From digest.v7.n397 Tue Oct 7 21:24:35 1997
From: Terry Lee <tlee_at_atwc.teradyne.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 17:11:02 -0700
I just bought an OEM BMW battery for my '93 325is
from the dealer.
It's made by Douglas in the US, and fits perfect as
expected. It cost $115 with BMW CCA discount.
It is a type 92 battery, not the type 49 that is listed
in the cross reference guides. The parts guy told me
that the 49 is a "close" fit, but not exact like the 92.
My car came with a VARTA battery.
The Interstate type 49 goes for $90 in discount stores.
The Johnson/Motorcraft type 49 goes for $89 at the
Auto Parts Club Discount chain. The Motorcraft is a
Merkur application, and the vent pipe comes out of
the middle of the longer side of the batter. The type 92
comes out at the far end, near the pos terminal. Thus,
you have to do some custom vent hose invention to
make this type 49 fit into an E36.
So, for a few dollars more than Interstate, you can have
the real item with no hassles.
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