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Old 06-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best battery for 94 Caprice LT1??

Need a new battery for my 94 LT1. Suggestions please!!

I know somebody probably already answered this question, but I cant find a post....

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't stress over it too much there are only a couple manufacturers and a LOT of brands. I would choose a retailer you like then find a battery there that way if you have issues the warranty is easy.

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You have some big names in the battery business...diehard at sears, duralast from autozone, everstart from Walmart, interstate, ac Delco, and optima. What do they all have in common? They are manufactured by Johnson controls. So basically anywhere you go, you will find nearly the same battery. The difference is going to be price and warranty coverage.

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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To add to this thread, I personally I like to find the biggest battery that will fit my vehicles battery location and then find the highest CCA. So far by doing it this way for over 18 years I have had batteries that go 5 to 6 years easily before needing to be replaced.

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I would guess the 5-6 year thing is due to damage from Texas heat.

Batteries last me longer but I doubt we get more than a dozen 90+ degree days a year. My understanding is it is heat that damages them but that damage just more often reveals itself in the cold.

I choose batteries based on max reserve and CCA too. Even on the sedan where weight is an issue. The "larger" battery is likely only 3-4lbs heavier.

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Have to agree with you on the heat killing the battery issue. I have already tested my van's Interstate battery purchased back in 07 and found it to be very marginal right now. The tester equipment actually told me it needs to be replaced. Still starting the van just fine but I will replace it in the next few months. Last thing I like is finding I have to change a dead battery in the freezing cold. Not good on extended prorated warranties but I also hate having to deal with those in the freezing cold as well. So I do loose a few years of the prorated but from what I have seen the lose is negligent compared to the hassle free of not being stranded with a dead battery at the wrong time.

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I would guess the 5-6 year thing is due to damage from Texas heat.

Batteries last me longer but I doubt we get more than a dozen 90+ degree days a year. My understanding is it is heat that damages them but that damage just more often reveals itself in the cold.

I choose batteries based on max reserve and CCA too. Even on the sedan where weight is an issue. The "larger" battery is likely only 3-4lbs heavier.
not this year though.... We choose ours with pretty much the same thing in mind.

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Yeah this year we are getting a LOT more 90-93 degree heat than usual.

Next vehicle I buy batteries for needs 2 6volt batteries. Picked up a couple power wheels for the kids, rummage sale deal. The Jeep's dual 6volt batteries are so far gone it is slower than the single 6volt Caterpillar, I can tell it works better first thing in the morning before the heat comes up too.

Being mod conscious I am looking at converting to two electric scooter batteries that are cheaper and higher AH rated. I could switch to a single 12-volt but would lose the ability to put it in low speed range. Being as the older kid is 2yo I want to keep the low speed option for now.

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get a yellow top from autozone 3yr replacement nation wide

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I don't like optima. My yellow top died in a year and a half. You can get a duralast gold from autozone with three years free replacement plus five years pro rated warranty after that. Optima is overpriced in my opinion.

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Last few years I am seeing more and more friends have trouble with Optima. Could be the all too common case of a company product going to hell because they rest on their name alone.

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Never known anyone to get more than 4yrs out of a battery out here...lol.

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Optimas are crap. I had one go out in under two years. I wasn't the purchaser, so I couldn't get it replaced.

Advance Auto is hard to beat on the pricing of a Battery. You can get $35 off $85+ if you use a promo code on an online purchase. That really cuts the cost down.

The best battery I've ever had is a Wall Mart Everstart MAXX. It's 6 years old, and always starts my truck no matter how long it sits. Drain down with the headlights till the radio won't turn on, and the next day it started.

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