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Old 14 Mar 2005, 02:52 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I received a mailing from Toyota about a deal on their Truestart
batteries, and as it happens, I need a new battery for my 2000 Camry.

Not surprising, since this is the 5th winter, and I've never had a
battery last thru 5 winters in all the cars I've ever owned.

I have a Sears around the corner, and I've had replacement Diehards
which I'm not really a big fan of. I think they are overpriced, but the
only worthwhile thing SEEMS to be their warranty. Someone mentioned to
me that one of Pep Boy's batteries was just rated very high, and I have
a Pep Boys right across the street from my local Toyota Dealer.

I do plan on keeping the car for a few more years, so a cheap battery
won't be good for me in the long run.

Toyota wants $80 (plus tax) installed. The best Diehard is about the
same thing, with the higher rated Pep Boys battery about $20 less.

It's not really about the money, I'd spend the extra $20 if I knew for
sure that I was getting something really better, and not just paying for
the name. After all, if the battery lasts 5 years, it comes out to $4 a
year for the better battery, if it really is better.

If you've had experience with this, do you think the Toyota battery is
worth it?
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Old 14 Mar 2005, 03:30 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Steve wrote:
> I have a Sears around the corner, and I've had replacement Diehards
> which I'm not really a big fan of. I think they are overpriced, but


I have had excellent service from the Weatherhandler series here in
Florida. 80 months out of my last one.


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Old 14 Mar 2005, 07:02 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Sears screwd me on my only sears battery I will ever purchase again. I
jumped my truck a few times went to sears, and they pulled it out and
fast charged it, it died again, they refused to load test it or check
anything and refused the warranty. I took it to a repair shop and it had
a bad cell and failed a load test.

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Old 14 Mar 2005, 07:57 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Steve" <Steve@IHATESPAM.com> wrote in message
news:Steve-30E130.15524014032005@comcast.dca.giganews.com...
>I received a mailing from Toyota about a deal on their Truestart
> batteries, and as it happens, I need a new battery for my 2000 Camry.
>
> Not surprising, since this is the 5th winter, and I've never had a
> battery last thru 5 winters in all the cars I've ever owned.
>

Hi All,
Well I can go a bit better than 5 winters.

I bought a new 2.2 ltr Auto CAMRY ...Sept 1995.
And I am still on the original battery. 9 years and 6 months later.
Car is used every day.

Like you I have never had one last this long.
Each day I expect it to just decide to pass into battery heaven.

I for one am amazed at its long life.
Anyone else had this kind of life from the original battery supplied with
the car.

Of course tomorrow now I have said this it will die lol.

cheers Johnny UK.


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Old 14 Mar 2005, 11:18 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"Steve" <Steve@IHATESPAM.com> wrote in message
news:Steve-30E130.15524014032005@comcast.dca.giganews.com...
> I received a mailing from Toyota about a deal on their Truestart
> batteries, and as it happens, I need a new battery for my 2000 Camry.
>
> Not surprising, since this is the 5th winter, and I've never had a
> battery last thru 5 winters in all the cars I've ever owned.
>
> I have a Sears around the corner, and I've had replacement Diehards
> which I'm not really a big fan of. I think they are overpriced, but the
> only worthwhile thing SEEMS to be their warranty. Someone mentioned to
> me that one of Pep Boy's batteries was just rated very high, and I have
> a Pep Boys right across the street from my local Toyota Dealer.
>
> I do plan on keeping the car for a few more years, so a cheap battery
> won't be good for me in the long run.
>
> Toyota wants $80 (plus tax) installed. The best Diehard is about the
> same thing, with the higher rated Pep Boys battery about $20 less.
>
> It's not really about the money, I'd spend the extra $20 if I knew for
> sure that I was getting something really better, and not just paying for
> the name. After all, if the battery lasts 5 years, it comes out to $4 a
> year for the better battery, if it really is better.
>
> If you've had experience with this, do you think the Toyota battery is
> worth it?


Not exactly. You did not get a offer from Toyota. It was from a dealer, or a
group of dealers in your metropolitan area.

You should check out the CCA rating of the battery, which is especially
important in cold areas. Go to your library and find a Consumers Report
issue that deals with batteries so you will know what things to look for in
a battery.

