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Old 05-25-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Question Any 540i E39 Battery Advice?

Hello guys,

My 540i still has its OEM BMW battery and I've been having power-loss problems with it lately so it looks like it's time to get a new one since my alternator seems to be working fine.

I looked into Canadian Tire for some batteries but they just have those regular ones for smaller cars and the 540's is a huge monster one!!

I haven't called the stealership to check how much do the OEM ones go for. But I've checked websites like Autopartsway and Bimmerspecialist and they don't really have the OEM ones either.

So I decided to create this thread so that other users can also use as guide for battery purchases. Anybody there knows roughly how much do the OEM ones go for and if there are any alternatives with similar or better quality/endurance/cost?

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Old 05-25-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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Canadian Tire does offer one the model number I believe is Eliminator 10-4900

It should be around $125 if I recall correctly.

It fits in the spot in the trunk and has more cold cranking amps, the only issue is that it is a bit wider so it is difficult/not possible to install one of the brackets to keep it in place (the one on the side). You may have to DIY a bracket, but either way it does not move much if at all.
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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if you are planninh on doing some audio upgrades I would recommand a better battery, after my battery died in my 540 I replaced it with a Optima Yellow Top battery, it's smaller & lighter than the stock battery but has more juice than the stock one, picked one up at Costco for $180.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:49 PM   #4
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The best battery for our climate is the Canadian Tire Eliminator 4900 (which replaced their "72" brand #4972) The first two numbers designate the group number for the battery - in this case it is a Group 49.

(The BMW will also accommodate a Group 94R battery - the R designates a reverse polarity for the terminal)

The Eliminator 4900 will fit exactly the same as the OEM complete with connecter for the stock tube to vent volatile gas to the outside of the trunk - This battery will also fit the three series E36 and E46 - however you will need to remove the white plastic spacer block on the bottom of the battery tray on a newer E46 M3 or move the metal spacer on other threes - since the battery is longer than the stock version, but the tray is engineered from the factory to accept this size of battery. On E39's it is a direct fit.

The 4900 Eliminator is not listed on the CDN Tire computer for BMWs, because they probably do not want to work on BMWs. The cold cranking amps (CCA) are 850 and the amp hour (AH) rating is I believe 1050. You will never be stranded with this type of power even on the coldest day in Canada. The stock red plastic protective cover for the positive terminal will also fit on this battery as if it was made for this application - the plastic pins on the protector match up perfectly with the holes on the battery case. You get three years replacement warranty - thereafter it is pro rated and they include free boost assist if it dies within the three years. You cannot get a better deal than this for $118CDN when compared to the dealer battery at $262CDN. (you also get $10 back when you return your old battery core)
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Whoa, nice and quick answers guys! Thanks very much!!

So the best place to buy those really is Canadian Tire eh?
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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Whoa, nice and quick answers guys! Thanks very much!!

So the best place to buy those really is Canadian Tire eh?
Whoa Bud, CT is't the only place to get a battery any 49 series battery will work just make sure it comes with the vent tube. Don't over look Interstate batteries they are readily available as well.

Couple of years ago, I was down in Niagra Falls for a parts run I picked up a Duralast 49DL at Autozone on Pine Ave in Niagra falls for $69, left my old battery as core ($5).
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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The best battery for our climate is the Canadian Tire Eliminator 4900 (which replaced their "72" brand #4972) The first two numbers designate the group number for the battery - in this case it is a Group 49.
Is that an AGM battery or lead acid?
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Is that an AGM battery or lead acid?
It is a lead acid battery and in response to Mlue1

Correct - a Group 49 Battery will work (not any Group 49) just make sure that it is properly vented and has at least 850 CCA to handle our climate. I have seen Florida BMW's equipped with Group 49 Batteries that have a measly 250 CCAs. Canadian Tire's "Eliminator 4900" was proposed by me because it is inexpensive and readily availble being that Canadian tire is ubiquitous.

As far as Manufacturers - Johnson Controls is the largest manufacturer in the world with 34% of the total market share; followed by Exide with 14%, GS Yuasa (pending merger of Yuasa and Japan Storage Battery with 10%, Matsushita with 4%, East Penn with 3%, and all others with 35%.

Exide make private label batteries for Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, Costco, Interstate, Sears etc. so although individual specs may vary, chances are that your battery was probably made by either Johnson Controls or Exide, however specified, branded and marketed under different labels.

BTW, Varta - the BMW OEM Battery manufacture is owned by Johnson Controls.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:05 PM   #9
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Exide make private label batteries for Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, Costco, Interstate, Sears etc. so although individual specs may vary, chances are that your battery was probably made by either Johnson Controls or Exide, however specified, branded and marketed under different labels.

BTW, Varta - the BMW OEM Battery manufacture is owned by Johnson Controls.
Faaack! Look at this guy! He's a battery specialist! hahah

Ike FTW!!

Thanks guys, I got my 4900 purchased and installed yesterday at CT. Price was 124.99 plus 18.99 for installation and -10.00 for the old battery. It also has a pretty nice warranty of 8 yrs I think and 3 yr free replacement and power assist period. How Borat would say: very nIIIIIIIIIceee!!! I liiiiiiiiiiike!
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:32 PM   #10
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Go to Interstate, they sell used batteries with 1 year warranty for $40-$50 ... can't go wrong.
I do that once a year. In the spring just replace my dead one with a new one for $40 + taxes
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if you are planninh on doing some audio upgrades I would recommand a better battery, after my battery died in my 540 I replaced it with a Optima Yellow Top battery, it's smaller & lighter than the stock battery but has more juice than the stock one, picked one up at Costco for $180.

i just did that 2 days ago. installed a yellow top from costco.
cant go wrong with a nice beefy gel cell
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