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Old 23rd June 2012, 23:19   #451
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Hey I think Oem battery will carry 1.5 year warranty, Chk your battery warranty card with the Manufacturing date on the battery. And details in the car manual for confirmation about warranty dates.
A little late to respond to this. The warranty of an OE battery will depend entirely on the car model and manufacturer concerned. It is not universal. Sometimes it is one year. Often it is two years. It all depends on how much the car maker is paying the battery maker for the battery. Warranty = quality is a function of price that is paid.

Life of a battery also depends to a large extent on the quality and robustness of the electrical design of the vehicle. Certain vehicles suffer from poor electrical designs and batteries in such vehicles last for a notoriously short period of time.
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OEM Exide battery for my Santro has lasted 5 years & 9 months so far, but has started showing signs of going weak.
I use battery operated air compressor & in last few months I haven't been able to fill air in tyres completely. Same compressor unit on other cars works in perfect condition, so it's time to change OEM battery before it goes completely dead.
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Case 1:

Battery - OEM Exide, electrolyte level check/top-up - required, life ~ 3.5 years +/- a couple of weeks

Car - Indica Xeta 1.2 GLS, additional electrical accessories - absolutely none (not even ICE or remote locking), A/C usage - 100%, car usage - almost everyday, driving conditions - 90% city roads with slow moving traffic and engine being switched off at signals if wait > 30 seconds

Replacement - Exide Matrix, electrolyte level check/top-up - sealed, warranty - 2.5 years full + 2.5 years pro-rata

Case 2:

Battery - OEM Exide, electrolyte level check/top-up - required, life ~ 3 years +/- a couple of weeks

Car - i10 1.1 iRDE Era, additional electrical accessories - basic ICE and basic remote locking, A/C usage - 100%, car usage - almost everyday, driving conditions - 90% city roads with slow moving traffic and engine being switched off at signals if wait > 30 seconds

Replacement - Amaron FLO, electrolyte level check/top-up - sealed, warranty - 2 years full + 2 years pro-rata

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I have been driving the Alto for the past few days in city traffic and I have noticed that despite running regularly, the cranking takes a bit more effort now. Plan to replace the battery by the end of this month.
Update: Turned out that this was a loose -ve terminal. Opened the bonnet a few weeks ago to clean and realized it was loose. Tightened it and its been a few weeks now and cranking is normal so am continuing with the same battery.
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My Accent's Exide battery lasted 5 years and 44,500km. I have replaced with a Amaron battery.
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My Esteem's OEM Exide battery lasted 4 years.

Replaced the same with another Exide battery.
Have been using the new one for two years now.
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My swift VDi battery (OEM ) seems to be catching up with age and shows a wheezing start and my mech told me to change. @M.A.S.S they charge 9500 for amaron Phew! mate am going directly to dealer any suggestions.

Interestingly my drive has done around 30K km and requires battery change

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My Fiat Punto EPK battery (OEM ) last for only 2 years . It was showing air bag failure

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My Tata 207 is now five years old and the OE battery still effortlessly cranks and engine fires to life on one tick ! I am amazed that a battery could last this long and even more amazed how the engine starts literally on one tick even after a month or so of being idle.
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In addition to frequent engine cranking, other factors which greatly influences the life of a battery are the air conditioner and the amount of time the vehicle travels with its headlights.

My Camper's battery would last for about 16 months without AC but with headlights on for about 200 kilometres per day every day. That too with a higher capacity battery of 80 AH as against the OEM 70 AH battery which went limp within the year.

3 years is a reasonable time for car battery.

Also, whether it is a Dzire or humble Alto, battery is always in AH and observe the Ampere-Hour of your old battery. Or better, look at the specification of the battery in the manual. Better ask the dealer in AH terms than say simply Dzire or Indica or some thing else.
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My swift VDi battery (OEM ) seems to be catching up with age and shows a wheezing start and my mech told me to change. @M.A.S.S they charge 9500 for amaron Phew! mate am going directly to dealer any suggestions.

Interestingly my drive has done around 30K km and requires battery change

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Yah i too changed the battery on my swift vdi at around 30k kms for Rs 7800/- from the dealer .
It lasted me 2 years.
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Yah i too changed the battery on my swift vdi at around 30k kms for Rs 7800/- from the dealer .
It lasted me 2 years.
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That's too short a lifespan for a car battery.
Do you have an amplified audio setup in the car that you often used with the engine turned off?
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That's too short a lifespan for a car battery.
Do you have an amplified audio setup in the car that you often used with the engine turned off?
haha no its a basic setup plus i never used it with the engine off. The battery died a couple of times at night so got it changed. Could have pulled it for another month . I have seen a lot of swift diesel batteries being changed at around the 2 year mark. A couple of friends who have cruzes had to get their batteries changed after about 2 years. too. I know its a little too early because our baleno and accent batteries lasted 5 years respectively.
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That's too short a lifespan for a car battery.
Do you have an amplified audio setup in the car that you often used with the engine turned off?
Must be the heat in Chennai!

seriously maybe since i use AC for nearly110% of drive time it is showing on the battery.The Amaron guy has quoted 6k for the VDI battery with 18mth replacment and 18 mth pro rate ..

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Hyundai Verna 1.6 diesel 2008 OEM battery (Exide freedom) lasted for 4 years and 2 months, yesterday replaced it with Exide matrix
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