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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old August 14th, 2019, 20:24   #16
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I've been using Battery Tender's for many years now. At roughly $45 a pop it beats having to buy a new battery every spring for the Miata, and I keep one on the Golf too, even though it doesn't often sit for more than 4-5 days at a stretch. I'm retired so I don't really need to get out and about in crappy weather, so I don't!

The Deltran Battery Tender isn't a trickle charger, it's a smart charger. I have two of their 1 amp chargers, one for each car. My last Harley (sold a few years ago) went 7 years with one battery, using the Tender Jr. which is 3/4 amp. More than enough for a MC. I only changed the battery out because I was selling it and didn't want it to die on the new owner.

My Miata uses a glass-mat battery due to it being located in the trunk, they are expensive, usually around $200 for a quality battery. The car sits for 4-5 months at a time, and I don't care to fire it up every so often. The Golf will get an $89 Wal-Mart special when its time for a new battery in it. Many years from now.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 05:37   #17
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I've been using Battery Tender's for many years now. At roughly $45 a pop it beats having to buy a new battery every spring for the Miata, and I keep one on the Golf too, even though it doesn't often sit for more than 4-5 days at a stretch. I'm retired so I don't really need to get out and about in crappy weather, so I don't!

The Deltran Battery Tender isn't a trickle charger, it's a smart charger. I have two of their 1 amp chargers, one for each car. My last Harley (sold a few years ago) went 7 years with one battery, using the Tender Jr. which is 3/4 amp. More than enough for a MC. I only changed the battery out because I was selling it and didn't want it to die on the new owner.

My Miata uses a glass-mat battery due to it being located in the trunk, they are expensive, usually around $200 for a quality battery. The car sits for 4-5 months at a time, and I don't care to fire it up every so often. The Golf will get an $89 Wal-Mart special when its time for a new battery in it. Many years from now.
I use a battery tender jr on my BMW GS. Those glass matt batteries are expensive. Learned that lesson already.
I bought this battery from Costco. In Canada the 730CCA battery is $134.
The car started perfectly yesterday after work and this morning again. I am pretty confident that was the original battery. I would have never made it through the coming winter even with the electric blanket plugged in.

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Old August 15th, 2019, 16:29   #18
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Hate to hijack the thread but quick ? on the Polar FIS because it looks amazing and is not too bad price.

Is this something the dealership may find during routine servicing? Would hate to jeopardize the dieselgate warranty. Also anyone install on a 2010-2014 Sportwagen - the video on the Kerma site is a different platform.

Thanks in advance and again apologies for the hijack.
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Old August 16th, 2019, 14:24   #19
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Hate to hijack the thread but quick ? on the Polar FIS because it looks amazing and is not too bad price.
Is this something the dealership may find during routine servicing? Would hate to jeopardize the dieselgate warranty. Also anyone install on a 2010-2014 Sportwagen - the video on the Kerma site is a different platform.
Thanks in advance and again apologies for the hijack.
It should have zero bearing on any warranty.
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I have one installed on a 2010 Wagon. The only difference in installation from the video on Kerman’s site that I can remember is taking the trim pieces off to get to the gateway is a bit different- well it’s basically a MK V as far as the interior trim goes. The FIS works on many different VW, Skoda, Seat, Audi, gas, diesel or hybrid. There are several pages of parameters which can be read but only about one page relates to TDI’s. The rest just won’t show anything, or can’t be selected

It’s highly unlikely the dealer would know the Polar was there and in any case it shouldn’t affect any Diesegate warranty. There is a connector which plugs in between an existing plug and the gateway and communicates with the FIS module. The FIS can be turned completely off in which case it is invisible to anyone driving the car. On a VCDS scan it shows up as an error, something to do with the phone not working, at least on my car which doesn’t have Bluetooth or a phone. If you had a warranty on your cluster, gateway or some other computer I can see a potential argument that the FIS affected the part but I am not aware of any such failures with or without the FIS. I’m pretty sure there are thousands in use around the world.
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