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Old 08-03-2013, 04:10 PM
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They simply last......

Johnson Controls (made in the USA) batteries make most of the Interstate, Die Hard, and Wal Mart batteries at this time. Wal Mart used to sell the Exide batteries, which some last and some don't. I bought a battery several years ago, it was a Johnson Control battery, at Pep Boys. Now they sell Exide.I bought a J. Control battery at Autozone a few years ago. Last month I bought a Johnson Control battery at Wal Mart . It has 900 CCA . I've had 4 Johnson Control batteries over the years, not counting the current ones, and they all lasted 8 years or more. In 2000, I bought a new Benz, the OEM battery lasted about 7 years. I bought a replacement OEM MB battery and it (made in Spain) lasted 6 years.I don't own stock in Johnson Controls, but I will continue to buy their batteries till the let me down!
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:15 PM
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OE or Bosch (which is OEM). Got my Bosch at pep boys for $110 or so.
Bosch at least as sold in the USA is not OEM. I believe the white MB batteries are made by Varta in Spain.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:26 PM
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The OEM MB battery that I mentioned above that lasted only 6 years was white, thus was probably a Varta. But, it didn't last as long as the Johnson Controls batteries, so I switched after I measured the J.C. battery (H8, similar to Group 49) and found that it fit. Also, I liked the 900CCA.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:32 PM
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I am surprised no one has mentioned experience with DieHards yet, for better or worse.

As far as Optima is concerned, they had a great rep years ago but the lastest I have read online is not encouraging.

Does anyone have an opinion either way (famous last words on this forum) on the small maintenance chargers (CTEK, NOCO for examples) that claim to desulphate the battery?
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:35 PM
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Recently installed a Duracell in the SD. My bad alternator killed it.

Batteries Plus checked and charged it. A "new" alt later, so far so good.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:24 AM
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Glad to see Duracell mentioned, that's what I just bought for my Yota swap. Went to Batteries Plus, told the counter dude I needed X size battery with Y and Z specs. He pointed at the Duracell, I did a quick Googling for reviews on my phone and pulled the trigger.

Someone nudge me in a few years and ask me how it did.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:26 PM
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Well, yes, they will fit, but when I checked them out @ AutoZone several years ago, their best CCA battery was 650 IIRC. The MB diesels are going to need the 750 CCA, as a minimum.

-IF, I am correct on the above info., which I may not be. Pls correct me if I am wrong, folks. I'm here to learn, TOO!
The Optima's are all one shape and too tall to fit in W123 diesels afaik. I was in Autozone today and learned they have a Platinum line of AGM batteries. The H8-AGM will fit the W123 and cost $169. That's what I'd buy if I need a battery. No more battery acid corroding your car out!

This thing weighs 62 lbs!. The group 49 Duralast Gold weighs 53 lbs where the regular red Duralast group 49 is 42 lbs.
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Forget about brands. Get the highest cold cranking Amp battery you can fit in the box and make up the heaviest cables you can.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:14 AM
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The Autozone salesman says their AGM batteries are made by Johnson Controls

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:18 AM
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The Johnson Controls web site states that their in house car battery brands include VARTA and OPTIMA. Very Interesting!
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:47 AM
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The Johnson Controls web site states that their in house car battery brands include VARTA and OPTIMA. Very Interesting!
That was mentioned already in post #27

What type of battery does everyone suggest? 300SD



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Old 08-11-2013, 12:37 PM
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Thanks for the note. However, it doesn't hurt to reinforce the info as most people have better things to do with their life rather than spending their time reviewing over six years of posts!
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:46 PM
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Most of the stuff you get at Walmart, costs less, because it IS less. It's usually cheap quality items, from China. The US is sending all their money to China, while we're losing jobs here. If the trend continues, America won't be earning the money, to buy the inferior products, that China produces!

So where possible, BUY AMERICAN. I'd rather you buy clothing made in Bangladesh than China.

But Walmart had the best price on a battery, by far. Not sure where they're made, I assume the USA due to the weight of shipping a battery would make it less feasible to import them from abroad. Batteries elsewhere were about $140. Walmart's was $80 or so, and has been working fine for probably 3 years for me so far.
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But Walmart had the best price on a battery, by far............and has been working fine for probably 3 years for me so far.

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Unless the price is cheap. Then buy from China:

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The Autozone salesman says their AGM batteries are made by Johnson Controls

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The Interstate salesman says their batteries are made by Johnson Controls.
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The Interstate salesman says their batteries are made by Johnson Controls.
One of the members on here actually worked for Interstate and he was positive that Interstate made their own batteries.

Talk about marketing..............


We haven't heard much from him since that escapade...............
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