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Hello,

The OE battery in my '97 GL is on it's last legs. It's still starting fine here in Buffalo's cold weather, but I had the rear brakes replaced over the weekend and they told me the battery was on it's way out. I've been noticing some headlight dimming lately, so I believe it is time to replace it. What size and kind battery should I get? Die Hard? Interstate? Exide? I don't know. I'm also wondering about what size to get. What size is the OE battery? Would a same size one be OK? Thanks for the help.

Mark
 

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bigger the better
 

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If weight or electrical performance are not paramount issues, get the cheapest and largest that will fit.
 

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I just bought a Die Hard gold from sears. It was about $90 if I recall for the battery with a core exchange. I have dual 12" subs and a Kicker 1000 watt peak amp (500 watts per channel). My dash lights still dim some, but the headlights take the base hits much better then they did with the stock Motercraft.

-Dan
 

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Theres a maximum size battery that will sit in your battery holder that will still use the battery hold-down clamp. If you look through these batteries, typically, the more expensive ones will be the better ones. I have an Optima Red Top, and my car starts like a dream (not that the battery is old or anything.) Long warrenty, but a bit more expensive than most.

What I WILL recommend you do is stay WAY FAR AWAY from the barebottom "36 month warrenty" batteries that places like Autozone have. Yes, they have a warrenty, but I'd much rather have a battery that works than have a dead battery with a warrenty. (just FYI, my family has gone through 3 of these batteries, two in my Taurus alone, and the warrenty exchange policy was so horrible that we didn't even trade them in, except core at whatever stores would take them.)

As for the ratings, all batteries will have a Cranking Ampage at a specific temperature on the top of the battery. The higher this number, the more powerful the battery at high amp loads, and probably the more stable the amp draw at lower loads.

BTW, there are also classes of batteries that get more speciallized, IE batteries designed for deep discharge as well as other types. These are typically much more expensive and you will probably never have use for them. As others have said, just get a midprized battery at the maximum size that will fit in your battery holder, and you should be good to go.
 

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Go for a battery made by Johnson Controls (Diehard, Everstart, Duralast, Optima)

Go to Their web page and you can select the battery you want.
 

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look for a battery with the most cold cranking amps.

i used to have a cheapo wal mart battery with 1000 CCA, and that did alot of help. only cost me like 45-50 bucks too
 

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Good point about Wal Mart batteries. They are made by a major manufacturer, so they're good quality.

(Also, I think Meijer's batteries are made by whoever makes the original batteries for GM but don't hold me to that part of it (maybe AC Delco??))
 

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Originally posted by CincySES@Feb 6 2004, 03:27 PM
Good point about Wal Mart batteries. They are made by a major manufacturer, so they're good quality.
Yeah right. I've helped two people return junk wal-mart batteries during their free replacement period, and that just this year.
 

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Goto this link

Battery Selector

ALL of these batteries are made by Johnson Controls.

The only difference is price, with the exception of the Optima Batteries.

Now ANYBODY can get a bad Everstart, Diehard, Duralast ... ETC........

It happens.

Save your money and go for a cheaper Everstart MAXX that is the same thing as a Diehard Gold, Duralast Gold Motorcraft Maxx.... ETC and it's $20 cheaper.
 

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Originally posted by mikehawk+Feb 6 2004, 05:13 PM-->QUOTE (mikehawk @ Feb 6 2004, 05:13 PM)
<!--QuoteBegin-CincySES
@Feb 6 2004, 03:27 PM
Good point about Wal Mart batteries.  They are made by a major manufacturer, so they're good quality.
Yeah right. I've helped two people return junk wal-mart batteries during their free replacement period, and that just this year. [/b]
maybe that just yourself, because i have a long list of buddies with competition stereos that use wal mart batteries with no problems, and i used to run one with mine. never had a problem with mine, and the only friend of mine who did have a problem was able to exchange the battery for a new one.
 

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If you have buddies using WalMart car start batteries in car audio competition then they have a lot to learn.
 

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Originally posted by SHOZ123@Feb 7 2004, 02:31 AM
If you have buddies using WalMart car start batteries in car audio competition then they have a lot to learn.
or perhaps you do. maybe buying cheap things isnt as bad as some might think...

if they had a lot to learn they wouldnt be holding world records right now, would they...
 

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Well, I made batteries for 30 years. I will put any Odyssey battery up against a cheap car start battery made by anyone, anytime.

If you had a PC 1200 Odyssey battery, the discharge rate is 1200A for 5 seconds. This would leave a regular car battery in a molten pile of lead. Want more get the PC 1700.

Now you have a bit more knowledge than your world record holding friends.
 

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Originally posted by SHOZ123@Feb 7 2004, 10:48 AM
Well, I made batteries for 30 years. I will put any Odyssey battery up against a cheap car start battery made by anyone, anytime.

If you had a PC 1200 Odyssey battery, the discharge rate is 1200A for 5 seconds. This would leave a regular car battery in a molten pile of lead. Want more get the PC 1700.

Now you have a bit more knowledge than your world record holding friends.
Man, I was waiting for that comeback
Sent shivers down my spine..
 

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Originally posted by SHOZ123@Feb 7 2004, 11:48 AM
Well, I made batteries for 30 years.  I will put any Odyssey battery up against a cheap car start battery made by anyone, anytime.

If you had a PC 1200 Odyssey battery, the discharge rate is 1200A for 5 seconds.  This would leave a regular car battery in a molten pile of lead.  Want more get the PC 1700.

Now you have a bit more knowledge than your world record holding friends.
i wasnt trying to say that the wal mart batteries are on par with the upper end car battteries. i dont have a doubt in my mind that the mroe expensive batteries are better. all im saying is that you dont have to go out and spend the big bucks to get a fancy battery. if you can find something cheap and it works, then buy it and save some cash. i know it worked in my case, and it worked well for all my friends too.

im sure you know more about batteries than i do... but if you dont wanna spend that much on a bettery and you want decent performance from it, then you dont have to spend a lot of cash.

P.S.-- if you wanna get a super good battery and drop some cash, look at stinger's line of batteries.


edit: that extra bit of knowledge that i have over my friends now is nothing new to them... they just also know that there are cheaper alternatives if you dont have the cash to shell out for the better stuff
 
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