One of the biggest problems when shopping for a battery for a Camry is that
there are few premium batteries that exactly fit the OEM size (24F). Many
premium batteries such as Diehard use the next smaller battery size to fit
in the compartment, which means you are giving up some CCA's compared to an
exact fit 24F..


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Old 15 Mar 2005, 06:25 am   #6 (permalink)
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JM wrote:

>
> "Steve" <Steve@IHATESPAM.com> wrote in message
> news:Steve-30E130.15524014032005@comcast.dca.giganews.com...
> > I received a mailing from Toyota about a deal on their Truestart
> > batteries, and as it happens, I need a new battery for my 2000
> > Camry.
> >
> > Not surprising, since this is the 5th winter, and I've never had a
> > battery last thru 5 winters in all the cars I've ever owned.
> >

> Hi All,
> Well I can go a bit better than 5 winters.
>
> I bought a new 2.2 ltr Auto CAMRY ...Sept 1995.
> And I am still on the original battery. 9 years and 6 months later.
> Car is used every day.
>
> Like you I have never had one last this long.
> Each day I expect it to just decide to pass into battery heaven.
>
> I for one am amazed at its long life.
> Anyone else had this kind of life from the original battery supplied
> with the car.
>
> Of course tomorrow now I have said this it will die lol.
>
> cheers Johnny UK.


Does anyone know if TrueStart batteries are their own brand or made by
a major battery manufacturer?

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Old 15 Mar 2005, 07:57 am   #7 (permalink)
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badgolferman wrote:
> Does anyone know if TrueStart batteries are their own brand or made by


Truestart batteries are made by Johnson Controls (makers of Diehards,
Duralast, Energizer, Everstart, Motorcraft, and Pep Boys Prostart, among
others).


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Old 15 Mar 2005, 09:40 am   #8 (permalink)
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Travis Jordan wrote:

> badgolferman wrote:
> > Does anyone know if TrueStart batteries are their own brand or made
> > by

>
> Truestart batteries are made by Johnson Controls (makers of Diehards,
> Duralast, Energizer, Everstart, Motorcraft, and Pep Boys Prostart,
> among others).


Motorcraft? Does this mean they are the same as Ford batteries? Gasp!

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Old 15 Mar 2005, 10:07 am   #9 (permalink)
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badgolferman wrote:
> Travis Jordan wrote:
>
> > badgolferman wrote:
> > > Does anyone know if TrueStart batteries are their own brand or
> > > made by

> >
> > Truestart batteries are made by Johnson Controls (makers of
> > Diehards, Duralast, Energizer, Everstart, Motorcraft, and Pep Boys
> > Prostart, among others).

>
> Motorcraft? Does this mean they are the same as Ford batteries? Gasp!


I would guess that each brand may be of different construction depending
on what the brand owner wanted. But they use the same manufacturing
line(s).




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Old 15 Mar 2005, 10:23 am   #10 (permalink)
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Sears did not re install the battery hold down correctly on my Toyota years
ago. Had to go back to get the parts they left out. I pay more but let the
dealer replace my battery.


"Steve" <Steve@IHATESPAM.com> wrote in message
news:Steve-30E130.15524014032005@comcast.dca.giganews.com...
>I received a mailing from Toyota about a deal on their Truestart
> batteries, and as it happens, I need a new battery for my 2000 Camry.
>
> Not surprising, since this is the 5th winter, and I've never had a
> battery last thru 5 winters in all the cars I've ever owned.
>
> I have a Sears around the corner, and I've had replacement Diehards
> which I'm not really a big fan of. I think they are overpriced, but the
> only worthwhile thing SEEMS to be their warranty. Someone mentioned to
> me that one of Pep Boy's batteries was just rated very high, and I have
> a Pep Boys right across the street from my local Toyota Dealer.
>
> I do plan on keeping the car for a few more years, so a cheap battery
> won't be good for me in the long run.
>
> Toyota wants $80 (plus tax) installed. The best Diehard is about the
> same thing, with the higher rated Pep Boys battery about $20 less.
>
> It's not really about the money, I'd spend the extra $20 if I knew for
> sure that I was getting something really better, and not just paying for
> the name. After all, if the battery lasts 5 years, it comes out to $4 a
> year for the better battery, if it really is better.
>
> If you've had experience with this, do you think the Toyota battery is
> worth it?



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