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    Default Decent vehicle battery brand?

    The available battery brands in the size I am looking for are all about the same price.
    Is there anything between Willard, Dixon and Exide, all 2yr warranty batteries. There is a cheapie I've never heard off called Macht that's 25% less expensive but only has an 18 month warranty, seems to be an European brand that's maybe recently entered the SA market and is apparently distributed by Willard.

    I also remember people mentioning the Midas Gold branded batteries are good and that they are just a rebrand of a reputable make at a cheaper price.
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    I have seen in my experience the cheap ones are just as good, or bad as the expensive ones - they are all the same inside.


    I had a willard die on my old merc just after 24 months and it was replaced with the cheapest one I could find, I think it was a bartlett (since the merc had a HUGE battery - expensive) and that lasted well past 3 years when I sold the car.
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    I now purchase at battery centre. They replace within warranty periods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    I have seen in my experience the cheap ones are just as good, or bad as the expensive ones - they are all the same inside.


    I had a willard die on my old merc just after 24 months and it was replaced with the cheapest one I could find, I think it was a bartlett (since the merc had a HUGE battery - expensive) and that lasted well past 3 years when I sold the car.
    Unless you are going with a special chemistry or construction all the entry level models are probably a much of a muchness but I'm sure some are worse than others.

    Macht seems to be a Romanian brand, Midas sells them: http://www.conexdist.ro/corporate/macht/

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    My experience, stay away from Willard they not what they used to be. I've had 2 replaced under warranty in about 2 years 3rd one went and I replaced it with a bosch. No problems thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Madsen View Post
    My experience, stay away from Willard they not what they used to be. I've had 2 replaced under warranty in about 2 years 3rd one went and I replaced it with a bosch. No problems thus far.
    My experience as well with 4 of them. Never lasts more than 2 years and I have never seen one with a 2 year warranty.

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    Some brands have 2 options - 1 Year Guar or 2 Year Guar

    In fact its the exact same battery with different labels and almost double the price for the 2y

    Meaning you get a 1 year a batt but you pay for the risk if it fails before the 2 year Guar

    What BS !


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    I had 2 willards and each one lasted about 4 years in the Isuzu.
    Replaced it last year with an Atlas...will see.

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    I believe in Varta Batteries.They are fitted as standard spec in BMW vehicles. In my first BMW the one lasted 7 years, second one was 6 years old when I sold the car.On second BMW the first one lasted 6.5 years, fitted another Varta again.I think a person must also ensure that you fit the correct size battery, as this will have an impact on battery life.Just my 2c

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiegie1 View Post
    I believe in Varta Batteries.They are fitted as standard spec in BMW vehicles. In my first BMW the one lasted 7 years, second one was 6 years old when I sold the car.On second BMW the first one lasted 6.5 years, fitted another Varta again.I think a person must also ensure that you fit the correct size battery, as this will have an impact on battery life.Just my 2c
    This^^^^^^

    From my experience, Varta Batteries lasts for years, and the worst in my book: Willard
    I had a few Willard batteries failing under warranty and itís a nightmare to get Willard to honor the warranty, always a thousand and one exuses as to why itís not their fault.

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    Most said I should go for a Varta as first choice on my D3. I might get a Duracell as the Varta seems to be a difficult battery to get your hands on. Maybe look at a EFB? Might last longer than normal flooded. Batteries not a quick and easy thing to buy anymore.
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    Whats the opinion about Sabat and Raylite?

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    Both willard and varta are distributed by auto x. Willard has 25 month warranty.

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    Raylite are good. Best thing is you go to any battery centre country wide if there is trouble. Duracell are excellent. 3 yr warranty available at any tiger wheel and tyre



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    Most decent vehicles have OEM batteries.
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    I get over seven years with Raylite batteries in my various vehicles, not all of which are driven that often. I'm very happy with them.


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    On the topic of failing batteries, have to share an eye opener (for me that is)...
    Being driving a 2006 Polo since new, no issues, batteries (Willard) lasted around 4 years or so.
    To me, once there was any "slower" engine crank at startup, that was my signal to start thinking about getting a new battery, usually not immediately but I would get it done close to next pay-day. No ssues with car or battery sudden death etc, all good.

    Then, on one of these battery replacement runs, I go to usual Willards battery centre and they suggest Duracell, slightly better price and better warranty, highly recommended, so I reckon, well they work well elsewhere so let's give it a try.
    Trouble free and lasted well, also around 4 years, maybe longer, iirc, BUT, when it's time was up, i was left stranded, one minute driving beautifully, parked for a short while, then on attempting to start again, no warning, the vehicle turned into a demon from hell never experienced ever in any vehicle before. By the skin of my behind and a good old friend, managed to push start in reverse and managed to huk & pluk to a nearby safe parking spot - I actually realised for the first time for that old vehicle (this happened 2019), how finicky the electronics are ito battery health.
    New battery (W) and 30 seconds later the old faithful rebooted into its smooth old self again.

    Note to self, regular battery checks not a bad thing

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    I went to get a Willard and it turns out the vehicle had slightly smaller battery fitted than stock 40Ah vs 45Ah(OE size) and the clamps wouldn't fit the larger battery so I ended up getting the Macht battery as that was all they had in the smaller size. Considering some of the earlier comments about Willard maybe I dodged a bullet.

    What I didn't dodge was the old battery venting acid all over the place, sometime between stopping at Battery Center yesterday to have the alternator checked and driving 20km home thereafter and then 4km today to Midas the old battery gave up and made a mess of everything.

    What would have potentially caused that, I definitely didn't expect that to happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    I went to get a Willard and it turns out the vehicle had slightly smaller battery fitted than stock 40Ah vs 45Ah(OE size) and the clamps wouldn't fit the larger battery so I ended up getting the Macht battery as that was all they had in the smaller size. Considering some of the earlier comments about Willard maybe I dodged a bullet.

    What I didn't dodge was the old battery venting acid all over the place, sometime between stopping at Battery Center yesterday to have the alternator checked and driving 20km home thereafter and then 4km today to Midas the old battery gave up and made a mess of everything.

    What would have potentially caused that, I definitely didn't expect that to happen?
    Usually a cell going short circuit, leaving the remains five cells to take up the extra voltage and gas.

    Sudden death is a strange battery phenomena, not easily understood or explained. Well certainly not by me anyhow.
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