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    Battery - best to buy and best place to buy

    Tried searching on this topic, but no luck..

    I am looking to replace the battery on my '06.

    I live in the Toronto area, but go to Detroit occasionally.

    I am not in a hurry

    1. where is the best place to pick up a battery, pricewise

    2. what should I get ?

    Thanks.

    UPDATE: i bought a 108-35N from Walmart at $87Canadian.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Costco or Walmart. Both the Kirkland and Energizer Max are made by Johnson Controls. The one at Walmart has a better warranty.

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    And...you can find a Walmart almost anywhere and probably 24 hours a day, unlike most other stores.

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    ^ What they said. ^
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    Also, Consumer Reports November 2010 edition rates the Walmart's Everstart Maxx as its Best Buy in four of its five type categories, and Kirkland as the Best Buy in the other of the five categories.

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    How about optima battery? Is it a waste of money?

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    I am not sure how long the optima batteries last, someone else might know. I saw a TV show on Speed Channel where they had a rep talk about the batteries. Obviously I did not adsorb all he was saying. But the net did stick with me that they are a better battery in terms of vibration immunity, no acid to leak, etc - but also about 2-3x the price depending on the model. For something like a jet ski, boat, race car where you want to have something that can take a beating, its the best. I guess one would have to quantify how much satisfaction they get knowing they have an optima battery starting their vehicle vs a walmart battery.
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    We've had an Optoma yellow top in our 2002 for about 5 years, I believe. Its survived several occurances of overnight interior lights left on, and one two week period left completely idle while we were on vacation only a month ago, and its never failed to start the van.

    I'd buy another. I think this one was $135 or so.
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    I have two of the Ever-Start Maxx from Wallyworld. One of them sits in my camp car, a 1986 Toyota 4-Runner which hasn't seen a paved road in 4 years. In the fall when I close up camp for the winter, I pull the negative cable off and shut the hood. Around Memorial day I reverse the process and turn the key. It always starts.

    I will keep buying this line of battery as long as they are available.
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    I had an optima yellow top in my car. The only reason why I had bought it besides hearing they where good was because I have a 3000 watt stereo system in it. I had the battery for a little over three years and one day I stopped for gas and when I went to go start my car, all I got was a one time pop noise. It was completely dead. It wouldn't even turn the buzzer on when when the door was open. I popped the hood and the pop noise I heard was the two little vents on top. They both popped off and hit the hood. I was hoping there was some type of warranty left, but they told me there was nothing. They also told me that they have had so many problems with the optima batteries that they stopped carrying them. So I just bought a similar type of battery but by a different manufacturer. Never again will I buy an optima.

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    Originally posted by Kscha41
    I had an optima yellow top in my car. The only reason why I had bought it besides hearing they where good was because I have a 3000 watt stereo system in it. I had the battery for a little over three years and one day I stopped for gas and when I went to go start my car, all I got was a one time pop noise. It was completely dead. It wouldn't even turn the buzzer on when when the door was open. I popped the hood and the pop noise I heard was the two little vents on top. They both popped off and hit the hood. I was hoping there was some type of warranty left, but they told me there was nothing. They also told me that they have had so many problems with the optima batteries that they stopped carrying them. So I just bought a similar type of battery but by a different manufacturer. Never again will I buy an optima.
    Odd. I run a red top in my Maxima. I even forgot how long its been but I'd say at least 5 years. No problems yet. I guess I just jinxed myself though.
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    Originally posted by Kscha41
    I had an optima yellow top in my car. The only reason why I had bought it besides hearing they where good was because I have a 3000 watt stereo system in it. I had the battery for a little over three years and one day I stopped for gas and when I went to go start my car, all I got was a one time pop noise. It was completely dead. It wouldn't even turn the buzzer on when when the door was open. I popped the hood and the pop noise I heard was the two little vents on top. They both popped off and hit the hood. I was hoping there was some type of warranty left, but they told me there was nothing. They also told me that they have had so many problems with the optima batteries that they stopped carrying them. So I just bought a similar type of battery but by a different manufacturer. Never again will I buy an optima.
    call me simple minded, but maybe the 3000 Watt stereo use had something to do with its demise...
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    When buying batteries, do you guys check the manufacture dates?

    Last time I purchased a battery at BJs, I sorted through their stock and was surprised to see a mix of old and faily new batteries.

    Obviously, I went with the newer one. :-)

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