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Old 01-14-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Default 2003 Saturn Ion Battery

I have a friend that has a Saturn Ion (2003). She thinks the battery needs to be replaced; I checked and it's due.

Here's the deal. The battery is in the TRUNK. She went to Autozone for a battery and they told her they didn't carry Autolight batteries.

Can anyone give me an idea where she can purchase one of these so I can replace it for her?

If there is an ION parts list online I'd gladly take a gander. One website was selling them for $200+!

I can't see paying that much for a battery.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If it's like BMW batteries that are in the trunk, the only real difference is a "vent kit". Get away from Autozone and similar, go to a "real" battery store where they specialize in batteries, they should have what you want.

You didn't ask, but I'll add: Get one of the little "memory saver" gizmos that connect a 9V battery to the cigarette lighter outlet. Figure out if the cigarette lighter outlet is "hot" all the time or just with the key turned to position "1". If you have to turn the key to "1" to turn the lighter on, you need to open the driver's window so you can turn the key to "1" just before you disconnect the battery. Turn the dome lights, radio, etc. off. This will keep the radio presets, avoid having to input any anti-theft codes to the radio, keep the clock set, etc. If the current battery is stone dead it may be too late, but this thing costs very little and saves some hassling around.

Install gizmo, then disconnect the ground wire first, +12 second, put in the new battery, I'd suggest some petroleum jelly be put on the battery terminals as anti-corrosion.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Originally Posted by M3 Mitch View Post
If it's like BMW batteries that are in the trunk, the only real difference is a "vent kit". Get away from Autozone and similar, go to a "real" battery store where they specialize in batteries, they should have what you want.

You didn't ask, but I'll add: Get one of the little "memory saver" gizmos that connect a 9V battery to the cigarette lighter outlet. Figure out if the cigarette lighter outlet is "hot" all the time or just with the key turned to position "1". If you have to turn the key to "1" to turn the lighter on, you need to open the driver's window so you can turn the key to "1" just before you disconnect the battery. Turn the dome lights, radio, etc. off. This will keep the radio presets, avoid having to input any anti-theft codes to the radio, keep the clock set, etc. If the current battery is stone dead it may be too late, but this thing costs very little and saves some hassling around.

Install gizmo, then disconnect the ground wire first, +12 second, put in the new battery, I'd suggest some petroleum jelly be put on the battery terminals as anti-corrosion.
Thanks Mitch! The gizmo device really sounds like a good idea.

Unfortunately, the only place I've ever gotten batteries and such is at autozone or O'reilly. Can you recommend a "real" battery store?
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I'd just look in the yellow pages, under "batteries". Or look under Auto Electric. DFW is a big metro area, I am pretty certain you have such establishments.

You can sometimes find a real car guy at the chain auto parts stores, but it's rare.

Trunk mounted batteries are not rare, you might even find the correct battery at Wally World.
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I'd just look in the yellow pages, under "batteries". Or look under Auto Electric. DFW is a big metro area, I am pretty certain you have such establishments.

You can sometimes find a real car guy at the chain auto parts stores, but it's rare.

Trunk mounted batteries are not rare, you might even find the correct battery at Wally World.
Thanks Mitch! I actually think the local Autozone has the battery. My friend is never good at communicating with people for such things so it's best I go there myself.

Have a great evening!
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: 80919 Rockrimmon yO!
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It's just a gm 75 series side post battery just like the one they use in every other one of their cars.

It shouldn't be more than $100
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Default Ion Battery

Wow - Expensive things they are! Yes they are vented batteries and are in the trunk. No warning battery just went and we had to have a tow (wouldn't charge) no crank or anything. System Check, Battery & install $182.00. Not your typical battery and install.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Wow - Expensive things they are! Yes they are vented batteries and are in the trunk. No warning battery just went and we had to have a tow (wouldn't charge) no crank or anything. System Check, Battery & install $182.00. Not your typical battery and install.
OUch! they charged you $62 to instal the battery. That is steep given it takes 5 minutes and most places will instal them for free.
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