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Old 04 Feb 2008, 10:24 am
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Default Is it necessary to buy OEM batteries?

Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed

Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones from
Sears ok?
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 10:37 am
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ident wrote:
> Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed
>
> Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
> original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones from
> Sears ok?


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Anything you want, but Honda batteries are sometimes a good price, and
look good if you plan to resell. YMMV A dealer will probably charge you
1/2 hour to do a job you can do yourself. Cash and carry.

'Curly'
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 11:43 am
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motsco_ wrote:

> ident wrote:
> > Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed
> >
> > Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
> > original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones
> > from Sears ok?

>
> -------------------
>
> Anything you want, but Honda batteries are sometimes a good price,
> and look good if you plan to resell. YMMV A dealer will probably
> charge you 1/2 hour to do a job you can do yourself. Cash and carry.
>
> 'Curly'


I thought maybe OEM was higher quality. Replacing a battery every 10
years is better than every 3 years or so. I bought the car with the
intent of driving it to the ground.

Cost comparison:
$100 Diehard Gold North (700amp, 3yr warranty)
$ 93 Honda OEM
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 12:02 pm
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"ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote
> I thought maybe OEM was higher quality. Replacing a
> battery every 10
> years is better than every 3 years or so. I bought the car
> with the
> intent of driving it to the ground.
>
> Cost comparison:
> $100 Diehard Gold North (700amp, 3yr warranty)
> $ 93 Honda OEM


Find a place that sells the very popular Interstate battery.
IIRC around 2004 when I last bought a battery for my 1991
Civic, I found that Firestone sells them. Subsequently I
found the little import independent shop down the road also
sells Interstate for an even better price. Interstate is OEM
for Hondas.

Ten years is a long time for a battery. One caveat: Remember
that running an alternator using an old battery reduces
alternator life. It's better to pre-emptively replace. Of
course, in your case, this may beg the question of when
exactly this would be.

My 91 Civic's batteries were dying about every four years
for the first 12 years, whence I started replacing them
pre-emptively. The batteries always had a few "jumps" on
them, though, and running them down to this point reduces
battery life.


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Old 04 Feb 2008, 12:24 pm
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On Feb 4, 12:43 pm, "ident" <a...@asdf.eu> wrote:
> motsco_ wrote:
> > ident wrote:
> > > Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed

>
> > > Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
> > > original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones
> > > from Sears ok?

>
> > -------------------

>
> > Anything you want, but Honda batteries are sometimes a good price,
> > and look good if you plan to resell. YMMV A dealer will probably
> > charge you 1/2 hour to do a job you can do yourself. Cash and carry.

>
> > 'Curly'

>
> I thought maybe OEM was higher quality. Replacing a battery every 10
> years is better than every 3 years or so. I bought the car with the
> intent of driving it to the ground.
>
> Cost comparison:
> $100 Diehard Gold North (700amp, 3yr warranty)
> $ 93 Honda OEM


i bought EverStart at Walmart for $35 (group size 26). Couldn't resist
the cheap price and the label that says "Dist. by Johnson Controls"

Honda OEMs are of the standard group size, and there's a reason for
that. If you buy other brands make sure you pick the standard group
size for your car. Honda I4 engines need very little effort to crank
them over. A battery of bigger size is a waste and a drain to the
charging system. To get it recharged the alternator has to work harder
and will fail prematurely and in effect, killing the battery
prematurely...

cheers
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 01:35 pm
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ident wrote:
> Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed
>
> Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
> original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones from
> Sears ok?


The ones from Sears are fine. Get the best one they sell.

Jeff
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 02:57 pm
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"Jeff" <kidsdoc2000@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> ident wrote:
>> Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed
>>
>> Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
>> original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones from
>> Sears ok?

>
> The ones from Sears are fine. Get the best one they sell.
>
> Jeff


I second that....always bought the 6-yr battery and replaced it between the
5-6 year point.

Dave C.


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Old 04 Feb 2008, 03:11 pm
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"ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote in news:13qef2085ucco98@corp.supernews.com:

> Honda Civic 1998 EX 4dr 5-speed
>
> Is it necessary to buy an OEM battery from Honda? The 10-years-old
> original car battery in my Civic died this morning. Are the ones from
> Sears ok?




Aftermarket is fine. Provided you buy a battery that fits properly and
meets the specs given in the Owner's Manual.

Sears is good.

Also good batteries:
Interstate
Wal-Mart's Eveready.

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Old 04 Feb 2008, 03:23 pm
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Elle wrote:

> "ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote
> > I thought maybe OEM was higher quality. Replacing a battery every
> > 10 years is better than every 3 years or so. I bought the car with
> > the intent of driving it to the ground.
> >
> > Cost comparison:
> > $100 Diehard Gold North (700amp, 3yr warranty)
> > $ 93 Honda OEM

>
> Find a place that sells the very popular Interstate battery. IIRC
> around 2004 when I last bought a battery for my 1991 Civic, I found
> that Firestone sells them. Subsequently I found the little import
> independent shop down the road also sells Interstate for an even
> better price. Interstate is OEM for Hondas.
>
> Ten years is a long time for a battery. One caveat: Remember that
> running an alternator using an old battery reduces alternator life.
> It's better to pre-emptively replace. Of course, in your case, this
> may beg the question of when exactly this would be.
>
> My 91 Civic's batteries were dying about every four years for the
> first 12 years, whence I started replacing them pre-emptively. The
> batteries always had a few "jumps" on them, though, and running them
> down to this point reduces battery life.



Thanks all for the replies. I bought the Interstate Mega-Tron (MT-51R)
for $82.95 before taxes, as listed on the Interstatebatteries.com
website. The website lists local places to buy it and found a import
specialist place about 4/5 miles out. I actually carried it home by
myself thinking that 28 lbs wasn't much. It was heavy, but at least I
got my workout for the day.

Five or six years between battery replacement sounds like a good plan.
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 03:30 pm
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"ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote
> Thanks all for the replies. I bought the Interstate
> Mega-Tron (MT-51R)
> for $82.95 before taxes, as listed on the
> Interstatebatteries.com
> website. The website lists local places to buy it and
> found a import
> specialist place about 4/5 miles out. I actually carried
> it home by
> myself thinking that 28 lbs wasn't much. It was heavy, but
> at least I
> got my workout for the day.


Nice update and info for others in the future.

You remind me of me, except I installed the new Interstate
battery I bought at Firestone right in its parking lot. :-)
Maybe because I could dispose of it right there? Or doing so
was part of the purchase plan? Something like that.

> Five or six years between battery replacement sounds like
> a good plan.


Inquiring minds likely want to know: Do you live in a cold
climate? Most reports here put Interstate/OEM battery life
at not more than about six years. Shorter in warm climates
and/or with a lot of jumps.


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