BMW 3 Series E36 (1990-1998) – batteries


BMW 3 Series in version E36 was produced in the years 1990 – 1998. Below we present the specifications of batteries suitable for specific engines.

Basic parameters of batteries suitable for BMW 3 Series (1990-1998):

LayoutTerminal typesBase hold-down
0 – positive on the right side1B13

BMW 3 Series E36 – petrol engines:
  • 316 i
  • 318 i
  • 318 is

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S3S30 0556 Ah480 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S4S40 0560 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0563 Ah610 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ClassicEC55055 Ah460 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB62062 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA64064 Ah640 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords EssentialsHB 02756 Ah480 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 02762 Ah550 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas SupremeLS02765 Ah640 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Black DynamicC1456 Ah480 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicD2460 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicD1563 Ah610 A242x175x190 mmB13More
The above three petrol engines of the BMW 3 Series, namely 316 i ,318 i and 318 is, will perform best with batteries of at least 52 Ah capacity. We recommend choosing higher-end battery models for cars with a large number of optional extras. The weakest of these is the battery Exide Classic EC550 which capacity is 55 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 460 A. The most powerful battery is Lucas Supreme LS027 of a capacity 65Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 640 A. The base hold-down of the above batteries is B13.

BMW 3 Series E36 – petrol engines:
  • 320 i
  • 323 i 2.5
  • 325 i
  • 328 i
  • M3 3.0
  • M3 3.2

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S3S30 0870 Ah640 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S4S40 0874 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0877 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ClassicEC70070 Ah640 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB74074 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA77077 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords EssentialsHB 09670 Ah640 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 09676 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas PremiumLP09675 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13
Lucas SupremeLS09678 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Black DynamicE1370 Ah640 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicE1174 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicE4477 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
For the 320 i, 323 i 2.5, 325 i petrol engines and others from the above list, we select batteries measuring 276x175x190 mm or 278x175x190 mm with a capacity exceeding 67 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Halfords Essentials HB 096 which capacity is 70 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 640 A. The most powerful battery is Lucas Supreme LS096 of a capacity 78Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 780 A. The base hold-down of the above batteries is B13.

BMW 3 Series E36 – diesel engines:
  • 318 tds
  • 325 td
  • 325 tds

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S3S30 1390 Ah720 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S4S40 1395 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 13100 Ah830 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ClassicEC90090 Ah720 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB95095 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA1000100 Ah900 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 01995 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Black DynamicF690 Ah720 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicG395 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicH3100 Ah830 A353x175x190 mmB13More
The three above-mentioned diesel engines, namely 318 tds, 325 td and 325 tds, should be paired with batteries sized 352x175x190 mm or 353x175x190 mm with a capacity of at least 87 Ah. The most basic battery of this set is Varta Black Dynamic F6 of a capacity 90Ah and 720A Cold Cranking Amps, the battery with the biggest capacity is Exide Premium EA1000 of a capacity 100 Ah, having 900A Cold Cranking Amps. All the batteries in the list above have a base hold-down B13.
If you’re still unsure which battery fits your BMW 3 Series , or if you want to help others in their selection, please send us a photo of your current battery in the comment section at the bottom of the page. You can also send the picture to contact@whatbattery.co.uk (we will place it in the comments to also help other users). Be sure to specify the car model, year, type, as well as the engine capacity and power. We’ll do our best to assist you!

See also information about other cars of this manufacturer

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