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Old 01-08-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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Best truck battery brand

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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Old 01-09-2010, 04:41 AM   #2
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #5
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 01:22 PM   #6
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Regular? Or Premium?

Conventional lead/acid plates? Or spiral wound Absorbed Glass Mat? (Optima) Batteries? Big truck? Diesel PU? The Interstate Megatron PLUS is a great battery, extra CCA for cold starting. Everstart and the like are great batteries if your selling the clunker.

http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c..._info/auto.asp
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:24 PM   #7
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Don't take it personal, but

Quote:
Originally Posted by Granitesun
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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Old 01-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #8
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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.
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.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:14 PM   #9
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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
NAPA and Wal Mart batteries are the same. Both made by Excide.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:22 PM   #10
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 02:54 PM   #11
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 03:02 PM   #12
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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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Old 01-09-2010, 03:20 PM   #13
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Odyssey or Optima. Best batteries I have ever owned.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:14 PM   #14
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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.
CR is not much better for toasters or washers either. 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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Old 01-09-2010, 11:51 PM   #15
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I have Autolite right now which I got from Kragen that I think are made my Exide.
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