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What type of battery?

Anyone know what type of battery; old fashion lead/acid or AGM; comes in a 2011 E350 sport sedan? I have found that even the best lead/acid batteries require topping off the acid once or twice a year here in very hot, very dry west Texas. Just hoping I will not have to do it on this car since the battery is so well buried.
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The battery is a Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) battery, also referred to as
“fleece” battery.

Page 337 "Operators Manual" for a 2010 E Class.

I would assume a 2010 and 2011 would be the same.
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My friends E200 W212 just experienced a flat battery, 2-3 days is the longest time he ever left the car not running. The dealer mentioned that he can only use the VRLA battery which is very expensive (cost 4 times more than my stock W209 battery).

Is it a must to get the VRLA as the ONLY replacement battery option?
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A VRLA battery is an AGM battery by another name. Also sometimes called a gel battery. They are a lot more expensive than standard lead acid batteries but they last a lot longer. I have had them last 8 years.
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No mention of the battery type in the 2011 owners manual. After a lot of checking around on this site and battery vendors sites it seems many Mercedes, BMW's, Audi's etc. use the same size battery; a group 49 size. Various vendors list Rayovac SLI49H8M ($135), Deca 9AGM49 ($170) and Interstate MTP-H8A ($222) for use in the E350. These batteries have warranties for 5-6 years.
I have a Sears AGM in my Chrysler and it quit after 1 year. Sears gave me a new one for free. It has been in the car for 2 years and is going strong.
The service guy at Sears pointed out that AGM's need a low amp charger. The fast chargers used in most gas stations will ruin an AGM battery.
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Let me check with my friend the brand that is fitted by the dealer but from what he has shared with me was the dealer price is RM 2000 (USD is est $550) which i find to be very expensive.

I am planning to get a E250 with AMG kit soon (Japan Spec), hope there is a a more reasonable alternative brand to source. Be very happy if we have more options other than what the dealer suggest is the only one brand to stick with.
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... also referred to as
“fleece” battery.
Is that because you get "fleeced" when the dealer replaces it?

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"Is that because you get "fleeced" when the dealer replaces it?"


Don, I never thought of it that way.
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Varta batteries are often supplied as OEM batteries in German cars. They are available in many countries but not in the USA or Malaysia. Their web site lists the countries where they have distribution centers.
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