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Old 02-22-2015, 11:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Albany, NY
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$550 for new battery?! Tell me there's anlternatives ...

So my wife's 2010 X5 battery died during a cold spell here in Upstate NY. A jump-start brought 'er back to life, but the "passenger secondary restraint" light came on. We were due in to the dealer for another service anyway, asked them to take a gander at the issue while they were at it.

"You'll need a new battery."

No biggie. What's the damage?

"$550, parts & labor."

Couldn't believe he said it with a straight face. I told him to hold off on the replacement while I looked for cheaper alternatives. He said I wouldn't find any as, while the "battery registration" they have to do is a nominal part of the cost, to replace it with a cheaper battery would likely not be enough to power the car, and to find a battery that WOULD be enough to power the car, it would likely cost about as much as it would to have them do it.

When I but my car specs into known battery outlets, I get batteries over 1/2 the cost, which only leads me to believe that they are the "underpowered/cheaper" one's the dealer spoke of. Then there's the "registration" issues??

I can't seem to find a straight answer in these threads (or maybe i'm not looking hard enough?) ... Can anyone tell me if getting a new battery will really cost this much? If not, where do you recommend I buy/install? "Register"?

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Old 02-22-2015, 11:30 PM
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Yes there is an alternative.

Go to any indy shop and pay from 250 to 350 for the same thing, that is battery and labor to register the battery to the car.

Now, you could also get software yourself and get the correct battery and do it for about 200.

Stay warm.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:08 AM
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by TinyRK View Post
yup, the AutoCraft battery I got through that info is still good for me and still works great in the cold.
'08 X5 3.0si - Alpine White / Saddle Brown interior
Specs: Sport Pkg, Premium Pkg, Tech Pkg, Comfort Access, Aero Kit, Style 433 staggered 20s on Conti DWS
Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:46 PM
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My Tech advisor told me to just get an Interstate battery and install myself. Easy as 1 2 3.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:10 PM
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An SA lied? Gasp....say it isn't so.

And there's the Ard signal....enter in 3...2....
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