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#1 of 12 Best Replacement Battery?
Oct 14, 2008 (11:48 am)
AAA came by and jump-started my 04 XT today. Dome light (door ajar) killed the battery. Guy tried to sell me a AAA brand battery off the truck for $116. I passed. If it turns out the battery does need to be replaced - or just for future reference - do you guys have a preferred store/brand? Costco? Walmart? Sears? AAA? Thanks!
#2 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [akasrp]
Oct 14, 2008 (12:19 pm)
The problem is even DieHard batteries have changed suppliers recently so it's hard to know exactly what you're getting.
Look for something with a good CCA rating, Cold Cranking Amps, that's when your battery will fail, most of the time.
The OE battery on my 98 Forester had a rather pathetic rating, 265 or so IIRC, and I replaced it with a 550 that was a whole lot better. Start ups seemed quicker after that, though to be fair I was comparing with a 5 year old OE battery.
#3 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [ateixeira]
Oct 15, 2008 (6:08 am)
Good to see you're still here and helpful as always!
ps: my 04 XT still running like a champ - time for a new car for the wife - after all the choices available, looks like an 09 Forrester XT (despite the lack of heated seats in the 'base') is her top pick!
#4 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [akasrp]
Oct 15, 2008 (7:11 am)
There are actually only 4 or 5 companies that make batteries and get re-branded. Besides the CCA that Juice mentioned the thing to look for is the date on them. Try to get the freshest one you can find where you end up looking. A while back Consumer Reports tested batteries and the Wal-Mart brand came out on top, with the caveat of the date to be considered. I have used the Wal-Mart batteries and found very good performance as well as price. I also like them because I can actually look through the rack myself for the dates.
#5 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [akasrp]
Oct 15, 2008 (7:12 am)
Try to stretch and get the Premium model, which has the All weather pack (and those heated seats).
#6 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [akasrp]
Oct 17, 2008 (7:12 am)
Consumer Reports again tested batteries in the new Nov. issue. The majority of the recommended ones were again the Wal-Mart EverStart Maxx, with a note that they were particularly good values.
#7 of 12 Re: Best Replacement Battery? [bigfrank3]
Oct 17, 2008 (7:37 am)
Thanks bigfrank - got a nice new gargantuan WM w/autoshop a few miles away - EverStart Maxx it will be - yeah, juice, price be damned (will get the IMBA Invoice anyway) gotta have those heated seats!
#8 of 12 Same here
Oct 18, 2008 (7:01 am)
Well my timing is good for this thread.
I just tried to start my car. No alarm, lights, nothing. I realized I left the spotlight on. So I'm not certain if I just drained the battery or it died. I have a '01 Forester with the OEM battery. So, it's 7 years old.
It probably just makes sense to get a new one at this stage. Then jumping it, etc... Right?
#9 of 12 Re: Same here [garion]
Oct 18, 2008 (9:30 am)
Well, you can certainly jump it, and you will find out in short order if it is any good. Some batteries don't bounce back well from a dead state, but you will know this once you get it running and drive for 1/2 hour or so, then try to restart.
Of course, one could argue that you got your money's worth out of the original, and it is probably due. As Juice mentioned above the higher CCA you can get with a replacement is a real plus, especially in cold climates. I have found it amazing how better a vehicle feels sometimes with a battery change. The alternator doesn't have to work as hard to keep the current flowing so less drag. Old batteries can add a lot of resistance into the system, and they degrade slowly so sometimes it is not noticeable until a new one is installed.
#10 of 12 Re: Same here [bigfrank3]
Oct 18, 2008 (9:53 am)
Thanks! Sounds like a good plan.