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Old March 16th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default I am greatly impressed by Yellow Top Optimas

Left my Jeep over the last 4 days in the airport parking garage with the map light on. It had just enough power left to start the engine.

I'm very impressed, escpecially since the battery is 3 years old.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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Im glad you still have good luck with them,I dont.I did a search after four bad blue tops in the boat,in three years or less.It seams johnson controls bought the company and moved it to mexico,lots of people having bad luck now.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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I've heard similar, and have had two red tops fry on me. Come to think about it, this yellowtop is alot older than I thought, I had it in my Samurai 5-6 years ago. I wonder if it's one of the old good ones that just won't quit?
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #4
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Inhave a friend that has a 7 year old redtop that has been abused time and time again... for my DD I went and bought new interstate batteries.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #5
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I abused my old red top for 7 years till it finally got killed by a shitty aftermarket fuse block that grounded out the + input to its mounting screw which just so happened to occur literally at the top of the Zilwakuee bridge on the Friday of Labor Day weekend a few years ago. Did I mention my GF HATES being on bridges?
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #6
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my yellow top in my buggy is about 10 years old now.
i got a red top in my friends pick up about the same age.

old ones ruled, new ones not so much.
when johnson controls bought them out, they moved production to mexico.
i heard the lead they use is not of the same quality either.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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Same story here. I have a yellow top that is about 10 years old and it has been abused very hard and keeps on working. I have a red top that is about 3 years old and if it sits for about 2 weeks or longer its completely dead without anything even hooked to it. It will take a charge and work if its in a vehicle that is constantly driven.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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i was very happy with my yellow top until it died last fall. It was just over 3 years old. Even though it only lasted 3 years i think i will be getting two new ones for the blazer this year. Cause i did put them through a lot of abuse.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #9
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I to had great luck with an old yellow top. When it finally died few years ago, I looked up the reviews on the new ones and saw they were problemmatic. I bought a blue orbital for $80, and that thing has been. It will sit for months and start rite up.
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My red top is about 10 years old, ended up having my brakelight switch get stuck on and drained the battery down to ~4 volts. Put it on the trickle charger for a few days until it was back up to ~12 volts and its been fine for the last 8 months since that happened. Fires up the big block without even struggling every time.
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If you guys ever get the chance, check out Xs power Batterys. 4xspower.com

They build batterys for the car audio world. They have a high discharge rate, with low internal resistance. They make some awesome starting batterys.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #12
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I'm hooked on odyssey after 7 red top and 2 blue top fails. My 2 yellow tops, newer mexico units, still perform well even after sitting long periods of time though.
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Tried optimas never had any luck with them. My 1999 Chevy wrecker with a 3126 cat engine has the original Ac Delcos in it. I only buy Delcos now.
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