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Just got off the phone with the dealership. Their parts system now shows 005 541 25 01 (850 Ah) supersedes to 000 982 33 08 (760 Ah). If that's correct, only the lower CCA spec batteries are now available from MB themselves.

Sadly, we don't have Pep Boys here, or I'd get the nice Bosch group 49 everyone raves about.

Off to make some phone calls and see if I can find a decent battery that doesn't look horrible. I know it's dumb, but I show this car from time to time, and I'm not super interested in having some obnoxious lime green piece of shit from Autozone hanging out in the engine bay. Why every battery manufacturer seems to think they need to emblazon their batteries like they're energy drinks is beyond me.
...check out auto zone they make a damn good battery. ive had the same one in my truck for 12 years or maybe 14 but its almost indestructable. i left the radio on once for several days that i discovered when i went out to move the truck and it turned over like a champ and fired right up.
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I've been running a Turkish-made Mutlu battery for like two years now and it's still cranking strong, but we don't have real winters over here, so...
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Sam,
Are you referring to CCA when you say Ah?
I put in the Advance group 49 (in my gasser), its 900CCA, 950 cranking amps, and the OE CCA for diesel is 850CCA. Have run advance batteries in several cars for quite a while, (like RP, and his autozone's) with no issues. I had them test it when I bought it to make sure it was fresh, and it spec'd at 1010 amps. 40min more reserve than the Bosch too.

Its black and classy. (some are white) Guys on the bimmer forums run these as a cheaper (more realistic) alternative to the Propeller batteries.
http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...lse#fragment-2

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Remember guys,

Batteries are spec'd 3 ways

CA (cranking amps - ambient temps)
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...check out auto zone they make a damn good battery. ive had the same one in my truck for 12 years or maybe 14 but its almost indestructable. i left the radio on once for several days that i discovered when i went out to move the truck and it turned over like a champ and fired right up.
I've got a DuraLast Gold in my daily driver, and it's been fine. I pathologically detest AutoZone, however, and try to avoid them at any cost. Long story.

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I've been running a Turkish-made Mutlu battery for like two years now and it's still cranking strong, but we don't have real winters over here, so...
For some reason I don't think we get Mutlu batteries over here

Very appropriate timing, however, given that it's Republic Day over there today. Ne mutlu Türküm diyene!

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I put in the Advance group 49 (in my gasser), its 900CCA, 950 cranking amps, and the OE CCA for diesel is 850CCA. Have run advance batteries in several cars for quite a while, (like RP, and his autozone's) with no issues. I had them test it when I bought it to make sure it was fresh, and it spec'd at 1010 amps. 40min more reserve than the Bosch too.

Its black and classy. (some are white) Guys on the bimmer forums run these as a cheaper (more realistic) alternative to the Propeller batteries.
AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 49, 900 CCA 49H8: Advance Auto Parts
Sadly, we don't have Advance Auto Parts over here. Oregon's auto parts store landscape is weird. It's like someone missed geography class and thinks we're in the Midwest or something.

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Sam,
Are you referring to CCA when you say Ah?
No, I'm just a dipshit and typed the wrong thing. Thanks for pointing that out - I'll correct it to save on confusion

FWIW, both of these batteries have 100 Ah capacity, same case size, just different CCA.

Looks like I'm going to return it in the AM. I'm vacillating on whether I want to pony up for an AGM at this point, since a local truck shop in the weird industrial park I live in can get me an Odyssey Extreme. I've had awesome luck with them in severe service applications in the past, and for my use case, the fact that they Odysseys can be run very low without destroying them is useful.

All this faff about a stinking battery. Last time I get a part direct from Mercedes if I can avoid it. Of course, all these damn batteries are made in the same plant in Mexico by the same laborers who just pray they stick the right sticker on the casing or they'll get their heads cut off by a drug cartel enforcer, so I probably should just shut up and quit bitching about it

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I would go for the battery with AGM. Your diesel will thank you for it.
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^ I'm thinkin' the same thing. Startup is expensive in a diesel in terms of power, and I have significant additional loads that come on at startup adding to the battery drain.

$350 battery, here I come!
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WTF???? $350 for a AGM battery.

A Bosch AGM group 49 comes in at under $200 with full 8 year warranty, 3 year replacement and free roadside assistance.

Just order the Bosch from Pep Boys online and search for a coupon code for further savings.
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Ha! I thought that would raise some eyebrows. That's MSRP; I have a sneaking suspicion I can get it a lot cheaper from these guys. Last one I bought was a group 31 from them - MSRP was $400-something, picked it up for $250 or so, and let me tell you, I beat the piss out of that battery, and it just kept working. Just the fact that it handled a ~400A load off the threaded posts twice a day every day was pretty damn amazing.

I'm looking at the Bosch one too. Sadly, I'd have to eat the core charge since the nearest Pep Boys is practically on the other side of the planet, but whatever - I've blown $15 on dumber crap than that.

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^ I'm thinkin' the same thing. Startup is expensive in a diesel in terms of power, and I have significant additional loads that come on at startup adding to the battery drain.

$350 battery, here I come!
That's why I got a 49 for my gasser, so I can run all aux in winter short trips if I want. I can understand the lack of love for azone and or advance. But advance can get legit parts through worldpac . Make sure to show off your battery if you get that fancy one. Kevin (realoneshepherd) was a fan of John Deere batteries for his ride.
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