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Old 11-13-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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I've always been a big fan of Interstate Batteries....kind of expensive though.

Really? we're an Interstate dealer at my dealership, and i've had nothing but bad luck with them.

I warranty at least one battery a week.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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Really? we're an Interstate dealer at my dealership, and i've had nothing but bad luck with them.

I warranty at least one battery a week.
Wow....that's terrible. I had one in my truck and wife's car for about 4 years each and neither had issues. I guess maybe I had a better experience than yours.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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Well, when I had my car at the shop yesterday and they ran a charge test on it and said I needed a battery (which is what I suspected) they wanted to replace it with an Interstate but when I asked them about the waranty (only 12 months) CCA (540 when I could get one with 640 with a better waranty and the same price) I said no thanks. I talked to a friend of mine and he pretty much said that it Wal*Mart's are as good as anyone else's. So I guess I'll go with that. I've had good luck with my AC Delco, but those are kinda harder to find. And who knows what's hecho en Mexico anymore? Ya know?
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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I've always been a big fan of Interstate Batteries....kind of expensive though.

yes you are very right about those batteries. they are very nice and last along time. i have run interstate batteries and have had very good luck with them. i also have run a walmart battery in my motorcycle and have also have had good luck with that to. so i guess it's just a matter of preference and how much money you want to spend. IMHO also one other thing i wanted to add to. your battery is only as good as your charging system. so in all cases it's not the case of a poor battery if your charging system isn't doing it's job to.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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yes you are very right about those batteries. they are very nice and last along time. i have run interstate batteries and have had very good luck with them. i also have run a walmart battery in my motorcycle and have also have had good luck with that to. so i guess it's just a matter of preference and how much money you want to spend. IMHO also one other thing i wanted to add to. your battery is only as good as your charging system. so in all cases it's not the case of a poor battery if your charging system isn't doing it's job to.
Yeah if your alternator isn't pulling it's weight it can ruin your battery.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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charging system is fine. Had it checked yesterday. Battery is 5 years old. It's the culprit!
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: arizona on the border
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I don't stress over $60-100 battery. Just replace it every 2 years whether you suspect it or not. The heat here in AZ. kills 'em.
They will always die on you at the worst time, never at home on a weekend. Think about sitting in the lot at work/store with a dead battery....
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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charging system is fine. Had it checked yesterday. Battery is 5 years old. It's the culprit!

in most cases batteries don't usually last more than 5 years. alot of it depends on how much you drive/ start your car. i have a walmart battery in my 94 ford escort and it was in there when i bought it almost 5 years ago and it still works great. i'm also on my second year with a walmart battery in my motorcycle and it also works fine. so you don't always have to spend alot of money to get a good battery.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Arkadelphia,Arkansas
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The original Delco battery in my car lasted 8 years. I bought an Oreilly Super Start battery to replace it,and it's been going strong for 6 years. I bought one for my truck based on that experience even though it was close to 90 bucks even with an exchange.

I have a Neverstart in my wife's car. I'm not too keen on Wal-Mart batteries,but the battery in my wife's car conked at 9 on a Sunday night,and she needed the car the next day. I was forced to go with the Wally World battery. I got the best one which was $59.98 with a 3 year full replacement warranty. Not a bad deal especially since you can find Wally-World anywhere.

I have a Durlast battery in my "beater." I bought the first one in 2000 because they had a pretty good deal going at the time. It died after 6 years which I thought was pretty good. I had warranty left,so I got another one. Maybe I just got a really good one,but I've had pretty decent luck with Duralast. I hate Auto-Zone almost as much as Wal-Mart though.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just replaced the battery in my pickup. It was a Duralast from Auto Zone. It had a 2-year warranty but it lasted me six years. So the new one is another Duralast. Why change a good thing?
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