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Old 01-28-2007, 12:42 PM   #11
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Mine is also the original, and so far I haven't had any problems. I'll likely be replacing it before long simply because it is reaching the end of its life expectancy and I like to replace things before problems crop up.
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I use to think batteries could tell when it was an inconvenient time to die. I now realize that they don’t know when it’* an inconvenient time but that there'* simply never a convenient time for your car not to start. Anyone ever have a battery die while they were parked in front of a store with a sale on car batteries?

Unfortunately batteries don’t always give you a warning when they’re nearing the end of their life. If I had a 7 year old battery I would have been looking for a sale back in October or November. Friday morning it was 8 degrees in western New York & the local AAA had over 600 calls for cars that wouldn’t start.
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I When mine went, my headlights started to blink on and off when the car was ideling parked. No other problems starting/running...seemed to be going strong...just that darned blinkety blink. Once the new battery was installed, no more blinkety blink.

I got one through a relative who works at a car parts place...$80.
I remember that! Didn't we discover that when you were leaving ONBF in the fall? Good info Tracy on what to watch out for. I was wondering this myself since I'm going on 7 years with the original battery! Can you adopt me for the day so I can get that deal from your relative too?

Perhaps being located in the car under the rear seat gives these batteries some extended life???
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The only way to go is an OPTIMA red or yellow. I went with yellow, more of a deep cycle. Hella strong, i can leave my car off with the stereo bangin for 1/2 hour...hop in and start right up. Worth the extra buckaroo
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The only way to go is an OPTIMA red or yellow. I went with yellow, more of a deep cycle. Hella strong, i can leave my car off with the stereo bangin for 1/2 hour...hop in and start right up. Worth the extra buckaroo
howd you get an optima to fit under the seat?
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...After 7 years of service though, it owes you nothing. : )
That'* the truth!
I don't think I've ever owned a car (new or used) for 7 years.
I've never replaced a battery in anticipation.... if it starts and runs, it'* good to go.
Of course, I never go anywhere without my $10 jumper cables.
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Years ago the average life expentency of a battery was 5 years. Now that the cold cranking amps have increased dramatically it not uncommon to get up to 9 years. My wifes car'* battery is on it'* 8 year and it was purchased from Costo. A good sign that the battery is starting to go is when it won't hold much of a charge.
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I actually just bought my 2002 SLE and twice now it failed to start. After the first time I charged it with my battery charger and it lasted another couple of days. Sunday morning it wouldn't start again so I removed it and hooked it up to the charger. The nice thing about the battery being under the rear seat is no corrosion anywhere.

What I found was that it would not accept much of a charge so I replaced it this morning. Yes, $100 is more than I have ever paid for a battery. At least at Autozone the DuraLast battery has an 8 yr guarantee. As bad as some Autozone aftermarket parts can be, there is nothing like free brake pads, fuel pumps and batteries when they wear out.
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Just out of curiousity, is that 8 year warranty free replacement or pro-rated?
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For the Optima, it just fit... its tight...but i got in there. Then again tight things are better than being loose
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