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Old 06-14-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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Lightbulb E36 Battery Options



Hey guys, looks like my battery has come to the end of its life. I'm looking to get something new and updated and have been looking at the dry cell options (Optima and Odyssey) but am concerned with fitment issues.. I've also come across the mini cooper battery that is pretty much identical to the E46 M3 CSL battery. Any advice/first hand experience with batteries? Looking to get some recommendations. Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:51 PM   #2
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Are you looking to save weight or just an OEM option? I've had a Odyssey PC680 for about 10 years now. I'm pretty happy with it.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:38 PM   #3
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definitely looking to shave some weight. The battery currently in the car is an Exide and weighs at least 60 lbs. The Odyssey PC680 looks pretty nice and light (around 20lbs?) Is the PC680 a dry cell?
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It's 15.4lbs without the metal jacket (not required for a trunk install), plus another pound or 2 for a mounting bracket. It's an AGM battery, no acid to spill. Keep a battery tender/charger handy if you don't use the car regularly.
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Ok thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to go with the odyssey.
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