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#1 (permalink) Old 12-05-2004, 03:49 PM
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OK, I'm new here. I drove a volvo for ten years and then about 8 months ago I downgraded (just kidding!) to a nice 5 speed black on black 1995 525 (with only 79K!). Much to my
surprise......i havent had a single thing go wrong with it. Runs great, nice solid car, I
love the 5 speed. But today when I went out to drive, I found it dead. I soon found out
how I drained the battery......I left the trunk unlatched, and the light must have drained
the battery over 2 days.
My problem is, first, I can not find my owners manual. Second......I can't even find the
battery! I seem to recall that it is under a passenger seat (why it would be there I can
only imagine).
Since the car is a 5 speed, I thought maybe (like normal cars!) I could push start it. Wrong. Maybe there is some anti theft override(?). I've read that I should avoid jump
starting it. Since the battery is probably pretty old anyway, seems the easiest way to
avoid tows and hassles is to just buy a new battery. But where is it and how do I get to
it? (I don't see an easy way to get under the passenger seats if that is where it is). Sorry
about the dumb question, (too dumb to even make the FAQs!) but I am stumped. Thanks
for the help.
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On your 34 it is under the seat so you have to pull hard straight up on the front edge. Locate the catch about 12" in from the seat's edge.
p.s. My battery is on the right side in the trunk, e39, 528i 1997
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Yep. Bill has already explained how to get to the battery. I have a 92 525 and I did replace my battery 8 months ago. You just need to pull your rear seat up. If you try to feel under the seat edge, you will find those 2 latches. There are not too many things down there, so it would be easy spotting the battery. I bought mine at autozone. BMW doesn't make battery. Of course there are good and not so good companies. But the autozone battery comes with warranty and stuff. You should not have problem with it. Or you can get it replaced at the dealer for more than $110, if i recall it correctly. Your call.

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BTW i didnt like your joke much. Dont do it again
And almost forgot..... to the forum.

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Yep. Bill has already explained how to get to the battery. I have a 92 525 and I did replace my battery 8 months ago. You just need to pull your rear seat up. If you try to feel under the seat edge, you will find those 2 latches. There are not too many things down there, so it would be easy spotting the battery. I bought mine at autozone. BMW doesn't make battery. Of course there are good and not so good companies. But the autozone battery comes with warranty and stuff. You should not have problem with it. Or you can get it replaced at the dealer for more than $110, if i recall it correctly. Your call.

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Excellent reply and I did buy an after market battery for about $80, works just fine for 2 years and counting
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[quote=billB,Dec 5 2004, 02:23 PM]
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Originally Posted by TheHire,Dec 5 2004, 10:17 PM
Yep. Bill has already explained how to get to the battery. I have a 92 525 and I did replace my battery 8 months ago. You just need to pull your rear seat up. If you try to feel under the seat edge, you will find those 2 latches. There are not too many things down there, so it would be easy spotting the battery. I bought mine at autozone. BMW doesn't make battery. Of course there are good and not so good companies. But the autozone battery comes with warranty and stuff. You should not have problem with it. Or you can get it replaced at the dealer for more than $110, if i recall it correctly. Your call.

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Excellent reply and I did buy an after market battery for about $80, works just fine for 2 years and counting
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Hey, there is a battery under there! Thanks for the help. I was looking for some kind of latch. I am still curious if anyone knows why you can't push start (since I live on a hill...it would be so convenient!). Thanks, Paul (OK, no more volvo jokes. Are honda jokes allowed?)
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Yep. Bill has already explained how to get to the battery. I have a 92 525 and I did replace my battery 8 months ago. You just need to pull your rear seat up. If you try to feel under the seat edge, you will find those 2 latches. There are not too many things down there, so it would be easy spotting the battery. I bought mine at autozone. BMW doesn't make battery. Of course there are good and not so good companies. But the autozone battery comes with warranty and stuff. You should not have problem with it. Or you can get it replaced at the dealer for more than $110, if i recall it correctly. Your call.

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Hey, there is a battery under there! Thanks for the help. I was looking for some kind of latch. I am still curious if anyone knows why you can't push start (since I live on a hill...it would be so convenient!). Thanks, Paul (OK, no more volvo jokes. Are honda jokes allowed?)
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I am sure the hire is joking only. I wont push start a bimmer. Not sure if you have a rather large BOLT living on the top of your engine with (+) symbol on-usually has a plastic cover. If so use it to jump your car in emergency.
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Autozone recharged my battery for free which is a service I didn't know they had, so the bimmer is back on the road in time to go to work tomorrow (damn). Thanks for the comments.
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Excellent reply and I did buy an after market battery for about $80, works just fine for 2 years and counting
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Thanks for the compliment Bill. It's an honor and great advantage to have people like you on the forum, who take time out from their busy schedule to help ppl. I wouldn't mind calling you "Sir" from now onwards either, since you are senior in age as well as knowledge. Therez a lot to learn from you.

Oh btw I am sure your battery will go on for another 4-5 yrs. Knock on the wood. And I hope mine does too

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Originally posted by pabloshep@Dec 5 2004, 03:46 PM
Hey, there is a battery under there! Thanks for the help. I was looking for some kind of latch. I am still curious if anyone knows why you can't push start (since I live on a hill...it would be so convenient!). Thanks, Paul (OK, no more volvo jokes. Are honda jokes allowed?)
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I am glad things worked out for ya. Yeah getting ur battery recharged for free is one of the nice things autozone does.
oh and I was serious abt the volvo joke and NO honda jokes either :P LOL

Happy driving

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The hire: catchy name nice avatar !!
Excellent reply and I did buy an after market battery for about $80, works just fine for 2 years and counting
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Thanks for the compliment Bill. It's an honor and great advantage to have people like you on the forum, who take time out from their busy schedule to help ppl. I wouldn't mind calling you "Sir" from now onwards either, since you are senior in age as well as knowledge. Therez a lot to learn from you.

Oh btw I am sure your battery will go on for another 4-5 yrs. Knock on the wood. And I hope mine does too

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Thanks alot pal....What a friend for? SENIOR ha? Got to hide the post from the wife and laughing ..SENIOR in age? Hey does BMW offer senior citizens discountsarts and labor?!! I don't know you man LOL

Wishing you the best, later
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