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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-06-2014, 04:31 PM
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My local shop wanted $500 and said I couldn't do it myself because the battery would be destroyed due to not being "registered". I ordered from Advanced using your discount code and bought battery for < $150. Now I have to find someone who can register it, I suppose. Many many thanks for doing this!
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:09 PM
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For E60 coding, do we need to do anything different in Step 16?

Changing battery size:

1. Open NCSEXPERT
2. File > Load profile > Select Expertmode > Click OK
3. Press F1 (VIN/ZCS/FA)
4. Press F3 (CS/FA f. EC) > Select E60 > Click OK > Select CAS > Click OK
5. Press F6 (Back)
6. Press F1 (VIN/ZCS/FA)
7. Press F2 (Enter FA) > Select E60 > Click OK
8. A window labeled “Eneter VIN” appears with your vehicles VIN number filled in > Click OK
9. A window labeled Enter FA appears > scroll to find VO for old battery (-B090) > highlight –B090 and press delete on keyboard
10. Enter –A080 is “Attribute” box > Click Add > Click OK
11. Press F6 (Back)
12. Press F4 (Process ECU) > Select CAS > Click OK
13. Press F2 (Change Job) > Select FA_Write > Click OK
14. Press F3 (Execute Job)
15. Verify that the write is complete “Job Ended”
16. Press F1 (Change ECU) > Select FRM > Click OK
17. Verify lines : get coded, FRM, JOBNAME = FA_Write
18. Press F3 (Execute Job)
19. Verify that the write is complete “Job Ended”
20. Press F6 (Back) > Exit NCSEXPERT


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Old 03-01-2014, 06:35 PM
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Thanks a lot Geaff500 ..... my OEM battery (61216901815) died earlier on in the week and i typically only use BMW Genuine parts …. Parts.com has the replacement/BMW OEM/East Penn (61217594976) for $219.50 + tax + $32.92 shipping but after physically viewing the aftermarket batteries in person, i changed my mind.

As expected, my dealership quoted $500 for a new battery installed.... or $75 to register a Lead Acid Battery (without installation) or $200 to Re-program and register an AGM battery (without installation) ….. Most Indys will charge $50 to $100 for installation.

AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 95R, 950 CCA and Duralast Gold/Battery 95R-DLG are the proper batteries and sizes.... they are the exact size with OEM and are both made in Germany ... they have vents on both sides so it doesn't really matter where your vent tube is.

And yes you are right, the AutoZone and Advanced Auto vehicle configurators gave the wrong results, those batteries are smaller and peripherals will not fit properly..... plus if you did not have AGM previously just stick to Lead Acid. The only real difference is the Reserve Capacity which is great for shipping long distances plus your vehicle will need re-programming and registration instead of just registration. FYI -Ensure you do the registration as my buddy's E60 530 almost caught fire recently due to this and it messed up a lot of electricals over time.

I was originally going for the Duralast but realized the AutoCraft Gold Battery was 100% identical to the 95R-DLG, they even had the same stickers, made in Germany by the same manufacturer and distributed with different badges in the USA ... 850 vs 950 CCA ..... and the HUGE50 code ($50 off) still works so i got the battery for $144.47 out the door with core exchange.

Installation was a breeze and as luck would have it, i went to the dealership today (Saturday) to get it registered, my SA said they were slow and did it for free (probably to justify all the techs hanging around doing nothing) ... vehicle was ready in about 30 minutes.

Thanks again Geaff500 for saving me time and money …... and yes this should be a sticky !
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:40 AM
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Guys,

I installed the the Autocraft Gold 95R, 950CCA as recommended above. Took the car (E60) to BMW to register the new battery to the car. The system used to register the battery threw out the following alert: "Aftermarket Battery Registered, Battery replacement via ISTA Test Plan. Alternator will not charge battery properly due to different capacity battery until vehicle is programmed to that battery size. See MPI for quote on reprogramming."

From the posts above I was under the impression that this battery was identical (or close enough) to the OEM that only registration was needed. Do I now need to have the system programmed due to the higher CCA? I thought this was only needed if I switched to an AGM battery.

