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View Poll Results: What was the average longevity of your last two batteries?
Less than 36 months 4 13.79%
36-48 months 5 17.24%
49-60 months 5 17.24%
61-72 months 7 24.14%
More than 72 months 8 27.59%
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:26 PM
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Battery longevity

We'd like to know how long your last two batteries have survived.

Don't hazard any guesses. If you know when you bought them and you know when they failed...........average the time between your last two batteries.

If you don't have the data, kindly avoid the poll.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:16 AM
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the last few batteries I've bought for vehicles are Still in them and working normally. the batt in my D-350 is over 5 years old and Despite being drained several times by a short and a glove box light etc staying on it still Cranks over the truck like no tomorrow.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:41 AM
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I use commercial grade sprinter batteries, you can't buy them directly from an auto parts store, you have to buy them from a 3rd party distributor, 120min, 1,300CCA, correct group size too.

the car can sit for ages, then be cold started after a double glow in well below 0 weather with these batteries, terrific.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:10 AM
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Great idea for a survey!
I am looking forward to showing the results to the local indi who sells us batteries & asking him to please explain?
We all need to be mindful that these hybrid things are full of batteries. Its going to be more than the car is worth to replace them when they fail.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:43 AM
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Do we want this restricted to Diesels, gassers, or mixing the two?

I know I've had different results between all my cars, especially if I find that something else in the charging system has been playing havoc with the battery.
(My most recent find, an alternator that had managed to peel off 1/3 of one of the commutator rings and wouldn't charge reliably. That killed one battery in 12 months and ran another flat in 5 hours, even though barely starting to make the charging system indicator flicker.)
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:34 AM
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I use commercial grade sprinter batteries, you can't buy them directly from an auto parts store, you have to buy them from a 3rd party distributor, 120min, 1,300CCA, correct group size too.

the car can sit for ages, then be cold started after a double glow in well below 0 weather with these batteries, terrific.
Wow, thats even higher than the OEM MB battery, which is 1,100 CCA.....I've never had even a remote issue with mine so far however, and it is just about 3 years old. Today it fired my 617 easily in 10F weather, took about 2-3 seconds of cranking after a 25 second glow.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:55 AM
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I don't have the dates, so I didn't take the poll. My current 6 month old battery seems to be acting up (low capacity) in cold weather; I think I distroyed it by driving with a charging issue last summer. I let it go completely dead a few times befor fixing my charging problem. Now my charging system is doing fine but the battery capacity seems to be way down. I'll probably just have to replace it again.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:31 AM
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I haven't bought a battery in years and years
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i will decline to answer the poll since i don't know how long the previous battery was in there however i can say that the battery that is currently in my 240D was installed 2 days after i turned 16 (im 29 now) and still does a serviceable job in starting the car
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i will decline to answer the poll since i don't know how long the previous battery was in there however i can say that the battery that is currently in my 240D was installed 2 days after i turned 16 (im 29 now) and still does a serviceable job in starting the car
You are in Mississippi, I see. I am in Pennsylvania. I am wondering if a battery lasts longer in the south than in the north. Thirteen years for a battery up here is unheard of. I just put a new battery in my Toyota van last fall, replacing the original from 2000. I could tell it was getting weak and did not think it would make it through the winter. It was 9 years old.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:30 PM
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You are in Mississippi, I see. I am in Pennsylvania. I am wondering if a battery lasts longer in the south than in the north.
Everything last longer in the south......batteries, cars, wives, houses, daylight, summer, dinner.

I didn't respond to the poll because I have no data. Instead of buying batteries, I buy cars with new batteries. The PO installed a brand new battery in Coda right before I bought her in February, 2008.
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Everything last longer in the south......batteries, cars, wives, houses, daylight, summer, dinner.
I don't think so (regarding batteries). Heat has killed my batteries in just 3 years.
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Everything last longer in the south......batteries, cars, wives, houses, daylight, summer, dinner.
That sounds like a country song in there somewhere - and since I lived in Memphis, Tennessee five years - I know whatcha mean.


To the OP:
A lot of the variable battery-life depends on what model year you have, to name one variable. The MB brand batteries lasted longer in my W126, than the MB brand batteries last in my W210. Might have something to do with the newer models always drawing on the battery keeping on-board electronics working 24/7 - that is, unless one fashioned a kill-switch of some sort to totally disconnect the feed on the newer models. The later model SLs for instance utilize two batteries.
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I don't think so (regarding batteries). Heat has killed my batteries in just 3 years.
"Texas" though use to be technically classified in the west.
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The original battery was installed in my TDI for 4.5 years (VW uses the same battery supplier as Mercedes). It went on to live another half a year in my friend's car. The Exxide Orbital battery that replaced it in 2004 was replaced in 2009 by another OEM battery, and the Orbital now powers my pickup truck.

My SDL has an OEM battery from 2005, and it seems to be in tip top shape. I leave it on a float charger as the car sits. I think the mounting position behind the fake firewall makes it get less hot in the summertime, which is why it's lasted so long.

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