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Old 04-20-2020, 08:39 AM
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My X1 will be 7 years old this fall. No sign yet of any issues with it, but I think I should not push it through another winter, especially since I spend quite a bit of time in Vermont. Wondering how long others have gone before replacing their battery.

As to replacement, I am toying with getting an AGM from someplace like Advance Auto Parts and replace it myself. Looks to be a bit more complicated than a typical car with the battery under the hood and just the two cables to take off. Understand about registering, etc. Any feedback from someone who has done this will be appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2020, 09:22 AM
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The OEM battery in my 5 Series lasted 7 years before I started having electrical problems. I replaced it myself at Advance Auto and had my indie program it. Total outlay: $180. If you're not experiencing any problems right now, let it go until November. If you start getting weird electrical things happening (like windows not closing, sunroof problems, high battery drain messages, etc.), replace it. In my case, I used another FLA battery because that was what the car came with, but you can use an AGM as long as you program it.
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Old 04-20-2020, 12:22 PM
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7 years ! I'd say you've surpassed any realistic expectations of lifespan from your battery. Most folks you're seeing a ~4 year life expectancy.

I had my dealer do all 3 of my BMWs. It's marginally more expensive than doing it yourself, plus I didn't feel like doing the registration myself, etc.
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Old 04-20-2020, 12:56 PM
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Sam's Club is also an option. AGM runs $179, but you'll need to figure a way to code it with your X1. I use Carly but you have a few choices out there. I do not know if Sam's can code it for you. They certainly can install it...
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Old 04-20-2020, 03:24 PM
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Thanks guys. Yes, I agree that getting 7 years out of the OEM battery was unexpected. I usually expect 4 to 5 years, so maybe because it's an AGM versus an FLA. But it's time. An AGM from Advance Auto Parts is $150 with the 25% discount for online purchase. If I go that route I would get a code reader from Amazon for BMWs that will register batteries (about $90). I assume having the dealer put one in and register it will be at least $400, probably more.
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Old 04-20-2020, 04:54 PM
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Thanks guys. Yes, I agree that getting 7 years out of the OEM battery was unexpected. I usually expect 4 to 5 years, so maybe because it's an AGM versus an FLA. But it's time. An AGM from Advance Auto Parts is $150 with the 25% discount for online purchase. If I go that route I would get a code reader from Amazon for BMWs that will register batteries (about $90). I assume having the dealer put one in and register it will be at least $400, probably more.
$412.66 USD from my dealer, to be specific, for my 335i.

$482.62 USD for the X1.

Interesting, I wonder why the difference ? But yes, that's the all-in cost, new battery with pre-paid environmental disposal surcharge, install, coding, and disposal of old battery.
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This thread has me interested as my OEM battery has just passed 7 years and 2 weeks.
I do live in the North, so the colder temps do help with battery life. And I tend it over the Winter months when I'm not driving it.
I imagine I will start to see issues in the next year or two and so am looking at options for replacement. So far, it looks like I can get a dealer ordered battery for under $300 CAD.
I have ISTA-D so no problems registering.
Anyone still on their OEM battery that has a 2013 or older X1?
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My car is a 2011 1.8d and still has the OEM battery. So far no problems.
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Anyone still on their OEM battery that has a 2013 or older X1?
My 2014 had the OEM battery. It was replaced last fall. It was having issues, the previous winter there were times it didn't want to start the car.
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My 2014 had the OEM battery. It was replaced last fall. It was having issues, the previous winter there were times it didn't want to start the car.
Where did you purchase the replacement? Through dealer, or local auto store? online?
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Where did you purchase the replacement? Through dealer, or local auto store? online?
Dealer part and dealer installed.

$412.66 USD for my 335i.

$482.62 USD for the X1.
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