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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:19 AM
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Any new battery recomendations?

I have to put a new battery in my 97 d-90.
Any suggestions or is the Optima red top the way to go?
Do they still have quality problems?
Can I use a yellow top as a starting battery?
What model # do I need? (the site was no help)

Thanks for your help
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:26 AM
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I"ve used both as a primary battery before. Both are great. I think that the red top is more common as a starting battery. Dont' have any model #s sorry
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Not a big fan of Optimas. I would go with something else.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 10:59 AM
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I too am disappointed with Optima. You can buy a lot of other batteries for less money.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:40 PM
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if you go with optima, go with a red top unless you run alot of lights or winch then go yellow, or go with 2 batteries.


I have had good luck with my optima (red top) but there are definetly just as good brands out there, like interstate.


btw I hate when people say they dont like a brand and dont tell you why, fill us in! only way to learn or avoid a product.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:46 PM
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I've found that the last 4-5 optimas I've put in various trucks have not held charges for very long at all and ultimately wind up dying fairly quickly. Several, in fact, in under a year.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 01:16 PM
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I've found that the last 4-5 optimas I've put in various trucks have not held charges for very long at all and ultimately wind up dying fairly quickly. Several, in fact, in under a year.
I've had similar poor experiences with Optima's over the years. I've been through about four of them, and have not been pleased. Personally I'm done with Optima batteries..
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
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I am sorry to report that I too have had a bad experience with Optima Red Tops. I'm on my second just because they had to replace my old one but this one is not much better. I will not purchase an Optima again. gh

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 08:46 PM
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Well, I'm using a blem (Latin America market...) yellow top
optima for almost 3 years now and... only good things about it.
The model is D31A I think.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 10:45 PM
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I love my optima red top. I purchased it 5 years ago when I had a land cruiser. I have drained it over and over. I took it out of the landcruiser and put it in the 90 when I had a drain (relay problem) on my 90 and it has been in there ever since. right now I have winched with it with out issues.

i also have a yellow top that I got to put in as a secondary battery, but have not used it yet as to comment. I hope that it is not from the bad batch as above!

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Old November 3rd, 2007, 11:11 AM
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I have never had any problems with Optama. I have a red to in the Disco (7 years old- daily driver) and a yellow top in the defender (4 years old- once a week driver) I have never had problems with either.
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 08:57 PM
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I have had nothing but good experiences with Optimas. In fact an several year old yellow top appears to have far more staying power than a brand new Exide battery when you run the vehicle without an alternator!
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Old November 16th, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Old November 16th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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Red top, 2 yrs old and have had 2 no-starts recently. Only use a few times a month. Probably should have gone with the deep cycle. Always liked Interstate in my cars. btw -Costco now carries Optima.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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I've had good luck the the yellow and blue optimas. Red's were so-so.
The red optimas do not like to be drained down.

I had nothing but bad luck with interstate annd die hard. I think it is all related to how low you let the charge get and how often. Seems like most batteries today are dead after one drain.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 10:37 PM
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That optima in Janey is about 6 years old and has been beat to snot dozens of times.

Optima rocks. Make sure when you get it new, you charge it fully before use.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 10:38 PM
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I have two red tops in my 90. In the winter of 2005 I left a light on and didn't use the truck for over six months. After a winter with temps as low as -37C they where toast, or so I thought. At first I couldn't even jump start the truck or get them to take a charge. I took them out of the 90 and warmed them up nicely in the garage then started hitting them with 70 amp charges from my charger (one at a time) and then letting them sit on trickle charge in between. After doing this on and off for a few nights they started to take a charge. I'm am still using them today and I have done a lot of heavy winching with them since this happened. I run them in parallel with the stock 90 alt.
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Old November 17th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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Have had the red top for a few years - no problem - drive the truck about twice a week..........

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I have two red tops. I am charging one right now. I just read that if you charge a dead Optima it reduces it's efficiency greatly. Mine also off gases when driving in high temps. I am through with them, I'll be looking for something else soon.
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