5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
There are a lot of stories about replacement batteries, but I can only give you One good advice: buy an original BMW battery with EXACTLY THE SAME specifications as the original mounted battery.
Your cars computer is programmed with the battery parameters for charging current etcetera. After a battery replacement, the BMW dealer will do the registration procedure in the computer, but that makes it unnecessary expensive. Replacement and programming may match the battery costs.
A friendly BMW dealer who knows I am a good DIY mechanic told me that when the original battery is replaced with exactly the same one, it does not need registration/programming. The only thing then is that the computer has the 'old date' in its memory but will handle the battery as the original one.
The BMW battery will cost you about 25% more than the equivalent of the local carshop but it is worth it and it saves you the trouble of a mischarged battery, which may fail after 2 years.
will no longer take a charge so need to replace mine too ('96 318is) but the bmw batteries from the local dealership are so much more than comparable ones from battery stores or auto parts. switch out is easy. wish i had a suggestion or advice but i/we just need to decide whether to spend that extra money for something i/we really might not need.
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