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MikeAqua

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#298511 23-Jun-2022 09:04
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My OEM Mazda battery died this weekend.  We bought the car new in 2015 so that's an impressive ~7 year life span.

 

I'd noticed it was getting a bit sluggish on cold mornings.  What finally killed it is that somebody left an interior light on overnight.  We were Air B&Bing  in a small town so I had to buy a new one, for an eye watering $275.

 

When we got home I put the old battery on the automatic battery charger, which said it was RIP.  It's currently sitting outside waiting to be turned into sinkers.  





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  #2933389 23-Jun-2022 09:13
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that was a good run!

 

did you get the same one to replace it? i mean, i'd happily cough up $275 if it'll last 7 years.

 

 

 

 


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  #2933390 23-Jun-2022 09:15
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Just changed.  8 years from an original Hyundai i30.  Regular service battery check identified it was on it's last legs and the cold would probably see the end of it (I got a second opinion to make sure I was not being up-sold something I didn't need).  Huge range in prices From $235 to one place was $600!  What was apparent is that some places have incorrect information on what battery fits a vehicle, so they can quote/recommend something outside what the manufacturer states.  We went with the $235 Yuasa brand (fitted), 3 year warranty (most were only 2). 

 

 





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  #2933399 23-Jun-2022 09:29
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nitro:

 

that was a good run!

 

did you get the same one to replace it? i mean, i'd happily cough up $275 if it'll last 7 years.

 

 

The original one was a Japanese brand (no western characters on it except a couple of numbers), so I couldn't match it.  

 

There was only one service station in the town that had batteries and they only had one that would fit.  I think it's an Exide.





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  #2933409 23-Jun-2022 09:44
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That's twice the life I got from the battery for my own Mazda, and your replacement was still an absolute bargain compared to the $540 I would have had to have paid the dealer (or $1160 from Repco) a few years back!

 

Luckily, a GZ member came to the rescue and I got it at a far more reasonable price through him (thanks again @jeffnz). Annoyingly, it looks like that one is on the way out too (really didn't like being ignored during the Covid lockdowns), and I may well have to replace it even though I'll be selling the car in the next few months...


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  #2933410 23-Jun-2022 09:45
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My 2009 Kia Sportage had the original battery from new until I traded the car in in Mar this year.


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  #2933422 23-Jun-2022 10:12
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The gigantic, expensive start-stop battery on my Touareg has been there since I bought the car in 2013!... the car was 2yo then so the battery is likely to be 11 years old.

 

For a couple of years now it has been a hesitant starter on cold mornings. I really should replace it as it is insanely old... but the idea of paying $500-$600 for a battery that is probably not going to last as long rubs me the wrong way!

 

 


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  #2933426 23-Jun-2022 10:18
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jonathan18:

 

That's twice the life I got from the battery for my own Mazda, and your replacement was still an absolute bargain compared to the $540 I would have had to have paid the dealer (or $1160 from Repco) a few years back!

 

Luckily, a GZ member came to the rescue and I got it at a far more reasonable price through him (thanks again @jeffnz). Annoyingly, it looks like that one is on the way out too (really didn't like being ignored during the Covid lockdowns), and I may well have to replace it even though I'll be selling the car in the next few months...

 

 

Wow that is expensive! Even the top end Bosch 950CCA start stop AGM battery for my car is less than that Repco price:

 

https://superstart.net.nz/bosch-ln6-agm-start-stop-battery-950-cca-105-ah/

 

What kind of battery were you looking at? I only expect marine (or worse, aviation) batteries to be over $1k?

 

 




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  #2933432 23-Jun-2022 10:32
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johno1234:

 

The gigantic, expensive start-stop battery on my Touareg has been there since I bought the car in 2013!... the car was 2yo then so the battery is likely to be 11 years old.

 

 

When I replaced the battery on my old Pajero (NZ new) the battery was a Japan battery.  I thought at the time, "this can't be the original, it would have to be 15 years old".  Reading your post maybe it was.





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  #2933433 23-Jun-2022 10:32
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jonathan18:

 

That's twice the life I got from the battery for my own Mazda, and your replacement was still an absolute bargain compared to the $540 I would have had to have paid the dealer (or $1160 from Repco) a few years back!

 

 

What model Mazda? Edit: read the original and saw it's Diesel 6.  That's mental.  Pajero batteries don't cost anything like that (for a 3.2 TDI)





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  #2933442 23-Jun-2022 10:45
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MikeAqua:

 

jonathan18:

 

That's twice the life I got from the battery for my own Mazda, and your replacement was still an absolute bargain compared to the $540 I would have had to have paid the dealer (or $1160 from Repco) a few years back!

 

 

What model Mazda? Edit: read the original and saw it's Diesel 6.  That's mental.  Pajero batteries don't cost anything like that (for a 3.2 TDI)

 

 

I guess it's a combination of being diesel and having i-stop. Diesels are harder to crank, and i-stop requires a particular specification of battery.

 

My CX-5 is three years old and I'll replace the vehicle when it's five years old, so hopefully won't ever need a new battery. I just with the factory fitted tyres had better longevity as they're approaching replacement despite having only done 35,000km.


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  #2933444 23-Jun-2022 10:47
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scuwp:

 

Just changed.  8 years from an original Hyundai i30.  Regular service battery check identified it was on it's last legs and the cold would probably see the end of it (I got a second opinion to make sure I was not being up-sold something I didn't need).  Huge range in prices From $235 to one place was $600!  What was apparent is that some places have incorrect information on what battery fits a vehicle, so they can quote/recommend something outside what the manufacturer states.  We went with the $235 Yuasa brand (fitted), 3 year warranty (most were only 2). 

 

Snap.

 

Just replaced the battery in our 2014 i30 diesel, also with a Yuasa battery. 


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  #2933451 23-Jun-2022 10:59
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johno1234:

 

Wow that is expensive! Even the top end Bosch 950CCA start stop AGM battery for my car is less than that Repco price:

 

https://superstart.net.nz/bosch-ln6-agm-start-stop-battery-950-cca-105-ah/

 

What kind of battery were you looking at? I only expect marine (or worse, aviation) batteries to be over $1k?

 

 

Just one to replace the original battery in a 2.2l diesel Mazda 6, so as alasta points out has the double delight of needing to start a diesel and cope with iStop (Mazda's stop/start tech). Whole thread on the saga at https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=162&topicid=207914), but I'm assuming Repco didn't even stock the battery so was just quoting its supplier's price; I thought even Mazda's charge of over $500 was steep.


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  #2933457 23-Jun-2022 11:23
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alasta:

 

i-stop requires a particular specification of battery.

 

 

That explains why my 3 has such a large battery for a 2.5L engine.  I wondered why it needed so many CCA.





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  #2933532 23-Jun-2022 13:51
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I was quoted around $900 for a replacement battery in a 5 year old diesel Passat the first time I had it serviced, apparently it needed changing. 2 years later having ignored this advice, it was still working perfectly.

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shk292: I was quoted around $900 for a replacement battery in a 5 year old diesel Passat the first time I had it serviced, apparently it needed changing. 2 years later having ignored this advice, it was still working perfectly.

 

If you're lucky it will decide to disable the stop/start by itself when it thinks batteries are dying. Saves buying the hardware mod to make it disable everytime. 





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