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Old 06-23-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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So my DuraLast finally called it quits after 3 years of service in my 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. (guy at AutoZone yesterday said I did good since most DuraLasts only go for two years in Las Vegas heat)

I plan to buy a new battery tomorrow for my car. I want to go to K-Mart and buy a Die Hard, but cany anybody recommend some other good battery brands besides DuraLast and Die Hard?
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Believe it or not but Wal-mart Ever Start batteries always get a good rating from Consumers Report.

Walmart.com - EverStart Batteries

Wal-mart batteries are made by Johnson Controls a company that makes batteries for heavy industry.

Johnson Controls Inc. | Home US
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I once junked a truck that had a reasonably new Interstate battery in it, so I pulled the battery and put it in my non-climate controlled detached garage. Several years down the road when I needed a battery for a different truck I got it out, put it in, and it cranked right up with no problems. These days I think most batteries are pretty well built, but I've been pretty much sold on Interstate ever since then.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I once junked a truck that had a reasonably new Interstate battery in it, so I pulled the battery and put it in my non-climate controlled detached garage. Several years down the road when I needed a battery for a different truck I got it out, put it in, and it cranked right up with no problems. These days I think most batteries are pretty well built, but I've been pretty much sold on Interstate ever since then.
As a side note:
I've run Interstate batteries for years. However, I can say when they die they give no warning........they just die! I've been stranded more than once.

I only run them 'cause they are available locally with great warranty service. That said, If I had a wal-mart closer I would buy Ever Start batteries instead.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Tightwad's right, Wal-Mart sells 3 grades of battery, "good-better-best", and they are a good value.

In the desert heat, I would suggest you get an "open" battery, one you can add water to, rather than a sealed "maintenance-free" one, and keep an eye on level, adding distilled water only, not tap water, not additional battery acid.

Consumer Reports testing does not indicate that any one brand, or even any one manufacturer (Exide, Yuasa, etc.) is consistently better than the others.

Interstate typically scores well, in most sizes.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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As a side note:
I've run Interstate batteries for years. However, I can say when they die they give no warning........they just die! I've been stranded more than once.
Exactly right, Interstate go with NO warning..! When I had my shop, we were an Interstate dealer. They had a great program. They would put in a stock of batteries for no charge, then when you sold one they would charge you for the replacement. We had so many go bad without warning, leaving people stranded, that we told them to take the batteries out and we went with another brand....
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Regardless of the name all batteries are made by only two companies these days. They actually do last just about as long as the warranty, so you have to compare the warranty and cost and decide how long you will keep it. The factory battery on our '02 Liberty lasted 9 years, we just replaced it with an Interstate.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Interstate gets my vote as well. They are made by Johnson Control and unless Wal-Mart changed their supplier in the last year or so they come from the same factory.

The best way to tell is look at the top of the battery. If the cover you pull of to fill the battery has the corners clipped at a 45 degree angle its a Johnson Control battery.

I have attached a picture of the Johnson Control battery.
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Which car battery is the best?-jc.jpg  
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They are all about the same. Only 2 or 3 companies make batteries and stick various brand names on them. Do not get the cheapo level they are junk. Usually the middle level is sufficient. If you have special needs then spring for the top of the line of any brand.

One think many people do not know. If your battery is not charged at all and it freezes, it is dead. You must keep batteries charged in the winter.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Regardless of the name all batteries are made by only two companies these days.
It's true that, due to heavy EPA regulation, only a couple of companies are involved in the actual manufacture of batteries.

But the batteries are all made to the specifications of the brand they are being produced for. So to assume that an Exide battery and a Deka battery were made to the same spec just because they came from the same factory would be false.
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