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Old 10-25-2004, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I'm going to get a car battery for my honda civic. There seems to
be a lot of brands and price ranges. Are there any differences ?
Suggestions /comments would be welcome.

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ps I'm thinking of getting a $40 car battery.
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Hello All,

I'm going to get a car battery for my honda civic. There seems to
be a lot of brands and price ranges. Are there any differences ?
Suggestions /comments would be welcome.

Thanks

Chip

ps I'm thinking of getting a $40 car battery.
How do you use the car?
How long are you going to hav ethe car?
How long did that last battery last?
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The latest issue of Comsumer Reports (November 2004) has a review of car batteries. The line number references the place on the expanded chart that is part of the article. The numbers between () indicates size.

CR Best Buy

All of these batteries deliver a good blend of life and cold-starting power in their group size.

Best for cold weather:

1 ProStart $60 (65), CR Best Buy
8 Interstate $75 (75)
11 Advance $55 (75), CR Best Buy
22 Advance $50 (24)
26 Advance $75 (34/78),

If you live where it’s warm:

1 ProStart $60 (65), CR Best Buy
11 Advance $55 (75), CR Best Buy
22 Advance $50 (24)
26 Advance $75 (34/78), CR Best Buy

The ProStart (1) and Advance (22, 26) excelled in our life tests.

If reserve power matters most:

1 ProStart $60 (65), CR Best Buy
8 Interstate $75 (75)
22 Advance $50 (24)
26 Advance $75 (34/78), CR Best Buy
27 DieHard $90 (34/78 North)
All excelled in reserve capacity.

The Interstate (8) and DieHard (27) had superior CCA performance.

I cannot link the article as it is in the subscriber's section. If you would like, I could e-mail a MS Word version along. I am not sure if I could attach such a documnet on this board.
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When I had my 93 civic, I just went to SEARS to replace my battery. They were pretty cheap. You can run a civic off a 9 volt. You don't really need a heavy duty battery unless you have accessories that require some major power consumption.
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my original battery in my mitsubishi was amitsubishi brand that lasted for 8 years, with all its accessories. then bought a diehard silver since I lived in chicago then and always gave me starting power all the time whatever condition. It lasted only about 7 years, 1 year short of the original but that is okay considering the accessories load it has to carry. I had a 2002 civic and saw what tiny battery it had, so if there are no other accessories installed, you can do with just a CR best rating, personally I will go with SEARS diehard, they will jump start it, do a free battery check when you need it.
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How do you use the car?
How long are you going to hav ethe car?
How long did that last battery last?

Before we got the pilot my wife used the civic ( 15 mile commute)
and I'd use the Plymouth Grand Voyager ( now donated).
We used to use the civic for out of town trips as well.
I just use it to go to work now with a daily commute M-F 2.5 miles.
I plan on keeping it until it dies.
Am not sure but I think it lasted 7 years.

Mileage is 120000

by the way the cicic is a 97 Civic HatchBack CX

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Before we got the pilot my wife used the civic ( 15 mile commute)
and I'd use the Plymouth Grand Voyager ( now donated).
We used to use the civic for out of town trips as well.
I just use it to go to work now with a daily commute M-F 2.5 miles.
I plan on keeping it until it dies.
Am not sure but I think it lasted 7 years.

Mileage is 120000

by the way the cicic is a 97 Civic HatchBack CX

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Accessories : 10 disk Sony Disc changer
( sometimes I put in the massage/heat seating pad)
Nothing would keep me from buying the cheapest battery from Costco that fits.
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We have a 97 civic LX that currently has 156K on it and I replaced the factory battery with a costco one ($35 bucks I think) about 2.5 years ago. No problems with holding a charge, no problems starting in the mornings (tho' the coldest we'll see this winter may hit the low 40's)

It's not a bad battery, we have a couple of them in different cars.
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