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same here, big giant battery, kept going dead till my dad tightened the alternator belt(doh!) it was nice though, he was impressed that it only had one little adjuster "thingee"

on the neon, you have to like hinge the alternator and have a breaker bar and 3 arms and an assistant to yell at and so on etcetera blah blah blah

*edit* same brand as karugs, i think it is 850cold/1000 normal? type 49 somethingoranother
 

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Interstate MTP-93 or an Optima.

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Well Optima is what I have in all my other cars, but there is no Optima that fits correctly and has 800 or more CCA.....

I know of a stinger battery ( sp1700 ) that would be ideal ( 1200 CCA ), but its almost $300.oo

looking for a good alternative.....
 

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I've never used an Optima in my diesels either, but know of others who have and they love them. I'm getting an Optima for my 210 chassis under the rear seat diesel next time I need a battery. Actually, if you do a search of this website, there are pix of someone's Optima installation in a 210.

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I also use an Interstate Battery.......it is what we always installed in the customer's cars in our shop, and never got a single complaint. seems to work well.
 

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Used to use the stock white mercedes benz battery, the one with water inside, now i use the newer black mercedes benz battery that is watterless. Works really well
 

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MB battery – very strong, I drained it totally about three month ago, put it on a charger overnight and its been perfect since.
 

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How much more expensive are these MB batteries compared to other brands like Die-Hard or AutoZone?
-Joe
 

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I paid $130 at the MB dealer in Gainsville.

(don’t ask me why or how I came to buy a battery from a stealer – it’s a long, tedious story…)

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Bump [:D]

Could you tell what MB battery is used in the car? My mechanic gave me a free one with the water inside, and it's white. I can read 100Amps on the tag, is this enough?

Kapazitat 100Amp (capacity?)
Kaltstarstrom 450A (coldstart?)

Part number A 004 541 4501

Should I return this? Thanks
 

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Up till just a few years ago, MB basically only had 2 different batteries for their cars. A small 74 Amp for gas cars, and the 100 amp for diesels. Later they put the 100 amp in the gas cars, too. Now, the new cars use batteries that are sealed for life, gel type batteries. Most new MB's actually use two batteries. One normal sized for operating onboard electronics, and a small (motorcycle) size for starting only.

Anyway, the 004-541-45-01 is the large diesel battery. So this is correct for your car. Just remember, the standard MB batteries are not maintenence free, so check the water level at oil changes.

BTW, Mercedes MSRP for the "big" batteries is $109.00.

Jamie
 

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Hi Jamie,

Thanks for the quick reply. When I tried using that battery (swapped batteries instead of jumping) the car did not turn over, it barely started. Where is a good place to have the battery recharged--Autozone does it free? Do you know what specs it has, like CCA? I'm trying to compare batteries too.

http://www.mbnz.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1253737&posts=14&fid=10
 

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CCA is not as important as amp hours, the OEM batteries have 100 amp hours (sustain 100 amps usage for one hour) making them a very powerful battery. ‘CCA’ has more to do with advertising then engineering. Although CCA can be used to compare batteries, unless amp hours is also considered a battery with a 600 CCA capacity is not necessarily better then a 450 CCA battery.

That may be why the hand held chargers will start my gas cars but not the diesel. The starter/preglow use about 200 amps where the gas cars use perhaps 50 amps for the starter only. To start my 300 D when I left the lights on all day the tow truck driver had to use the cables attached to the truck’s system rather then the hand held.

Needless to say this does nothing to help you with your problem in either thread.

Sounds like you’re making your way correctly through the process: alt/vr, belts, battery. I assume the starter’s working correctly?
 

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I bought a Die Hard International battery for 130 bucks. Starts the old diesel down to -17 F without a block heater or complaint.
 
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