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Old 01-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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need replacement battery, any suggestions?

I've heard there are some lightweight ones available - car is a 330Ci (2001) - any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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I got the Walmart 94R 2 days ago. $82 + $5 core charge. Tad bigger though, but certainly uprated from the 10yr old OEM battery it replaced. Even has the vent hole on both sides.

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Old 01-24-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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Go to the dealer and listen to what they tell you about battery repalcement. Walmart is a bunch of bumpkins.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:59 PM   #7
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You made the same mistake as well, huh?

only BMW batteries work in BMWs. Walmart has junk.

I once watched a TV show about batteries. They are difficult to make. BMW are a group of highly skilled engineers. Walmart is a bunch of country bumpkins who over-eat and dont like to read books.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:00 PM   #8
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #9
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Is it possible to buy a Duracell car battery? I like the copper top look. Cool marketing color scheme.

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Maybe I will just spray paint the top half of my BMW battery copper color.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #10
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Get a Duralast from autozone. I got the red top one 3 yrs ago and have had no issues. I have used the duralasts in all my cars.
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Walmart has junk.

I once watched a TV show about batteries. They are difficult to make. BMW are a group of highly skilled engineers. Walmart is a bunch of country bumpkins who over-eat and dont like to read books.
There are only three major manufacturers of car batteries in the world. Both the OEM and the Walmart 94R are made by Exide, the second largest battery manufacturer. The Walmart one is relabeled EverStart, just as the OEM one is relabeled BMW.

Many things I would advise buying OEM. A car battery is not one of them.

All this has been gone over many times before on this forum.

AGM btw is Absorbent Glass Mat - Probably not necessary for you, used more in Jeeps and such. They are less vibration prone than normal batteries.
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Only buy oem.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...almart+battery

Do you get more than a 3 year warranty on the dealer battery? If not, I see no reason in buying essentially the same battery for more, just because you want it to have a BMW logo on it.
On top of that, I was under the impression parts bought at the dealer are 1 year warrantied.
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Do you get more than a 3 year warranty on the dealer battery? If not, I see no reason in buying essentially the same battery for more, just because you want it to have a BMW logo on it.
On top of that, I was under the impression parts bought at the dealer are 1 year warrantied.
The BMW logo represents honor and German engineering. THAT is what I want stamped on my battery. Plus, Im German and like to support the German economy.
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I'm not saying just because it has the logo. I fell more comfortable with a dealer battery.


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You made the same mistake as well, huh?

only BMW batteries work in BMWs. Walmart has junk.

I once watched a TV show about batteries. They are difficult to make. BMW are a group of highly skilled engineers. Walmart is a bunch of country bumpkins who over-eat and dont like to read books.
Heres your problem
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The BMW logo represents honor and German engineering. THAT is what I want stamped on my battery. Plus, Im German and like to support the German economy.
It is not a German battery though. The Walmart 94R and the OEM battery from the dealer are made by Exide and rebranded. It is essentially like strapping a BMW badge onto an Impala and then calling the thing German made. Don't get me wrong, I love German engineering, but Exide is not a German company. Hell, they provided the USA batteries for the military during WWI and WWII. Do you really think the US military would have bought German batteries in the middle of a war with Germany?
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:22 PM   #18
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There are only three major manufacturers of car batteries in the world. Both the OEM and the Walmart 94R are made by Exide, the second largest battery manufacturer. The Walmart one is relabeled EverStart, just as the OEM one is relabeled BMW.

Many things I would advise buying OEM. A car battery is not one of them.

All this has been gone over many times before on this forum.

AGM btw is Absorbent Glass Mat - Probably not necessary for you, used more in Jeeps and such. They are less vibration prone than normal batteries.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #19
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Just one point for the future when it's time to replace the M3 battery.
What most people fail to notice is that you have a CONVERTIBLE. The size for a vert is very different than a coupe or a sedan. In fact the battery itself is different even as OEM. Because of the structure of the convertible body, your best bet is to buy the OEM battery from the dealer. How do I know ? Because last week, I spent HOURS of time researching this topic, and in the end the difference between any non-OEM battery and RIGHT battery for a convertible is negligble. I paid $175 installed from my dealer, and don't have to worry in these cold Northeast temps.

Buy it right, or buy it twice.

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It is not a German battery though. The Walmart 94R and the OEM battery from the dealer are made by Exide and rebranded. It is essentially like strapping a BMW badge onto an Impala and then calling the thing German made. Don't get me wrong, I love German engineering, but Exide is not a German company. Hell, they provided the USA batteries for the military during WWI and WWII. Do you really think the US military would have bought German batteries in the middle of a war with Germany?

You're disturbing my German fantasy world. My battery was made in Germany by skilled craftsmen who took vocational exams at an early age and were deemed to possess high aptitute in building batteries for BMW.
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