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Car Batteries in Consumer Reports #4999164 02/02/19 08:55 AM
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The summary: best overall was NAPA Legend Performance, good deal for cold climates was Walmart EverStart MAXX, and easy to check battery level was Interstate Mega-Tron Plus. The full review is online.

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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Donald] #4999171 02/02/19 09:01 AM
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Not surprising that the best overall was an East Penn-and I've had decent luck with JC made WM EverStart Maxx & Interstate MTPs-but after having a couple JC batteries leak acid like sieves and not be warrantable for it, I'm never spending more than $50 on another JC made one!


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Donald] #4999203 02/02/19 09:27 AM
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They want a membership to read the whole article. Im surprised Napa won, Ive had a few fail considerably earlier under warranty than the Interstates I stock. did they test Bosch and the new ones from Delco?


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Audios] #4999227 02/02/19 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Audios
They want a membership to read the whole article. Im surprised Napa won, Ive had a few fail considerably earlier under warranty than the Interstates I stock. did they test Bosch and the new ones from Delco?

How long ago did you have the napa ones fail?


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Audios] #4999246 02/02/19 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Audios
They want a membership to read the whole article. Im surprised Napa won, Ive had a few fail considerably earlier under warranty than the Interstates I stock. did they test Bosch and the new ones from Delco?


If you have a library card, check their site and see if they have it online. Most libraries have access to CR.


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: csandste] #4999256 02/02/19 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by csandste
Originally Posted by Audios
They want a membership to read the whole article. Im surprised Napa won, Ive had a few fail considerably earlier under warranty than the Interstates I stock. did they test Bosch and the new ones from Delco?


If you have a library card, check their site and see if they have it online. Most libraries have access to CR.


+1. My library also has access to Chilton repair online

Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Donald] #4999269 02/02/19 10:49 AM
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The most recent one was over the summer, 20 months on a legend in an 07 Jeep. It was a few years ago when it was more common, but their pricing keeps me away since.


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Donald] #4999316 02/02/19 11:17 AM
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I've heard that CR has a bias toward those who "Contribute" to their research. I take their reports with a handful of salt.

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I’ve boycotted JCI for a while. I’ve been happy with the Deka and Exide batteries I’ve been using.

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Originally Posted by Pelican
I've heard that CR has a bias toward those who "Contribute" to their research. I take their reports with a handful of salt.


Where did you hear that? As far as I know, no one contributes to them as they don't do any advertising as their funding comes from readers. There's a few other consumer reporting magazines that do without that name so you may be confused with something else.

They have their own bias, but it's not from those who contribute as I believe there are no contributors besides their readers. Their bias might be from the group that buys their magazines.

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Currently looking at a Duracell from Sam's. I always bought Costco for years. But they had to change the batteries and the warranty. All of Costco's are now Interstate. Sam's are currently East Penn.


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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: Pelican] #4999371 02/02/19 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Pelican
I've heard that CR has a bias toward those who "Contribute" to their research. I take their reports with a handful of salt.


People like me who wanted to be educated consumers contribute. Magazine subscription, sweepstakes, etc. They accept no advertising and will not let their reports be used by companies as part of advertising. You may disagree with their testing methods or criteria, but their integrity is beyond reproach.


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Consumer Reports 🤣 I no longer buy anything based on their reviews. Walmart Everstart Maxx (JCI) 🤣🤣🤣, I’ve had two over a four year period. JUNK! They always rate Behr paint as a top performer, not so much. I bought a Maytag dishwasher (pre-Whirlpool) based on their rating. JUNK! I’ve bought tires based on their ratings. JUNK! I am no longer a subscriber. For me, Consumer Reports ain’t fit to line a birdcage. Although, NAPA being an East Penn is a good battery.

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Re: Car Batteries in Consumer Reports [Re: bullwinkle] #4999378 02/02/19 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
Not surprising that the best overall was an East Penn-and I've had decent luck with JC made WM EverStart Maxx & Interstate MTPs-but after having a couple JC batteries leak acid like sieves and not be warrantable for it, I'm never spending more than $50 on another JC made one!


As far as Walmart batteries go the ones I have looked at recently no longer have a mfg name on them. But, if the battery serial number starts with an "EP" then it was made by East Penn. The ones in MA stores I looked at started with an EP. Other parts of the country could be different. East Penn confirmed the EP prefix info in an email response to my question.


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I subscribed to consumer report a couple of years ago,but got tired of almost weekly mailings trying to get me to subscribe again. Barely get 1 issue and they are begging to subscribe again when I have 11 months to go before expire


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