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Old 01-25-2005, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Really weak when starting in cold

It seems that in really cold weather my battery seems almost DEAD. It actually took two tries to get the engine to crank over when it was -2 outside. Is this a comman thing with stock batteries? After driving around it starts with pleanty of power.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:09 PM   #2
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OK....one more time.....the stock batteries are junk....get rid of it at your first possible opportunity and your life will be easier 'cuz it can't die on ya and leave you stranded if you ****can it now.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:11 PM   #3
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i have an 02 just got a optima battery and it fixed the problem.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:32 PM   #4
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I have an 00, I've had to deal with it actually NOT starting the car twice now.

First time, I wasn't late for anything, car wouldn't start, so I took mom's car to work, came home, still not working, I brought the battery inside, set it next to our wood burning stove for an hour, took it back out to the car and it started up first try (well, second, the ECU reset, so it stalled the first try). After this I realized the fluid level was low, so I topped it off w/ distilled H20 thinking that would get me through the winter.

Second time, first day back to school, had to get the neighbor to jump my car. ~5 mins late for class.

I'm getting an optima in the next 2 weeks.


EDIT: Both of these happened when the temp dropped below ~ -7f overnight. however, car is reluctant to start in anything below +10f
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:39 PM   #5
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in really cold weather my battery seems almost DEAD
Another option, if you have access to a AC receptacle, is the battery warmer sold as a subaru accessory.They work quite well.
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Old 01-26-2005, 09:35 AM   #6
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Stock battery here. deals fine with the Canadian winter (-30 celcius). Did you ever happen to do maintenance to the battery?
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:10 PM   #7
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..if the stock battery has been neglected to the point that most of them have, like almost not starting the car, adding water to it won't help for long.
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:31 PM   #8
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battery was replaced under warranty on my 02... it wasn't even dead yet.
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:15 AM   #9
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my 51R size Interstate brand battery starts my STI (bigger pistons and more compression) better at cold temps than the 35 size stock battery (which is nearly twice the size) started my WRX.

Uncle Scotty is right - Stock battery is a junker.
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