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Hi All,

Looking to replace my battery in the 550i and was wondering where the best place to purchase them from, and what "brand" is the current flavour of the month. Are there any pros to buying a Varta as opposed to a Century or Bosch? Looking like needing a DIN88LAGM. I am aware of the process of registering the battery as I have an IBS on it.

Any info would be much appreciated!

Happy driving!

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I discovered after 2 flat near new batteries that now they use calcium on the plates. These batteries can't be charged by old battery chargers - you'll need one that specifically charges calcium batteries. It's the only way to fully charge the battery.

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I previously shopped at Superstart Batteries in East Tamaki. Good price on branded products. 

Superstart.net.nz

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And I've had success with Mr Positive (for a Bosch), might pay to give them a call too.

But yeah, AGM batteries are expensive.

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Got my LN1 AGM from Batteryworx in Penrose , good work. was $360. their Century DIN88L is $605 on special it seems. 

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On 6/17/2021 at 5:39 PM, nzpanda92 said:

Hi All,

Looking to replace my battery in the 550i and was wondering where the best place to purchase them from, and what "brand" is the current flavour of the month. Are there any pros to buying a Varta as opposed to a Century or Bosch? Looking like needing a DIN88LAGM. I am aware of the process of registering the battery as I have an IBS on it.

Any info would be much appreciated!

Happy driving!

I got an AGM Koba SA59520 95AH (20HR), 850A (EN), 180MIN (RC) battery for my 545i and am *very* happy with it.  It was not particularly pricey.   You need a DIN88L.

 

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Thanks all! Will check out all the options. On a side note - how often should the batteries be changed?

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When required.  Symptoms include frequent discharge condition, odd codes.  Battery testing.  Still, my old bettery (a Marshall) was testing okay though giving issues (I'd already changed IBS)... changing it out for a new battery and ensuring correct registration resolved problem.

Bear in mind the IBS cable causes issues (545i); there's an updated part available - not sure if all 550's already got the later part.  

HTH

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6 minutes ago, Olaf said:

Bear in mind the IBS cable causes issues (545i); there's an updated part available - not sure if all 550's already got the later part.  

HTH

They may not have as I remember mine being replaced in London at my cost!

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yeah it's a recall item in USA but not in NZ.

 

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A recall item in the UK too but I'd moved on by then I think.

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7 minutes ago, Olaf said:

yeah it's a recall item in USA but not in NZ.

 

Was there a bulletin I can read about with this issue? 

I saw a chap on trade me selling new Century DIN88LAGM’s for about $500 which isn’t too bad. 

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You'll probably find Koba less expensive.

I don't have access.  Use your google foo.

 

 

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I missed myself getting tagged, yes, I can help with AGM, @nzpanda92 what part of the country are you based?

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1 hour ago, LemonHunter said:

I missed myself getting tagged, yes, I can help with AGM, @nzpanda92 what part of the country are you based?

Based in Auckland CBD @LemonHunter

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If you’re happy to collect from Wiri, pop me a PM

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