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Old 07-29-2009, 07:40 PM
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Personal anecdote...just replaced a Costco battery with another Costco in my old daily driver Mercury, bought it new in '94. The Costco battery lasted 7+ years with -20f winter starts every year. The original Motorcraft also lasted 7+ years same environment. May see if this one lasts that long, too, still like the car. If Johnson Controls made all of these batteries, then they really do make great stuff.

Also, bought a JC Penney battery for my old '69 230 sedan when the original battery failed back in '73...the JCP battery came with a lifetime guaranty. Still have that car, too, and still get free batteries from should see the bewildered looks on the faces of the customer service people when I show up with my tattered guaranty papers to get a fresh battery. JCP got out of the automotive line decades ago...probably because of their lifetime guaranty. Last one I got was an Interstate, before that it was a Firestone, before that, I can't remember...LOL
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:01 PM
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can u get a replacement/pro rated diesel battery 24 hours a day from wally world ?might make more sense to do that if you can.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:05 PM
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I dunno if I should mention it and jinx it- (I've had a Walmart battery in the 190 since 2005 and no problems, starting in the cold and all)- so I won't.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:07 PM
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Oh- and about the free batteries from JCPenny- I have to thank you for that- it was the biggest laugh I've had in weeks.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeremy5848 View Post
Good to know. Any idea who makes them? There are supposed to be only a couple of battery mfrs in the country. They put on whatever "house brand" label that you want. It would be interesting to have a spy in such a factory, get the inside poop on whether any of the batteries are really made better than others.
Indeed; I had a temp job at a Battery Comany, Globe Union. While my job was only manual labor I was rignt next to the Production Line and the conveyer.
Where I saw Battries labeled Mobile, Shell, Texaco, Sears, Diehard and so on going down the conveyer.
They indeed made batteries with all different brand names.
I also think that they were an international company even back in 1973 when I worked there. They were also a Union shop and even as a temp worker I got $7.65/hour just as a laborer; min wage was $2.65 or less at that time.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:47 PM
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Monday morning the old trusty Datsun didn`t have enough oomph in the battery to rotate the engine. first time I ever had a problem with the battery.
So threw on the old charger, and she finally kicked over after about 15 min. (I was headed for PNP, so I was on a mission) drove 13 miles up to Scotts Valley for fuel, jumped in and no start . good that drive way had a little slope to it, popped clutch and off we went back to Santa Cruz to Costco for a battery.

I bought the battery from Costco 3-2-2000, so that makes it 9yrs and 5mo`s. sure can`t complain about that. Think the new one was $72

Note: I finally did make it to PNP

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Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

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Old 12-01-2014, 11:04 AM
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Updating an old thread, the battery purchased in 2009 finally failed, so 5 1/2yrs later...
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1965 Falcon (sleeping)
1966 E-100 (rust test in progress)
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:45 AM
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yup, an old thread, and it no longer applies... wallyworld now only carries the single flip up handle batteries...
5.5 years isn't terrible, but longer is better of course.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:09 PM
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Yes and the new style, branded Maxx, does not seem to be holding up the rep of the old one (and has gone up in price twice in the last two years from what I can tell).

I have mine (12 months old) in the trunk waiting to be exchange. The old Engergizer my wrench pulled out of a junked BMW 7-series is holding a charge better.

Someone else had a similar comment about the new style in a post some months ago.

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