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Old December 7th, 2009, 09:19   #1
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Default OEM, Exide, or Interstate for new battery?

I know there was a huge battery thread already and I read a lot of it but was wondering if I could get an answer for my more specific situation.

I need to get a new battery for my 98 Jetta TDi. (And I'm a relative newbie). Will be in thick of Maine winter over the next several months. Everyone tells me I need to get a good one, and I've tried to follow most of the battery thread (though find much of the jargon confusing). Is the only place I can get an OEM battery at a dealership? The VW mechanic where I get work done on my car is the main guy who works with VWs in the area and is associated with VW but is not a dealer.. but he carries Exide batteries. His price was rated at $130 for the battery for my car (seems high?) From some of the battery discussion it sounds like OEM batteries are cheaper but I don't know where I can actually get one and if they have an actual brand-name, or just come right from a dealer somewhere.

The other battery recommended to me was Interstate, and one mechanic said he'd recommend Interstate over an Exide. I'm inclined to trust my VW mechanic (who sells an Exide) - they've done a lot of good work on my car. But I'm all about second opinions!

Would love to hear feedback - thanks!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 09:21   #2
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If I were you I won't get the VW OE batt. from the stealership. Get an OEM one, Excide, Interstate or Energizer. Cheaper to buy and you get plenty of cranking juice.

I got mine from Sams, an Enegizer E48 875 CA, 700 CCA for $65 - $10 core = $55. That's $0.06/CA and $0.08/CCA.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 10:02   #3
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look for an interstate shop, they sell factory seconds (Blemished) and refurbed batteries for a good price. They had an oem battery for my 97 that was a year old, for $35. Would have been $23 if I had a core.

This sucker's big. (there is an a3/b4 battery thread, that states for our case, the specific oem battery is a good choice because of it's size). Ask them to match this battery.

1JO 000-915-105-AG

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Old December 7th, 2009, 10:19   #4
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There is a thread here about Walmart selling the 94R batteries. Search 94R on this forum. here it is:http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=263698
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Old December 7th, 2009, 19:32   #5
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look for an interstate shop, they sell factory seconds (Blemished) and refurbed batteries for a good price. They had an oem battery for my 97 that was a year old, for $35. Would have been $23 if I had a core.

This sucker's big. (there is an a3/b4 battery thread, that states for our case, the specific oem battery is a good choice because of it's size). Ask them to match this battery.

1JO 000-915-105-AG
The above battery is the VW OE Genuine Part

The OEM equivalent of the VW OE PN 1JO 000 915 105 G battery
is i.e. Energizer 108-94R or Exide 94R



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Old December 7th, 2009, 20:08   #6
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walmart 94R $ 75

Don't be fooled by stickers , the same two factories make most of the batteries in the USA
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:59   #7
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I'm not so sure about that. Check the label on the VW OE battery, see if there's the word like Distributed by Johnson Controls Inc. etc. If it doesn't then it wasn't made by JCI but by somebody else.

Size for size OEM SAE std. battery is always more powerful than OE DIN/EN std. battery, 956 CA 765 CCA vs 80Ah 640 A
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