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Old 10-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #576
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Duralast Gold.

Haven't had a problem, but my car sleeps in the garage.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:57 PM   #577
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From what I can recall when researching a new Battery for the S, there are really only 2-3 battery manufacturers, which then rebadge it accordingly. IIRC, some of the Walmart batteries are actually repackaged Interstate Batteries FWIW.

I've had Dieahard from sears, OEM (Interstate) and Duralast, all seem to have performed well and never left me stranded. Never tried the color tops, partially due to cost, and partially availability of the sizes I needed.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:20 PM   #578
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optima red top in every vehicle i have owned. never failed me
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #579
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Had a red top. Sucked. Wouldn't buy another.
Qualify and quantify, please.

Do tell us how it sucked?

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #580
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It died in the cold several times. So I replaced it with a Sears die hard gold. This was back awhile ago pre lgt. But it was expensive and I felt I wasted my money.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #581
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But the Duralast Gold we have is strong too. It replaced a 9 year old AC Delco. That was one tough battery.
Any troubles with it during sub zero temps? Or did you get to test it during those times?
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:55 AM   #582
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My car cranked at -47 without being plugged in over 18hrs.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:55 AM   #583
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When I was on the flight line, I've had my car parked outside for over a week at double digit below zero temps and it fired right up with the red top optima. I purchased it at costco. Only red top I've ever owned. The stock battery lasted >7 years on my car. I'm years into this red top now, No issues…though I do park in a heated garage at night now.

I don't know about all the information and disinformation out there on the net. A case can be made for everything or against everything. Personal experience carries a lot weight. You certainly can't believe everything you read in NASIOC. My next battery, I'll be going back with what I know to be good.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:18 AM   #584
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I had a yellow top in an older car back around 2004, thought it was terrible died right after the warranty expired, only lasted a year an a half. Will never buy another optima battery again
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:58 AM   #585
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Yes, very similar experience with my red top.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #586
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I don't know about all the information and disinformation out there on the net. A case can be made for everything or against everything. Personal experience carries a lot weight. You certainly can't believe everything you read in NASIOC. My next battery, I'll be going back with what I know to be good.
Yes, I know this. But the stuff I read didn't seem like an isolated incident. Either way, there isn't a strong enough case FOR the red top to justify +$200 for me
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:37 PM   #587
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Yes, I know this. But the stuff I read didn't seem like an isolated incident. Either way, there isn't a strong enough case FOR the red top to justify +$200 for me
200 for a red top? I dont recall them costing that much. I thought they were less than 150?
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:42 PM   #588
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I think I paid $140 for my red top 8 yrs ago. LOL
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:57 PM   #589
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Well, it seems to vary online between 150-220...I was gonna goto Oreilleys and pick it up until I saw this http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0423&ppt=C0005

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:15 PM   #590
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Its a lifetime warranty. Why wouldnt you just return it
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:42 PM   #591
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I bought a DieHard Platinum for my MR2 because it was a 'gel cell' or whatever and I was under the impression that it couldn't freeze, which was important being in the front of the car without a heater or a garage. I guess it was great most of it's life, I remember I didn't plug in over night at chena hot springs when it was fifty below and to my amazement it started the next morning. Once it did die/freeze for the first time though I think it was pretty much done for, I had it replaced once and it still died a few times after that which leads me to believe that car had some sort of parasitic drain that I never isolated. I believe I paid at least a couple hundred for it and I want to say it had a four year warranty, I don't think I would buy another one. I remember a lady at sears trying to tell me that if I had let the battery freeze that my warranty would by void, which confused my because 1: it supposedly wasn't able to freeze, and 2: it was Fairbanks...
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #592
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Its a lifetime warranty. Why wouldnt you just return it
Who/what are you referring to? The link I just posted is for the Optima Red Top and it says 3 year limited warranty...
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:14 AM   #593
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Checked out clubrsx down here in Colorado Springs. These guys are legit.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:56 PM   #594
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Okay, I feel like an idiot asking this, but where is AutoZone?

It comes up on google maps as being 601 E Dimond Blvd but when you go to street view its no where to be found
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 AM   #595
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We don't have an autozone. Just oreillys, Napa, fats and a car quest I think.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:07 AM   #596
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Okay, I feel like an idiot asking this, but where is AutoZone?

It comes up on google maps as being 601 E Dimond Blvd but when you go to street view its no where to be found
It's still being worked on but it's right next to that pet store across dimond mall!
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:19 AM   #597
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We don't have an autozone. Just oreillys, Napa, fats and a car quest I think.
there's an Autozone in Wasilla.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:32 AM   #598
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Ahh, well that sucks. I was hoping to have my parents pick me up a Duralast battery while they are in Anchorage tomorrow, but I am not gonna have them drive out to Wasilla.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:51 AM   #599
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Yeah there's one in anchorage. It's right across from value village on dimond. I also heard there's going to be another in Muldoon
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:14 AM   #600
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We don't have an autozone. Just oreillys, Napa, fats and a car quest I think.
Wasilla is open, I believe the one neae diamond. Also 2 more were under construction. One near taco bell in eagle river and I think old seward near the conti lots.
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