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From: ray on 24 Jul 2007 22:32
> Nowdays "country of origin" is my first criterion. If its China, I look
> long and hard for an alternative product. :-/ If its US, Mexico, Canada,
> or Europe, I feel pretty confident.
I remember when Made In Mexico meant it was junk. I guess compared to
the stuff coming from China nowadays...
From: '97ventureowner on 24 Jul 2007 23:20
> From October 2006 Consumer Reports testing ....
> All of these batteries will start and run the vehicles they fit. Our
> Ratings emphasize life-test results over reserve capacity and
> cold-cranking performance; you�re likely to find the trade-off worth
> Some battery compromises are a function of design. For example,
> specialized North and South batteries emphasize cold starts or heat
> resistance and are sold only in those regions. While several regional
> batteries did well, so did many nationwide models.
> CR rates auto batteries by overall performance within group sizes and
> footnotes models that are sealed and maintenance-free, a plus if your
> vehicle�s battery is hard to reach. See Select the right size battery
> for your car to choose the right group size for your vehicle. Then see
> Quick Picks (below) which focuses on specific needs and value. Group
> size is indicated in parentheses.
> Quick Picks
> Best for cold climates:
> EverStart $60 (65)
> AC Delco $90 (65)
> NAPA $70 (65)
> AC Delco $90 (75)
> EverStart $60 (75), CR Best Buy
> Interstate $90 (24/24F)
> EverStart $45 (24/24F), CR Best Buy
> EverStart $60 (34/78), CR Best Buy
> Nascar $100 (34/78)
> NAPA $60 (35)
> Batteries from EverStart, Kirkland, and NAPA are good values. If you
> live in a warmer climate:
> NAPA $80 (65)
> Duralast $60 (65), CR Best Buy
> AC Delco $90 (65)
> NAPA $70 (75)
> Nascar $40 (75), CR Best Buy
> AC Delco $90 (34/78)
> Duralast $60 (35), CR Best Buy
> All of these scored relatively well in life and reserve capacity and
> are either national or Southern regional batteries.
Where the hell did they get those prices??:runaround: Around here the
Delcos sell for no more than $60 to $70 from the A C Delco warehouse
that sells to garages as well as retail.I paid $51 for my 75 series
Delco just last summer.:screwy:
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From: clifto on 25 Jul 2007 01:46
> Any thoughts on Costco's line of batteries? Kirkland
> brand that is?
The automotive batteries are made by Johnson Controls. I now have three.
JC makes a good battery.
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was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide
is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home."
-- Jonah Goldberg
From: Steve on 25 Jul 2007 13:45
> Steve wrote:
>> > Nowdays "country of origin" is my first criterion. If its China, I
>> look long and hard for an alternative product. :-/ If its US, Mexico,
>> Canada, or Europe, I feel pretty confident.
> I remember when Made In Mexico meant it was junk. I guess compared to
> the stuff coming from China nowadays...
I'm only just now getting over "made in Japan" equating to junk!
Nowdays, its hard to find any good ol' "made in Japan" stuff. Take a
look at a few dozen Sony products next time you get a chance. Almost all
come from China now.
From: Steve W. on 25 Jul 2007 17:06
Near Cooperstown, New York