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    If you need to change battery maybe try original from manufacturer from official dealership to avoid the pirate copies. Stick with the original parts. Upgrading your car resets the situation but it costs. So you'll need to think a bit what you want to invest in this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Interesting thought. I have 2.5 years on mine now but I fear its dying. Its a sealed battery so I cant add water. Its getting weaker but charges up fine during driving. But better to be safe than sorry, I reckon in the next few weeks its time for a new one.
    you can add water to sealed battery because they ae not really sealed. take of the label that is on top of the battery under it you will find recessed filling points that you can open with a coin

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    Quote Originally Posted by recon View Post
    If you need to change battery maybe try original from manufacturer from official dealership to avoid the pirate copies. Stick with the original parts. Upgrading your car resets the situation but it costs. So you'll need to think a bit what you want to invest in this.
    car manufacturers do not make batteries they buy them from battery manutacturers sometmes from the one that gives the cheapest quote and i know one company that does not worry about quality control just the price they pay for items manufactered by subcontrators , that well known company had to change the supplier 4 times before the item they supplied was up to the standard required (not a battery)

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    Reading this thread, I am quite surprised. In my experience 3 years battery life are a thing of the ancient past. I expect 5 years now from any no name product and would not be surprised if they last much longer. If you have an engine that does automatic stop start at any stop, you need a battery designed for this, but otherwise no problem.

    Sounds like local Thai batteries are not to that standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Reading this thread, I am quite surprised. In my experience 3 years battery life are a thing of the ancient past. I expect 5 years now from any no name product and would not be surprised if they last much longer. If you have an engine that does automatic stop start at any stop, you need a battery designed for this, but otherwise no problem.

    Sounds like local Thai batteries are not to that standard.
    of you have a toyota there is a switch under the aircon controls that turns of that autu stop/start i turn mine of every time i use the highlux, its a stupid and annoying feature that the engine stops every time you pull up for traffic lights

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    ^ I'm surprised they work in hot countries, I thought they would not stop the engine if the air con was running and the interior was above a set temperature. Perhaps it is only the higher end cars that have this feature.

    The most annoying thing with the system is when the engine stops while you are stopped to select reverse...grrrrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    Any good experiences with any brands you wish you enlighten us with?
    I have Panasonic . Still going after 5 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    One thing to definitely check is your charging system. It might be limping by.
    Get a USB charger for the cigarette lighter socket. One with a voltage display. (about150B ) then one can monitor voltage just before starting and see voltage during operation.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
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    Sounds like local Thai batteries are not to that standard.

    Some are made to a basic standard, some are made to a higher standard.

    Ford for instance, they sell the Ranger domestic and export.... they bth have the same basic spec battery however export vehicle get a different battery.

    Battery in my Ranger died at 9 months old.... Typical ford told me to fuck off when I asked about warranty replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    All very interesting and thanks to everyone for pitching in. It would seem that I was right to dump Toyota's 'genuine' battery and at least try another brand. I have now dump Toyota's own brand for the windscreen wipers, aircon filter and wiper fluid. I assume these types of products are just a big cash cow they can slap the brand name on but actually make an inferior product in a shitty Chinese factory. Brakes are in need of replacing so I am not sure where to go with that one. My local B-Quik is offering a good deal on Bentix brakes right now so I might be temped but to be honest my Toyota brakes, which came with the car, have lasted me 92000KM.

    Once again thanks for everyone's point of view and knowledge, greatly appreciated. If you are willing to chime in once more with what brand of battery you all have in LOS, that would definitely be a positive for this thread.
    i buy panasonic car batteries in Phuket but the 85 ah model not the 70 ah that is sold by toyota but is recommended by the battery shop, have not kept a vehicle long enough to tell you there life span before the power storage starts
    to drop off, but over 5 years so far
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