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Old 03-21-2014, 07:40 AM
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Guys,

I installed the the Autocraft Gold 95R, 950CCA as recommended above. Took the car (E60) to BMW to register the new battery to the car. The system used to register the battery threw out the following alert: "Aftermarket Battery Registered, Battery replacement via ISTA Test Plan. Alternator will not charge battery properly due to different capacity battery until vehicle is programmed to that battery size. See MPI for quote on reprogramming."

From the posts above I was under the impression that this battery was identical (or close enough) to the OEM that only registration was needed. Do I now need to have the system programmed due to the higher CCA? I thought this was only needed if I switched to an AGM battery.

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Old 03-21-2014, 07:47 AM
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Not sure what my dealer had to do, but they just installed mine last week and reported no issues. Charged me .75 hrs to install it and register it, maybe there was programming required for mine too?

I ordered the AutoCraft GoldBattery, Group Size 95R, 950 CCA (Part No 95R/H9) and had it sitting in the trunk for them when I dropped the car (2008 550i) off.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:37 PM
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Yeah, that's the same battery I have. So I paid $141 for the registration and now they want $299 to re-program due to different CCA? If I add $150 I paid for the new battery I'm at $590. I could have had BMW install a new OEM battery with registration for $525. They emailed me the error report (below):

REPROGRAM VEHICLE AND PERFORM BATTERY
RETROFIT FOR ALTERNATOR TO CHARGE BATTERY
PROPERLY (BATTERY IS NOT OF SAME OEM CAPACITY,
IN ORDER TO CHARGE BATTERY PROPERLY RETROFIT
PROGRAMMING HAS TO BE PERFORMED. BATTERY
SHOULD BE 900CCA)
$299.60
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:55 PM
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I got the battery from Advanced, installed myself and used BAV Tech cable to register with no problem. ND67 what color was your battery you replaced?

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Old 03-21-2014, 01:17 PM
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The battery I replaced was the original white BMW OEM battery - the new Autocraft Gold is Black. I believe the only difference is the CCA (900 vs. 950). So are they saying that he alternator will only recharge the new battery to 900 CCA unless I re-program it to 950CCA? I thought this was what the "registration process" did.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:33 PM
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The battery you should get from Advance Auto is white

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...cca#fragment-1

You may have bought an AGM battery which would require reprogramming at the Dealer.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:42 PM
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My bad - the top of the battery is black but the lower (body) of the battery is white. I have the same battery as you list above. Part #95R/H9
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:58 PM
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Go to : http://www.bavariantechnic.com/buy.aspx

and get the basic cable and you can register it yourself as well as do a lot of other checks. I think the dealer is trying to pull a fast one on you.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:39 AM
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Go to : http://www.bavariantechnic.com/buy.aspx

and get the basic cable and you can register it yourself as well as do a lot of other checks. I think the dealer is trying to pull a fast one on you.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but, What else do I need to register the new battery besides the cable listed above?
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:31 PM
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Once you receive the cable, you go to the web site and download the software to your laptop that works with the cable. Then follow instructions to run software while cable is hooked up to your car.
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The following batteries are an exact fit for the BMW-E60 (2004 - 2007)(maybe till 2010 - not sure)

OEM Battery:
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 850
Reserve Capacity (Min): 110
Battery Length: 394 mm - 15 9/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 190 mm - 7 1/2 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
BCI Group Size: 95R/H9
Voltage: 12v



Battery Brand / Model: AutoCraft Gold 95R/H9
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 950
Reserve Capacity (Min): 110
Battery Length: 394 mm - 15 9/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 190 mm - 7 1/2 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
BCI Group Size: 95R/H9
Voltage: 12v

Distributed by: Advance Auto Parts
Link: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...000#fragment-2

Retail Price: $187.99
Discount: 30% / Up to $50.00
Discount Code: TRT30
Final Price: $137.99



Battery Brand / Model: Duralast Gold 95R-DLG
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 950
Reserve Capacity (Min): 110
Battery Length: 394 mm - 15 9/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 190 mm - 7 1/2 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
BCI Group Size: 95R/H9
Voltage: 12v

