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Old 11-24-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Another battery choice

My battery just died after 9 1/2 years. Only symptom was a slow turn over one day and no start the next! So I'll add another choice for a replacement! Sam's sells the same battery as Wall Mart but with an Energizer label. It's an E94R, 912 CA, 730 CCA, 8 year warranty, $85 and is a perfect fit. I asked the salesman, what's up with all these various batteries sold under different labels and they look the same. He said they are all made by Johnson Controls. Did a little surfing and found out that Johnson Controls markets Varta batteries in Europe! Guess who makes BMW OEM batteries! So, there is a reason why Everstart, Energizer, Exide and maybe Auto Zone batteries all look alike! One thing to be careful about. These batteries come with vents in both ends. The hose vent connects on the positive end. Must remove the plug from the vent on the negative end of the OEM battery and re-install in the new battery. Otherwise you'll be venting into the trunk! Have not seen this mentioned anywhere in this forum.
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