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Old 01-03-2004, 06:00 PM   #26
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Groupbuy on Optima batteries?
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Old 01-03-2004, 07:45 PM   #27
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I just got back after being away for 16 days, my car was in the garage and the only drain was an alarm plus the usual radio and clock, well the friggin battery was dead.I had to put the charger on it for a while.

Car is only 2-1/2 years old, guess I will be looking for an Optima come Monday.

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Old 01-04-2004, 01:59 PM   #28
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Funny, since I've never had a problem w/ OEM batteries & winter starting. I park outside & I never plug my car in, ever! Luck of the draw I guess.
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Old 01-04-2004, 02:32 PM   #29
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I just swapped to a new battery...problem solved.

Oh yea, you people with dead or somewhat dead batteries, any reason why? I'm thinking my underdrive pulley might have something to do with it...my audio system only consists of amp and speakers so it can't be that much of a draw ya?
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Old 01-04-2004, 04:58 PM   #30
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Mostly indoors, but for the 5 weeks i left it once it was sitting outside in the winter.

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is your car indoors? mine is outdoors because i have no garage... it's too far out in the street to even run a battery trickle charger
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:20 PM   #31
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For you guys who park outside, have you tried the solar trickle chargers that they sell at CanTire? They guarantee that you never get a dead battery. Worth a shot?
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Old 01-04-2004, 06:56 PM   #32
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i was using the solar charger... it hasn't been really sunny and i have to keep clearing my windshield of snow in order for it to work so my battery still died nonetheless
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Old 01-04-2004, 09:12 PM   #33
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Problem solved here too!

Those optimas are nice, one and a half turn and it goes! BTW, to be exact, the stock battery has 355 CCA for the MT, the AT gets a 520 CCA . Man, they really went cheap on the battery.

BTW, you get a plastic undertray with the red top optima, use the thicker section and the fit is pretty good.

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Old 01-04-2004, 10:15 PM   #34
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where do u guys dispose your original battery?
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Old 01-04-2004, 10:34 PM   #35
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Crappy Tire should take your old battery in.

Wonder is the stock battery is warrantied? would make a nice spare.

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Old 01-05-2004, 02:25 PM   #36
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i just gave mine to napa.

any place that sells batterys has to have some sort of return thing for your old one.
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Old 01-05-2004, 08:13 PM   #37
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The Crappy tire Eliminator spiral cell battery is the same thing as the Optima, but has a better warranty, depending on where you buy the Optima it either has a 2 year or a 3 year warranty.

On the other hand Crappy tire's Eliminator has the same cold crank amps same technology but has a 3 year full replacement and a 10 year prorated warranty.

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Old 01-05-2004, 11:56 PM   #38
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Block heater should make it easier on your batteries, if you have access to power. Listen you cryptographers out there I've just figured out what IMHO means, anybody like to clue an old guy in on some of the other common acronyms starting with BTW? Thanks. Also any others of you feeling bittersweet like I do visavis the new Saabaru 9-2. Subaru took the WRX's bug eyed looks from something only a mother could love but which grew on you as characterful, to its present iteration which is only a little less homely and the version I just bought. And now Saab waves its plastic surgical wand and makes a sleek machine out of it. Its like that reality show where they take some ugly duckling with potential and voila transform him/her into something you could lust after. Which is what I'm doing right now, after having my wagon for less than a month. Its like being married or in my case being on my honeymoon and bumping into (insert your current dream lust object here) What's a guy to do?
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:07 AM   #39
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By The Way if I had checked out this thread before I bought my new Eliminator battery I'd have got the spiral cell one...would've been the same price with my friend's discount.

Oh well, my car starts up fine now and that's all I care about.

Another couple of years and it's the Porsche...ooh I can't wait.
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:59 AM   #40
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Keiho - your battery is starting to die too eh? I notice that it's taking alot longer to get my car started now too - especially with the cold(er) weather we've been having here in Vancouver.

And to the rest of you Canadians, anything in the double-digit minus temperatures is cold here for Vancouver!

LaterZ!
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Old 01-06-2004, 11:35 AM   #41
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we have to leave veichle plugged in with the block heater 24/7 in the winter here belvista or the car won't start no matter what battery you have!
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Old 01-06-2004, 01:58 PM   #42
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I had my Battery replaced on warrenty @ 58,000 km. It failed a load test so they swapped in a new one..

So if it is dieing it appears to be a warrenty item..

I think the replacement came from NAPA..
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Old 01-06-2004, 03:42 PM   #43
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Here in in Ottawa it is necessary to plug the car in for most of the winter otherwise no start. But plugging in is much easier on the engine, obviously if there is some heat from the block heater there is going to be less wear and tear on the engine.

IMHO. the saving on engine wear and easier starts more than offsets the hydro cost for using a block hearter.

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Old 01-08-2004, 11:33 AM   #44
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That's what I'm talking about!!

Wind chill warning for
Ottawa north - Kanata - Orleans continued
Extreme wind chill values tonight and Friday morning.

Wind chill warning criteria for eastern Ontario regions is minus 40.



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Old 01-12-2004, 12:14 AM   #45
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Just out of curiosity.....How much is the standard range for an optima red top as compared to the motomaster equivelent?

Oh yeah it gets to be -40 without wind chill here and my factory batt is pretty much useless in cold temps.
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Old 01-13-2004, 12:37 AM   #46
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Get a battery blanket. It's like starting your car in the summer even when it's -40 outside. Seriously. Of course you have to plug in a battery blanket (for those who don't know).

This is the most important cold weather starting aid for a car, if all you're concerned about is getting your car started. A block heater will assist in reducing engine wear, but won't help your battery one bit. The ultimate combo is a block heater, battery blanket and oil heater. Nice.

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Old 01-13-2004, 10:40 PM   #47
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had the same problem. Finally went and bitched to subaru and they gave me a new battery and problme solved. Didn;t cost me a dime !!!
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:57 AM   #48
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Quote:
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Get a battery blanket.
Yup; cheap and effective. That plus the block heater works great. The oil heater seems a little redundant. In extreme cold 0W30 synthetic oil is a good idea--flows much better than dino.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:06 PM   #49
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i wish i had the option of a charger or battery blanket... having no garage and parking on the street really sucks

i'm going to to cdn tire to check out this spiral cell battery... is there a specific type/name? from past experience the kids behind the counter are pretty clueless...
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:24 PM   #50
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Crappy tire battery name is Eliminator Spiral Cell battery, there is also an Eliminator regular battery so be sure to specify spiral cell.

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