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does any independent repair shop replace battery in 2008 bmw 328i?

Kgeeg
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Asked by Kgeeg Apr 12, 2013 at 03:42 PM about the 2008 BMW 3 Series 328i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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tenspeed
45,765

A independent shop should be able to. Where do you live? I can list a few.

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Kgeeg
5

Midland, TX I've called some, no one wants to do bmw because the computer has to be reset? Thanks!!

Tom Demyan
68,475

Why not go to the dealer? BMW of Permian Basin too much? Did you call Lone Star Automotive 432-699-5700

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Kgeeg
5

Tom, I called Lone Star and they said they do replace and reset computer on BMW. I was so glad to find that out, but I forgot to ask how much they charge! My Bad!

mrmoony
1,920

By keeping 12v on the car's system I don't know why you would have to reset anything in order to do a battery change.

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Tom Demyan
68,475

mrmoony, BMW's require you to program the new battery so it gets the correct charge as the computer monitors the voltage/amperage, escpecially if you use a different battery with different CCA's. Kgeeg, glad I could help. Should be around $50?

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tenspeed
45,765

Audi is the same way Tom. They have to tell the system that a new battery is installed and what type. The car monitors the battery life and tells you when to replace it before it fails. The Audi people can use a VAG COM cable to reset the MMI interface. Is there such a thing for BMW? Maybe some BMW forum members can tell you if you can reset and/or how much to have a shop do it.

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Kgeeg
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That's great to know! Dealer wants $485! Just a 36 mo. battery, too.

Michael Branan
1,595

Try Batteries Plus. They have several options. You may not need to reset the computer. If you do, you usually can do it yourself. Double check your owner's manual.

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James Chadek
295

Hook a fully charged jumper box to the cable before you disconnect the battery to install the new one. Disconnect when done. No computer brain loss.

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sandrabmw
10

I live in Midland too! And this just happened to me at the BMW dealer in Midland. I was told that "you can't just go to Auto Zone and get a battery. You need our battery because it has to be programmed to work with all of the components in the car." Now I'm out $500.

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Kgeeg
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Same thing they told me. Is everything higher in Midland? Seems that way sometimes. It's a shame we don't all make the big bucks like most of the town.

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