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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:52 PM
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optima is crap, 3 bad in less than a year.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:08 PM
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I have an optima red. Just failed me. Lasted almost 5 years. I had a week of cold weather in which I was on vacation and did not drive it.

It still has some charge - just not enough to start. I am going to charge it up tomorrow or this weekend.

After reading all these posts - I am thinking of just going to Sears and buying their best die-hard or somethign...........

Why did they locate the battery under the Driver's side on US models. Seems like this makes charging, starting, jump starting, etc just a bit more difficult?

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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:58 AM
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Im in the market for a new battery...cant leave my rig too long without it losing charge. Good info...you can plug in your ride and get specs.

http://www.autobatteries.com/selecto...ar=60&brand=37



http://autos.msn.com/advice/CRArt.as...tentid=4023696


WHAT'S AVAILABLE Most auto batteries are made by just three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls Industries. Each makes batteries sold under several different brand names. Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStarts.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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Flagg, the battery location is that same as on the RHD models (which for them means it's under the passenger seat). I guess they didn't think it needed moving.

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Old January 4th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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I've been running Exide Orbitals for about 6 years..come to think of it I reckon I'm due for a new one soon, 6 years is sorta long for a battery. Anyway, you can get them from Exide, NAPA, and some chain tire shop I forget the name of.
That said, for many years I ran a Diehard deep cycle in my Winch equipped Air Portable.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 08:05 PM
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Hummmm...........Went to hook up my battery charger today - and thought I should just give it one more shot. It was much warmer today.

The battery sounded weak - but started the truck. I let it run for a while, then took it for a ride. So at least my battery has some life left. But it is 5 years old. I need to take this as a warning and get a new one in there before the cold of winter really sets in..........

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Old January 7th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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I called sears and Mr. Tire. Both have done tires or small work on other cars. They both sold different batteries that said would fit a 1995 D-90. Any opinions between:

Sears - DieHard Gold SUV (for vibrations they say). 8 year battery, 3 year full replacement. $109 + $30 to install.

Mr. Tire - Exide - 7 year battery. $92.92 + 46 to install.

Does it really not matter? Are they all pretty much the same. I was thinking of trying something other then an Optima this time - because there seems to be many negative reviews on this thread about the new ones.........

I am leaning toward the DieHard - I have had good luck with them on other cars........

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Old January 7th, 2008, 12:56 PM
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$30-46 to install! Wow.. I didn't know it was that difficult to turn two bolts
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Old January 7th, 2008, 01:00 PM
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First of all, you really can do this one yourself. Secondly I think just about any automotive battery would fit in that space. I have an optima yellow top so I can't help you choose between those two, but if you really do need to have it installed let me know and I'll come do it for you.
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$30-46 to install! Wow.. I didn't know it was that difficult to turn two bolts
Seriously!
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Old January 7th, 2008, 01:44 PM
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OK. Good points.........

Can do this myself. I was quoting what they quoted me without thinking and just typing. I am still leaning toward that Die-hard. Not really familiar with the other one.

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Old January 7th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Flagg, this is not a jab at you, but at "Mr. Tire". I think you all are underestimating the complexity and hazardous nature of such a procedure.

1. You need tools
2. You might get dirty
3. You might get electrocuted
4. You need to be physically strong enough to lift a battery (at least twice)
5. You might have to figure out how to open the hood
6. You probably have to undo 2 wing nuts or bolts in many applications. This means you need need to what direction to turn them or you could do significant damage.
7. You might even need advanced technical knowledge like to say turn off the car first.

So it's best left to a professional for $46.

LOL
p.s. Has anyone looked at a BMW lately? it looks like they really don't want you even know where the battery is, let along changing it.
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p.s. Has anyone looked at a BMW lately? it looks like they really don't want you even know where the battery is, let along changing it.
Imagine someone looking at a D90 for the first time without a clue... I bet they'd never find the battery
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Last place the truck was at for other work they decided it needed a battery also. I noticed an HOURS labor (@76.00) ! I asked why and they said they had to unbolt the seat rails and all to get to it, wasn't just a pull and replace. I walked them out to the truck, pulled the seat bottom out and he stood there feeling like an idiot. So they took it down to half and hour. Ridiculous.
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Last place the truck was at for other work they decided it needed a battery also. I noticed an HOURS labor (@76.00) ! I asked why and they said they had to unbolt the seat rails and all to get to it, wasn't just a pull and replace. I walked them out to the truck, pulled the seat bottom out and he stood there feeling like an idiot. So they took it down to half and hour. Ridiculous.
This is reason #1 why I don't take the Defender to any service station.

My '87 BMW E30 had the battery located in the trunk and my '01 Buick Aurora, the battery was located under the rear seat.

Flagg, will they void the warranty if you install the battery yourself? It's amazing they'd actually charge for something crazy simple. Of all DIY projects, this is by far the easiest.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 06:38 PM
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Hey everyone,

You will be proud of me......I took my truck to Sears and changed my battery myself in the parking lot. I am not that mechanically inclined - so at least I am proud of myself. I took my Dad with me, and he made sure I did not screw up!

Just when I thought I was a full rover Mechanic - I decided to replace a rear turn signal light on my own. I took out the bulb, bought the correct bulb from Sears, and replaced it. No light....It was getting dark in the parking lot - so I will get back to this in the daylight.....

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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:17 PM
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turn on the blinker and jiggle the light a little bit... mine (and another 90 I saw) had problems making contact.. When I put it back in, I think i only turned it 3/4's of the way to make it work properly..
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I was looking around Bass Pro Shop and found they have a deep cycle marine battery. Has anyone tried it or heard anything about it?


http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st..._SearchResults
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