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Old 05-17-2005, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me where the battery is on my 330i?
There are jumper terminals under the hood, but no sign of the battery.
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me where the battery is on my 330i?
There are jumper terminals under the hood, but no sign of the battery.
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In the trunk, on the right side.
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lol. one of bmw's engineering beauties. yes, it is in the boot.
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lol. one of bmw's engineering beauties. yes, it is in the boot.
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I wonder why are they doing that, weight distribution?
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yep. weight dist. is the reason. i also think it makes the engine compartment look cleaner too. but i highly doubt that is BMW's reasoning for the trunk mounted battery
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yep. weight dist. is the reason. i also think it makes the engine compartment look cleaner too. but i highly doubt that is BMW's reasoning for the trunk mounted battery
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So what is the empty space in the engine compartment for?
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So what is the empty space in the engine compartment for?
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So you can warm your food when you are on the go
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although it could be possible to store food in the empty space in the engine compartment, BMW has diffrent plans for that space. the empty space in the engine compartment is for right hand drive cars. thats where all the brakes and everything else that is mounted on the opposite side would be on a right hand drive car.
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LOL.....that was something I knew before I bought my beema cause I had seen some friends car. I find it absolutely great idea....besides the weight distribution thingie....it keeps the engine bay clean of all sorts of acid burns and flakes etc etc. My old cars had all sortsa stuff in the hood cause of the battery. of course its a pain to jump start the car though. I knwo technically it should work...but in the past I have tried to jump start three of my friends cars with my bimmer and to no avail......and my 15 year old Mazda could do it in a second with a 3 year old battery.....DUH. :P anywyas must be sumthing I was doing wrong...but frankly with the battery not in sight its a little difficult to explain to those friends...lol/
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before i knew i had a terminal under the hood, I jumped my friend's car by backing up to her car and popping the truck, then removing the panel inside. I felt like a total tool when I read th manual and found the terminal.
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The location probably also has to do with safety. Keeping the battery away from the fuel lines, which are less protected than the gas tank.
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Originally posted by dvmotorsports+May 18 2005, 12:00 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dvmotorsports @ May 18 2005, 12:00 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-jeremer@May 17 2005, 10:44 PM
So what is the empty space in the engine compartment for?
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So you can warm your food when you are on the go
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Originally posted by jeremer+May 17 2005, 11:44 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jeremer @ May 17 2005, 11:44 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-bryan1970@May 18 2005, 12:40 AM
yep. weight dist. is the reason. i also think it makes the engine compartment look cleaner too. but i highly doubt that is BMW's reasoning for the trunk mounted battery
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So what is the empty space in the engine compartment for?
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They actually save alot of money by doing that. when shipping cars all over the world the less they have to change the more money in the long run they can save by making different parts. Say for instance a car that went to England was supposed to go to Russia the only thing you would have to change in the car is the steering assembly and the dashboard the master cylinder and all that is just moved to the other side because compartments on both sides are just alike and the battery is in the trunk.

In other words the guy that handles western Europe manufacturing saves a shitload on his budget.
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