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01-31-2013 10:42 AM
unclebrud
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Originally Posted by Deftmetal View Post
I just started my 2013 with the stock battery at -40 with no issues
My 9-year old Mk1 Focus still has the original Motorcraft battery...works like a charm (down to -20F for me). And, no trouble with the one in the Mk3, either. They seem to be of excellent quality.

Of course, do what you like.
01-31-2013 07:59 AM
Deftmetal I just started my 2013 with the stock battery at -40 with no issues
01-31-2013 07:57 AM
kevinxb My factory battery went after 8 months. Dealer replaced it under warranty with a Motorcraft Max battery, works great for me.
01-26-2013 08:44 PM
Cadger Optima batteries are an excellent starting solution, as I've never had a problem up here north of most of ya.

Though I would prefer a yellow top, as its a deep cycle battery.

(Side note, most modern chargers/maintainers support AGM Batteries)
01-24-2013 08:36 AM
badazz2010focus Unless he's experiencing slow starting then I wouldn't even mess with it
01-24-2013 06:43 AM
Monkeygrits That is cheap but if yohr car is new theres no need to replace it with a red top IMO unless you want it just for looks. Heck the stock battery lasted 5 years and 125k in my Escape before I replaced it. Its not that their junk, I just dont think their better than any other battery. I think they suck for a car in storage for sure.
01-23-2013 10:24 PM
CvRyder
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Originally Posted by Monkeygrits View Post
Youre better off sticking with the factory battery for a few years until it dies and getting an everstart from walmart. You can buy 2 batteries for the price of 1 optima red top. Hell maybe even 3. I had a red top in my cougar. It looked cool for shows but sucked for storage in winter. If it died it was a pita to charge. Actually had it replaced under warranty and the replacement wasnt much better. I wont buy another one. My cougar was stored a lot but the battery was always unhooked so that could be a factor. Unless your mounting it on its side or upsidedown stick with a conventional battery. Diehard is rated very good as well. There was actually a girl on NECO whos mustang caught fire because of a red top. My mustang has an everstart from walmart in it now and it is stored similar to the way my cougar was. It cranks right over no problem. If your worried about it starting in winter, get a better cca battery.
I was only curious because I can get a red top for $60. Figured for that much it would be worth it. But if it's a crap batt then I'm not going to even waste the $60 bucks. Thanks for all your input everyone.

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01-23-2013 09:52 PM
Monkeygrits Youre better off sticking with the factory battery for a few years until it dies and getting an everstart from walmart. You can buy 2 batteries for the price of 1 optima red top. Hell maybe even 3. I had a red top in my cougar. It looked cool for shows but sucked for storage in winter. If it died it was a pita to charge. Actually had it replaced under warranty and the replacement wasnt much better. I wont buy another one. My cougar was stored a lot but the battery was always unhooked so that could be a factor. Unless your mounting it on its side or upsidedown stick with a conventional battery. Diehard is rated very good as well. There was actually a girl on NECO whos mustang caught fire because of a red top. My mustang has an everstart from walmart in it now and it is stored similar to the way my cougar was. It cranks right over no problem. If your worried about it starting in winter, get a better cca battery.
01-17-2013 12:43 PM
BaconZombie
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Originally Posted by BrApple View Post
I don't see anyone saying that Optima batteries are not good batteries. They are good batteries as you have pointed out. I have them in my other cars. I even killed one twice back to back and its still running strong.

However, the op asked about a good battery in cold weather. And unless there are really extreme conditions there shouldn't be a need for an Optima battery. The factory battery, in most cases, would be fine.

But by all means, if the deal is good and the person wants to upgrade then go for it. But by no means is it absolutely neccasary, imho.
He mentioned cold weather, he stated that he wanted the best battery. Optimas are excellent batteries. I answered his question without going off on subjective tangent on how good the factory battery is. Everyone started mentioning not to replace the battery until it no longer starts the car. That's bad advice. You need to replace it before that. And while it's rarely necessary to replace a battery in a car this new, perhaps the OP is being preemptive and tackling a problem before it arises. Especially if he can get one that's fairly inexpensive.
01-17-2013 11:13 AM
CvRyder
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My pleasure.

On a side note, if you know where to get them at a good price, would you be willing to share?
Where I work I pay cost on whatever brand we sell. And it just so happens we have optima batterys. And if its going to be half of the sale price. Why wouldn't you buy one?

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