Replacing vented Delco Battery w/ Bosch in 2000 SSEi?
Is putting in a Bosch Battery in my 2000 Bonneville SSEi OK, or even preferable to Delco? My repair shop will only put in Delco; they discontinued Interstate as they said it was weak. Now I’m considering doing myself and going to Pep Boys, they have a Bosch replacement which they say is both cheaper and more powerful ($103 vs. $112, 880 CCA vs. 770 CCA). The main thing that concerns me is this comment when you look it up on the Pep Boys online parts catalog website at http://mfr.activant.com/pepboys/servlet:
BATTERY MAY BE VENTED OUTSIDE OF VEHICLE. - MANUFACTURE'* RECOMMENDED REPLACEMENT MAY VARY FROM ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT.
AFAIC, these batteries better be nearly identical, given the placement under the rear seat and the way the vent harness/loop fits on the battery’* two side vents. The gasses need to make it outside the passenger compartment.
The reason for all his is I left the lights on for about 30 minutes and the car wouldn’t start at 30 degrees, trickle charged using jumping posts under the hood for 15 hours then car started and still starts now, but I want to replace seeing it’* the beginning of winter. The ‘green eye’ on the Delco battery is still green, but this is probably like an idiot light, that doesn’t necessarily mean the battery is good, right? I believe its 8 years old now; it was replaced in 1st year as part of warranty.
Anyone have experience doing this, good/bad? I am trying to avoid Delco as I have had GM cars for over 30 years, and I don’t have a high opinion of Delco. Most of that time I’ve bought Interstate & Diehard, lately I’ve bought Kirkland and had good luck. I have no idea who makes Kirkland, call it a crapshoot. I don’t expect Costco or most others to have specialty batteries with vents in them.
Thanks in advance.