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Old 02-25-2015, 08:27 PM   #1
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Which battery to replace Oem?

My 10 year old e36 battery no longer holds a charge. Looking to replace it but don't want to spend the $200 the stealership charges. Any recommendations?

I read online that the "Everstart Maxx 94R" from walmart is a perfect fit. But still skeptical because it looks bigger than my OEM one and also because the attendant at walmart said I won't be able to return the battery if I remove the cap.

Please let me know what you guys are using and where I would be able to pick one up locally.

Thanks guys.
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:14 PM   #2
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I've run an Everstart and a Kirkland battery in the two E30s. both have been excellent so far. For the E39, nothing but OEM/Exide (OE supplier), also great.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:07 AM   #3
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Go to Crosstown Battery on Musgrave, near Lawblaws - Vic Park and Gerard.
Excellent service and prices..
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:30 AM   #4
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Check out the Kirkland batteries at costco, haven't had an issue with mine.

If not crappy tire batteries are convenient and have a warranty. E36s are as picky about batteries compared to newer cars with more electronics.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:38 AM   #5
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I don't think CT stocks a battery for the E36. I picked up a Champion battery from PartsSource a few years ago for $120 which I ran for some 7y and only replaced it because I came across an OEM one for a good price; not sure if they still stock it.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:57 PM   #6
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My buddy, the PO used a battery from a VW dealer, meant for a TDI - so bigger battery. I think he said it was around $120. I still have it in the car. It's four years old and I just put a load tester on it... still tests over 1000 on CA, and good voltage. I can check the part number... don't know it off hand.
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys.

Was able to find a battery at Walmart. The Everstart Maxx H6, was a perfect fit. Although the look-up book at Walmart doesn't list it as compatible, it fits like a glove and the battery tray cover still fits nicely. Also has two vent holes, which the OEM has.
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