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post #1 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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WalMart Batteries??

Are wal mart auto batteries any good??

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 10:50 AM
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I just bought one for my jeep one month ago, no trouble. Also have one in Cadillac ext for about two years and has been trouble free also. Don't know who manufactures them but sure most companies just put their own label on them and may just come from same distributor.

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I got one about two years ago. Last winter we had about a week with below 0 to single digit temps and it was fine. I have had no problems.
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Hit and miss mostly. A few years ago when I was a tech they were absolute garbage after a year and often had bad cells. Lately it seems the quality has improved but im unsure of how much. Personally ive always been a Diehard/Mopar/Motorcraft guy but currently my Jeep enjoys a Caterpillar battery made by Deka which has yet to let me down. Both my Mustang and my gf's Focus ST still use the factory supplied Motorcraft battery and my dad just replaced his 1999 F-350's Factory battery with another Motorcraft. For what its worth stay far away from AC delco batteries. You wouldnt believe how many would come into our shop with acid spewing out of the side posts and breaking off from the battery with the cable still attached and they were less than 3 years old.

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Our two lasted two years in our Diesel and left us stranded. The Warranty was for two years as I recall. You get what you pay for and the rest is on your dime.
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how bout you dont buy anything from walmart! -_-
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 12:02 PM
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Walmart maxx batteries are made by johnson controls, the company that makes optima.
They were bested only by interstate in an independent test a few years ago. I used to install them in boats for certin customers of mine.

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Just make sure it's a name brand and you should be just fine!

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post #9 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 02:29 PM
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I've had good luck with the top of the line one in my old zj. I think it was about $79

anyway, if you are up in MN. that might be more of a test on a battery, than someone in a warmer state.

Typically I replace batteries every 3 years before they "die" at an inconvenient time.

For the money, seems as good a deal as any.
If you want a higher tier battery, try a Sears Die Hard platinum.
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post #10 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 02:38 PM
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i have one in my wj for about a year now. no issues.

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post #11 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 04:58 PM
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Rocklobster...when I worked at Wal-Mart I seem to remember the batteries were made by Exide.....

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post #12 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 05:38 PM
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I currently work for waly word in the tle and the company who supplies currently is johnson controls. Like with everything mass produced we always get a percentage returned bad. One of the biggest issues with the batteries is to never ever let it die. If you think there is a issue with your charging system or some componet shorting out for gods sake unhook the battery asap. These batteries are very tempermental and if you let on fully drain you might as well write it off now. Ofcourse if you want a free replacement within the Maxx 3 year warrenty........

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I use an Interstate Ultra Tron II on mine. Hasn't let me down so far.
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post #14 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 08:28 PM
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From my experience they are about as good as any, but far less expensive.

Watch out for Warranty tricks from Walmart. I had to replace one, but they did away with the 2 year and upped it to a 3 year with identical cranking specs. Of course it cost more than the 2 year warranty. When they tried to charge me more for the replacement, I said the sticker says free replacement and i asked to speak to the Manager. Well, the Manager said no problem. Basically don't take the first answer if you don't like it.
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post #15 of 27 Old 11-22-2011, 09:35 PM
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Problem with walmart is that they drive such a hard bargain with the supplier, and have such large contracts, that quality suffers. Companies are stressed to produce enough product and have it delivered or be in breach that they are willing to kill their reputation to avoid litigation. Net effect is that many things from walmart are a waste of money. Usually for me either the alternator kills the battery or a crappy battery kills the alternator. Otherwise I leave it alone.

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