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Old 11-29-2010, 01:53 PM
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Bye bye stock battery

I had to bite another expense last week and buy a new battery. I think this cold weather we've been having took the last bits of life out of it.
(yes, cold for us is only mid 40's, but just go with it)

Mine had 41,000 miles on it. Two hot summers and two mild winters.
Does that sound short for a battery life? I'm used to 3 or 4 years out of them normally.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:16 PM
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wow... that seems short to me....
We haven't gone through a battery here yet on our patriot, but our 2003 Dodge neon (SX) had it's orriginal battery when we traded it in for our patriot last year. that's 7 years of battery life in Ontario... which means 7 hard winters. 190,000 kms

I'll be dissapointed if the battery in the patriot only lasts two year......
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I'm hoping that's unusual, as this is my third winter, and a bit colder than yours. Today is the first day in about a week we went above freezing.

I hate to have repair expenses while still making payments. I was surprised when I needed a lower control arm at 52K miles.

What did you replace with?
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stock batteries are usually pretty lousy,
luckily still on original battery 3 yrs and 85k miles later,
previous car dodge neon , stock battery went out first year,
replaced it with Jeep battery i had lying around and that battery lasted +10 yrs and +200k miles,

so when it comes to batteries i buy the largest cca i could find,
if it doesnt fit, well, will make it fit.
and yes had to replace battery tray on the neon
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:45 PM
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I would think you should get at least 3 years out of a battery. Although, I have heard your driving habits have a lot to do with it. Short trips are really hard on a battery. Long trips actually charge the battery. AAA magazine does NOT recommend idling a vehicle in cold weather thinking that will charge the battery. It actually takes more juice to start the car (or jeep in this case!) and let it idle than if you drive it for 20 min. Bottom line, if you do alot of day time driving (no headlights on) and your trips are longer than 20 min at a stretch it is actually good for the battery. Or so I've heard.
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I think the more serious condition is not the cold, but the heat during the summer. The cold just reduced what was already a deteriorated battery to below the level needed to start the Jeep.


The battery I bought was a Duralast from Autozone.

Middle choice between the 3 that they stock:
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...2747_175931_0_
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Also had a battery replacement on +- 57000km.
2007-2010 so 3 years a battery.
In South Africa with normal temperatures, not too hot or too cold.

On my previous car had original battery for 6years, and 119000 km.

But anyways,probably one of things.
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I agree - my stock battery sucks. After 2 years there are times when it can barely start the pat in the cold. I have always thought it was underrated. I will be looking for a larger replacement soon.
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My stock battery completely died last winter, so yeah, from my experience I'd say I am not terribly impressed. (Vehicle build date May '07, bought vehicle January '08.)
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This will be my third full winter with my patriot. It went down into the 20's (F) the other day, and it was cranking over really slow. Sounds like I may be putting a battery in mine soon. Especially if we start getting some really cold nights.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I feel a little better that it wasn't just me with a crappy battery. Everyone has a crappy battery!!

And for what it's worth - today we almost broke freezing this morning. A rare occurance indeed. But the new Duralast is cranking away.
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Arghhh, mine is still working ok, but colder weather is coming, I hope mine lasts. This will only be the third winter for it, and if I need one it will be sooner than any new vehicle I remember.
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2007, just shy of 100,000 miles with original battery.
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2007, just shy of 100,000 miles with original battery.
So maybe not everyone has a crappy battery.

You must drive alot of highway miles. 100,000 miles in 3 years is high.
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