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#1118 of 2735 fishdreams
Mar 23, 2005 (6:30 am)
The dealer is trying to hose you big time-tell him I said so... Is the car cranking slow? You need to top up the battery cells with distilled water every six months or so. Do that and your battery will last quite a while; my 1995 318t1 and 1997 528i still have their original batteries. The BMW OEM batteries don't seem to be as robust as the ones that come with the cars. I would get an Interstate MTP-93. You can expect to pay from $107-$129 for it. Make sure that you get the vent kit as well so that you can connect it to the vent hose in the car. Any mechanic can change the battery. At worst you may lose your radio or on board computer settings.
#1119 of 2735 Re: fishdreams [div2]
Mar 23, 2005 (7:55 am)
div2- thanks for the info- since I have not been topping off the battery for the last five years (maybe the dealer did that when I took it in for the maintenance/oil changes-here's hoping)- have I shortened the life of the battery? I have a very short commute to work (3.5 miles each way) so the car does not often get a long stretch of driving. Would going on a road trip help charge it up? The car cranks fine now. Should I wait till it begins cranking slowly? My past experience w/car batteries is they just die one day- no warning- I don't want this to happen so I thought I would go ahead and replace it, but maybe it has a ways to go even tho that indicator circle on the battery is black. What do you think? BTW, what about the radio and OBC settings? Do you mean the radio just loses the presets (I can live w/that)?
#1120 of 2735 fishdreams
Mar 23, 2005 (9:07 am)
Yes, the dealer is supposed to check the battery level but most don't do it. I'd take it to someone you trust and have the battery load tested. If it tests out marginal I'd go ahead and replace it. And I was referring to the radio presets. Swapping a battery is really easy; it shouldn't take more than fifteen minutes-and all you need are the wrenches in the trunk mounted tool kit.
#1121 of 2735 Re: fishdreams [div2]
Mar 23, 2005 (11:39 am)
Just took the car to AutoZone and had them test the battery- came back OK- Low Charge, which the guy said meant something was causing the battery to discharge. I left the glove compartment open a couple of times all nite in the last 2 weeks- could that cause the low charge msg and will the batt charge back up on its own if that is the problem? the battery in there is maintenance-free, BTW. And I did find someone locally that has that Interstate battery you mentioned for $110. Far cry from the $300+ the dealer wants. FWIW, the dealer is Roadshow in Memphis- they have a monopoly here and they exploit that to their advantage in a big way!
#1122 of 2735 fishdreams
Mar 23, 2005 (1:33 pm)
Your battery really isn't maintenance free; it just says it is-check this page out:
I'd say a few longer trips will likely charge it back up. If you do decide to top off the water level I'd suggest driving it for an hour or so right after doing it or you may have a truly dead battery on your hands. If you only drive the car for short distances you might also want to get a battery tender like the one mentioned on the above site.
#1123 of 2735 Re: fishdreams [div2]
Mar 23, 2005 (2:33 pm)
Thanks, div2. Very interesting about the maintenance on a maintenance free battery. I think I will take my chances, drive a lot this weekend, and hope the battery lasts a while longer. If not, I will take your advice on the Interstate battery. Thanks again.
#1124 of 2735 fishdreams
Mar 23, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Always glad to help another 5er owner!
#1125 of 2735 BMW 520i
Apr 02, 2005 (2:55 pm)
Hi every body,
Please advise me regarding buying a car from this list
#1126 of 2735 Re: BMW 520i [yara]
Apr 02, 2005 (3:02 pm)
I'm thinking everyone on this board will tell ya to get the Bimmer so let me be the first.< What ever you do don't get the 300ES, it's just a glorified Camry, dull as dirt.
#1127 of 2735 Re: BMW 520i [yara]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Apr 04, 2005 (7:25 am)
This discussion is not intended for comparing the 5-series with other make/models. Check the Sedans Comparison board for topics that may concern your decision.