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#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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#5218 of 5378 Spontanaeous oil burn - any thoughts?
Jan 30, 2012 (7:37 pm)
Here's a puzzler - 2001 330 128k miles. I took it in for a water pump and while in the shop (Indy) the PCV oil separator condensed water & cracked in the cold winter night. When they fired her up the shop filled with white oil smoke... quite an event I've been told. Replaced the PCV assembly and burned off the oil dump into the cylinders... but now on some cold starts (not all) and just driving at any speed or condition, she'll spontaneously burn oil for a couple seconds and then it stops, all is good, like nothing ever happened.
All cylinders checked for compression and are OK. Based on that we're scratching our heads as to what would cause this intermittent oil burn...
Any thoughts on next steps?