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Old 01-15-2007, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Battery replacement interval

I donít want to wait until the battery finally craps out before replacing it. How long can I expect the battery to last? Iíve heard around five years. Iíve also heard seven. What do you guys say?
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:14 PM   #2
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My 2003 WRX battery lasted 4 years and 4 months. It did not fail, but on cold mornings it had barely enough cranking power to get it done. It was only a matter of time.

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Old 01-15-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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How about 5-7 years?
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:16 PM   #4
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Mine died at 4 years. Plan ahead NOW as in my case the battery went from weak to DEAD in 7 days. If you just want a replacement, then you can buy whatever, but if you want a blingy red top Optima, etc., they are impossible to find locally and that's something you have to order ahead of time.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:26 PM   #5
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Default Original battery lasted 3 years 1 month

I put 126,000 on my Impreza Outback in just 3 years. Last week had a very cold morning, about 29 degrees F (I know that is not very cold for some), and starter just barely had enough "juice" to turn the engine. After checking everything, I decided to replace the battery. I can't risk being stuck somewhere remote. The BIG test will be this week when more cold hits. I already noticed that the car runs just a little better - honest - I don't know why that would be.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
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Mine died at 4 years. Plan ahead NOW as in my case the battery went from weak to DEAD in 7 days. If you just want a replacement, then you can buy whatever, but if you want a blingy red top Optima, etc., they are impossible to find locally and that's something you have to order ahead of time.
I thought Optima red tops were available at Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire. Are the ones for Subies a strange size and not carried by either of them?
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:36 PM   #7
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I thought Optima red tops were available at Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire. Are the ones for Subies a strange size and not carried by either of them?
Well, according to the Optima website, they do not make a red top which will fit the Impreza . . . .
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:18 PM   #8
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I considered Auto Zone, Advance Auto, Sears, WalMart for a replacement of my OEM Subaru battery. All had them in stock - Group 35. Finally decided on WalMart because (1) $20 less, (2) 3 yr free replacement (3) there are more WalMarts around than anything else, so it would be easier to find one than those other places, (4) non-sealed so I can maintain the water level in there myself. There's a little plastic pouch on the side - put a copy of your receipt in there along with the cash register slip "proof of purchase" and pull the "tape" off and seal the top of the pouch - that way the paperwork is right there ON the battery if you should need it in the future. Battery Group 35. Part number MAXX-35N. I was expecting that this one was made by Johnson Controls (see http://www.autobatteries.com), but it is made by Exide.
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:12 PM   #9
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As far as the lifetime of a battery, that would depend on where you live. Seeing that you live above the border, I'm sure you'll be lucky to get 4 years out of a battery. Here in Pennsylvania the average is about 3-4 years due to the summer/winter seasons. Down south, of course you can get more since it doesn't get quite as cold. Although, heat may be just as harsh on batteries...Just my two cents.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:10 AM   #10
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The battery life depends on how you care about the batteries.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:52 AM   #11
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As far as the lifetime of a battery, that would depend on where you live. Seeing that you live above the border, I'm sure you'll be lucky to get 4 years out of a battery. Here in Pennsylvania the average is about 3-4 years due to the summer/winter seasons. Down south, of course you can get more since it doesn't get quite as cold. Although, heat may be just as harsh on batteries...Just my two cents.

I was going to say the same thing, beat me to it... Where i live (ND) 3-4 years is normal. Over 4 years is very good, 5+ years is just really, really lucky, especially if your vehicle doesn't have a garage to live in.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:51 PM   #12
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well it is like 19 degrees fahrenheit here and my battery just died. GOt jumped by a friend and rode home fine. Getting a new battery tonight. MY car was produced on 03/03 so it had a good run with the stock battery. I knew I should have replaced it a couple weeks ago before it got really cold. DOH!!!!
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:56 PM   #13
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Well, according to the Optima website, they do not make a red top which will fit the Impreza . . . .
Search in the Car Audio forum and you will find part #'s for Retops, Yellowtops, and units from Exide etc...that fit with little to no modification to the stock wiring.
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Old 01-18-2007, 03:31 PM   #14
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My oem battery died this morning. 2002-2007 ftw!
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:50 AM   #15
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My oem battery died this morning. 2002-2007 ftw!
ditto for my RS 2000-2007
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:43 AM   #16
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My oem battery died this morning. 2002-2007 ftw!
Mine finally got owned by the cold last month. Nothing more I could ask for really.


Priced the correct red top shipped up to AK and that is just way, way unjustifiable. So I got a high model EXIDE/ Marathon and called it good.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:55 PM   #17
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I don't know if I am special or not but the battery in my '06 barely turns over if it's less then 20 degrees out.
It will be getting replaced.
Off to the car stereo forum to figure out what to get now...
I should send the battery and the **** re92's back to Subaru.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:28 PM   #18
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4+ years here in Florida.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:16 PM   #19
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My '03 OEM battery never seemed to have much cranking power and finally died today. I replaced it with an Optima Red, part# 8020-164 (Group 35), which seems to fit and work fine. The Optima is smaller than the OEM battery, but it comes with a "Height Adapter" which I put under the battery which raised it to the right height. No modifications necessary.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:50 PM   #20
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Mine made about 3 revs and caught. I don't think it would have made 4. Off to Wally-World or Autozone to compare prices. It was around 10 degrees this am, and supposed to be around 0 or below for the weekend. Don't think this battery will make it.
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:35 PM   #21
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You guys are scaring me. My 04 WRX will be 4 years old in March. It cranked over fine so far this Winter, in spite of 5į - 15į mornings, never a whimper, or even a slow crank. Maybe this is the year?
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:16 AM   #22
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As far as the lifetime of a battery, that would depend on where you live. Seeing that you live above the border, I'm sure you'll be lucky to get 4 years out of a battery. Here in Pennsylvania the average is about 3-4 years due to the summer/winter seasons. Down south, of course you can get more since it doesn't get quite as cold. Although, heat may be just as harsh on batteries...Just my two cents.
Actually heat is worse on batteries than cold. Cold just makes the car harder to start, bringing out battery weakness.

Anyway, battery life is extremely variable. The OEM battery in my 95 Legacy went 9 years and 150,000 miles. The one in my WRX is still fine at 4+ yrs and 40k miles. OTOH some people have had their batteries die in under 3 yrs.
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:35 PM   #23
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2002 WRX OEM Battery, in Seattle.

Passed away yesterday (5 years 10 mo / 40k miles)

Had been turning the engine over slowly for a while... should have replaced it. Suddenly stopped holding any charge (drop to 10v during day / night).
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:14 PM   #24
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hell my last car 97 honda had the orginal battery in till i got rid of her last year (9 years?)
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:04 AM   #25
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Actually heat is worse on batteries than cold. Cold just makes the car harder to start, bringing out battery weakness.
then why is it people in cold climates replace batteries far more often. 4 years in my area is good for a battery. 7 years is nearly impossible.
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