Best truck battery brand

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  1. stephano

    stephano Long timer

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    I'm going to replace the batteries in my truck but was wondering what you guys think is the best brand.
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  2. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    NAPA . as good as anything and better than a lot or anything wally world has to offer . If you can talk them into the wholesale price they are a good deal too . SEYA
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  3. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Interstate: very good batteries.
    I've tried lots of different brands, and Interstate Batteries hold the best in my Commercial trucks.
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    charles960 Been here awhile

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    +1 Interstate
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  5. safetywire

    safetywire Been here awhile

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    Consumer Reports just did a comparison on auto batteries. Here is the short version recommended list:

    Group 65 batteries for Ford and Mercury:
    Kirkland 12866 (Costco I think)
    Everstart Maxx 65 (Walmart)

    Group 34/78 batteres for Chrysler and GM pickups/SUV some sedans
    NAPA Legend Premium 8434/78
    Autocraft Titanium

    Group 24 Honda, Toyota, Nissan
    Everstart Maxx

    Group 35
    Everstart Maxx
    Kirkland Signature 12865

    Diehard Platinum ranked the best but was very expensive so was not recommended.

    Some low rankers, no particular order:
    Interstate Megatron II MT-24
    Duralast 24-DL
    NAPA Legend Premium 8475
    Diehard 30365

    So there you have it, good luck.
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    Consumer reports is a guide for clueless weenies. Their automotive reporting is a joke. Use them for buying a toaster/washer, they really have no idea about cars.
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  8. stephano

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    Thats interesting. Thanks. I need a group 65.

    I was actually going to check out Costco's Kirkland brand for price and I'm really shocked to see Interstate ranking so low since I've always thought Interstate was a great battery.
    Its just hard to shell out $130.00 for a battery when you can pick one up with the same specs for almost half that..........even though I know that you get what you pay for.:deal
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    Motornoggin Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    NAPA and Wal Mart batteries are the same. Both made by Excide.
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  10. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I just had to warranty my 70 month CarQuest battery. Only 2 years old.

    I remember an Interstate battery we had once. That thing was indestructable.
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  11. bwalsh

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    +2 for Interstate.
    I have used them for years in at least six vehicles and never had a problem. I even used a set of CATV gell batteries(Interstate) in the back of a camping van, discharged them a few times and they are still going strong.
    When the batteries in my truck and bike go they will be replaced by Interstates.
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  12. jmanz6

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    I have installed Duralast Gold batteries in both my 2003 Jeep Liberty w 122,000 miles and my 1997 Chevy Suburban with 150,000. The 'burb is seldomly driven, and sits in my backyard most of the time. In the year I've had the battery in there I have never had a problem with it. I can easily go 4-6 weeks without so much as starting the 'burb and it's bitter cold at the moment. I started it -via remote start - and it started rigth up just the other day because I was worried about the battery being dead. I have the same result with the Jeep which is my daily driver. Never failed in the 2 years I've had that battery in there. The Jeep battery is actually the battery I had originally put in my 1972 Datsun 240Z. I stole it from the Z when the Jeep battery croaked. It had been in the Z for 2 years before I put it in the Jeep.

    I had an Interstate battery in my 1969 Chevy truck that had a high compression 327 engine in it. That engine killed more than one Sears battery, but the Interstate never stumbled once. I loved that battery and was sad when I forgot to swap it when I sold the truck it was in (1998 Chevy Silverado).

    Just my personal experience with some available batteries. Reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt from places like Consumer Reports. It's best to hear from people who actually own and use the products. Everyone has an opinion about batteries, and YMMV.
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  13. 10/10ths

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    Odyssey or Optima. Best batteries I have ever owned.
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  14. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    CR is not much better for toasters or washers either.:puke1 CR is nothing more than a starting point for researching something you want to purchase.

    Auto batteries are manufactured by about 3 companies. Johnson Controls, Exide & Delphi.

    Exide makes the batteries for NAPA. NAPA stands behind the product they sell and, you can find a store just about everywhere.

    JC makes the DieHard for Rears & Sorebutt. Dealing with Sears anymore sucks if you have a problem. JC also manufactures Interstate batteries.

    Delphi makes the batteries for Wallyworld. Wallyworld is a 50-50 crap shoot on customer service if you need one replaced.

    Personally. I'd go with a NAPA battery made by Exide.
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  15. stephano

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    I have Autolite right now which I got from Kragen that I think are made my Exide.:scratch
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    Yup.
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    You should probably buy from whomever you are most certain you will get the best warranty service.
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  18. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    +1. IMO with lead-acid, "name" does not matter.
    Even "good name" lead-acid batteries have failed within a year for me. Good warranty, machts nicht.
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  19. P B G

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    I like the bosch batteries from pepboys, largely because I can always get the counter jockies to warranty the battery fully, they just look it up in the computer and say grab one from the shelf.

    I like deka from Thirlby automotive, because the price is good and they'll give you a warranty if your dates are good on the reciepts.

    Little hint, when you buy a battery get a second reciept, put it in a plastic bag and tape it to the battery. Write clearly on the bag the date of purchase and the warranty period. Really helps and takes 5 minutes.

    Then next time you pop your hood in the driveway at 6 am in 0 degree weather you'll go hmm, battery is dead, I am 2 years into a 3 year warranty and I see my reciept says its from NAPA... away it goes.
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  20. stephano

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    I called Kragen's and the guy told me that I'm just past the free replacement 3 year warranty.....which is typical. Even though I told him whats going on, I still have to bring them and hook em up to the machine to see if they're good or bad, which takes about an hour.
    Dont feel like going through all the crap just to possibly get another set of crappy batteries. And it sounds like from you guys that it really doesn't matter what I get because they're all the same anyways.
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