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Old 06-10-2005, 03:58 PM   #1
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Well mine bit the dust for no apparent reason today, i have an 03 with 38,000 miles and the warranty was over at 36,000 . Is it normal for a battery to only last that long? BTW i didnt leave anything on, i checked for a draw on my electrical system and their was none, only like .02 but thats normal. what might of cause this early failure?
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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My 2000 Forester OEM panosonic lasted 4+ years. My daughters Hyundia battery lasted 2+ years. My Fl temps may be causing early demise. Up North I'd get 6 years easy.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:36 PM   #3
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check the water level. Thats about when my battery started to get low. Filled it back up and it worked fine.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:57 PM   #4
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Yep, when you change the engine oil you should check the battery water levels too. Only takes about 5-10 minutes to check all compartments and add enough distilled water if needed.

My battery: still kicking after 2 years 7 months with 63k miles on a 2003 WRX sedan. Car gets started 2-4 times a day (go to work, come home from work, run errands if needed). Southern california weather. Only gets below freezing for afew weeks a year in the winter and gets over 100 for afew months in the summer.
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Old 06-10-2005, 05:16 PM   #5
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you know it's just a matter of time until the "OEM battery haters" booger up this thread...

Couple of things to keep in mind - the OEM battery isn't very high powered (350-ish cca) and it is not maintenance free - you need to keep an eye on the water levels (as already pointed out)
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:02 PM   #6
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How can I refill the water? Mine is just above the low level line. Is it okay?
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:17 PM   #7
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Had it since April 02..still working and I have quite few electronics.
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:26 PM   #8
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How can I refill the water? Mine is just above the low level line. Is it okay?
Unscrew the 6 plugs on top of the battery, but be careful not to let dirt fall into the battery and not to let any fluid on the plugs drip anywhere (it could be sulfuric acid). Then just pour some distilled water (a cup and small CLEAN funnel work best) into the chamber until it just makes contact with the little tab hanging down just inside the hole. Then just screw the plugs back in and you're set.
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:29 PM   #9
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i still have my stock subaru battery. (6 years old now)
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:14 PM   #10
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Unscrew the 6 plugs on top of the battery, but be careful not to let dirt fall into the battery and not to let any fluid on the plugs drip anywhere (it could be sulfuric acid). Then just pour some distilled water (a cup and small CLEAN funnel work best) into the chamber until it just makes contact with the little tab hanging down just inside the hole. Then just screw the plugs back in and you're set.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:00 PM   #11
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mine just died today - Oct 01 through June 05

32K miles
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:02 PM   #12
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mine died last month...

just a tad over 2 years old and about 45,000km on the odo....... no additional electronics and the water level was kept up... it just decided to die (one day the car won't start).

Replaced it with a red top and so far so good....
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:35 PM   #13
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Still have my oem one on a MY99. I just check the water levels but she statrs up fine every time.
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:48 PM   #14
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9 months and 9000 miles. I gotta Optima battery now but my car was sitting for months at a time undriven in winter....
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:48 PM   #15
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First six months I had my 2004 wrx I had the battery replaced 4 times, the current one has been in for nearly a year.
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:31 AM   #16
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just under 2 yrs and somewhere around 20K miles
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:54 AM   #17
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stock battery since apr. 01 and 101,000 miles..
and still working...
just keep an eye on the water level.


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Old 06-16-2005, 03:07 PM   #18
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umm... opening up your battery isn't something i'd reccomend to any idiot on the internet.

they seem to start to have trouble after 30,k miles. mine's getting low on distilled water. the thing is, if you breathe wrong into the fluid it's going to make your battery useless.

better just to get a better battery.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:22 PM   #19
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Still have my oem one on a MY99. I just check the water levels but she statrs up fine every time.
same with me, i guess the older ones had better batteries than the new ones. i see a lot of "replaced it after 6 months in my rex"
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:51 AM   #20
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Mine lasted a little over 2 years.. replaced with e Odyssey 680MJ and going good so far.

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Old 06-17-2005, 09:04 AM   #21
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umm... opening up your battery isn't something i'd reccomend to any idiot on the internet.

they seem to start to have trouble after 30,k miles. mine's getting low on distilled water. the thing is, if you breathe wrong into the fluid it's going to make your battery useless.

better just to get a better battery.
you can't be serious - it's a lead acid battery - wipe off the top, unscrew the holes, top off each cell with distilled water, and you're good - not rocket science. While there are certainly things you could add to the electrolyte which would kill them, breathing on them isn't going to do it - as long as you take your time and wipe down the top first, nothing bad is going to happen to you or the battery.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:23 AM   #22
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I've even spilled small amounts of dirt into the battery, purely by accident mind you (it's hard to wipe off dirt that finds it's way into the space around the plug...) I think the acid probably just eats up whatever finds it's way in. I'm not saying you shouldn't be careful with getting dirt into the battery, but just a little care will keep it going for a long while. The term "Maintenance Free Battery" is really a misnomer...
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:46 AM   #23
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stock battery 12/02 - present

45k mi and gagillion watts of drawn power

still going strong.

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Old 06-18-2005, 10:32 AM   #24
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Lasted 27k miles/30 months. However, it wasn't replaced under warranty because the car wasn't driveable and by the time it was on the road it was past the 36 month warranty. That OEM battery isn't that good of product but of course many OEM batteries really aren't that great.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:39 AM   #25
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High heat kills batteries. TX seems to be pretty hard on batteries. I'm getting 3-4 years battery life, compared with over 9 years on OEM battery up North (freezing temps apparently not as hard on the battery life, but more demanding on cold cranking amps).
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