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MoPar Man

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:13 pm
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I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
as well buy one that will fit my 300m.

The battery that is currently in my '00 300m is the original battery
(8 years old now) and although it seems fine now, it may not last
through the winter.

Anyways, I plan to hit a few auto parts stores , and will have to deal
with the typical battery issues (like shelf-life or date code
decoding, and battery type).

I'm thinking of an AGM battery - but not the spiral type.

It's said that there are basically only 3 battery plants in north
america, and they make all the batteries sold by the various
retailers.

So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
particular I need to stay away from?

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:18 am
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MoPar Man wrote:
> I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
> as well buy one that will fit my 300m.
>
> The battery that is currently in my '00 300m is the original battery
> (8 years old now) and although it seems fine now, it may not last
> through the winter.
>
> Anyways, I plan to hit a few auto parts stores , and will have to deal
> with the typical battery issues (like shelf-life or date code
> decoding, and battery type).
>
> I'm thinking of an AGM battery - but not the spiral type.
>
> It's said that there are basically only 3 battery plants in north
> america, and they make all the batteries sold by the various
> retailers.
>
> So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
> particular I need to stay away from?

I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results with Exide.
Some years ago, Consumer Reports did exhaustive tests on many brands.
Interstate was at the top; Exide was at the bottom.
Bryan

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Bill Putney

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:49 am
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MoPar Man wrote:
> I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
> as well buy one that will fit my 300m.
>
> The battery that is currently in my '00 300m is the original battery
> (8 years old now) and although it seems fine now, it may not last
> through the winter.
>
> Anyways, I plan to hit a few auto parts stores , and will have to deal
> with the typical battery issues (like shelf-life or date code
> decoding, and battery type).
>
> I'm thinking of an AGM battery - but not the spiral type.
>
> It's said that there are basically only 3 battery plants in north
> america, and they make all the batteries sold by the various
> retailers.
>
> So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
> particular I need to stay away from?

Group 34

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QX

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:28 am
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On Thu, 08 Nov 2007 18:13:52 -0500, MoPar Man wrote:

>I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
>as well buy one that will fit my 300m.
>
>So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
>particular I need to stay away from?

I have had really good luck with the "Duralast" Gold from AutoZone.
They hold up very well in the temperature extremes here in the desert
southwest. Summer temps range from 115 in the daytime, 85 at night
for days on end. Winter temps get to 30, and even lower when we head
up into the mountains.
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MoPar Man

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(Msg. 5) Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:53 pm
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QX wrote:

> I have had really good luck with the "Duralast" Gold from
> AutoZone.

Bryan wrote:

> I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results
> with Exide.

Here in Canada, our choices are somewhat limited as we don't have as
many car-parts chain stores.

The major retailer being Canadian Tire, and some smaller players like
PartSource.

Partsource carries about 3 or 4 lines of Exide (but not the top-end
lines Orbital and Nascar) but Canadain tire carries only the Nascar
and I think Orbital (and their own house brands).

Since I'm looking for a group 34 (or group 7Cool battery, the absolute
low-end for those (Canadian tire house brand) sell for about $50 (450
CCA) while the high end batteries (750 - 850 CCA) can go for $140.

I was looking for an AGM battery, but really couldn't find one (at
retail) that wasn't also a spiral battery - so that sucks.

I didn't look at what was available from a Chrysler dealer - is it
worth it?

Anyone know who made the OEM batteries for a '00 300m?
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The Henchman

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:55 pm
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"MoPar Man" wrote in message

> QX wrote:
>
>> I have had really good luck with the "Duralast" Gold from
>> AutoZone.
>
> Bryan wrote:
>
>> I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results
>> with Exide.
>
> Here in Canada, our choices are somewhat limited as we don't have as
> many car-parts chain stores.
>

PartsSource IS Canadian Tire... Smile
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The Henchman

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(Msg. 7) Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:55 pm
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"MoPar Man" wrote in message

> QX wrote:
>
>> I have had really good luck with the "Duralast" Gold from
>> AutoZone.
>
> Bryan wrote:
>
>> I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results
>> with Exide.
>
> Here in Canada, our choices are somewhat limited as we don't have as
> many car-parts chain stores.
>
> The major retailer being Canadian Tire, and some smaller players like
> PartSource.
>
> Partsource carries about 3 or 4 lines of Exide (but not the top-end
> lines Orbital and Nascar) but Canadain tire carries only the Nascar
> and I think Orbital (and their own house brands).
>
> Since I'm looking for a group 34 (or group 7Cool battery, the absolute
> low-end for those (Canadian tire house brand) sell for about $50 (450
> CCA) while the high end batteries (750 - 850 CCA) can go for $140.


