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Old 11-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Anyone with an E90 replace their battery?

What's with this "battery registration" crap?
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It's probably so that they make you pay extra to the BMW dealership.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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It's probably so that they make you pay extra to the BMW dealership.
This.

Car has to be 'programmed' by the dealer to recognize the new battery.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:57 AM   #4
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wow, never buying a newer BMW. e46 is the highest I'll ever go.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:05 AM   #6
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why is this in ot? i come here when i don't want to read about how shitty my bmw is.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:08 AM   #7
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Enlighten me. I need to replace mine but it keeps on coming back to life
Apparently the battery needs to be reprogrammed so that it's not under/over-charging. Some ...

Apparently, people are spending over $400 to replace their batteries. WTF happened to going to the auto parts store and dropping a new battery, connecting terminals and getting back on the road?

I'm concerned about the proper replacement due to iDrive and all the additional sh*t.
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I don't see anything special required based on this link
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=292200
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so 2004 bmw's dont come with a diff?
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I don't see anything special required based on this link
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I don't have to do a replacement as of yet, but anyone know why some people are suggesting to go to the dealer to replace the battery. Some say, the car goes into safe mode and then you have to tell the computer that it has a new battery.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Paul

It is true. The car monitors the condition of the battery as it ages to adjust the charging cycle. The procedure calls for resetting the battery condition monitor to tell the car's computer there is a new battery in place.

The BT scan tool should probably be able to reset the battery condition monitor. I've just ordered mine and when I get it I will check the software to see if it does. Going to the dealer to replace the battery is expensive, and the BT scan tool at $280 for the enthusiast version should well cover the cost savings by DIY vs. the dealer install. I'm using it as an excuse to buy the BT Scan tool. (although I bought the pro version…)
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lol... Battery registration. I thought this was a straight up JOKE like topping off your headlight fluids and oil hydration reservoir...

Pretty soon, you'll need to deposit money in the door before it'll unlock.
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Wow, anything to funnel in business to the parts/service dept at the dealerships
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lol... Battery registration. I thought this was a straight up JOKE like topping off your headlight fluids and oil hydration reservoir...

Pretty soon, you'll need to deposit money in the door before it'll unlock.
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however if people want the newest and greatest thing, businesses will find a way to capitalize on it every single time. It's what they do; and BMW is great at it.
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however if people want the newest and greatest thing, businesses will find a way to capitalize on it every single time. It's what they do; and BMW is great at it.
True, but some consumers (DIY community) won't fall for this crap. It's one thing to design a car that needs to be serviced at a dealership. It's another to FORCE people to go to overpriced dealers and not DIY.

I honestly don't see myself buying another BMW. I don't like the build quality and the style/design took a dump
Which is a shame, cause I love so many other characteristics of the brand and drive-ability.

In the two months I've owned my Tacoma, I've smiled more than the 5 years I owned my 3 series.
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lol... Battery registration. I thought this was a straight up JOKE like topping off your headlight fluids and oil hydration reservoir...

Pretty soon, you'll need to deposit money in the door before it'll unlock.
this isn't too far off. with the crappy window regulators, it already feels like you have to deposit money in the door to roll down my windows. have replaced 3 of 4 already.
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lol... Battery registration. I thought this was a straight up JOKE like topping off your headlight fluids and oil hydration reservoir...

Pretty soon, you'll need to deposit money in the door before it'll unlock.
That's pretty close to the current reality of owning a new BMW - especailly the big cars.

I knew where they were going when engine oil dipsticks disappeared. There was one hell of an uproar among the BMW faithful when that happened. AFAIK, the backlash hasn't made a difference.
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Hopefully they'll follow in Porsche's footsteps and give us a dipstick AND a sensor. The sensor is garbage. It's such a pain having to drive around and wait for the engine to get up to temp before it gives a reading.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #19
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Battery registration is not necessary on an e90! It is only on e65/e60/e70/Fxx vehicles. This is not a scam to get people into the dealer but rather to make your vehicles electrical system more efficient. The vehicles requiring battery registration use a power module which monitors the batteries state of charge, capacity, as well as checks for parasitic draws and can shut down consumers abusing the draw to preserve starting capabilities of the battery. E90 battery is plug and play with no special procedures necessary, I am a BMW master technician and replace them daily, as for programming vehicles for battery replacement this is only necessary on E60s since the manufacturer of the batteries discontinued the oem battery and now only makes AGM batteries in that size,
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