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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#82 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues [tggary]
Feb 08, 2013 (4:57 pm)
The coil's function is to just zap the spark plug. I don't see what that would have to do with cranking. That may just be a low battery, especially since it improved after running/charging. I would take it on a longer drive to insure a good charge, or throw a charger on it before buying something you don't need. If it has the problem a day or so after, you probably have your answer.
I have never bought a top of the line battery. $155? Yeow. For that they should install free. Why shouldn't you do it yourself?
If the CCA's etc. are adequate or better than OEM, any battery should be fine but check the warranty. I usually buy mine at SAMS or Fleet Farm.
#83 of 95 Slow cranks
Feb 08, 2013 (6:44 pm)
55396 - Good advice - I'll take it and also take that long drive. Autozone says only a BMW tooled shop can set the battery up to the computer etc.. just as the Stealer says...otherwise I would do it myself. The reason why I want a high cold amp battery for 155 bucks is that it will be stronger than the BMW stock one and will start the car easier in freezing temps, here in New York, Connecticut and when we go to Canada in the winter.
#84 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues 
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 09, 2013 (10:21 am)
$155 is about the going rate for a BMW battery. Just had mine replaced a few months ago.
#85 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues [reply to 55396]
Feb 09, 2013 (11:16 am)
Update 55936: We had the blizzard last night and the 330i was covered in snow and ice, and in the high 20s outside - it was parked outside for about 18 hours after I high idled it to recharge, and the car started up after 2 slow cranks and then 3 faster ones...as I had to dig out and de-ice/snow the Bimmer and the old Benz outside, I kept both cars on and turned the low heater setting on the BMW to dislodge the ice while shoveling the street and sidewalk.
Then after about 20 minutes, I jumped into the 330i and idled at 2000RPM for about 4 to 5 minutes. Tomorrow the wife and will go out to the trunk to read the indicator again as I am a bit color blind - it's either light green or yellow (I know it's not black)...if yellow I will replace ASAP. If it's green I will take the car on a long highway trip to see if the starting action snaps back into strong --
Will update. Tonight it's hitting 18F around here so if it starts tomorrow I know I will get to the Stealer or Autozone before a jump or tow.
#86 of 95 DIY Battery replace
Feb 09, 2013 (11:53 am)
Here is a You Tube video on replacing a battery in a 2001 E46 but gives you the idea. $120.
#87 of 95 Battery for 2006 330i E90 -
Feb 09, 2013 (1:08 pm)
155 bucks plus core if I go to Autozone, 248 plus 120 labor plus taxes if Stealer...
#88 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues [kyfdx]
Feb 09, 2013 (8:53 pm)
$90 to $142 here but I didn't check details.
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&q=battery+48/H6#q=battery+48/H6&hl=en&tbs- =p_ord:p&tbm=shop&sa=X&ei=nCUXUe3vFKTR2QXSvIHAAQ&ved=0CC0Quw0oAQ&bav=on.2,or.r_g- c.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42080656,d.b2I&fp=d3ac23762ef5e591&biw=1014&bih=548
More things I found.
I believe that Johnson Controls is phasing out the old group 48 battery and replacing it with this design, designated as an H6 battery. At least the Wal-Mart battery catalog says that the group 48 battery is being phased out. No stock on the old-style group 48 battery at either Wal-Mart here, only the newer H6 battery.
That design has shown up at Wal-Mart. It says "Distributed by Johnson Controls" on it. I've seen that design before; it looks like a Varta battery (Varta is owned by Johnson Controls).
Varta is a major OEM for the German car companies. Almost every Audi I've ever seen had one installed at the factory.
#89 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues 
Feb 10, 2013 (8:51 am)
I went to sears last summer and bought their gel battery for my 318i. It's made by Odyssey and has excellent reviews as well. I think I paid about $150 and I installed it in the parking lot.
#90 of 95 Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues - TGGary
Feb 10, 2013 (11:41 am)
Last night it went to 18F and at 2 P.M. 30F the car started up with only one slow crank and two fast ones - first my wife helped me with seeing the color code in the indicator eye, and she says it's dark black (I must have been focusing on the clear around it... So should that mean it will be okay for now as long as I keep it charged up, or should I be replacing - Advanced Auto Parts has a Gold high cold amp battery for 135 for the 2006 330i Sedan, and a guy across the street from them has a scanning tool for install he says - quoted 20 bucks. Drive with black or replace now for hundreds better than Stealer?
#91 of 95 Update: Re: 2006 BMW 330i starting issues - TGGary [tggary]
Feb 12, 2013 (10:17 am)
Today when weather cleared here in NYC area I went to Advanced Auto parts - they tested the Battery and the readings while car off: Voltage: 12.49, CCA Measurement: 497 CCA, Battery Rated: 640 CCA
Results: Battery Is Good., Low on charge, Charge Battery. Check for causes of low charge: Charging System/Alternator, Alternator Belt, Cables and Connections.
I do take too many very short trips and haven't driven it much on the highway for months, so that could be the issue.
So, after the highway drive to AAP, car started right up and I drove it across the street to get it charged. Ofcourse, a slow trickle is the best bet so we discussed it and agreed a charger purchase would be best. Called BMW of Bayside - want 145 bucks for a 2 hour charge (not even a slow charge) and 145 bucks to get the radio code which is gone somehow (bought it at an Infiniti Dealer with 3rd Party 100K/5 YR Warranty). At Bayside BMW they charge and charge like thieves and are slipshod besides as I have written up on other sites.
Looking for the right charger for the 2006 BMW 330i - the C-Tek 3300 may be it? If so, can I hook it up in the engine Bay? Is there an alligator clamp version to make it simple?- as I don't want to disconnect the battery due to the Radio Code problem...another Thread says you can press "M" on Radio for 10 seconds and it brings up the Serial Number, then call different BMW's until you get a real human being on the phone for your code...