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Just bought a new battery for my truck...$145...more than I paid for my first car. But, counting my blessings. I bought my truck new...it's a 2002 Ford F-150, King Ranch version. Bought it in November of 2001. I replaced the factory Ford battery in 2010; and the new one I just bought was its replacement. My rough math says I'm getting nine years on a battery! This is phenomenal; factory warranty is like three years. I can remember when some batteries did well to last two years; often only one or so.

In any case, $145 for a battery ain't so bad, considering that's only about $16 per year (including tax). Wife's new Mazda got maybe four years on her battery. Anyone else having this kind of service out of their batteries?
 

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not to that extent but my Tacoma battery lasted about 6 years in my possession and it was a used truck so who knows.

As for the tractor, found out this weekend I need another one, lasted just over 4y on this round. 2nd battery in 8 years now and it has been on a trickle charger all fall/winter. boooo
 

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Anyone else having this kind of service out of their batteries?
I have a LOT of batteries,, LOT!!

anyways,, 12 months past the 3 year warranty is about average,, these days,, I used to get longer,,
sometimes I get more,, My 584 IH has over 6 years on a 12 month warranty battery.

The 584 uses a high amp battery that is "industrial",, I guess they do not warrant those longer than 12 months,,

NOPE,, other than a fork truck that never left smooth concrete,, I never see 9 years,,
,,,,, or 8 years,,,,,,or 7 years,,,, or,,,,,,,,,,,, :dunno:
 

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I’m on year 10 now with the battery in Mrs. C’s VW TDI. My only explanation is that lives on a Battery Tender and is only driven ~500 miles a year.

I had to replace the battery in my ‘09 F-150 after 7 years which I thought wasn’t too bad considering all the electronics always drawing on it.

Now my newer truck has the auto stop/start and has a 750CCA AGM battery in it - we’ll see how long that will last.....
 

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My longest lasting battery was the Deere battery in my old 175 Hydro lawn tractor. It was 9 years old when it suddenly died without warning. Started okay on Monday - stone dead on Tuesday.

I can't complain. It was never on a battery tender and spent all its summers and winters in an unheated shed. The 175 was a hard starter that needed to be cranked forever. I was always amazed that the starter never burned up. :)
 

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2320 tractor was new in May 2012. Replaced battery in May 2018 because some hammerhead left the lights on on Tuesday morning and didn't notice until Friday. Replaced with another Strong Box which lasted six or seven months. No charge warranty replacement with another Strong Box.
 

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I have a lot of batteries and have noticed that they generally are a lot better than they used to be. I seldom keep a vehicle long enough to have to replace the battery or tires any more.

But a lot of my stuff sits a lot so I have battery maintainers on everything. Best battery I remember so far was an AutoZone in my 20+ year-old Cub Cadet CUT that lasted 13 years. Battery in ZeroTurn is at 9 years and still going.

Worst I've had so far is the 1025r, now on its 3rd battery since new in 2014, average of less than 2 years each.
 

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I have a lot of batteries also. Tender on everything except wife’s and mine daily drivers. My 2012 Polaris sportman is best so far as it still has original battery in it. I did have to add some water to it a couple months ago but still fine. 2012 zturn was changed last summer, but my buddy left the key on when he moved it and I think it killed it.
Now that I think of it , the best was my Mom’s car. 2006 Chevy Trailblazer that I just changed the original battery out last summer. She is gone to Arizona for 6 months a year but I have temders on all her stuff at her place also. :laugh:
 

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The JD MowPro battery in my JD X 100 series just died last fall after 6 years of service, iam pretty happy with that. We will see how the next non deere will hold up this spring...the problem is the MowPro battery get shipped from the US to germany and that makes them pretty expensive and we have to take another brand.
 
