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HeavyDuty
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Sep 9th, 2017 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The battery in my 2006 Miata needs to be replaced. Do any of the retailers in particular have decent sales on good batteries? I haven't had to buy one in years.

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Sep 9th, 2017 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I rarely see batteries on sale around here (DC area). It's usually tires, tune-ups, and brake service on sale.

Best advice is to shop around. Call at least five local auto parts places and ask for their prices on a replacement for your car. The data points you need to know are

- Price

- Warranty
-- What's the duration of warranty?
-- What's the policy on replacing a defective unit? Complete replacement? Or pro rata rebate on a defective unit within the warranty period?

You have to gather this info and then make a decision based on best value.

There are usually several levels of quality within each battery type. For instance, the Gold battery will be $160 and have a six-year warranty. The Silver battery will cost $140 and have a five-year warranty. The Bronze battery will run $120 and have a four-year warranty. And the Stale-Donuts-n-Old-Underwear battery ($93.37) will have a two-year warranty and come with a coupon for a free coffee at Dunkin Donuts.

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Sep 9th, 2017 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I only use gel cell batteries anymore. No corrosion and they last forever. Got 13 years out of the last one I bought.

Optima brand has a 3 year free replacement warranty. Not prorated.

Cost about 50 more but well worth it IMO.

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Sep 9th, 2017 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, guys - I'll start shopping. K4, my last yellow top Optima croaked at 2 years and they refused to warranty it because of my radios and lights. I'll never buy another from them, they were real jerks.

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Sep 9th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IF Costco sells a batteryt hat fits my vehicles (they don't sell for two of them), that's where I go.

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Sep 9th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We're Sam's instead of Costco (the fiancé is a vendor), but their battery is only a few bucks cheaper than others.

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Sep 9th, 2017 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Costco +1

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Sep 9th, 2017 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't forget Auto Club. Their battery is actually an Interstate.

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Sep 9th, 2017 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Menards (localish big box hardware store) had a rebate going through today, plus I had a coupon. I was able to get an Exide for $80.

I found the last owner had the wrong battery in there - it was the right one for an older Miata, not my later one. The new battery has a bit more capacity.

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Sep 9th, 2017 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first-gen Miata (1990) required a marine gel battery, as I recall.

Something to do with being in the non-ventilated trunk.

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Sep 10th, 2017 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I usually do Costco, but recently I noticed the battery display was removed from the warehouse. Could be they moved it to the tire service area though.

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Sep 10th, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Miata's require a gel battery. My '91 has gone through a couple over the years, but they seem to last 5-7 years. No deals as I recall. Check Moss and some of the other online Miata vendors. Don't skimp ( ask me how I know!).

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NCs don't require gel batteries - that was a NA and possibly NB thing because the battery is in the trunk. The NC has it under the hood.

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Sep 10th, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As I understand, the Optima is an AGM battery which is not the same as a gel battery.

I'm also in the market for a new battery and Optima used to be one of the primo's for off roading -- so I was going to spring for one of them.

Then I started looking at reviews -- maybe not.

I was going to get it at Autozone -- I assume they honor the warranty directly without getting the manufacturer involved. I've brought back a number of things under warranty and they've never given me a problem.

I need to run that by them before I pull the trigger.

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Sep 10th, 2017 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Between the weather events of late and the fact winter is coming, I think the best deals are about now.

Get cracking!

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Sep 10th, 2017 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I go to a parts store, buy the highest CCA battery that will fit. I replace when the warranty is up. I haven't had a battery die on me in 34 years.

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Sep 10th, 2017 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The yellow top is a deep cycle battery, surprising they would not warranty it for a radio and lights.

I use the red top in all my vehicles, never had an issue.

For deep cycle I use Trojan's.

There are other manufacturers of AGM or Gell cell batteries, still better than a sealed flooded battery.

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Sep 11th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cost vs lifespan of the battery just doesn't seem worth it to me.
I can buy two standard batteries for the cost of a glassmat

I've seen many Optima batteries replaced at work at the three to four year point. That isn't better than my last factory Toyota battery. I kept that one for six years before I replaced it

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Sep 11th, 2017 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't want to go crazy with the battery here, the Miata is a toy that stays on a float charger when it's not on the road. The battery that was in it when I bought it two years ago was pretty old, plus a few times the charger was inadvertently unplugged which resulted in a totally flat battery. I keep a portable jumpstarter in the trunk when I'm using it, so an everyday battery seemed most appropriate.

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