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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 03-14-2015, 07:23 AM
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Replace Remote Control Battery

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I was greeted with the "Replace Remote Control Battery" message yesterday. The car is only 4 years old with 57k miles. Has anyone seen this message before and if so is it normal for the age and mileage? During the series of storms we had here in Boston did not drive the car at all, only started her up once a week and left it running for about 15mins. The first long drive of 75 miles highway was after a long 45 days. I know I shouldn't have left it for so long without driving. But every time it started perfectly with no battery low issues or anything else. I took another trip of 125 miles mostly highway and the car performed flawlessly even on triple digit speeds.

I'm going to schedule a service appointment to get an oil change as indicated by OBC by the end of this month. Does anyone know if dealer charges anything to have the remote battery replaced?
Thanks in advance for your advices.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:26 AM
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i would say after 4 years its on par, buy the batteries yourself and change it - a lot cheaper than the dealer. change both remotes for good measure.

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Old 03-14-2015, 07:31 AM
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i would say after 4 years its on par, buy the batteries yourself and change it - a lot cheaper than the dealer. change both remotes for good measure.

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Thanks for your advice armoredsaint. So it seems like normal and not weather related. Do you know by any chance how much the dealer charges for a battery replacement? My other remote has never been used, I usually keep it at home just in case.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:43 AM
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You all are funny. It takes about 1 minute to change the battery in the remote. I don't recall the battery type, maybe CR2032 or something very common. I've attached the instructions from my previous 2011 5-series owner's manual. You could wait, if you're going for service, but to save $2? The battery is not charged while driving like older fobs with rechargeable batteries. Distances don't matter, it's just a battery. You realize it is talking about your "REMOTE CONTROL" battery, not the main car battery. Do you also realize you can still start the car even if the remote battery is completely dead? You place the fob next to the marking on the side of the steering column. The remote has absolutely no effect on your car's drivability.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:11 AM
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Our 2011 F10 uses a CR2450, the 2014 X1 uses a CR 2032. CR2032s can be found most anywhere and at quite reasonable prices. The CR2450 is harder to find and despite brand differences all seem to be made in Switzerland, so they are a bit pricier than the 2032s.
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After 3 years and 25,000 miles I got the same warning. I posted the following video for an easy DIY replacement....

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TomXH, I think you are confusing remote battery with the car battery. Some dealers will change the fob battery for free and if you bring the batteries with you, the SA can do it, its that easy. I usually try to change the battery once a year and change both fobs at the same time.

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Old 03-14-2015, 09:36 AM
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TomXH, I think you are confusing remote battery with the car battery. Some dealers will change the fob battery for free and if you bring the batteries with you, the SA can do it, its that easy. I usually try to change the battery once a year and change both fobs at the same time.
What dealer is doing this important and critical service FOR FREE

If not performed by a licensed and certified Comfort Access FOB ENGINEER the result could be catastrophic

IF the OP is personally responsible for the earth shifting on its axis .... Well,

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Old 03-14-2015, 09:45 AM
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What dealer is doing this important and critical service FOR FREE

If not performed by a licensed and certified Comfort Access FOB ENGINEER the result could be catastrophic

IF the OP is personally responsible for the earth shifting on its axis .... Well,

Well, changing the fob battery is free, but the dealer will charge you $200 to program in the new fob battery
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:47 AM
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I agree with XMen. A typical remote battery usually needs replacing every two years, but like anything some seem to last forever and some last 6 months. If you are still under warranty, the battery is covered anyway. As noted, get both fobs done at the same time. A battery sitting unused will slowly lose its charge. As the video shows it is super simple to replace.
My 2012 fobs use a single CR2450. Don't buy one from the dealer since they seriously overcharge.
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Well, changing the fob battery is free, but the dealer will charge you $200 to program in the new fob battery
In case the OP thinks you're serious, there is NO reprogramming of a new battery. You never know...
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:27 AM
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TomXH, I think you are confusing remote battery with the car battery. Some dealers will change the fob battery for free and if you bring the batteries with you, the SA can do it, its that easy. I usually try to change the battery once a year and change both fobs at the same time.

Thanks for advice X Men, the message said replace remote battery i.e. the key fob battery. Surprisingly the car battery is OK.

Thanks to all others for their advice, I will just probably buy the battery and change it myself since it's easy enough.
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:41 AM
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Same here - four years and not quite 38k miles - just got the message last night. Will change both tonight.
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I bought the battery for both remotes at our local hardware store! BTW...when one goes bad...the other one will go bad within days! I guess they get lonely and what to reunite...so be sure to recycle them in the SAME container.

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Thanks for your advice armoredsaint. So it seems like normal and not weather related. Do you know by any chance how much the dealer charges for a battery replacement? My other remote has never been used, I usually keep it at home just in case.
I have managed to lose my key fob on three or four occasions but luckily found it right away. I keep my spare fob in the small compartment to the left of the steering wheel with the battery hidden in a separate spot so I can drive the car once BMW Assist opens it.

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Once you change the battery, does it need reprogramming? I'm little nervous on this. Plus I don't have another key FOB incase it needs reprogramming. Also, did anyone if you ever buy spare keys from online and got them reprogrammed through a 3rd party and not the dealer? I'm thinking of getting a spare and the dealer is charging me $500


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Once you change the battery, does it need reprogramming? I'm little nervous on this. Plus I don't have another key FOB incase it needs reprogramming. Also, did anyone if you ever buy spare keys from online and got them reprogrammed through a 3rd party and not the dealer? I'm thinking of getting a spare and the dealer is charging me $500


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It's a simple remote control-- just change the battery. It is no more complex than changing a flashlight battery -or- the battery in your TV Remote. No tools needed; no programming needed.
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It's a simple remote control-- just change the battery. It is no more complex than changing a flashlight battery -or- the battery in your TV Remote. No tools needed; no programming needed.
+1 Easy peazy. Change and go.
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