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Old 09-16-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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Battery Raplacement for 330Ci - 2003

The garage guy says my battery health is low, though the voltage is good. He said there is no amperage.

What brand would you guys suggest to buy if I don't go to dealer.

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Old 09-16-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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if you run aftermarket stereo or amps definitely get the Optima battery, if not get something with higher cranking amps and make sure it has good warranty (costco, crappy tire etc ..,)

since bmw batteries sit in the trunk they don't need to look pretty
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:05 AM   #3
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Is there any reason why I should go to get replaced in the dealer. They charge almost $200 I think.

If I disconnect the old battery, do I need any code to turn back on the radio/audio after putting in the new battery.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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You should be able to find a battery for $135-$155 if you look around. I got mine at Midas for around that price last year (Interstate Battery)
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:17 AM   #5
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if you run aftermarket stereo or amps definitely get the Optima battery, if not get something with higher cranking amps and make sure it has good warranty (costco, crappy tire etc ..,)

since bmw batteries sit in the trunk they don't need to look pretty
+10 on the Optima Battery, go with Yellow Top, especially if you have aftermarket audio equip. They're a lil more expensive, but well worth it.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:48 PM   #6
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I just called the dealer today. They charged $286 installed.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:31 AM   #7
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The 330 Ci takes a (BCI Group) 94r battery. No one in Canada seems to sell these. I tried Wallmart, Costco, Canada Tire, Napa, etc. I called Partsource and they had a 94r in stock but wanted $199 for it. The guy on the phone said not to worry, that my car will take a (BCI Group) 48 for $114.

I take the battery out and head down to the store. The 48 is almost 2-3 inches longer than the 94r (so no way). They load tested my battery and it was dead. So I gave them the $199 -$10 core and $10 off coupon (http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/s...ght=partsource).

The Partsource battery was an White Excide 94r, so it is now basically the OEM replacement, now that Douglas Battery is no more. The single vent tube for the battery hooked up no problem, and everything lined up as the original battery.

I would have liked to of installed an Optima Yellow top from Costco for $156 (great deal), but there is no cross top bracket on my battery install, only the bottom mount secure bracket. No real way to hold the battery in place.

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Old 11-18-2008, 09:45 AM   #8
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you can make your own braket out of a steel rods, some nuts, washers and some metal bracket, you can probably find all your supplies at home depot.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:42 PM   #9
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anyone know the Part # for the optima yellow top that fits in our car
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:03 AM   #10
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i think they are all standard size, no ?
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