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that is impressive !
Have been waiting until I find $375 in an old pants pocket to get a new replacement from the dealer.

Short of that, I will probably order this soon on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AAWUQL6/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_9?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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$375 is a total rip off. The local dealers here sell them for under $250.
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$375 is a total rip off. The local dealers here sell them for under $250.
For the white Mercedes AGM battery?
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I repalced the battery of my w209 with a no name brand and surprisingly, it has been working perfectly for 6 years. During these 6 years, this battery was drained empty twice. Once I left the ignition key in the starter overnight and the 2nd time I had a faulty alternator. I live in Toronto and it can get to -30c in winters.

I bought it from a local battery shop recommended by a MB technician. The shop was a dump and it had maybe 500 batteries inside. It is probably not a AGM battery and I paid only $90CAN including tax and installation. I guess I was lucky to get such a good battery and problem is I am not sure if I can get another one now.
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For the white Mercedes AGM battery?
I just got one for the 2000 ML320 that my daughter drives. I will double check it, but I am almost certain it is an AGM It was just a tick over $200 with tax. The one put in the E500 in 2010 is an AGM from I am 100% sure of that and I was about $200 at the time with tax.

I do get a 20-25% off list price discount from both the MB dealers in my area as I had been employed by both of them back in the early 90s.

Please look at the pricing in this link from a genuine MB parts dealer. It shows the genuine W211 AGM battery sold through an MB listing at just under $250. That is why I said $375 is a ripoff.
https://www.parts.com/index.cfm?fuse...0-%20Liter-GAS
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I did follow the link at parts.com and come to $172
Still PepBoys sell flooded Bosch batteries with 92 months warranty for about $100, or below 100 on sale.

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I would not put a flooded battery in a W211. The draw from all the consumers makes the AGM a better choice.

I use regular old flooded batteries on my tractors and skidsteer and have had no issues with them. In he E500 wagon there can be kids sitting almost on top of the battery so the AGM being less prone to leak if there was an accident makes it a safer choice IMO especially for the wagons.

Also I am not going to question the need for an AGM if that is what they engineered the car to use.
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We can make whole new topic comparing AGM
and flooded batteries.
In W210 passengers seat on the battery all the time and it is in the same compartment with the driver . So flooded is OK there.
In W211 battery sits in the trunk, with no direct connection to driver, yet AGM is recommended.
I am not impressed with W211 OVER-engineering, so that might just add to long list, but to top it, AGM batteries seem to perform less than flooded batteries.
Tough choice.
Our W211 come with new battery, so I have some time, but not likely I will spend about $300 for AGM battery, having good $100 batteries to choose from.

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I am not sure we need a new topic for flooded versus AGM.

I know you have had great success with flooded batteries and that is great on the wallet.

Being able to get AGMs for the price I do I have stuck with them. They endure over 8 years of temps from -15º to over 95º over the course of a year. So in my case I am not about to change it seeing as one tow or roadside call can cost more than a flooded or AGM battery.
I live so rurally that I would have to have AAA on 4 vehicles. 1 of the 4 is a flooded battery, but it is my pickup truck and it is titled as a farm vehicle. It very rarely goes more than 20 miles from our home/horse farm. When its battery dies I will grab a good deal on a flooded battery for it.

I have nothing against flooded batteries. Ever since I started racing and AGMs became available I have preferred them for cars. They are lighter and hold more power in the same space. It is just an opinion.

Here is an article about AGM and it lists the limitations where flooded batteries are better.
Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) Battery Information - Battery University
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My 2002 CL500 came back from the dealer (routine oil change) last month and the service advisor mentioned that it might be nearing time for a new battery as it was now more than twelve years old! That's right, original AGM battery still working after 12-13 years and 100k miles. I didn't know those AGM batteries were that good, I may have to start using them on the boat.
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