oem battery life

meerschm

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2009 Jetta wagon DSG 08/08 205k buyback 1/8/18; replaced with 2017 Golf Wagon 4mo 1.8l CXBB
Just thinking ahead. I have over three years on my 09 JSW TDI

how long do you think the OEM battery will last?

(I pretty much count on three to three and a half years on my chevy)
 

oilhammer

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There are just too many to list....
It can vary a great deal. All my OEM Volkswagen batteries lasted at least 5 years, and I always replaced them before they show any signs. In fact, I've never had a battery 'fail' in a car ever.

A good battery should last 5 years at least. Interstate rates the top line units at 85 months, but they generally last longer. If you buy cheap batteries, well,....
 

HeAvYfUeL

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Gatineau,CAN
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4-5 years. Usually. That's the norm I think. I just had my neighbors battery fail after 4,5 years on his Escape. He came out waiving to me if I could give him a boost.
 

Jnitrofish

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If you buy cheap batteries, well,....
1 year... :eek:

I intend to buy an OEM battery now. I learned my lesson. Cheapo Everstart batteries are not meant to crank a TDI in cold weather. :rolleyes:
 
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05_new_jetta

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I got 5 years and I replaced it just because winters were a lil slower than i'd like..

edit: i had around 150,000 miles when i changed mine
 
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MacBuckeye

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OEM battery replaced

I just replaced mine at 68K miles. Started to hear the "difficult" start in the morning. Had it tested and it was "bad". Replaced it before I was stranded. Bought a Duralast Platinum from Autozone.
 

06 DIESEL

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I just replaced mine in the 06 two weeks ago and 114k miles. It was not completely dead, just cranking slower than I would like coming into winter.
 

tdiatlast

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2009 Sportwagen (boughtback); 2014 Passat TDI SEL (boughtback)
JSW: Replaced at 34 months, 49k miles. Not completely dead, just slow cranking.
Will replace the sedan battery before winter.
Purchased Interstate, OEM styl, shape, w/o the handles, about 50% greater CCAs.
 

waspie

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05 130k just replaced. not dead, slow cranking. purchased battery from advanced with a hefty discount and 50$ toward future purchases. had no idea the car cranked this fast. usually starts on the first full revolution even in 40 degree weather.
 

CoolAirVw

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05 130k just replaced. not dead, slow cranking. purchased battery from advanced with a hefty discount and 50$ toward future purchases. had no idea the car cranked this fast. usually starts on the first full revolution even in 40 degree weather.
so your oem battery lasted 6 years and 130K? That seems to be a DAMN good battery.
 

Plus 3 Golfer

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Three years is good for any battery in the AZ desert heat - including my my 2009 TDI built 08/08 and purchased 10/08. I made it until 08/11 - 3 years from it's birth.

When I lived in MD, batteries would last about 5 years. Looks like you should get about 4 years minimum.

 

Baysville

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August 2004 build date, September 2005 in service date.

Original battery still working today at 233,000 km. Thinking about changing it before it gets too cold.
 

DonL

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Yes, great chart. According to it, my battery died at least a year ago. Why doesn't anyone tell me anything?

Actually, I am thinking I will have to replace mine right around the seven year mark this coming March, unless I really good sale comes along.
 

V-Rod

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Actually heat kills batteries, not cold. A cold engine may be harder to start, however.
Nothing kills a battery like running it dead in -20F The battery will freeze and will never hold any charge
 

Dodoma

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Over a span of 130k miles, I have replaced 3 batteries. The orignal was replaced less than 5,000 miles or less than an year.
 

Plus 3 Golfer

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Nothing kills a battery like running it dead in -20F The battery will freeze and will never hold any charge
Running any battery effectively "dead", can damage the battery.

If the temperature is extremely cold and you discharge a battery while trying to start, just charge it back up so it doesn't freezes. If it won't hold a charge to start at -20F, then it is not good anyways. A battery that has a good charge won't freeze at -20F (probably closer to -90F or so). Coolant will "freeze" before a healthy battery.
 

Vipervnm

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That chart is awfully pessimistic or I'm extremely lucky. So far only a couple months shy of 6 years on my Jetta's battery. I got 7 years on my '97 Wrangler's battery and my '00 Wrangler is 8 yrs and still going strong. I've got 3 yrs on my CJ2a's battery as well. Never had a battery last less than 5 years.

Ha! -20 can drain a battery all by itself.
 

D-Cell_Mekanick

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Thinking of getting a new one for my 06, build date 10/06. Has 86,000 miles on it now. It cranks fine, so far. Ive got a set of cables in the trunk just in case!
 

V-Rod

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Running any battery effectively "dead", can damage the battery.

If the temperature is extremely cold and you discharge a battery while trying to start, just charge it back up so it doesn't freezes. If it won't hold a charge to start at -20F, then it is not good anyways. A battery that has a good charge won't freeze at -20F (probably closer to -90F or so). Coolant will "freeze" before a healthy battery.
Employes don't always turn off the key. so a perfectly good battery will freeze and be shot. Before we know it.

Of course a good battey wont freeze at -20F, we would really be in trouble when it hit's -40F if that was the case! lol
 

tennisclyde

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5.5 years and 157,000miles on my 06 Jetta...it was cranking slow on 40 degree mornings...didn't want to wait until it got cold...replaced it with DieHard Gold
 

ricardotdi

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I just replaced my oem unit that was starting to fail (after 4.5 years/114,000 mi) with a Diehard Gold, group 48 from Sears. I couldn't wait for one of their dopey sales, so I paid retail, w/ tax came to $180. I fit it in with no trouble. Works great. You just have to be careful not to drop and lose the hold-down bolt and clamp into the dark hole between the engine and plastic bottom shroud. If you do, you can add hours to your 5 minute job!

I also looked at PEP Boys Bosch unit for $109, but the online reviews for it were not so hot.
 

asap03

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I have bought my car from our local VW dealer on July 2006. Now I have 62.000 km on board. I am still running with the OEM Varta batery, which is in a good shape. I am really impressed how long it lasts.
 
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