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Old 05-20-2006, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I REALLY need a battery...

My battery is done. Its a BMW stock battery but I need to replace it. I left the interior lights on for about 5 mins yesterday and all i got were clicks when i tried to start her... I went to costco to get an optimum or a cheap one, but they didnt carry either. What batteries do you guys get?
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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any battary will do they all come with warrantys so
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My battery is done. Its a BMW stock battery but I need to replace it. I left the interior lights on for about 5 mins yesterday and all i got were clicks when i tried to start her... I went to costco to get an optimum or a cheap one, but they didnt carry either. What batteries do you guys get?
O'Reilly and NAPA auto parts stores have batteries for the BMW. I bought mine at O'reilly's, $80.00. It was for the convertible, but still works just fine.
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Old 05-20-2006, 04:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I picked up a Euro style Bosch 34? at our local PepBoys for about $80. Whatever brand you decide on make sure it fits the retainer there in the trunk and has a vent fitting (or two) you can connect a vent hose to and run it out the small hole there under the battery to vent to the outside rather than in your trunk (rust). I've seen too many people get batteries without the vent hose and rot their trunks out when the battery just spews into the trunk.















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I would recommned Interstate batteries. I know many BMW owners who would agree. You can get one from Sears.
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Make sure you get a battery with a vent kit or the hydrogen gas built up by the batt will have no where to go and rust out your trunk!!!
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Make sure you get a battery with a vent kit or the hydrogen gas built up by the batt will have no where to go and rust out your trunk!!!
what would u recommend?
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i got all that white crap in my trunk the previous owner let it leak in the trunk how would i clean it out?
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Optima Yellow Top batteries. They're sealed, so you don't have to worry about venting. They're definitely the best battery on the market. I modified my battery well slightly to take it; most of them aren't standard bmw size.
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Optima Yellow Top batteries. They're sealed, so you don't have to worry about venting. They're definitely the best battery on the market. I modified my battery well slightly to take it; most of them aren't standard bmw size.
How do you modify a battery??

im liking that bosch battery...
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Bosch or Die Hard....

Few batteries actually have the vent connection(s) so you have to be careful when buying one. Lots of garages like to slap in an Interstate because its a well known brand but they don't have the vent hoses and end up spewing acid all over the trunk wheelwell. Two of the top rated batteries I found with the proper vent connections were the Sears Diehard Euro 34 series and the Bosch 34 series, both very good batteries. They also have the end plates built in that fit right in the trunk battery retaining slot, so they install without a hassle. Remember to get the red and green terminal anti-corrosion pads that go around the posts and help keep that powdery corrosion off the terminals.








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How do you modify a battery??

im liking that bosch battery...
the O'reilly and NAPA batteries come with vent ports.
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How do you modify a battery??

im liking that bosch battery...
I didn't modify the battery, I modifed the battery well. Basically the footprint of optimas is wrong for bmws, so I jerry-rigged a clamp to hold the battery in place. Worked like a charm.
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I didn't modify the battery, I modifed the battery well. Basically the footprint of optimas is wrong for bmws, so I jerry-rigged a clamp to hold the battery in place. Worked like a charm.
which optima fitmit code did you use? (no, i still havent bought one...)
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I second what M3OUND said because I have one and odd enough it fit my battery well with no problems. even though make sure you get a battery mat and if you are getting and OEM or non sealed kind make sure you vent it.
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