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Question Can you put other than BMW batteries in E36?

I think my 1994 325i needs a new battery.

My friend who owns a newer model BMW was told by a "battery expert" at AAA that he should buy a BMW battery because non-BMW batteries will not last long in his car. Is this BS?

Thanks for any advice,

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Don't know about your friends car, but normal DIN (Euro) batteries are fine in an E36. Since BMW don't make batteries themselves, they must use a rebadged unit from another manufacturer anyway.
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Very good answer David...
YES you can use other batteries... Just match the "Cranking Amps" and make sure the terminals match too !!

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ive got a bosch,runs fine.
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