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FishOnOne wrote:

thomasmnile wrote:

Boy batteries in general just ain't what they used to be. Just returned home from taking my son in law to get a replacement battery for his 2018 Rav 4. Deader than h*LL and they haven't had it 2 years. Nope, they're not what they used to be and the price? OMG!


I've always had good luck with motorcraft batteries but that may not be the case anymore


I would say just a case of bad luck.
I just looked back at my maintenance record for the 2001 Ram I sold the end of June this year, I replaced the batteries the end of September 2012! Those batteries were 6-3/4 year old, and would start the truck easily after setting for up to a month! Used MOPAR factory batteries from the dealer $89 ea. after 10% discount coupon. Sold the truck with just over 314,000 miles.

9/29/12 253,050 New Batteries MOPAR BB027750AA


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There are only about 3 or 4 battery manuf. each seller puts their name on the battery.
Yes they are all junk, even the new AGM’s don’t last much more than 3-4 years. I bought one of the newer AGM’s for my Excursion 10 years ago. It was still in it and working perfect when I sold it in March!


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dodge guy wrote:

There are only about 3 or 4 battery manuf. each seller puts their name on the battery.
Yes they are all junk, even the new AGM’s don’t last much more than 3-4 years. I bought one of the newer AGM’s for my Excursion 10 years ago. It was still in it and working perfect when I sold it in March!


I didn't think there were that many manufacturers left in the US. I've learned over time Johnson Controls makes batteries for many familiar retail brands. The last set of Interstate batteries I bought for my trailer were made by Johnson according to the dealer. He said Interstate subbed out their lower price point to Johnson. Who knows?

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dodge guy wrote:

There are only about 3 or 4 battery manuf. each seller puts their name on the battery.
Yes they are all junk, even the new AGM’s don’t last much more than 3-4 years. I bought one of the newer AGM’s for my Excursion 10 years ago. It was still in it and working perfect when I sold it in March!


I think it's luck of the draw for the most part and selective memory for some. I don't remember NOT having to replace batteries, either my dad in the 80's or myself once I was growed up, in the 90s until now.

I can think of 2 instances of "bad" batteries" in the last 20 years or so. 01 Ram, original battery went to battery heaven 3 years later.
Optima Red tops, bought one for the boat, lasted a year, got warranty new one, thought maybe because I just unhooked it from the boat for about 4 months an no maintainer it died. Got a total of 4 batteries for the price of 1, each a year apart basically and #2 and 3 were maintained religiously in the boat. Battery #4 got pulled and put into the old Jeep, got neglected mostly, never driven, charged, once in a while then never for a few years. It lasted 7 years? or so. Same time, a new, maintained, yellow top bit the dust in under 2 years.

Those aside, I can think of a dozen or more batteries that lasted as long or are still going longer than they should right now. Including the 2 original batteries in the 07 Ram. They got the RTV treatment for leaky posts at about 6 years old. Got swapped for a couple used AGMs that needed a home at 7 years but still worked ok at that point.
Those 2 "used" Odyssey AGMs are still in the truck now and they started life in the boat in 2008 and 2010 iirc.


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Our Arctic Fox trailer has (2) Interstate 6V, this year when I pulled it out of storage, the tops of the batteries was a mess. I removed both batteries and cleaned them up, cleaned the terminals on the wires and put it all back together. It took a couple of hours total and should be good for a couple of years. I need to replace a couple of the wire ends next time I service it.

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