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Old 01-30-2004, 03:05 PM   #1
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The battery on my 95 Legacy went bad, I thought it was going to be the alternator but it turned out to be just the battery. They want $80 for a stock battery and another $30 to install it which I don't think is a very good deal.

So, keeping in mind that I need my car soon, therefore I need to get a battery locally. Any recommendations? Probably pick one up at NTB or someplace and have my friend drive me to the garage.
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:14 PM   #2
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I got a diehard silver at sears for ~$80 including installation. I'm in illinois where its -5 degrees and my subie starts right up. I have a MY00 RS.
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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How hard is it to change the battery anyways? I just need to take the battery posts off, take the nuts off the battery tiedown, then swap it?
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Old 01-30-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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Pretty much...there's nothing deceptive about it.
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Old 01-30-2004, 04:24 PM   #5
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I just spent 2 days online searching for 'the battery'. Nothing conclusive out there anywhere.

Just pick up the mid grade battery from autozone or sears. There was one battery review from consumer ________, that picked a costco battery as its favorite.

I got a few people telling me to get optima but there is no way I could justify the 70 extra dollars...unless you had like a million electronics in your car, than the yellow top might be good for you.
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Old 01-30-2004, 06:42 PM   #6
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Ended up going for the Optima redtop, considered the yellowtop but I read that they would lose their charge after 2weeks? Not the battery for me. I have a carpc + plus screens and other stuff so I decided that it might be worth it to spend a few bucks extra. Working like a charm now, the headlights actually light up the road!
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:08 PM   #7
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I thought I was crazy last night when I noticed that my headlights seemed brighter after installing my red top. Maybe I'm not...
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Old 02-01-2004, 05:13 PM   #8
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I think the general attitude is that Optima Yellow top is the best, but require extensions. Red tops can be had in a reverse configuration and are easy to install. You should be able to pick up both locally.

Also, 30 BUCKS FOR INSTALL?!? Haven't you see the autozone commercial where the kindergarten teacher replaces her battery?
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:22 AM   #9
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Most places I see, Autozone, Advance, etc, offer free installation. My understanding is they do this to encourage return of the old batteries for recycling. If more people did it themselves (easy to do, anyway, as mentioned above) many may not be as likely to make their way to the proper recycling facility to dispose of the spent battery.
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Old 02-02-2004, 08:27 AM   #10
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I have the old battery in the trunk, I return it and get my $5 deposit back.

FortyTwo: What do you mean by reverse configuration? I just got the one they had at PepBoys and the cables were a bit of a reach, do they have one that is easier to install? The cable leading to the fuse box is a little strained at the moment, if there is a better configuration I'd like to know.
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Old 02-02-2004, 09:38 AM   #11
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I would recommend Optima Redtop man. Think there is one that is a direct replacement for our cars.

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Old 02-02-2004, 12:26 PM   #12
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FortyTwo: What do you mean by reverse configuration? I just got the one they had at PepBoys and the cables were a bit of a reach, do they have one that is easier to install? The cable leading to the fuse box is a little strained at the moment, if there is a better configuration I'd like to know.
The Group 35 Red top Optima has the terminals in the OEM location. It is often called the "reverse" config.
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Old 02-02-2004, 09:17 PM   #13
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The one sold at Pep Boys is the 35/75 "universal" model with side and top terminals. I bought this one some time back and made it work with a longer starter cable which was cheap and fairly easy to do. However there is now a 35 Red available with post terminals only that are in the proper location, and it can be installed directly in place of the OEM battery with no modifications. It is available from online vendors and may be referred to as a "reverse" 35 or just a 35. A look at the picture should confirm it is the correct model as the terminals will be at the outside corners of the battery rather than near the center as on the 35/75.
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