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Old 9th November 2016, 10:46   #781
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I can briefly relate my experience over 40 years of using batteries in cars.
When I owned my first car(given by my father after about 2 years of use) a Fiat in 1969 the original battery when replaced lasted 2.0 years. Subsequently, I put an alternator in the car (jugaad but properly done - Presolite alternator) when I replaced the battery. The battery with some care in ensuring electrolyte level lasted 4.5 years. This is the best I've ever got and was short distance running mostly. When I switched to a new Maruti 800 the battery lasted around 2.2 years and thereafter almost without fail the average battery life has been 2.5 years or a little more. This was in an Esteem, Honda City (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation), old Baleno etc. The best I got in the last 10 years was 3.5 years in my Honda City ivtech. My own experience is that the battery does go suddenly without much warning. This is because the electronics are more sophisticated now and below a threshold voltage the car will not start. This is especially true if you have anti-theft systems installed. In the older cars one could get away with a battery that was showing lower voltage with groaning and grinding starter motors.
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After 6 years and 3 months, I finally replaced the OEM Exide in my K10. It still had life left, but starting was getting sluggish with cooling temperatures.
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Honda City VX- Battery kaput after 15 months (no typo there) ! No additional accessories fitted in the car. Car had just come back after a (non-scheduled) repair at authorised service station. Any ideas as to what could be the reason ?

EDIT- It was Amaron Battery, that came with the car.

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Replaced the stock Exide in my duster after exactly 49 months to the day on 12th Jan.
Car has aftermarket auxiliary lights, a 4 channel amp, an after market head unit, after market speakers and a sub.

Was extremely happy with the life of the stock Exide. Hope I don't have to change the Amaron before I sell the car in the next 3-4 years.
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Honda City VX- Battery kaput after 15 months! Car had just come back after a (non-scheduled) repair at authorised service station. It was Amaron Battery, that came with the car.
Are you sure your car came back with the same battery it went with? No possibility your (good) battery was swapped out for an older one - either maliciously or accidentally?

Were the repairs purely body work, or anything mechanical/electrical in the engine compartment, that might have warranted the removal of the battery/battery tray? If so, the battery/tray are often the first thing removed and last thing fitted back, since the battery is usually placed high and blocks access to other areas.

In any case, now that you have a new battery, use a permanent marker to write your car's regn. number on the battery case.

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