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When bmw 530i battery is changed, what is the right batt for this car? and after changed, what kind of progamming needed and programming is the must?

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I think that by 2006, BMW 5-series had all switched over to the Mercedes-style controllers on the seats, sunroof, mirrors, windows, etc. You can reprogram that stuff, but it is a LOT easier to keep the system powered up while the battery is out. Attach a 12 volt DC source (like another car) to the jumper cable connections under the hood to keep the car powered while you are changing the battery. Battery shops have 12V batteries on cigarette lighter plugs that they use to keep cars powered while they change batteries.
As for the correct battery, it is not as sensitive as you might think. Look it up on line at NAPA or Interstate. BMWs usually have pretty large battery boxes and that 6 cyl engine does not demand a lot of cold cranking amps, so there will probably be several different batteries that will work if the terminals are in the correct position and you can secure them well. For my older BMWs, I find that the exact replacement is a rare size, so the available batteries tend to have been sitting on the shelf for a long time. I therefore choose a common size that will work so I get a fresh one. Costco and Walmart are my favorite places to buy batteries, but I got my most recent one for the wife's 330 at NAPA. It is shorter so I had to put a 1/4" block of rubber under the battery clamp.

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