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My truck sits a LOT, and goes through a battery about every 4 years or so. If it was driven regularly, they would last longer, but since the electronics still draw power, and having no tender on it, well, thats not good for a battery.
My 318 is the oldest battery I currently have. Its nearing 8 years I believe. Its the cheapest battery I could find at the time, from Walmart.
Our old Explorer had a Walmart battery too, and it was fine for several years until the timing chain guides took a dump and it sat for a few months. I suspect it would still be going just fine had I removed it and put it on a tender until I had the engine back together. I was ok replacing it though, I think it was 5 years old.
My VW is running an Autocraft battery from Advance with their Powerframe technology. Its not really Advance autos design obviously, and there is some merit to that Powerframe stuff, but its 4 years old now and starts the old TDI in single digit temps like it always has...which is to say slowly...lol. Anyone with a MK4 TDI knows what Im talking about. Crank until she fires! 340,000 miles, its had a couple batteries in its lifetime...but this one is working as well as the OEM battery did, so Im happy so far.
 

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Just bought a new battery for my truck...$145...more than I paid for my first car. But, counting my blessings. I bought my truck new...it's a 2002 Ford F-150, King Ranch version. Bought it in November of 2001. I replaced the factory Ford battery in 2010; and the new one I just bought was its replacement. My rough math says I'm getting nine years on a battery! This is phenomenal; factory warranty is like three years. I can remember when some batteries did well to last two years; often only one or so.

In any case, $145 for a battery ain't so bad, considering that's only about $16 per year (including tax). Wife's new Mazda got maybe four years on her battery. Anyone else having this kind of service out of their batteries?
I think I got 9 - 10 years out of my F-250's OEM battery, and I'm coming up on the same amount with the replacement Motorcraft battery. I'll probably put an Optima in it sometime this year.

Deere's StrongBox batteries are rubbish as far as I'm concerned. My 2001 4200 is on its fourth battery, which is an Optima now. The first Deere battery leaked/off-gassed enough to corrode the hydraulic oil cooler resulting in a new oil cooler. That was covered under warranty. The second one just up and died one day after the tractor being used for a few hours. Needed a new battery and alternator that time. :banghead: The third one exploded when I went to start it last year. I'll probably put an Optima in the X754 this year before mowing season and/or its Deere battery leaks or explodes.
 

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I still have the original battery in my 2011 1026R.
 
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I still have the original battery in my 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT8, which is my every day driver. It came with a larger battery, Group 27, due to the high performance engine. I have been impressed with how long it has lasted, but I've always done well with their OEM batteries---as long as I don't have anything drawing power when the key is off.

I was a soccer mom for about 20 years driving minivans for the business. I had a two-way radio, cell phone car kit and cell phone booster amplifier in those. So a fair amount of key-off draw. I could never make two years on a battery. Walmart had sold batteries with a two year, no pro-rate, replacement warranty and I was there before we ever made two years.

One of the big issues that impacts lead acid batteries (car battery) is leaving them sit without a full charge. The plates sulfide when this occurs, decreasing the capacity of the battery each time it occurs. Lead acid batteries also self-discharge with time. Battery tenders are OK, though you don't want to get overly aggressive charging as the electrolyte evaporates and vents from the cells quicker, from the heat generated during charging. As such, I don't utilize battery tenders. I put a maintenance charge on each battery we have in storage (cool, dry location) about every 3 months.

I get 5 years out of the jet ski and generator batteries and 7 for the collector car and Harley, but I don't find the time to ride it much. So that battery does not have to deal with the normal amount of vibration. every time I've tried to stretch a sixth year on a jet ski battery, it fails early in the sixth season. So after five years, they're replaced. It is not worth the hassle of having to replace it in the middle of a beautiful day on the water.
 
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Battery tenders are OK, though you don't want to get overly aggressive charging as the electrolyte evaporates and vents from the cells quicker, from the heat generated during charging. As such, I don't utilize battery tenders. I put a maintenance charge on each battery we have in storage (cool, dry location) about every 3 months.
I thought the whole purpose of a "Battery Tender" as compared with a "Battery Charger" is the tender has intelligence to be very gentle on the battery and basically shutdown once the battery has reached the proper level of charge?

One thing I think we can all take away from this thread is that batteries can last 9 weeks or 9 years and they are going to fail whenever they want to no matter what you do. So always be prepared to deal with a dead battery.
 

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I agree with jgayman you just never know when the battery will give up the ghost.
So far I'm on the original battery on my 2520 nine years old next June.
Never been on a tender, but always kept inside a garage.

