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      12-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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BMW shop in Kitchener/Waterloo? Scan tool?

Hey all, just moved to K/W. Looking for a good indie shop and also wouldn't mind finding someone local with a scan tool, need to recode a battery replacement. Any suggestions most welcome!

I see we have no official owners thread for this area
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      12-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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Hey all, just moved to K/W. Looking for a good indie shop and also wouldn't mind finding someone local with a scan tool, need to recode a battery replacement. Any suggestions most welcome!

I see we have no official owners thread for this area
Roman at AutoCube on Victoria has some BMW experience (I believe he was a dealer tech back in the e46 days). Not sure if he does the battery coding.

You can also try Jason at Foreign Automotive near Strausburg & Bleams, who is mostly an Audi/VW guy, but has started some code work for BMW too.

For the battery, I just got mine done at the dealer, because it wasn't that big of a price difference vs. running around.
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I am in Guelph working nights this weekend, I have not done a battery replacement but willing to try and see if the BT tool can do it.
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Thanks guys. Looks like the battery itself is a pricey enough item that I might as well just hit up the dealer . Appreciate the shop recommendations and offers for assistance though!
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Thanks guys. Looks like the battery itself is a pricey enough item that I might as well just hit up the dealer . Appreciate the shop recommendations and offers for assistance though!
I got quoted $311 + taxes to do the battery replacement at BMW Mississauga. I was debating about it but since you've done some looking around and if it ain't saving that much than I might as well get it done at the dealer.

Just curious about the price for the battery when you were shopping around?
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I got quoted $311 + taxes to do the battery replacement at BMW Mississauga. I was debating about it but since you've done some looking around and if it ain't saving that much than I might as well get it done at the dealer.

Just curious about the price for the battery when you were shopping around?
Well, I haven't looked that hard to be honest; after looking in the trunk (I have a 1-series, just squatting here... not sure if E90 has trunk battery) and looking at the installation mount and distribution block, venting, etc I realized it wasn't as simple as just unhooking/hooking up new one. Mix in the recoding and I am approaching my threshold of tolerance for DIY.

Canadian Tire (who I've used for Audi replacement batteries for years, with success) has a replacement for $200-ish (AGM technology, parameters look fine) but I'm not positive it fits in the mount properly and vents properly. By the time I add in labour for install and recoding I'm sure I'd be near $300 anyways, plus the potential hassle of swapping it and finding it doesn't fit.

There are cheaper options listed but I don't think they are sufficient for the vehicle.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mo...p.0104920.html
This is the one I was looking at.
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Roman at AutoCube on Victoria has some BMW experience (I believe he was a dealer tech back in the e46 days). Not sure if he does the battery coding.

You can also try Jason at Foreign Automotive near Strausburg & Bleams, who is mostly an Audi/VW guy, but has started some code work for BMW too.

For the battery, I just got mine done at the dealer, because it wasn't that big of a price difference vs. running around.
Hey OP, pretty sure Roman can do this for you. Really decent guy, knows these cars pretty good.
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Thanks sir, the battery has been behaving better in the recent milder temps, but will give him a call after xmas break.

For the record, though Canadian Tire sells the battery and notes the car requires coding to install it, but they won't do it; asked a couple of them when I was in picking up shovels and salt over the last week.

Not that I'd ever let CT touch my car
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