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Im going to go get my 190d today :). it is a 1987 2.5 turbo. It needs a new battery, i went to walmart and got one from what the battery book recomended but my question is are these battery supposed to be longer than normal ones? I do not want to go and have a battery that does not fit lol.
 

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Im going to go get my 190d today :). it is a 1987 2.5 turbo. It needs a new battery, i went to walmart and got one from what the battery book recomended but my question is are these battery supposed to be longer than normal ones? I do not want to go and have a battery that does not fit lol.
Walmart batttery ? Chinese made ...
My pro choice : Interstate .:thumbsup:
 

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I totally agree! But walmart is the closest place to get one right now, So are these battaries for these cars bigger? And what CCA should i get?
 

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Interstate : MT-47 with 590CCA -740CA . It's perfect fit..g luck.
 

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FWIW: Consumer Reports tested many batteries and posted results in the November, 2010, issue. Everstart batteries (Walmart) tested better than Interstate in three of five battery groups. Also, the Everstart warranty (free-replacement period and the total prorated periods in months) is 36/108, as compared to Interstate's 30/85.
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If i take my battery back because i think its to big, And get the same CCA will it work?
 

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Yep, should keep the same size of your tray .
 

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Consumer Reports has historically given top ratings to the grade of Johnson Controls batteries made for Costco. WalMart and SamsClub apparently purchase a lower grade of Johnson Controls batteries.
 

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Remember, we are talking about a turbo diesel engine that needs to be cranked over; you must have found that the battery is physically bigger than a gas powered 190 takes, with a higher CCA rating...thats no mistake.
 

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FWIW: Consumer Reports tested many batteries and posted results in the November, 2010, issue. Everstart batteries (Walmart) tested better than Interstate in three of five battery groups. Also, the Everstart warranty (free-replacement period and the total prorated periods in months) is 36/108, as compared to Interstate's 30/85.
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Am definitely not a Walmart fan but have to admit that the two batteries bought from them are still doing great and have already long outlived the Interstate batteries they replaced. The Houston Sams Club batteries are more expensive and a friend has used them both in his car and his boat. Local opinion is that it is impossible to get a warranty on a faulty Interstate battery. These batteries are not Chinese. Cannot comment if they are any better than the Costco batteries.
 

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Optimas are made in Mexico now. Not like the original ones which were made in USA- that all the raves are based on.

Get the highest Cold Cranking Amps rated battery that you can get for your diesel. It will make starting easy in bad weather.
 

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goto the dealer a batt is like 105 for the 190e. optimas arent that good i know a few volvo guys that went thru 3 with in a month.
 

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I didn't have much luck with MB dealer batteries, they replaced two, my 3rd didn't last long either. I am onto the 5th yr on my interstate, next one I am thinking Optima...just for the fact, they don't vent acid fumes that can rust out your battery tray & surrounding area.
 

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Battery Sizes.

Most Mercedes, and other European vehicles, use one of two battery sizes.
Group 49, Din size H8, En size 88L5
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Group 48, Din size H6, En size 66L3

The Group 49 is used in the bigger vehicles like the ML's.
The Group 48 is used in the smaller sedans like our 190E's. (still a big battery)

I just replaced both my 190E and ML's battery in the last 2 months. It took me a lot of searching to figure out what battery sizes I needed. The Group 48 and 49 are European vehicle sizes. There is still a variety of specifications like CCA an AH ratings within each group. I bought a Group 48 battery from AutoZone for the 190E and a Group 49 9AGM49 AGM battery directly from the manufacturer, East Penn / Deka, for the ML.
Deka also has a 9AGM48 AGM battery if you want to spend a little extra money for the new battery technology.
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I didn't have much luck with MB dealer batteries, they replaced two, my 3rd didn't last long either. I am onto the 5th yr on my interstate, next one I am thinking Optima...just for the fact, they don't vent acid fumes that can rust out your battery tray & surrounding area.
If you want a much better battery than the Optima use the Deka 9AGM48 battery. It's the same technology as the Optima but with better CCA, AH and price than a comparable optima. Reviews have stated that the Deka 9AGM48/49 batteries make the Optima look like hearing aid batteries. It's also not a spiral wound battery like the Optima which has a lot of wasted space in it's design.
The AGM technology is known as Absorbed Glass Mat, Fleece, Valve Regulated, completely sealed battery. You an actually operate the battery upside down.
No, I'm not a salesman for Deka. I'm just responding to your comment about wanting a sealed battery that does not vent acid fumes. I bought the Deka battery for the long life, extra performance and the fact that it is sealed. I just went through all this crap in search of a battery for my ML. If I had found East Penn / Deka 2 months ago I would have also bought that for my 190E.
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If you want a much better battery than the Optima use the Deka 9AGM48 battery. It's the same technology as the Optima but with better CCA, AH and price than a comparable optima. Reviews have stated that the Deka 9AGM48/49 batteries make the Optima look like hearing aid batteries. It's also not a spiral wound battery like the Optima which has a lot of wasted space in it's design.
The AGM technology is known as Absorbed Glass Mat, Fleece, Valve Regulated, completely sealed battery. You an actually operate the battery upside down.
No, I'm not a salesman for Deka. I'm just responding to your comment about wanting a sealed battery that does not vent acid fumes. I bought the Deka battery for the long life, extra performance and the fact that it is sealed. I just went through all this crap in search of a battery for my ML. If I had found East Penn / Deka 2 months ago I would have also bought that for my 190E.
Mike
Are these batteries only available from manufacturer down in the US?

EDIT: I found them, they do have stores in Canada.
 

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Are these batteries only available from manufacturer down in the US?

EDIT: I found them, they do have stores in Canada.
You beat me to it.

EAST PENN manufacturing co., inc.: Lead-Acid Batteries; Battery Manufacturers; Thousands of Different Types of Batteries, Cable & Wire Product

Since it's a sealed battery it can be shipped by normal carriers. I did find one place in the US that had free shipping on anything over $75 regardless of weight.

The only other manufacturer of AGM batteries that I know of is Johnson Controls that sells all over the world Except North America.
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Why did Mercedes originally go with the vented battery? Yeah I too am annoyed with the spraying of acid everywhere....even with the acid vent tube.
 
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