New battery at 65,000 miles

8 March 2016 - Filed under: Repairs + Servicing

New battery. Seems to have cured the starter solenoid issues.

Easy DIY job, although quite a large piece of trim needs to be removed:

There’s a great DIY guide on North American Motoring.

I opted for a Varta E44 with a 5 year warranty. Type 096 was the correct size for our R56. The Ah and CCA specs were different/better to the OE battery, however our car is 6 months too old to have start/stop, so I didn’t need to worry about getting the car coded for the new battery and I avoided the cost of an AGM battery.

I sourced the battery from Tayna. They were cheaper than ECP/GSF and included next day delivery.

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  1. MatthewUnited States 29 July 2016 - 8:09 am

    As an R53 guy, I had no idea that the R56 had the battery up front. Pretty interesting.

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