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#5207 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [srs_49]
Jan 22, 2012 (5:48 am)
Prior to getting the 330xi, I had a Honda Prelude for about 12 years. Cant remember changing the battery even once. Maybe once, I just dont remember. I left it on a friends driveway, all winter one time and still had no issues starting it up.
Of course, my friend claimed that he would drive it out once in a while to keep the battery juiced up, and I do believe him
But the 330xi, I only drive once a week or so, and this time, hadnt driven for a couple, just when the night time temps went into the single digits.
Good news is that the jump seemed to get it back. Im worried, it might stall again on a long drive, so have invested in AAA after many years
#5208 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [bhill2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 22, 2012 (10:56 am)
Well they call it registering but really any competent and well-equipped indie shop should be able to do this. You have to hook up the scanner, clear all the codes and then check into, and possibly program, (dial in) various systems so that they work properly. So maybe the dealer quote was for dealer shop time rates, which as you know can be $$$.
#5209 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [bhill2]
Jan 23, 2012 (2:55 pm)
So exactly what represents 'registering' a battery? It sounds like it involves introducing the charging system to the battery's quirks and limitations to that it doesn't fry the thing. Am I right?
Mr_Shiftright pretty much nailed it.
Different battery construction types have differences in their optimum charge rates, how they discharge, etc., and "registration" gives the on-board computer the info it needs to program charging rates, etc.
I haven't had the experience myself, so I can't tell you who, besides BMW, may be able to perform the process.
You can simply change out the battery and replace it with a new one, but be prepared for some strange "electronically related" issues to arise.
#5210 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [busiris]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 23, 2012 (5:34 pm)
apparently even BMW is not quite sure what strange phenomena might occur. For instance, your sunroof could stop working. The scanner has to figure all this out.
Here's what ALLDATA says: (ALLDATA PRO is for all types of mechanics, not just the ones at BMW dealerships.)
The scope of application of some systems may be restricted after a power supply interruption.
Likewise, individual settings may be lost.
Settings or activations must be carried out, depending on the equipment specification.
Vehicles with automatic engine start stop function (MSA): MSA function is active only after learning period (vehicle must not be woken for a period of approx. 6 hours) > if necessary, notify customer of the situation
E46 Perform (four-wheel drive) / E53 / E83: steering angle sensor adjustment
If necessary, carry out adjustment of active steering
If necessary, activate slide/tilt sunroof
If necessary, activate power windows
If necessary, activate mirror with compass Please refer to the Progman user documentation for further information on vehicle-specific activation.
#5211 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 23, 2012 (7:03 pm)
Does anybody know what the cost of registering a new battery might be?
#5212 of 5378 Does Anyone Else. . .
Jan 23, 2012 (7:18 pm)
think that this is part of why the vast majority of "modern" BMWs are distributed to (many/most are leased) to consumers rather than enthusiasts?
BMW appears to prefer that no one ever raise the hood; any and all maintenance issues (including putting in oil from time to time) should be taken to the dealer. The hood may as well be welded shut, oh and the trunk too, in the case of the battery.
Several of us think otherwise. . .way otherwise.
#5213 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [chewy2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 24, 2012 (10:18 am)
Well just reading that description, and considering what it might take to physically remove and install the battery, this can't be more than ...what....1.5 hours total?
So where I live that's $200 + the battery.
#5214 of 5378 Does Extended Warranty make Sense?
Jan 27, 2012 (3:48 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 328i XDrive with 35K miles. Dealer is offering the BMW extended warranty (not third party) for 6 years /100K miles at $2500 (7 years / 100K was $3000). He was also offering to extend the maintenance program to 6 years/100K for another $1700.
The car is relatively new - In service date was in May 2010 but mileage is high.
Should I buy the warranty, maintenance or both?
#5215 of 5378 Re: Does Extended Warranty make Sense? [wasdcbmw]
Jan 27, 2012 (4:41 pm)
If you can afford it get the maintenance warranty but I wouldnt get the service warranty because you can save money by buying the parts online and getting a reputable mechanic to do the work or do it yourself if you can. I have an 08 328xi purchased with 39000 miles and havent any issues 30000 miles later.
#5216 of 5378 Re: 2006 BMW 330xi will not start [puffin1]
Jan 28, 2012 (8:29 pm)
My 2006 330xi has 120k miles and still on original battery, it's garage kept so no more (so far) starting in the morning and this winter it's pretty warm.
Also I'd drive 80 miles a day 75% highway so the battery gets charged.
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