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Old 04-02-2004, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im having trouble locating just where in the hell my battery is on my 1994 318i. I had thought it was up under the dash on the passenger side but it appears to not be. Any ideas people?

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Old 04-02-2004, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's located in the trunk (passenger side) under the black plastic container (located on the right side) which can be removed by prying the clip with a screw driver. It should just pop out and you should see the battery. When reinstalling the cover, you have to instal it at an angle, it's tricky

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Why'd they put the battery in the trunk? Wouldn't that be more work than it was worth to run all the wiring back there? Or is there just no room in the engine bay for it, I've never seen the engine of a 318. Were the engineers just trying to balance the weight more or something?

Just a few simple questions, don't go off on me please.
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if you look in the engine bay on the passenger side there is a spot for the battery. However, I read somewhere a long time ago that the battery was placed in the trunk so that it would balance out the weight when the driver was in the car. Im not sure if this is completly correct, but it sounds like something the great bmw engineers would do
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I like it in the trunk.
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Some of our euro members have reported "the battery is under the bonnet," but NA spec cars are in said trunk spot.
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Ive never seen a battery under the hood of a BMW. I've always read that not only is it easy weight, but it prolongs battery life by moving it away from the heat of the engine, and it makes it no more dificult to distribute power where necessary...
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Thanks guys, after a bit more sleuthing i found it in the trunk on the passengers side like you all said. Im used to Chevy's and Ford's so this car is a bit tricky for me. It also ticks me off that i paid almost $300 to have my whole stereo custom installed, I had always thought the battery was up in the firewall in the front somewhere so thats why i just said fuck it and had the audio shop install my beats. If I had knew this shit I would have done it all myself. I just installed a capacitor tonight and when i saw where the battery was I was pissed.
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