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#4552448 - 10/23/17 09:13 PM budget car battery recommendation?
Carbon12 Offline


Registered: 03/10/15
Posts: 199
Loc: MO
Time for a new battery for my 2011 Cruze with 204k miles. Six year old AC Delco wouldn't crank it over this morning. At over 30k miles/year I can't see putting a $150+ premium battery in this car but don't want a piece of junk either. Hoping for a decent one for $100 or less. Might try an Exide from Rural King but wonder if they are made in USA or not.

What is your favorite budget/value battery for high mileage car?

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#4552453 - 10/23/17 09:17 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
oilstudent24 Offline


Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 394
Loc: USA
Never used it, but Walmart has at $49.XX battery called Value Power I believe

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#4552454 - 10/23/17 09:18 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3700
Loc: Utah
The value battery at Walmart......

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#4552463 - 10/23/17 09:27 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
Iowegian Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Iowa
For a FEW dollars over $100 you would get the walmart everstart. Much better battery and warranty.
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#4552466 - 10/23/17 09:29 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Iowegian]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21200
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: Iowegian
For a FEW dollars over $100 you would get the walmart everstart. Much better battery and warranty.


I agree.

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#4552469 - 10/23/17 09:35 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
Oro_O Offline


Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 1351
Loc: Seattle-ish, WA
Firestone/Interstate.

Buy online and there is a 15% discount/google the coupon. It includes installation, which with some creative clicking or calling the store, you can get a $15 discount for declining. You are now at about $100 or a little under; this is for the regular MegaTron and not the MTP. The MTP is only a little more though and I think worth it.

I have done this twice in the last few years when I needed batteries and it has been the best deal by far. The number of stories on Costco and Walmart batteries failing and going back is a little too high for my comfort zone. And $50 saved on a battery can cost you $200 in towing 24 months later when the plate cracks and shorts out and the car isn't moving from the interstate exit-ramp until the battery is replaced. BTDT.

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#4552480 - 10/23/17 09:49 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
oilmutt Offline


Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 429
Loc: Connecticut 06033
Costco has interstate batteries with full replacement up to 42 months for about $75,check it out!
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#4552481 - 10/23/17 09:49 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
aba4430 Offline


Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 9
Loc: PA
Exide Home Depot

Check out the Exide Extreme batteries at HD. Decent prices and good specs.
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#4552482 - 10/23/17 09:51 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
bbhero Offline


Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4627
Loc: Virginia
At Home Depot they may sell an Exide battery that has a 40 month free replacement warranty... For $99. A common sized group 24 costs $99 there. May well be worth a look into that if you have a HD nearby.
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#4552493 - 10/23/17 10:07 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Mr Nice]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2759
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Originally Posted By: Iowegian
For a FEW dollars over $100 you would get the walmart everstart. Much better battery and warranty.


I agree.


For a few dollar over a $100 you could be a Diehard that would probably live as long as the car. With a better warranty.
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#4552510 - 10/23/17 11:01 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10118
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
You donít live in the heat, so batteries last a long time regardless.

The $49 Walmart battery, if available in your size, would work great.

Iíve got them in 2 cars, no issues so far.
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#4552516 - 10/23/17 11:16 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
CharlieBauer Offline


Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 1177
Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
For a few dollar over a $100 you could be a Diehard that would probably live as long as the car. With a better warranty.



My diehard went dead at 3.5 years. I got 7 years before that.
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#4552517 - 10/23/17 11:16 PM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Nick1994]
CharlieBauer Offline


Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 1177
Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
You donít live in the heat, so batteries last a long time regardless.

The $49 Walmart battery, if available in your size, would work great.

Iíve got them in 2 cars, no issues so far.


How long have you had those $49 batteries?
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#4552596 - 10/24/17 06:11 AM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Mr Nice]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20463
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Originally Posted By: Iowegian
For a FEW dollars over $100 you would get the walmart everstart. Much better battery and warranty.


I agree.


+1 - Walmart Everstart MAXX, made by JCI last I looked around NY.
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#4552632 - 10/24/17 07:00 AM Re: budget car battery recommendation? [Re: Carbon12]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7163
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I did the cheap walmart battery for my old X-Type (really a Ford Contour) . That battery was not worth the $49 I paid for it.

The battery's power lasted over a year, but the terminal very rapidly corroded under the connector. Repaired it with a screw by drilling a hole, running a 10/32 tap into it, then attaching the lug back on to the battery with a stainless machine screw. Worked fine for a short while after that. But the corrosion continued unabated.

Replaced it with a Costco battery. No problems at all.
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