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Old 08-10-2006, 12:20 PM
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Optima battery woes

Just a tip, do not buy your Optima battery via mail order. I have one in my 34's chassis, being used to run the engine occasionally. It has been in place for 2 years three months. It has a dead cell. Went to the local Advance Auto Parts because they sell Optima and was told they cannot replace it because they did not sell it and Optima will not reimburse them. Called Optima to see about warranty service as the red top has a three year replacement warranty. They tell me to take it to an Optima battery dealer in the next town and confirm that it is bad. Did that a few minutes ago and it is indeed bad. Optima will replace it, but it will take at least ten days to get to me . Asked if they could just send a new one to the battery dealer and let me have a new one from his stock...no deal this is the way it must be handled, but hey you don't need to send the old one to us .

Moral of this story is, buy the Optima battery local so you can get immediate replacement. Brings up an interesting question. What happens if it dies when I'm out of town on the road?


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Old 08-10-2006, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 302/Z28
Brings up an interesting question. What happens if it dies when I'm out of town on the road?

Doc here,

Cell-Phone and paid up AAA Road card??

Had similar trouble with a battery in RENO at HAN.. bought in Vacavile Ca..(168 Miles away..) Had to have AAA jump-start me wherever I shut it off..Like 20 times...

The REAL insult to injury..I got a letter from AAA the following month, because I had used my road service excessively..they were requiring me to submit my car for inspection to determine it's safety before CONTINUING my Vehicle insurance..at it's current rates..or raising it.

It occurred to me how much data they collect on you in order to bleed more money from you by using their "Free Services"...(They get copies of the bills!)

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Old 08-11-2006, 05:21 PM
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I got my red top at Sears when my 8 year old diehard died. I asked and it is serviced nation wide like any other Sears product.

Auto Zone does have good Nation Wide waranty service on things you bought there. Got shocks and brake pads in Baton Rouge to replace ones I bought in Houston.
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