Probably shouldn't have said anything :quiet:
 

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I have had a 2210 JD SCUT for over 15 years and replaced battery shortly after purchase. Put on a maintainer the day I replaced it, Back in 2004, Well this past Wednesday I was doing a check before the sub_zero temps set in and lone behold the battery was DARN Near dry, Well I filled it with distilled water and it did charge back up(it never quit starting 2210). So I decided it was time to replace, went with the JD brand from the JD dealer, under 150.00 and out the door I went, So after 15 years , I Just had to share the longevity of the J.D. BATTERY, I'm impressed to say the least, N QUITE HAPPY!!
 

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I am not sure what all variables apply, but I can say that my recent experience implies that the sizing of the battery and the electrical system on the vehicle (and external chargers, as mentioned) is a major contributor. My 09 Chrysler Town and Country seemed to eat a battery every 35 months or so. This number paid off for me when I had a 36 month, non-prorated warranty from Sam's. So, in the 9 years I had that van, I bought 1 battery, got one for free and figured I was on borrowed time for the next round when I sold it!

My 08 Ford F250 (Powerstroke) went about 7 years before I had to replace the batteries. Even then, Sam's club wanted to convince me to hold off on replacing them. They failed me (after a full day of towing it I needed a jump start the next day). I drove straight to the nearest place and said put batteries in it. They tested them using their gadget and said I should hold off. I insisted that they replace them. I was pleased with 7 years on a set of batteries in a diesel.

Both vehicles were stored in similar conditions. The truck was driven less, but still fairly regular use. I can only assume that the van had a poorly designed electrical system. Either the alternator was overcharging or the battery was undersized. Either way, I am hard pressed to be pleased with 3 years on a battery!

Now, my replacement for the T&C is a Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid. The forums are not painting a good picture for the lifespan of the 12V AGM batteries in these things. Many are failing in under a year! And, even with a huge Lithium battery in the belly, if the 12V battery fails, the vehicle is dead in the water. Oddly, that 12V battery is not even used the start the gas motor. I don't understand why the 12V batteries are failing so early unless they are garbage or there is some other huge design fail. I am at 23k miles and 14 months. Only time will tell.

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...In any case, $145 for a battery ain't so bad...Anyone else having this kind of service out of their batteries?
In Nov. 1976 I purchased a battery from JCPenney for $49.00. It was advertised as "the last battery your car will ever need". It had a lifetime warranty as long as you have the receipt and own the vehicle it was installed in. While JCPenney is no longer in the battery business, they've turned their warranty program over to Firestone. I've still got the receipt (it's a little raggedy) and the car, and I'm on my 10th battery. Not a bad deal! I'm also on my third Lifetime Midas Muffler:laugh:

JCPenney Battery Commercial from 1977 - YouTube
 
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In Nov. 1976 I purchased a battery from JCPenney for $49.00. It was advertised as "the last battery your car will ever need". It had a lifetime warranty as long as you have the receipt and own the vehicle it was installed in. While JCPenney is no longer in the battery business, they've turned their warranty program over to Firestone. I've still got the receipt (it's a little raggedy) and the car, and I'm on my 10th battery. Not a bad deal! I'm also on my third Lifetime Midas Muffler

JCPenney Battery Commercial from 1977 - YouTube
My 93 F250 7.3l IDI, both batteries lasted 10 years. Lived outside ots whole life. They were the best batteries I ever owned.

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In Nov. 1976 I purchased a battery from JCPenney for $49.00. It was advertised as "the last battery your car will ever need". It had a lifetime warranty as long as you have the receipt and own the vehicle it was installed in. While JCPenney is no longer in the battery business, they've turned their warranty program over to Firestone. I've still got the receipt (it's a little raggedy) and the car, and I'm on my 10th battery. Not a bad deal! I'm also on my third Lifetime Midas Muffler:laugh:

JCPenney Battery Commercial from 1977 - YouTube
I worked with a guy who bought this battery deal too, I forget how many batteries they replaced for him even after JCP was no longer in the battery business. IIRC they finally asked to buy him out of the deal, he gave them a figure and they agreed and paid him off.

Won't find many (any?) companies these days like that. :good2:
 
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