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Optima Batteries

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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Optimas are really meant for Jeeps and 4x4 that must contend with severe angles, high vibration, and jarring off road.

I don't use one in my Jeep but I don't do that severe of off roading with it.

It would really be overkill in a Mercedes that stays on pavement.

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I've had one in my E300 for about five years. Since it's under the rear seat, I didn't want to worry about venting issues and outgassing. I recommend them. You usually have to buy the reverse terminal version for a Mercedes, so keep that in mind.

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Optimas are made in one size only, and that's of course for merikun cars.

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Optimas are made in one size only, and that's of course for merikun cars.
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?
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Optima Batteries

I've used Optimas in all my cars and truck for years. They're not meant for just offroad 4x4 etc..
They're a battery that starts first time every time.
Just wanted to clarify that.

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I've used Optimas in all my cars and truck for years. They're not meant for just offroad 4x4 etc..
They're a battery that starts first time every time.
Just wanted to clarify that.

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This is exactly what our OEM Spanish-made battery does on our ML320.
Will be 12 years this Sept.
Haven't hear about Optima doing that.
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they are overrated and lately their quality has gone down

there are so many better alternatives out there

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It looks like a few of you haven't been to the optima web site. They make different sizes, BCI group, CCA, etc.
The Blue Tops are the biggest, the specs are good, but they don't have the end hold down feature to keep it bolted in. I'll find something, maybe fab a top strap hold down, something like I had in the boat for it if I pick one up.

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Hello, I noticed your conversation regarding our batteries and wanted to offer some assistance. Unfortunately, there are more than 60 different sizes of automotive batteries and we do not offer batteries that we consider “direct-fit” replacements for every vehicle, including many MB models. However, many MB owners have successfully used our batteries in applications that we consider “custom fitments” and may be able to offer input as to which batteries they used and how they safely mounted them.

You can find all the specifications for our YellowTop batteries here- Optima YellowTop Specs - Yellow Cap Batteries by Optima and our RedTop batteries here- Optima RedTop Specs - Red Top AGM Batteries by Optima

Any custom application should consider these guidelines-

• Hood Clearance – There should be at least ¾” clearance between the top of the battery terminals and the underside of the hood. When we do our fitment studies we put a ball of clay on top of the post, and VERY carefully close the hood to make sure that nothing makes contact. By measuring how much the clay is squeezed down when the hood is closed, we can know how much hood clearance we have.
• Trunk/Interior Mounting – If your battery is mounted inside the passenger compartment or trunk (common in many European makes) the battery must be vented to the outside of the vehicle. Optima group 27, 51, 78, 34C, and 31 batteries all have ports for connecting a vent hose.
• Side Terminals – Optima 34/78, D34/78, 75/25 and D75/25 batteries have both top and side terminals. If you are using one of these batteries in a vehicle that uses the top terminals, it is important to ensure that the side terminals can not come into contact with anything metallic (for example, the firewall or fender well), thereby causing a short. We suggest keeping the post protectors on the terminals you are not using.
• Battery Modifications – Cutting, drilling, trimming or otherwise modifying your Optima battery may present a safety hazard and will void the warranty.
• Mounting – Your Optima battery must be securely mounted. The terminals are not intended to be used to secure the battery. Using the terminals in this way will damage the battery and void your warranty.
• Heat – Protect your battery from high heat, such as turbochargers or exhaust manifolds

The quality of our batteries has always been excellent and continues to improve. Most of the “bad” batteries returned to us now are just deeply-discharged and work fine, when properly recharged. This video explains how to recharge a deeply-discharged AGM battery-

If you have any battery-related questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

Jim McIlvaine
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