Distributed by: AutoZone
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...0339_772083_0_

Retail Price: $184.99



Battery Brand / Model: Bosch Premium H9/L6/95R
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 850
Reserve Capacity (Min): 170
Battery Length: 394 mm - 15 9/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 190 mm - 7 1/2 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
BCI Group Size: 95R/H9
Voltage: 12v

Distributed by: Pep Boys
http://www.pepboys.com/product/detai...OnlyStore=true

Retail Price: $185.99
Discount: 25%
Discount Code: ROADTRIP25
Final Price: $139.49



Battery Brand / Model: Interstate MEGA-TRON PLUS MTP-95R/H9
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 850
Reserve Capacity (Min): 180
Battery Length: 394 mm - 15 9/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 190 mm - 7 1/2 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
BCI Group Size: 95R/H9
Voltage: 12v

Distributed by: Interstate Batteries
http://www.interstatebatteries.com/b...,A~Part+Number

Retail Price: $216.95


Remember that discounts codes change regularly, so... if you are in the market keep visiting the webpages of your preference to be up to date with the info.

In case you don't found any discount in the home webpage of the batteries above, visit the site RetailMeNot and in the search area enter the name of the company/store to see for additional "discount coupon codes"

Note:
I bought the "Bosch Premium H9/L6/95R" from "Pep Boys" for my 525i (2007) and no problem at all. "Exact Fit". (8 years prorated warranty with free replacement for the first 3 years)

Hope this info will help. (This is my first post )
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:27 PM
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I just want to say I went to Pep Boys today, pulled the trigger on the H9/L6/95R Bosch Premium battery. It was black with a black top. Picture shows a white battery. I looked it over, and it was the right specs and size. I installed it. The vent plug was on the negative end. I needed it on the positive side, and it was sealed. I had to return it, didn't know what else to do.

The numbers matched the web.
This is just a heads up so others check. I'm sure it's probably mentioned already in the thread somewhere. Good luck everyone.

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:20 AM
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I just want to say I went to Pep Boys today, pulled the trigger on the H9/L6/95R Bosch Premium battery. It was black with a black top. Picture shows a white battery. I looked it over, and it was the right specs and size. I installed it. The vent plug was on the negative end. I needed it on the positive side, and it was sealed. I had to return it, didn't know what else to do.

The numbers matched the web.
This is just a heads up so others check. I'm sure it's probably mentioned already in the thread somewhere. Good luck everyone.

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Surely some sort of tubing would have made this work if that was the only problem. It can't be that difficult.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:42 PM
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I got bosched last weekend too, thanks to pepboys discount code. Vent hole was on wrong side, but the plug in the hole on the other side popped out with a small screwdriver. I exchanged the two, hose lined up nicely, wrestled the thing back into the wagon and all's well.

I didn't use a jumper or charger, so the car was dead for 20 minutes, but no issues other than clock and trip odo. I got a warning about awd and stability malfunction, but 30 seconds driving and they cleared. I used my XP laptop and USB/obdii cable to register the battery (same 110ah) and no issues.

Oh - pep boys is 40 miles away so I was going to give up on the $5 core charge - would have spent more in gas. I took it to AutoZone in town, and they gave me a $5 gift card for my BMW white battery. Didn't bother telling them I hasn't bought the new battery there.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:20 PM
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How about getting an OEM battery and not registering the battery? Sounds like people are paying $156 for an aftermarket battery and registering it for $75. That pretty close to or more than an OEM battery of $219.

If the e60 is so smart, why can't it know what kind of battery you are installing whether it is a FLA or AGM? Sure, if you are going with aftermarket battery, registering it will tell you if you have a compatible battery installed. But if you buy OEM battery, there's no point in registering, and registering becomes unnecessary.

One of the post earlier about Battery Registration just sounds like good old marketing material.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:31 AM
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How about getting an OEM battery and not registering the battery? Sounds like people are paying $156 for an aftermarket battery and registering it for $75. That pretty close to or more than an OEM battery of $219.

