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#1505593 - 06/20/09 05:55 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: Bluestream]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Niagara Falls, ON, CA (near)
??? Dunno, never had good luck with them. Always had great luck with Interstate so that's what we stuck with, and where we get ours they are the same price as an Exide. \:\!
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#1505762 - 06/20/09 08:53 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: Bluestream]
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10487
Loc: Manassas, VA
 Originally Posted By: Bluestream

Delco batteries are now made in Korea


The cheap Delcos are. I've never seen them for sale anywhere. The ones at Pep Boys are made by Johnson Controls.

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#1506966 - 06/22/09 02:23 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: brianl703]
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Registered: 08/05/02
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Loc: Silicon Valley
Depends on your local Walmart. I went to one that insist I must have the original receipt to get replacement by the Jass Ack manager, and great no-question-ask replacement by another.

Depends on which one you live close to, and how comfortable you feel. I'd say Walmart may be a good choice.
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#1509823 - 06/24/09 11:20 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: StevieC]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2307
Loc: SF Bay Area
 Originally Posted By: StevieC
??? Dunno, never had good luck with them. Always had great luck with Interstate so that's what we stuck with, and where we get ours they are the same price as an Exide. \:\!

Interstate has a consignment system. Their staff goes to the dealers, check regularly for batteries that have been on the shelf past a certain period, and replace them with good batteries. While the manufacturing date may be a while ago, they supposedly make sure that no battery has been left on the shelf for more than a few months. Supposedly they can sulfate (and permanently lose capacity) if left too long without being used or charged. They'll reintroduce batteries into their system once they've been recharged. The batteries themselves are made by Johnson Controls.

For most other battery brands, the usual recommendation is to just buy a battery that has been recently manufactured. There used to be some code (like "B-5") that wasn't that hard to understand but now they have an easy to read date like "6/09". I just bought a new battery at Costco, and that's what's on the attached date label.

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#1510048 - 06/24/09 02:22 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: y_p_w]
Jason2007 Offline


Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 591
Loc: virginia
Just picked up an Exide made WalMart Maxx the other day. Very fresh made this month so hopefully it will last.

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#1510911 - 06/25/09 07:27 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: brianl703]
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 237
Loc: Under the hood
 Originally Posted By: brianl703
...seeing as how neither WalMart nor Costco stock group 48 batteries anymore. (I'd get a Costco if they did, but they don't).


When did they stop?

Kirkland Signature item #989227, fitment code 10.

Last time I cruised the battery rack, it was less than $70.

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#1511064 - 06/25/09 10:16 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: Carmudgeon]
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10487
Loc: Manassas, VA
They stopped about two years ago. Put the group 48 on sale for $49.99 and then it hasn't been seen since. Just called Costco and gave them that number and was told that no Costco on the east coast has it.

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#1511211 - 06/25/09 12:24 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: brianl703]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2307
Loc: SF Bay Area
 Originally Posted By: brianl703
They stopped about two years ago. Put the group 48 on sale for $49.99 and then it hasn't been seen since. Just called Costco and gave them that number and was told that no Costco on the east coast has it.



There are some battery types which Costco has never carried. Try finding a Group 51R for any 1994 or later Acura Integra. They list the car in their catalog, but then have a couple of dashes indicating that they don't carry it. They've got plenty of Group 51, but not the reversed terminal version. I ended up buying a Sears DieHard (made by Exide before they had the exclusive JCI contract). It didn't go bad per se, but eventually I found an ACDelco dealer that had it in Group 51R. It was really cheap although I couldn't test how long it would last after my car was stolen, recovered, and declared a total loss.

I even remember back when the standard auto batteries Costco carried were Energizer brand, made by Johnson Controls. I think at the time that was exclusive to Costco; Target Stores had (JCI made) Eveready brand batteries as an exclusive. Then they had JCI make a house brand (Kirkland Signature). It's all changed , and I think Energizer/Eveready is a non-exclusive brand now.

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#1511219 - 06/25/09 12:30 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: y_p_w]
tripleM Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 946
Loc: Central VA
So what is the best value consumer battery brand for a daily driver?
I haven't heard Sears mentioned here?

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#1511350 - 06/25/09 02:07 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: Gueromeister]
fordboy Offline


Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 272
Loc: Huron, Tn
Comsumes, at least here, rates duralast batteries from auto zone.
We don't have a Costco here in tn. just walmart.

We have gotten walmart batteries, and are just fine.
They usually last 5-7 years.
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#1511462 - 06/25/09 03:26 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: fordboy]
Jason2007 Offline


Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 591
Loc: virginia
My gf has just the basic WalMart battery in her Cavalier. 4 years and still going strong.

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#1511774 - 06/25/09 07:51 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: brianl703]
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 237
Loc: Under the hood
 Originally Posted By: brianl703
They stopped about two years ago. Put the group 48 on sale for $49.99 and then it hasn't been seen since. Just called Costco and gave them that number and was told that no Costco on the east coast has it.


I checked with my Costco, and it appears they have discontinued the 48, but it must have occurred more recently, because I have seen them on the shelf in the past year. That probably explains why their price was reduced compared to when I last shopped for a new battery at the end of '07. Prior to that, they didn't stock a 48, so I was surprised when I saw it. Must not have been a big seller for them.

Sears and Interstate always carry the 48, made by JCI, albeit at the higher end of the price scale. (Even more so for the Interstate-imported DIN-standard Hx batteries if one wants true originality) Autozone charges less for their version. Pep Boys' version was sold as an Energizer before changing to Bosch labeling. The supplier switched from JCI to Exide within the past couple years, however.

NAPA's 48 is an Exide. Oddly enough, CSK's Delco was, too, but now their site now pictures a house brand that appears to be made by JCI.

It's definitely a fluid market and things are subject to change.

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#1512094 - 06/26/09 01:53 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: fordboy]
rshunter Offline


Registered: 02/02/09
Posts: 1921
Loc: Ohio,USA
 Originally Posted By: fordboy
We don't have a Costco here in tn.


There isn't one within 50 miles, but you do have them... United States Costco Warehouse Locations

Tennessee
Brentwood
N.E. Memphis
S.E. Memphis
West Nashville
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#1512178 - 06/26/09 07:14 AM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: rshunter]
fordboy Offline


Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 272
Loc: Huron, Tn
oh, thanks. you taught me something!
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#1512554 - 06/26/09 12:58 PM Re: New Battery: Costco or Wal-Mart? [Re: tripleM]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2307
Loc: SF Bay Area
 Originally Posted By: tripleM
So what is the best value consumer battery brand for a daily driver?
I haven't heard Sears mentioned here?

I'd say Kirkland Signature sold at Costco warehouses. I just paid $54.99 for a Group 35 battery with a 36 month full replacement warranty and a 100 month prorated warranty. You have to keep the receipt though if you want to take advantage of the warranty.

Sears isn't bad. They switched over to 100% supplied by Johnson Controls in 1999. Their prices are typically high, but I believe they include installation. It does a bit confusion with their different levels (North, South, Platinum, Gold, but some of the selections are based on the individual location. I guess there are the "Plus Start" line sold at Sears, but any kind of bargain line worries me. I have noticed that the "Gold North" line is (for each type) heavier than the "North" line. I'd think the difference would be with heavier plates that mean more power and time before the electrodes give out.

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