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2010 4 cylinder, 40,000 miles, original battery, still going strong, but thinking of time for replacement. My local independently owned gas station guy, who's done a lot of really good work for my cars over the years, might be my choice. What would be a really good price for a quality replacement battery?


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+1 on interstate/costco.
you'll no doubt get many different recommendations, and there are some good batteries out there but you asked for the best value if i understand your question...
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Most batteries comes from a few main manufactures. I like maintenance free battery though.
 

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Thanks. I've had good success with Wally's better batteries, as well. Going to give my guy a chance too. He's not let me down. We have a good. 25 year relationship.
 

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A battery is a battery, for the most part, in these cars. Just grab something with the longest warranty and the highest CCA's/highest reserve capacity that you can afford. Most independents tend to carry ACDelco, Interstate, or whatever other brands are made by Johnson Controls, Delphi, or Exide.
 

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A battery is a battery, for the most part, in these cars. Just grab something with the longest warranty and the highest CCA's/highest reserve capacity that you can afford. Most independents tend to carry ACDelco, Interstate, or whatever other brands are made by Johnson Controls, Delphi, or Exide.
This wraps it very well.

Most batteries are from the vendors above. I usually get Wally world battery (depends on type) just because they are usually always open and the batteries are usually not sitting on the self for a while (CHECK THE MANUFACTURE DATE! should be a round sticker!). O'Reilly (Douglas Battery MFG) here also has battery on a consistent basis that doesn't tend to be old stock either.

Walmart now has three tier batteries. 1YR, 2YR , 3 YR warranties.
 

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I recently bought the top tier Wally World battery with the same warranty as most top tier batteries. 5 yr warranty with 3 yr free replacement and cost me $94.
 

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i love me some wallyworld branded stuff for sure. i used to use their longest warranty batteries and they'd usually start dying before the end of the warranty period so i'd get a new one for free. one time though, one of them died just a few months after the end of the warranty and they wanted me to buy a new one. that's when i switched to costco/interstate. have had better luck with them so far.
if you use wallyworld, just be sure to check to see if they're getting weak before the end of the warranty period so you can get a new one for free. they'll check 'em for free or you can buy specific gravity testers or use a vom.
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Yeah, I've seen the size 35 for $93 there, but my dealer tests at free inspection, and says the original tests like new. So, I plan to put it on hold. Obviously, not all dealers are like this. Most Toyota dealers would wave a new battery in my face.
 

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In my 2003 Avalon I have a AAA battery with a 9/12 sticker on it. It is an interstate battery that is a 3-year battery. So, it's still going strong after 4 years, but I've also been thinking about a replacement. I just called the local Interstate Battery store here in Ft. Worth, and they said the battery for my car (MT35) is $121.95 and I must exchange the old battery to get that price. There was only a 2-year warranty with the battery.


Just called Costco here in Ft. Worth. They have the Interstate battery for a 2003 Avalon. It is a 3-year battery, and the cost is $82.99 + $15 core charge.
 

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Just called Costco here in Ft. Worth. They have the Interstate battery for a 2003 Avalon. It is a 3-year battery, and the cost is $82.99 + $15 core charge.
That $15 core charge gets refunded to you as soon as you return your old battery. That makes your cost of a Costco battery $82.99. That makes it about $40 cheaper than most retailers.

Best battery bargain in the country! Heck, one battery practically pays for Costco membership for a year.
 

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In my 2003 Avalon I have a AAA battery with a 9/12 sticker on it. It is an interstate battery that is a 3-year battery. So, it's still going strong after 4 years, but I've also been thinking about a replacement. I just called the local Interstate Battery store here in Ft. Worth, and they said the battery for my car (MT35) is $121.95 and I must exchange the old battery to get that price. There was only a 2-year warranty with the battery.


Just called Costco here in Ft. Worth. They have the Interstate battery for a 2003 Avalon. It is a 3-year battery, and the cost is $82.99 + $15 core charge.
For just $20 more you can get 5 years EveryStart Maxx at WM.
 

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here at our costco, the interstate batteries have 42 month warranties - free replacement. maxx is 36 months - free replacement.
also, with temps routinely over 100, batteries dies here in socal faster than most other parts of the country and i rarely get as much life out of a wallyworld battery as it's rated for.

if could get 7 years out of a 3 year battery, i'd definitely buy it though.
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Data pt:

WM broke a headlight (retaining pins) on another vehicle when they were replacing failed Maxx under the prorated wtty (which they no longer offer). Tire and Lube express stores are going away here in NE Ohio...

I had to go back to store and have them buy me a Chinese replacement headlight, which I will install. The original WM Maxx was installed by me, so hdw could get lubed and the felt washers replaced and terminals polished. Added petr. jelly afterwards.
 

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yeah, i usually try to install my own batteries whenever possible cause i know what sort of job i'll do. it's a pain to have to return later to get the core back but i'm usually at the store in a few days or weeks anyways.
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