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Old 01-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Good Battery for 12-13?

I can get Optima Red Tops batteries at a killer price, but are they worth it?

I have a 2013 Focus Se and it gets cold where i live. I want The BEST battery money can buy.


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Old 01-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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Odyssey batteries.

Also sold as Sears DieHard platinum (often cheaper too)
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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How cold does it really get where you are? The stock battery should be more then acceptable unless you have days in a row which are below freezing.
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theres no point in replacing your origninal battery until it no longer startes the vehicle or its voltage is below 12.4v. Optima batteries are great buti dont get a filling done unless i have a cavity.
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Wait till the battery is no good. The optima batteries take a special type charger if they get killed. Unless a normal battery is in the mix.
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off the top of my head I do believe that the Motorcraft batteries are like 5-600 CCA. A redtop Optima would be 900 CCA.

A few years ago there was a week where it was below zero in CT, never had an issue with the motorcraft battery.

Now if we had 2012 Imprezas (which I do) I might, might have a slight concern. The factory battery is only 315 CCA, iirc.

Don't worry about the battery until it has issues starting the car.
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Sigh...don't do this, don't do that...

I'll at least give you an answer. I had a '03 SpecV show car with a fairly impressive sound system in it. I had an Optima yellow-top in it. It then got transferred to at least 5 more vehicle, including an Audi A4 1.8t and a Mazdaspeed 3. So yes, to me they are worth it.
Thanks man. That's what I wanted to hear.

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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?
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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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Old 01-23-2013, 09:52 PM   #10
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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.
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