BMW 5 Series E39 (1996-2003) – batteries


BMW 5 Series in version E39 was produced in the years 1996 – 2003. Below we present the specifications of batteries suitable for specific engines.

Basic parameters of batteries suitable for BMW 5 Series (1996-2003):

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

BMW 5 Series E39 – petrol engines:
  • 528 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 0772 Ah680 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0774 Ah750 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB71271 Ah670 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA72272 Ah720 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Lucas PremiumLP10072 Ah680 A278x175x175 mmB13
Lucas SupremeLS10074 Ah750 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicE4372 Ah680 A278x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicE3874 Ah750 A278x175x175 mmB13More
For the BMW 5 Series with a 528 i gasoline engine, we choose batteries with dimensions of 276x175x175 mm or 278x175x175 mm, whose capacity exceeds 71 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Exide Excell EB712 which capacity is 71 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 670 A. The most powerful battery is Varta Silver Dynamic E38 of a capacity 74Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 750 A. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.

BMW 5 Series E39 – petrol engines:
  • 520 i

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 BMW 5 Series with a 520 i gasoline engine, we choose batteries with dimensions of 276x175x190 mm or 278x175x190 mm, whose capacity exceeds 67 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Bosch S3 S30 08 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 5 Series E39 – petrol engines:
  • 523 i
  • 525 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 0874 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0877 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB74074 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA77077 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 09676 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas PremiumLP09675 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13
Lucas SupremeLS09678 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicE1174 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicE4477 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
For these petrol engines, we recommend batteries with dimensions of 276x175x190 mm or 278x175x190 mm and a capacity exceeding 71 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Bosch S4 S40 08 which capacity is 74 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 680 A. The most powerful battery is Lucas Supreme LS096 of a capacity 78Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 780 A. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.

BMW 5 Series E39 – petrol engines:
  • 530 i
  • 535 i
  • 540 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S3S30 1288 Ah740 A353x175x175 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB85285 Ah760 A353x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Black DynamicF588 Ah740 A353x175x175 mmB13More
For these petrol engines, we recommend batteries with dimensions of 352x175x175 mm or 353x175x175 mm and a capacity exceeding 82 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Exide Excell EB852 which capacity is 85 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 760 A. The most powerful battery is Varta Black Dynamic F5 of a capacity 88Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 740 A. The base hold-down of the above batteries is B13.

BMW 5 Series E39 – petrol engines:
  • M 4.9
  • M 5.0

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S5 AGMS5A 1395 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 15110 Ah920 A393x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK95095 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK96096 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB1100110 Ah850 A392x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords AdvancedAGM 01995 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas Fusion AGMLF01795 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas PremiumLP020110 Ah920 A393x175x190 mmB13
Varta Silver Dynamic AGMG1495 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicI1110 Ah920 A393x175x190 mmB13More
For these petrol engines, we recommend batteries with dimensions of 353x175x190 mm, 392x175x190 mm or 393x175x190 mm and a capacity exceeding 92 Ah. We can mount the standard battery type here or made in AGM technology. To avoid problems, You should rememeber to replace the standard battery with a standard one, EFB with EFB and AGM with AGM. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.

BMW 5 Series E39 – diesel engines:
  • 525 tds

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S3S30 1288 Ah740 A353x175x175 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB85285 Ah760 A353x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Black DynamicF588 Ah740 A353x175x175 mmB13More
The BMW 5 Series with a 525 tds diesel engine should be compatible with batteries of dimensions 352x175x175 mm or 353x175x175 mm, with a minimum capacity of 82 Ah. The most basic battery of this set is Exide Excell EB852 of a capacity 85Ah and 760A Cold Cranking Amps, the battery with the biggest capacity is Varta Black Dynamic F5 of a capacity 88 Ah, having 740A Cold Cranking Amps. The base hold-down of the above batteries is B13.

BMW 5 Series E39 – diesel engines:
  • 520 d
  • 525 d
  • 525 td
  • 530 d

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 1395 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 13100 Ah830 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB95095 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA1000100 Ah900 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 01995 Ah850 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicG395 Ah800 A353x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicH3100 Ah830 A353x175x190 mmB13More
These diesel engines should work with batteries of dimensions 352x175x190 mm or 353x175x190 mm, which capacity is minimum 92 Ah. The most basic battery of this set is Bosch S4 S40 13 of a capacity 95Ah and 800A Cold Cranking Amps, the battery with the biggest capacity is Exide Premium EA1000 of a capacity 100 Ah, having 900A Cold Cranking Amps. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.
If you’re still unsure which battery fits your BMW 5 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!

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