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Old 01-27-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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Time io replace my battery.

Does any one know of any articles comparing car batteries like the oil filter comparison?
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Just go buy an Optima and be done with it. A few bux more, but worth it.
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Optima and Exide Orbital battery will not work in my old Regal because the large washer fluid tank will not fit over the top post terminals.

I thought there was a big battery discussion in this section but can not find it.
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Optima is the way to go...Red top is what you want
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Optimas have both side and top terminals. Get a red top.
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Side terminal only.

I have to have a side terminal only battery.

If this were a new car I would buy a Optima or Orbital and cut off the top terminal post and make it fit. Since this car already has acid damage, from a Delco battery, I can not see paying $135.00 and then hack saw the top post.
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Optimas have both side and top terminals. Get a red top.


JEG'* has them fairly cheap
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Oh, I get it, you CAN'T have top terminals because of the washer tank. I misread it. I'd swear I've seen Optimas without the top terminals.
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Its a W body with the tank over the battery... I never liked that set up... But...

Ron, if you have to get a decent batter... Go with Die Hard, Energizer, Duralast, Everstart and the like.... These batteries are made by Johnson Controls... I have been using the Everstarts sold at Wally world for the last 8 years or so... Shortest live I ever got out of one was 4 years and that was the cheapest one that had... 2 of my cars have the Everstart Maxx, and the other a Duralast Gold... Price them and see whos cheaper... Next time you are at Wal-Mart go to automotive and see how much tyhe Maxx costs... Good Luck

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Ron,

I highly recommend Interstate Batteries. I have used them for years and they were the ones that would last in the Arizona heat. They also make the OEM battery under contract for Lexus.
Their website has the vehicle application information and also your nearest store or distributor.
http://www.ibsa.com/estore/default.asp
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