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Old 12-07-2006, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Duralast GOLD Vs. Optima Red Top

Ok so my optima died only after a 1yr 1/2..... I went decided to go cheapo and bought a duralast gold.

All I can say is WOW , what a difference it cranks up much better.

Im not going to diss on yellow tops or red tops, but this is the 3rd time a die hard gold or other battery has outlasted my optimas....

I actually used to have a deep cycle fosgate batteryand that outlasted my two optimas.......

Cheap isnt always "crappier"
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Ok so my optima died only after a 1yr 1/2..... I went decided to go cheapo and bought a duralast gold.

All I can say is WOW , what a difference it cranks up much better.

Im not going to diss on yellow tops or red tops, but this is the 3rd time a die hard gold or other battery has outlasted my optimas....

I actually used to have a deep cycle fosgate batteryand that outlasted my two optimas.......

Cheap isnt always "crappier"
Don't all optimas come with a 18 or 36 month full replacement warranty???

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Optimas do come with a 3 year warrnaty.
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In my dads Camry we had the Optima Red Top replaced for free under warranty, with brand new one at Advance Auto Parts. Just keep your receipt when you buy the battery and that way you could have it replaced, even thou in Advance Auto they have all your info in the computer, so even with no receipt they could track it.
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teh stock panasonic battery is pretty awsome actually. mines been going strong for 4 years now
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i hope you are joking.......
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i hope you are joking.......
not at all..why?

i've had better luck with the interstate, along with people i know with them rather then red tops...there are long threads on Supraforums about how crappy the redtops are...I hated mine, and it actually shorted out one of the cells and almost caught fire one time....
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My stock panasonic crapped out on me last month after 10 kills and 5.5 years of loyal service. I got a Duralast Gold as well cause I heard they made the best ones over most other readily available batteries.

I too noticed my car cranks up a whole lot quicker and it was only $59 w/ core exchange.

I had an Interstate on my old car and it was one of the best batteries I've ever used. My Die Hard lasted maybe 1 year in that car, POS. Interstate lasted a good 4 years and I've heard from the new owner of the car that everything is still running strong. Sold the car 4 years ago! Interstates are very good. My Dad used to get a discount on them through his work cause they used them all the time for forklifts and cranes, etc...

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INTERSTATE's are great too
That's very true Marc, They are both good batteries because Interstate and Optima are one and the same. Interstate is the parent company.
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My stock panasonic crapped out on me last month after 10 kills and 5.5 years of loyal service. I got a Duralast Gold as well cause I heard they made the best ones over most other readily available batteries.

I too noticed my car cranks up a whole lot quicker and it was only $59 w/ core exchange.

I had an Interstate on my old car and it was one of the best batteries I've ever used. My Die Hard lasted maybe 1 year in that car, POS. Interstate lasted a good 4 years and I've heard from the new owner of the car that everything is still running strong. Sold the car 4 years ago! Interstates are very good. My Dad used to get a discount on them through his work cause they used them all the time for forklifts and cranes, etc...

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That cranking up comparison in my opinion is not valid at all, because you compare the new battery with previously used/warned one. Even the cheapest battery out there on the market will give you that intitial feeling for better cranking, the key is "initially".
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Anyone here with Die Hard Gold?? Feedbacks?

And where do you get Duralast Gold?
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Duralast batteries can be found at Autozone. Just a little FYI on these batteries, Duralast batteries are made by Johnson Controls. This is the same company who manufactures batteries under these lines.

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Don't be fooled by Optimas. They are great for what they are, but they have a history of going out faster than their regular counterparts. Is it really worth the extra money for shorter battery life? I have never been sold on them.
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Which part number duralast front autzone did you guys get? Im going to go pick one up tomorrow, if its actually better than a Red Top that goes for $90+...

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Yeah it looks like I am going to get a duralast battery too. Anybody have the everstart Max battery from walmart? The one with the yellow top. Supposedly those are some really good batteries also.
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