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Old 09-27-2011, 05:00 PM   #21
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In the vast midwest, I could reliably get 5 or 6 years from a new battery. The cost didn't seem to be much of an issue (never had any better luck with Die Hards than cheap batteries).


It seems that every other car on the road here is a Prius.
Here folks seem to prefer the Pius over the Prius. We have a smog problem and the Pius replaces smog with smug.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:03 PM   #22
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I suspect some of the longest lived batteries are the ones not in the engine compartment. The VW battery under the seat, and the Volvo and Miata batteries in the trunk might benefit from a bit less heat and vibration while in use.

My Miata battery is 11 years old and still working. I live in one of those areas where water is in its molten form year round, though.
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I got 12 years out of my Honda's battery while living in Winnipeg, which is the coldest city on the planet with a population of over 600,000.
Do you have a link for that? I find it hard to believe Winnipeg is colder than many cities especially in northern Europe.

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You're kidding, right? A 15 yr old car gets classic plates?
Not here, it has to be 25 years to get antique/classic plates.

I bought a 60 month battery 15 years ago and had to replace it this spring. Not bad for 5 year battery.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:40 PM   #24
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Do you have a link for that? I find it hard to believe Winnipeg is colder than many cities especially in northern Europe.
Sure. I don't usually make statements like that without checking the references first. I didn't say it was the coldest city. I said it was the coldest city with over 600,000 people.

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Back to the Volvo as a car comments.

My late wife owned Volvo cars most of her adult life. She was T-boned in an intersection by a car doing 60+MPH and she walked away...unlike the over driver who was no in a Volvo and was dead at the scene.

After she died I had one two many cars and a son who needed one to replace his old car. A year later he was hit broadside. It totaled the car but we escaped with only minor bruises and this was after leaving the highway after the impact and hitting a brick building.

We had mostly good luck with maintenance...a bit more than most Japanese cars but it was built for cold weather and had the feeling of safety and solid construction. I don't own one now because my 11 year old car is still running fine. Not sure about the current stock of cars since the last one I had was a 1999 940 R (not sure about the year but close).
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My wife drives a 92' Acura Vigor 2.5 ltr. 5 cylinder and I've replaced the battery once. She's the original owner and I'm her mechanic so I know it was only once.
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You're kidding, right? A 15 yr old car gets classic plates?
Yes - at 25 years you can get an antique plate:

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms...ets/fs-ant.pdf

Of course, since I have a Viet Vet's plate on the car, that's worth much more, IMHO .
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Yes - at 25 years you can get an antique plate:

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms...ets/fs-ant.pdf

Of course, since I have a Viet Vet's plate on the car, that's worth much more, IMHO .
You said you could get an antique plate for your 02 car in 5 years. That's not 25 yrs. More like 15. How ya doin' that?
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