If the e60 is so smart, why can't it know what kind of battery you are installing whether it is a FLA or AGM? Sure, if you are going with aftermarket battery, registering it will tell you if you have a compatible battery installed. But if you buy OEM battery, there's no point in registering, and registering becomes unnecessary.

One of the post earlier about Battery Registration just sounds like good old marketing material.
This is wrong.

You are supposed to register it regardless, doesn't matter whether it's a BMW battery or aftermarket. Registering it tells the computer that it has a NEW battery, regardless of where it came from, and it charges differently. As the battery ages it will begin making changes to in theory make it last longer. I can't remember what the differences are supposed to be, and who knows if it really even matters, but you are supposed to register it regardless

I doubt any harm would come from just not registering it at all though. It can't be THAT much of a difference

There is a separate operation that you should do when installing a different TYPE or AMPERAGE battery, via coding. This, in my opinion, really does need to be done. Doesn't matter if it's factory or aftermarket. If it's the same, you don't have to do it. If it's different, you do

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Had my battery replaced two weeks ago with an AC Delco unit that my indie recommended for $150, plus the registration of course. Mine had an FLA battery so I replaced it with that. He said he could also get an AC Delco AGM battery, but I decided against it because I didn't want to pay for additional programming.
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I guess this will be a one-off post in the E60 Battery Replacement Thread, but the local dealer upgraded the battery in my 325i a few weeks after I bought my car back in 2005. The car kept failing to start, so they tried two new batteries, then finally a new battery plus alternator and then I never had the problem again. The specs on my 2005 upgraded battery (still working, btw, but seems to be cranking a bit slower these days) are as follows:

BMW (black case, so AGM)
S: 61 21 6 919 343
AW: 61 21 6 924 043
118668-20. D... (a part obscures the number after "D")
12V 90 Ah 900A
160RC 900CCA

I have done a lot of searching online for this battery, even translated a German "bimmer" forum and have found very little information. My local part store called a dealer about it. They recommended the following 92A battery ($327 list price) and said that "AGM didn't make batteries anymore" (or perhaps something was lost in translation during that call?):

S: 61 21 2 353 812 (I found it listed on eBay as an "EP" battery, whatever that is)

I went to BMW's Aftersales Assistance Portal, entered the VIN, and found two AGM batteries listed that are rated AGM 90AH 900A:

61 21 7 553 954
61 21 7 594 976

Since I originally had problems with the alternator and/or battery, I'm trying to be careful and replace the battery with the closest match possible. Perhaps this is being overly cautious, but I think it would be easier for my indy shop to program as well.

Would anyone happen to know if the last two part numbers shown above are still available through BMW, or have any other recommendations? I'm having a faulty window regulator replaced in a couple of days and would like to get the battery replaced as preventative maintenance then as well.

The indy shop, parts shop and I are amazed that the "OEM upgrade" battery has lasted over nine years. I wouldn't mind getting another one like it, but I understand that the manufacturers have changed and that might be easier said than done.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:23 PM
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If you like you can also replace the battery with and AGM battery (especially if you already have an AGM battery) The quickest way to tell if your current battery is black it is an AGM battery if it is white it is a FLA .
I keep reading this in several places and am surprised it keeps popping up BUT MINE IS AN EXIDE AGM BATTERY, AND IT IS WHITE!!!

So let's stop going by colour PLEASE!!!
Colour is a very poor indicator read what is written on the battery instead in it will tell you with research what kind of battery you have.

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Had my battery replaced two weeks ago with an AC Delco unit that my indie recommended for $150, plus the registration of course. Mine had an FLA battery so I replaced it with that. He said he could also get an AC Delco AGM battery, but I decided against it because I didn't want to pay for additional programming.
No need for additional programming the registration takes care of that at the same time as registration is just that, pick from the pick list which battery you register.
The coding for AGM or FLA is as simple as changing one line in the FA( options list) of the car with coding in NCS, which takes no longer than the registration , just switching from on program to another while he's got the car connected to the laptop.
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