Forgot to mention that I've had good luck with kirkland's batteries from
Costco. Sould be able to get a 800 CCA for about 100 bucks or less there.
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:30 pm
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Interstate is not a manufacturer!!!!

Mopar is Chrysler's brand which could be made by either Exide or Johnson
Controls!!!

"Bryan" wrote in message

> MoPar Man wrote:
>> I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
>> as well buy one that will fit my 300m.
>>
>> The battery that is currently in my '00 300m is the original battery
>> (8 years old now) and although it seems fine now, it may not last
>> through the winter.
>>
>> Anyways, I plan to hit a few auto parts stores , and will have to deal
>> with the typical battery issues (like shelf-life or date code
>> decoding, and battery type).
>>
>> I'm thinking of an AGM battery - but not the spiral type.
>>
>> It's said that there are basically only 3 battery plants in north
>> america, and they make all the batteries sold by the various
>> retailers.
>>
>> So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
>> particular I need to stay away from?
>
> I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results with Exide.
> Some years ago, Consumer Reports did exhaustive tests on many brands.
> Interstate was at the top; Exide was at the bottom.
> Bryan
>
>
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mr.som ting wong

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(Msg. 9) Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:43 pm
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hmmm thats not what interstate have told us when they deliver the batteries
to the shop i work at
i'll have to ask them again
Ken Heslin wrote:

> Interstate is not a manufacturer!!!!
>
> Mopar is Chrysler's brand which could be made by either Exide or Johnson
> Controls!!!
>
> "Bryan" wrote in message
>
> > MoPar Man wrote:
> >> I need to buy a battery to temporarily start and move a car so I might
> >> as well buy one that will fit my 300m.
> >>
> >> The battery that is currently in my '00 300m is the original battery
> >> (8 years old now) and although it seems fine now, it may not last
> >> through the winter.
> >>
> >> Anyways, I plan to hit a few auto parts stores , and will have to deal
> >> with the typical battery issues (like shelf-life or date code
> >> decoding, and battery type).
> >>
> >> I'm thinking of an AGM battery - but not the spiral type.
> >>
> >> It's said that there are basically only 3 battery plants in north
> >> america, and they make all the batteries sold by the various
> >> retailers.
> >>
> >> So, what is the size or group code I'm looking for, and any brands in
> >> particular I need to stay away from?
> >
> > I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results with Exide.
> > Some years ago, Consumer Reports did exhaustive tests on many brands.
> > Interstate was at the top; Exide was at the bottom.
> > Bryan
> >
> >
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(Msg. 10) Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:36 am
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In article ,
"mr.som ting wong" wrote:

> hmmm thats not what interstate have told us when they deliver the batteries
> to the shop i work at
> i'll have to ask them again

It amazes me the number of myths that propagate regarding how
many and who are the players in the battery market, starting with
the one you're responding to...
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(Msg. 11) Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:03 am
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based upon my battery business experience, I propose the following:

for the discriminating buyer: Buy a BCI Group OE replacement Mopar branded
battery that has engineering ratings that Chrysler warranted through their
Dealer network!

for the cheap skate buyer: Buy at a swap meet, AutoZone or Advance Auto or
Interstate Battery or Exide Battery with marketing ratings or used unbranded
warranted 3 feet or 3 seconds by some sidewalk vendor at a swap meet.




