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Just a heads up since I am doing work on my salvage 2011 Taurus won from auction and found that the Group 65 battery fits as well. This battery is a little bit bigger but the best thing is at Walmart can get a cheap ValuePower Lead Acid
battery for around $50.00 instead of the usual Group 59 battery. Fits fine and the terminals are right where they need to be.

Hope this helps someone else out!
 

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Good to hear, thanx! I went thru 2 Motorcraft batteries in 2 1/2 years, the original , then Ford replaced the original under warranty & the replacement lasted only a year & a half. So far the Walmart battery is around 2+ years old , & has outlasted both MC batteries.
 

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Question. Why are the MC batteries failing so quick. I have had ecellent luck with this brand in the crown vics. Is there somthing wrong with the BMS system causing these rapid failures. 5 yrs is the minimum lifespan you should receive from a lead acid battery of acceptable quality. In 1998 and 1999 whoever made the OEM motorcraft batteries made them so good they would often last 15 yrs. 10 minumum.
 

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Most batteries really come from only two companies, regardless of the brand on them. The quality varies less than it used to. I agree that all car batteries don't seem to be anywhere near as good that they used to be. I still buy motorcraft, as you can usually find them at a pretty good deal (look for coupons).
 

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I have tried the gel cell and walmart and sears and FoMoCo batteries. I still have the best luck with Interstate lead-acid batteries. All the others die when drained down. Interstates will recharge and continue to hold their charge. Just my personal experience over the years. Ya, the interstate G-65 will be about $30 more than a Walmart MAX, but it will last twice as long and crank harder for longer. First thing I did with my 2013 Taurus was dropping in a G-65 as these cars are fleet cars too.
 

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I have had good luck with the Wally World Everstart MAXX batteries. Been using them for at least 15 years with zero premature failures. I usually get 6 to 8 years of use out of them.
 
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