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Old 06-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #41
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Bob W, I'm not cheap by any means, but why spend $220 on an OEM when you can buy a battery with better specs/warranty for $130.
Come on, 90 bucks is still 90 bucks. LoL!

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:35 AM   #42
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I am honestly in disbelief that you have the original battery. Just not possible with a car that is normally driven. Did you get the car new? If not, more than likely, the battery was replaced at some point with another OE battery. Do you have any service records that you can look at that might tell you when it was replaced? Not truly knowing it's age, I wouldn't replace it if it was working fine. Batteries in the E46 last approx 6-8 years give or take, but no way 12.
Mines a 2002 with 103k miles and still on the original battery! Not gonna replace it until it gives me troubles.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #43
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I had a battery from '08 in my car from the PO. I replaced that **** a few months after I bought the car. It's really not worth being stuck anywhere for any amount of time.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #44
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dual yellow top optima's. I have left the lights on for hours no problem. 2000 watt amp doesn't dim the lights
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:25 AM   #45
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Do not get autozone 49dl. It works fine initially but lasts for only 3-4 years. My oem lasted 9 years.
^^ This guy's a f'n idiot. Just search 49DL and this is probably the only complaint on the entire forum out of 200,000 members that you'll read. One person even went as far as to inspect the original manufacturer of the Autozone battery, found out it was made by Douglas batteries, which, in turn manufactures the OE BMW batteries too.

I tried to make this easy for you, and you're making it difficult. This battery is a proven exact replacement, complete with the proper venting hose, etc. Pay extra for an OE battery, that is your choice.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #46
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I purchased a BMW batt 3years ago and it went out this month. Turns out they only have a 2year warranty another one would have run me $200 but given the life I got out of it, I decided to try the DL. It costs $175 but you get $15 for your old battery and I had a $40 autozone membership credit so I only paid $120. Plus they come with a 5 year full warranty.
What? that is CRAZY expensive, I think the one I just got was maybe $90 or so new, and got dropped down cheaper because of my pro-rated credit for returning the older one.

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The preferred non-OEM battery is the Bosch 49-850B. The Duralast 49-DL, is now out of production.
this must be extremely recent because I just picked up a 49DL from autozone literally a few months ago for my wife's car. I did notice that when he checked in the computer I think the only one it referred to was a 94 or something like that which was more expensive, and I actually had to ask specifically for the 49DL, he took it out, visually compared them and said "well, seems like it should work," and I told him, NO DUR, IT OBVS works fine as I've had them in my car for 6+ YEARS with no issues..
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #47
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Wal-Mart, Duracel. Around $100, have had it 2.5 years with no issues. Its just a freakin' battery. Doesn't matter as long as the size and rating is correct.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #48
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this must be extremely recent because I just picked up a 49DL from autozone literally a few months ago for my wife's car.
Probably got the last of their stock.
Yes, our fav is def discontinued. I've checked a few stores.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:57 PM   #49
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i bought 94R from autozone because 49DL was not available anymore
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:05 PM   #50
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Another vote for an Autozone Duralast red top batteries. They're great. I used to work at an Autozone and we would get all kinds of different brands come in for testing (usually resulting in it being a bad battery) but very seldom did I ever see one of the Duralast batteries come in. I've been using them for a long time in all my cars with no trouble so far, everytime I have replaced with a Duralast it lasts until I sell the car.

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Old 06-09-2013, 02:14 PM   #51
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I like buying 30 dollar junkyard batteries. They never seem to do me wrong.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #52
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My battery just suddenly died last night last replaced in 2006. Just got a jump to get home and tried to restart at home but failed, left on charger all night. It started this morning but after shutting it off and tried again for a few minutes would not start again. Ive been looking around the sites checking battery prices and they seem to be about even 180 +/- a few bucks except the dealer at almost 300 with tax. If the dealer price was closer it would be my immediate choice but the price difference makes me consider the other options.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #53
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Re: Best Option To Replace OEM Battery

I wouldn't buy an oem one. Id prefer to go with an optima battery if I considered anything on the high end

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #54
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94R available from Walmart, Sam's, or Costco? Check around.
Also at Autozone?

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...000#fragment-4

Many report cost at around $110 at stores at top.

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Old 06-15-2013, 08:59 PM   #55
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Re: Best Option To Replace OEM Battery

I ended up purchasing from walmart a 94r at 138 total with tax and core refund. 3 years replacement warranty. Hopefully it lasts.

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #56
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so far, everytime I have replaced with a Duralast it lasts until I sell the car.
How long do you keep the cars after you replace the battery?
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #57
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Re: Best Option To Replace OEM Battery

I put a Duralast 49-dl in about 6 weeks ago runs car good but im not sure its powering my amp and sub cause it will cut on and off I haven't checked the voltage but all worked well before my dealership battery crapped out

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #58
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I put a Duralast 49-dl in about 6 weeks ago runs car good but im not sure its powering my amp and sub cause it will cut on and off I haven't checked the voltage but all worked well before my dealership battery crapped out
Duralast discontinued a while ago. Lucky to get one.

I'd strongly thing your cutting out has anything to do with the Duralast.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:15 PM   #59
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I vote OEM battery. I still had the original one from May 2001 when I bought the car new, until January of this year when the car was wrecked. Never had a problem with it. But then it was never in any extremely cold weather (below freezing) and I've never accidentally left the lights on or ignition in on position, so I've never had to jump it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:23 PM   #60
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Re: Best Option To Replace OEM Battery

Yeah its dated feb 12 but the one I took out (bmw battery) was from sep 09 and was leaking acid bad it took about 2hours to clean it all out

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