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Old April 5th   #1
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Who has the best car batteries now?

My battery in my Mustang GT finally lost its fight to live. I need to buy a new one but with prices on batteries so high now, I want to find the best long lasting one. Who makes the best now? Are all of the auto parts stores batteries just about the same?
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Optima yellow top deep cycle. Amazon has the cheapest prices.
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Optima yellow top deep cycle. Amazon has the cheapest prices.
I second this choice. Wonderful batteries. I own 5 of them. And all of them are still working years later.

One thing I would do is compare the prices online and then walk into a store that has them and see what they will do. They may not be able to match the online price, but they can match the price for online+overnight shipping, which would still get it to you tomorrow versus today.
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Interstate makes good batteries as well if your not wanting an optima.

But optima is the best battery I've ever owned.
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Just replaced the Redtop in my VR-4 after almost 8 years of service (which included several long periods of sitting and one dead alternator). Ordered a new one from Amazon... none of the local stores could come anywhere close to Amazon's price.
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Only thing about amazon is some of the reviewers said they had a hard time with Optima honoring the warranty, even though they should.
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I had an optima in my altima. I loved it.
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Interstate changed manufacturers from US Battery to Johnson Controls (JCI). About 2 years ago. They have gone downhill FAST. JCI batteries are made in Mexico. I used to swear by Interstate. But now we use Super Start from O'reilly's they are made in Pennsylvania by East-Penn Deka battery company.
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I love Optima batteries for a starter battery. We carry Stinger batteries, which are great too.

I have a Redtop in my car, though, and haven't had any issues with it.
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Well that sucks about the interstate batteries, just goes to show how good they used to be...
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Thanks. Good info guys.
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Odyssey and Braille are also great batteries.
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Interstate sells blemished batteries at half the price, usually about $45. I've had a few with no issues.
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Well that sucks about the interstate batteries, just goes to show how good they used to be...
They used to be top of the line and I wouldn't run anything other than them. The quality has just gone way down hill.
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If you don't want to spend the crazy dough Optima asks ppl to pay.. I highly recommend Deka batteries. That's all my family gets.

They have great cranking amps and ours have been lasting for years. They have also faired very well in head to head competitions with pricier batteries.
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i have a duralast redtop in mine and have no issues
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I had a yellow top die in my GTO. It had an 08 sticker. If you want an optima DO NOT BUY THE YELLOW TOP. Get the red. The yellow is a deep cycle battery and is meant to fully discharge and then be recharged. In a car it just stays topped off and ends up loosing its ability to hold a charge. Speaking from experience. I went back with a higher brand Orielly
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Strange. I have quite a few yellow tops. I've had a red top die on me because of deep discharging.
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Strange. I have quite a few yellow tops. I've had a red top die on me because of deep discharging.
then that means that all optima batteries are junk

I'm sure there are some bad apples in every bunch. I got 4 years out of mine, but the yellow tops are meant for marine use. So if you have a vehicle that sits for extended amounts of time, then drove and then repeat(like a weekend only car) then they might be ideal. But for a DD I would suggest a Red top if you want the optima brand. Like I said, I got the higher end Orielly brand out of dire need rather than performance choice. But its been turning the starter over just fine. Just make sure what ever battery you get has a warranty or somebody that you can take it back to locally IF you have problems with it down the road.
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lol!

Yep, there's definitely some bad apples, but I've been lucky enough not to get any of them. The battery in the current car I'm driving was in the Accord, which was driven almost daily, and before that was in another vehicle that was driven daily. I don't even know how old it is. The original yellow top I bought for my 95 Altima is fine too I think...
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