"The Henchman" wrote in message

>
> "MoPar Man" wrote in message
>
>> QX wrote:
>>
>>> I have had really good luck with the "Duralast" Gold from
>>> AutoZone.
>>
>> Bryan wrote:
>>
>>> I've had excellent results with Interstate and poor results
>>> with Exide.
>>
>> Here in Canada, our choices are somewhat limited as we don't have as
>> many car-parts chain stores.
>>
>> The major retailer being Canadian Tire, and some smaller players like
>> PartSource.
>>
>> Partsource carries about 3 or 4 lines of Exide (but not the top-end
>> lines Orbital and Nascar) but Canadain tire carries only the Nascar
>> and I think Orbital (and their own house brands).
>>
>> Since I'm looking for a group 34 (or group 7Cool battery, the absolute
>> low-end for those (Canadian tire house brand) sell for about $50 (450
>> CCA) while the high end batteries (750 - 850 CCA) can go for $140.
>
>
> Forgot to mention that I've had good luck with kirkland's batteries from
> Costco. Sould be able to get a 800 CCA for about 100 bucks or less
> there.
>
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(Msg. 12) Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:44 pm
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Ken Heslin wrote:
> based upon my battery business experience, I propose the following:
>
> for the discriminating buyer: Buy a BCI Group OE replacement Mopar
> branded battery that has engineering ratings that Chrysler warranted
> through their Dealer network!
>
> for the cheap skate buyer: Buy at a swap meet, AutoZone or Advance Auto
> or Interstate Battery or Exide Battery with marketing ratings or used
> unbranded warranted 3 feet or 3 seconds by some sidewalk vendor at a
> swap meet.

I'm not sure what of that that you meant seriously and what you meant
sarcastically and/or tongue in cheek, but it's a minor PITA to get to
the batteries in the LH cars. That would bias the decision to more of a
premium battery whose construction and design actually match the
warranty that it comes with.

What you don't want is a battery that you'll get replaced for free under
its warranty every 2 years even though it's guaranteed for 4 or 5 or 6
or whatever years whether it's you doing the R&R (hassle factor) or the
battery vendor (minimum wage people going into the mechanicals of my car
is an absolute no-no).

Bill Putney
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address with the letter 'x')
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(Msg. 13) Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:19 pm
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Bill Putney wrote:

> What you don't want is a battery that you'll get replaced for
> free under its warranty every 2 years even though it's guaranteed
> for 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever years whether it's you doing the R&R
> (hassle factor) ...

Update:

We're almost done with this brutal winter, and I still have the
factory original battery in my '00 300M (8.3 years so far).

Car has been garaged almost every night which probably helps increase
it's life.
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(Msg. 14) Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:45 am
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Amazingly, even though Interstate manufacturers NOTHING, they are, I'm 99%
sure, the current source for Mopar "dealer" (repalcement, not OEM)
batteries. I believe that their distribution, delivery, and core-pickup
expertise made the difference.

Rick E.

"aarcuda69062" wrote in message

> In article ,
> "mr.som ting wong" wrote:
>
> > hmmm thats not what interstate have told us when they deliver the
batteries
> > to the shop i work at
> > i'll have to ask them again
>
> It amazes me the number of myths that propagate regarding how
> many and who are the players in the battery market, starting with
> the one you're responding to...
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(Msg. 15) Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:31 pm
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Bill Putney wrote:
> Ken Heslin wrote:
>> based upon my battery business experience, I propose the following:
>>
>> for the discriminating buyer: Buy a BCI Group OE replacement Mopar
>> branded battery that has engineering ratings that Chrysler warranted
>> through their Dealer network!
>>
>> for the cheap skate buyer: Buy at a swap meet, AutoZone or Advance
>> Auto or Interstate Battery or Exide Battery with marketing ratings or
>> used unbranded warranted 3 feet or 3 seconds by some sidewalk vendor
>> at a swap meet.
>
> I'm not sure what of that that you meant seriously and what you meant
> sarcastically and/or tongue in cheek, but it's a minor PITA to get to
> the batteries in the LH cars. That would bias the decision to more of a
> premium battery whose construction and design actually match the
> warranty that it comes with.

Which, in my experience, makes an OEM battery the LAST thing you'd want.
Maybe its changed in recent years, but OEM batteries used to be one of
the worst things on a new car. A high-end name brand aftermarket battery
would greatly outlast a sourced-from-the-lowest-bidder-who-minimally-met
specifications battery from a dealer.

>
> What you don't want is a battery that you'll get replaced for free under
> its warranty every 2 years even though it's guaranteed for 4 or 5 or 6
> or whatever years

Amen.
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