[Vwdiesel] batteries

Roger Brown r.c.brown at ieee.org
Wed Sep 16 19:11:57 PDT 2009

LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
>   On the orchard they switched to several Optima's.  They've gone 
> back to lead/acid.  They just weren't lasting very long.  Started 
> great.  May have been dying due to the tractors sitting???
>   I just get batteries from Bi-Mart, Wal-Mart, Shucks, wherever, 
> so long as it's a group 41.  I've had good life out of all of them.
>    Loren

I ran an old Optima Red Top for quite a few years.  This was back when there was only 1 
model and no choice of what group number they were, and that one was fairly good.  Had it 
in my 4x4 for a few years then moved it to my VW.  It worked fine there until it was down 
for some transmission problems.  Tried to keep the battery topped off but it must have 
gone down too low a time or two and it did not revive after that.  And I have heard that 
since Optima and Interstate got together, the quality of the Optimas has gone down.



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