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Old 05-29-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Dead battery..how long has yours lasted?

So on Sunday it was rather cool around 4C, and my Astra started like it was -20C. I said to my wife, that's odd, its not that cold out. Anyhow on Monday I don't remember anything unusual, but Tuesday morning, it did it again, only worse, and it wasn't cold out. So I drove my car to the commuter lot, and forgot all about it. When I returned from work I turned the key and got nothing but a clicking noise. Called GM roadside assistance, and got a boost, and drove around for a bit to see if I could charge the battery, and when I got home, I tried to start it and got nothing but a click again. So I bought a new battery, and all is fine.

I bought my '09 in September '09. I seem to recall that the dealer had to boost the car to start it when I test drove it, plus I accidentally drained the battery once when camping. So I believe the battery had a hard life. It lasted me 3.5 years although my car was made in '08 actually. Is 4 years premature for a battery failure? Its water under the bridge now, I'm just curious what others battery life has been.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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March 2008 MF date, 111,200km on the original battery here.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:55 AM   #3
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Mine died is 2011. Never left any lights on or anything. Battery just failed and was replaced by GM
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:23 AM   #4
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Purchased my car in July 2008, now has 202,000km, original battery still seems to be going strong.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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Mine died is 2011. Never left any lights on or anything. Battery just failed and was replaced by GM
What's the warranty on the battery? 3 years?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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I bought mine used last November. The car was built in October of 2007 and sold in May of 2008. As far as I know it has the original battery and it is still working fine. But then again it might fail next week.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:28 AM   #7
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I had to replace mine this past winter. The dealership had also replaced it just before I bought my car. Don't get your hopes up with batteries these days.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #8
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My car is still running with the original battery, bought the car in November 2009
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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Still have the original 2008
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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I got about 3.5 years out of mine.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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Of all the batteries that I have had in my vehicles over the years, they have lasted up to seven or even eight years. This includes my daily drivers and on my 1964 Corvair Monza summer only driven car. The one in my 2008 XR3 that I purchased new in July 2009 (manufactured in January of 2008) still has the original battery in it. The key to the longevity for my batteries anyway is to never let them run down their charge. On battery cells where you can fill with distilled water: remember them? just keep the level up. Years ago I tryed to start a car that the fuel injector was bad and it would not start, so I just kept cranking. The battery was about seven years old then and still worked good but was killed by running it down to nothing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:45 PM   #12
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In march 2009 I bought a 2008 (mfgd in jan 08). One year later the battery died suddenly. The dealer said everything checked out OK. next day it was dead. They found a bad cell and gave me a free battery under warranty. Now I always keep one of those cigarette lighter socket volmeters in the car and an olde battery in the trunk to jump start myself because Im paranoid it will happen again.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #13
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car built in feb 2008, purchased in june 2008. still have original battery. u are lucky to get 5 years out of an original battery. let's hope it lasts at least another year or so.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #14
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Still have original in my 08 (bought new Mar 09). Wife's early build 07 VUE still has original too. Got 8 years out of my last Chev truck battery.

Battery life can be all over the map depending on a million variables, almost like fuel mileage. I don't expect any more than 5 years or so, but I'm happy to get more.

Buddy of mine in FL would replace his every two years like clockwork. Heat does a number to batteries.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #15
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4 years, 10 months, 78k miles. It wasn't dead and may have kept ticking, but I just didn't feel lucky enough to push it any longer.
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4 years, 10 months, 78k miles. It wasn't dead and may have kept ticking, but I just didn't feel lucky enough to push it any longer.
Good for you, because when its about to die it doesn't give you much warning.
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The battery in my car is 7+ years old and I have been considering to change it ever since 2 of my friends' batteries have left them stranded with 2 year old cars. I know that their issues are either car or battery related but mine is due to age concerns and probably should be changed, no sense taking the risk and it failing.

I went to a local Advanced Auto and they tested the battery and it read 12.82 volts and a message indicator on the machine said "replace".

There are no noticeable signs that the battery is weak but I'd rather be proactive and change it rather than get stuck somewhere (even though I'm very curious to see how much longer it would last haha).
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I have a dead battery... it has lasted for several years in this state without coming back to life.
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OEM battery died after about 5 years.

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I found our OEM battery doesn't give you a heads up. It will crank fine till it just doesn't have the power to turn over the starter motor, mine lasted just under 5 years and 120,000km
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