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Old 07-05-2014, 06:02 PM
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e90 works when jump start, but dead after leaving it for a while

When I tried to start my 2006 BMW 325xi yesterday, it would crank but would not start. It displayed the following errors. I suspected the battery could be drained so I used my other car to jump start the 325xi and drove it around to charge the battery back up. I drove for about 15 minutes so I thought the battery should be sufficiently charged.

However, after I shut the engine and tried to start it 20 minutes later, it won't start again. The same errors would pop up. It would work if I jump start it. Now, I don't know if there's a component in the car draining the battery or if the battery is dying. This is the original battery since I bought the car so it's slightly less than 8 years old.

I'm hoping this is a battery issue since I can replace it. Any ideas would really help.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:04 PM
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When I tried to start my 2006 BMW 325xi yesterday, it would crank but would not start. It displayed the following errors. I suspected the battery could be drained so I used my other car to jump start the 325xi and drove it around to charge the battery back up. I drove for about 15 minutes so I thought the battery should be sufficiently charged.

However, after I shut the engine and tried to start it 20 minutes later, it won't start again. The same errors would pop up. It would work if I jump start it. Now, I don't know if there's a component in the car draining the battery or if the battery is dying. This is the original battery since I bought the car so it's slightly less than 8 years old.

I'm hoping this is a battery issue since I can replace it. Any ideas would really help.

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Old 07-05-2014, 08:17 PM
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This is the original battery since I bought the car so it's slightly less than 8 years old.
An EIGHT year old battery...is more than likely to be past the end of its useful life!

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Old 07-06-2014, 12:01 AM
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Time to retire that battery

8 years out of a battery, it does not owe you anything. I usually think of anything after 5 yeas as bonus time, but I live in a cold climate, so I change them as soon as they seem a bit weak. It sounds like yours is not taking a charge anymore.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:47 AM
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as noted, bad battery, time to swap it out. N4S
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:49 PM
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Thanks. I put in a new battery I bought from Advance Auto Parts. http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...chTerm=battery
With the 30% store wide online discount (coupon TRT30), I think it's not a bad deal.

I'm able to start the car now. I plan to leave it for a few days to see if there's any parasitic drain.
At the same time, I'm planning to get the diagnostic scanner from Amazon to register the new battery.
http://www.amazon.com/SainSpeed-Inte...pr_product_top

Will this work? Have anyone tried it before?

What if I decide not to register the battery? Will the charging deteriorite the battery faster? Is it dangerous?

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Old 07-08-2014, 07:45 PM
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Thanks. I put in a new battery I bought from Advance Auto Parts. http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...chTerm=battery
With the 30% store wide online discount (coupon TRT30), I think it's not a bad deal.

I'm able to start the car now. I plan to leave it for a few days to see if there's any parasitic drain.
At the same time, I'm planning to get the diagnostic scanner from Amazon to register the new battery.
http://www.amazon.com/SainSpeed-Inte...pr_product_top

Will this work? Have anyone tried it before?

What if I decide not to register the battery? Will the charging deteriorite the battery faster? Is it dangerous?

I just changed out my battery today. Haven't registered it yet but going to do. My SA said they will do it for free for me but I know the charge is anywhere from $50-$100. All I've read is that it lengthens the life of the battery depending on whether it's lead acid or solid. Cable looks like it might be a good deal if it does that.
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