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Thanks for the reply, Jim! I use Optima's in all three of mine. Because I stored the cars in the off season, other batteries failed. No problems now, and love the look!
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Wouldn't it be nice if there was such a thing as a few standard size batteries? But something so simple.....seems so elusive. I don't know why a simple 24,27,29 selection wouldn't work for 90% of the world. We did it with beer and wiskey why not batteries?
Size matters. The volume and weight of the case is directly proportional to the CCA capacity, for any given battery technology. Big motors and luxury cars need more CCA and reserve capacity. Now a small car design would not want to find a way to accommodate a larger than necessary case, hence the wide variety of sizes. But then again, my whiskey and homebrew choices are not exactly standard either.

I always buy the largest battery that will fit and almost never have any battery issues until the end of its life cycle.

Optima! Love them, like seeing the Optima presence here in the thread! I had an optima last over 8 years in a daily driver suburban, even with extreme uses like million candle power lights and electric winch.

Best of all, they seem to not leak acid like so many others that ruin metal parts.

I just cant afford to use them exclusively, they cost about twice as much far as I can tell per CCA.

Perhaps our Optima friend Mr. Jim can find us a special Benz coupon/promotion offer????
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Nice to read some info from the "horse's mouth". Thanks a lot for adding to this thread Jim!

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Thanks for the welcome guys, I appreciate your feedback. I think there is sometimes a fine line between promoting a product and providing useful, accurate information. I'm registered on more than 300 different message boards and the vast majority of them appreciate my willingness to help folks out, without crossing that line.

Since eurospec380e did ask, I'm sorry to say that we don't currently have any promotions or special offers. When we do have such offers, they will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages. I should also mention that we're always looking for quality MBs to participate in our Ultimate Street Car Invitational. We had a C63 AMG participate last year, but we're always looking for more-

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Jim - I thought the advantage of using an Optima under the rear seat was the fact that you didn't need to mess with a vent line. Am I incorrect on that?

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Hi Len, that's a great question and one I get quite a bit (although never enough). Although our batteries are sealed, it is important that any lead-acid battery has proper ventilation. ALL lead-acid batteries can vent gas. Traditional wet batteries do this immediately when recharged, since they are not sealed. Sealed lead-acid batteries like Optimas and all other “dry cell” AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries have safety release valves that should only vent if they are seriously overcharged.

Under normal operating conditions, an AGM battery will not vent gas. Since alternators or chargers can fail, the safest and correct mounting method for trunks and passenger compartments is to make sure that any possible gas venting will escape to the outside of the vehicle. All vehicles with original equipment battery locations in trunks or passenger compartments will have a vent provision that should be used. Optima group 27, 51, 78, 34C, and 31 batteries all have ports for connecting a vent hose.

Although people do it anyway, we would never recommend installing an unvented battery in any enclosed space, because there’s a legitimate, albeit unlikely, safety risk involved.

For example, IF there is a voltage regulator failure, and IF the battery is severely overcharged, and IF this goes unnoticed, and IF the battery vents because the internal pressure exceeds the release pressure of the vents, the gasses are both flammable and toxic. This may sound like a lot of “ifs,” but attorneys and engineers get paid to plan for every worst-case scenario.

If you have any questions about our batteries, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks!

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Anybody use them in their MB? The Optima site doesn't list them for MB's. I've usually had one in all the GM's I've had and no matter how long I let something sit without a trickle charger, they always fired right up. Working at home and preferring two wheels when I do have to get out, I had the 600SEL go dead on me today, and I have a fairly fresh battery in it.
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Thanks mbvis, I have a couple of those in the boat spare parts box. I'll have to dig them out and see if they'll do any good. It's sunny enough around here.

Optima Jim; When can we see a BCI group 49 battery? Or, what do you suggest as an equivalent?

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Hi mndwgz, I can only recommend our batteries in direct-fit applications or offer general information about custom applications, as I did previously in this thread. Sometimes the best fitment advice on custom applications comes from those who have already installed our batteries in their vehicles. As for the group 49 battery, I do not know if or when Optima might offer batteries in that size, but I can certainly pass along your feedback to the folks who make those decisions.

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Jim - I've got an unvented 34R under the rear seat of my 210 chassis. Does that have the vent port and do I need to get the vent tube from Optima?

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