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Old 11-10-2019, 05:32 PM
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does a 2001 need to have battery coded into the computer?

I've read a lot of posts talking about programming the computer when a battery change is made, but I don't know if it pertains to my older 2001 X5. If it does, does anyone know where to find the info on how to do that? I can't find it in a Bentley Manual.
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Old 11-10-2019, 05:39 PM
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Nope, your good.

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Old 11-10-2019, 05:43 PM
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thanks zuk
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Old Yesterday, 12:06 PM
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Just an FYI...battery registration started with the new generation BMWs which started with the e90 3 series, e65/e66 7 series, e60 5 series, and e70/e71 X5/X6 models...and continued to roll out on new models there after.

The reason for the battery registration has to do with the IBS (intelligent battery sensor) that these new BMW models have. They communcate over the LIN bus..or the BSD bus (on the e90/e65/e66 built prior to the 2004 e60)...and your e53 X5 has neither of these communication busses nor an IBS.

See the info below and know it to protect yourself against gouging by vendors (which even includes BMW employees that are noobs or wet behind the ears) that assume your old generation BMW will require battery registration...it DOES NOT.

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Old Yesterday, 01:16 PM
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thx, Q. One less worry, mate!

It thought I was doing pretty good all these years acting as the "intelligent battery sensor", but then again, I'm gettin' pretty old, and probably less intelligent, I just would like to deny that as long as I can.
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Old Yesterday, 01:47 PM
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I don't think of the IBS as being that "intelligent". After all you have to program every detail into the gubbins in the first place. If it was any way intelligent it would work it all out for itself. I think the name gives it all away I...BS! Just another way for $tealers to reach into your pocket and relieve you of a healthy chunk of change without actually doing anything of great significance to improve your vehicle.
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