changed the battery ($134.00) and he was 100% correct.
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Yep, those kids at O'Reilly really have the experience, that's why they're working there for ten bucks an hour rather than making double or more as a service technician at BMW or similar.

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Point is it worked Keith. But heh, if you wanna plunk down $500.00 just so you can drink free coffee in the BMW Dealership lobby, well that is your perogative.
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I ended up going to the dealer and was charged $380 for the battery and installation. Plus I had my free coffee AND Christmas cookie!
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you guys all know by now that BMW's business not only revolve around selling a vehicle, they stay in business from those who don't want to get their fingers dirty and not to worry over what the error message means.
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Hahahaha yeah, even a simple DIY oil change can cost over $100 easily if i use quality parts.
I ordered a couple oil filters and engine air filters from Amazon because it's cheaper than buying it directly from the dealer and thats taking into account the shipping and handling!
Sounds like we're from the same place.
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Point is it worked Keith. But heh, if you wanna plunk down $500.00 just so you can drink free coffee in the BMW Dealership lobby, well that is your perogative.
Defined work? You clearly didn't reset the IBS sensor so the charging profile applied by your alternator may not be fully charging the new battery. This is why most people recommend battery registration. Don't be surprised if you ruin your new battery or start getting low battery errors when the vehicle doesn't charge the battery properly. I really hope you didn't replace an lead acid battery with an AGM, that could actually damage your vehicle electronics if the amp hour values isn't recoded. Do you think people just make this stuff up?
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