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...So the weather has turned here in the PNW and the mornings are a bit chilly and the signs of the original OEM battery going **** up have surfaced.
It is a '04 OBW 2.5 auto with nothing special. But will probably receive a new stereo and small amp along with some minimal extra lighting this winter and it often is charging 2 droids while we travel.
Wife has a death grip on the cash. I hunt, we camp, we travel in the woods on a regular basis. I have been super careful of maintaining the OEM battery, but have killed it 5 times or so.
Looking at the many options i think a AGM will meet my needs and she will ok it. I have done some reading and just want to make sure i spend the money in the right place on the correct item. IF it were me a optima or odyssey would be going in.
I see that Sears gets some good recommendations. My other question is can i order a battery online from someone like Amazon?
 

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freight charges usually sink any mail order deal for batteries. Batteries are made locally because they are so much of a pain in the butt to transport- your "local" factory makes all the different brands in different runs at different times. This is why it is good to pay attention to regional location when reading battery reviews.

I wouldn't bother with anything out of the ordinary for that battery. The original lasted how long? A quality replacement will do as well, no need for AGM. Put the difference towards a 12v battery pack/jump box. That way you get accessory power as needed without ever touching your car battery.
 

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signs of the original OEM battery going **** up have surfaced.
...It is a '04 OBW 2.5 auto with nothing special.
The original is EIGHT+ years old. So, WHY look for something different?

...stick with what works!

Looby
 

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I have the top-of-line O'Reilly battery - some kinda AGM enhanced with silver w'ever. Sopposedly made by DEKA in PA.

but, as mentioned, well cared for batteries last long enough where you live that, you might just get another like your present one or even shop by price. Batteries surviving longer than about 3 years are rare where I live. My personal best was close to 5 years on a Yuasa that came in my 81 Civic wagon. Yes, 1981.

I drove that car over 19 years.
 

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I've used DEKA and YUASA AGM batteries on motorcycles for years,
but see no advantage of AGM for much larger automobile batteries.

BTW, both DEKA and YUASA are local (SE Pennsylvania) companies,
so I prolly shouldn't try to talk you into anything else.

BTW2, of the two, I strongly prefer DEKA -- because they come
factory conditioned, charged, and ready-to-go. YUASA batteries
come as "DIY kits" -- battery + acid pack + instructions. YECH!

For cars, I like OEM (or GM/Delco) garden-variety lead-acid.

Looby
 

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I've used DEKA and YUASA AGM batteries on motorcycles for years,
but see no advantage of AGM for much larger automobile batteries.

BTW, both DEKA and YUASA are local (SE Pennsylvania) companies,
so I prolly shouldn't try to talk you into anything else.

BTW2, of the two, I strongly prefer DEKA -- because they come
factory conditioned, charged, and ready-to-go. YUASA batteries
come as "DIY kits" -- battery + acid pack + instructions. YECH!

For cars, I like OEM (or GM/Delco) garden-variety lead-acid.

Looby

YUASA is the only thing i put in my bikes.
I just want to get the right battery for any future additions like lights and a amp.
 

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The O'reilly batt I spoke of is also sealed - hoping that will reduce corrosion. So far, it seems to be beneficial in that respect. When the batt dies in the wife's outback, I'm getting the same batt for that car.

I understand the need for CCAs in the north, down here, they say we need 'reserve capacity' due to the heat.

that about exhausts my limited knowledge of batteries.
 

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I think this battery will also work in the OB too:

http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/2006-tribeca-replacement-battery-13823.html

I got mine about a year ago and it's been working fine:
AutoZone Duralast Gold 35-DLG

Part Number: 35-DLG
Weight: 36.0 lbs
Notes: *** 640 cold cranking Amps (800 cranking Amps) *** 100 reserve minutes. -> 3 year free replacement <-
Application: Automobile
Voltage: 12
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 640
Reserve Capacity (Min): 100
Battery Length: 230 mm - 9 1/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 225 mm - 8 7/8 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
Core Charge Applicable: Yes
 

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I think this battery will also work in the OB too:

http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/2006-tribeca-replacement-battery-13823.html

I got mine about a year ago and it's been working fine:
AutoZone Duralast Gold 35-DLG

Part Number: 35-DLG
Weight: 36.0 lbs
Notes: *** 640 cold cranking Amps (800 cranking Amps) *** 100 reserve minutes. -> 3 year free replacement <-
Application: Automobile
Voltage: 12
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 640
Reserve Capacity (Min): 100
Battery Length: 230 mm - 9 1/16 in
Battery Width: 175 mm - 6 15/16 in
Battery Height: 225 mm - 8 7/8 in
Post Location: Top Post
Right Or Left Hand Positive: Right
Core Charge Applicable: Yes

yep, I have gambled and won on the 3 year warranty 3-4 times with mine and my daughter's cars. Same deal with this o'reillybattery but, so far, it's a good one.

The O'reilly battery has a slightly better warranty (not the 3 year which is the same I think, the prorated part IIRC) for similar money. And, as said, is completely sealed.


wait - yeah, here's a little info on the one in my WRX;


Super Start® Extreme - Battery

36 month free replacement; up to 84 months prorated warranty
12 Volt
Cold Cranking Amps: 625
Cranking Amps: 775
Reserve Capacity: 95 Minutes
625 CCA
Quantity Per Vehicle: 1



put the h back and see a pic here;



not cheap - $115 !!!
 
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