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      09-01-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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You might want to check your battery for this.

My wife's 325i wouldn't start one day, that morning it was giving a battery warning indicator. Anyway, I drove over to give her a jump, when I opened the battery compartment cover, the electronics connected to the positive terminal were severely melted / cracked. Car had 6000 miles on it. Dealer fixed it with an updated part, supposedly the first few (hundred?) cars that came off the line had this problem.

Lesson: Even the battery compartment cover was partially melted. You all may want to visually inspect your battery for early signs of trouble before you get stranded / burned alive, especially if you purchased your car early after release.

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      09-01-2005, 05:32 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info...
i'll check my car...
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I still cannot find the battery...
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      09-01-2005, 08:25 PM   #4
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It's underneath the tool kit in the trunk on the passenger side.

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      09-01-2005, 10:23 PM   #5
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REALLY??
Haven't looked, hasn't been delivered yet.
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      09-02-2005, 01:21 PM   #6
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Where are the points to jump start the car?
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      09-02-2005, 01:28 PM   #7
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Where are the points to jump start the car?
Under the hood

Read your manual carefually since you can easily damage the electronics with jump starting
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did they run out of room for the battery under the hood, or is it just to help with the 50:50 weight distrib??
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it's the 50/50 reason

battery has been in the trunk/under rear seat for at least 20 years
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      09-02-2005, 03:40 PM   #10
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it's the 50/50 reason

battery has been in the trunk/under rear seat for at least 20 years
Not my 2000 E46 318....
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OK it's been like that (outside the E30 318) in the states
the 4 cyl is lighter that's why they leave it up there
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Thanks for the tip! I'll check mine. I was an early bird delivery.
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it think is there for safty reason, not weight distribution
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OK it's been like that (outside the E30 318) in the states
the 4 cyl is lighter that's why they leave it up there
Its in the tunk in all our E46 4 Cylinder cars in South Africa
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Not my 2000 E46 318....
Can you post a picture ?
I have never seen or heard of a E46 that doesnt have its battery in the trunk, no matter if its 4 or 6 cylinder
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Battery in front - picture

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Can you post a picture ?
I have never seen or heard of a E46 that doesnt have its battery in the trunk, no matter if its 4 or 6 cylinder
Here you go. Not the best quality, had to use my camera phone (SE K750) and it's dusk outside.
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Thanks KillDork

Im guessing your car is Left hand drive, with our cars the brake masterpump sits there and of course the other side has the ECU, so no space for the battery up front in RHD versions
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It's left hand drive yes.
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      09-04-2005, 06:44 PM   #19
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OK it's been like that (outside the E30 318) in the states
the 4 cyl is lighter that's why they leave it up there
Did you make that up?

The 3 series compact has its ass chopped off, there is no battery compartment left back there to put it in.
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it think is there for safty reason, not weight distribution
No, Ward is correct, it is weight distribution.
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it think is there for safty reason, not weight distribution
Disagree. Weight distribution is the reason. If it were safety, then why are 99% of cars still putting the battery up front?
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No, Ward is correct, it is weight distribution.
No. They don't "leave it in the front".

They would much rather have it in the rear if there was actually space for it, but since there is not they have to put it in the front.

Unless we are not talking about a compact.
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