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Old 12-12-2013, 05:21 AM   #1
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recently been getting alot of fault codes. License plate light, parking brake malfunction, and since its been getting colder in michigan (about 10degrees out today), the car has been dying after about 3-5 hours of turning off the engine. and id have to jump it to start the dead battery. Took it to dealer. said i have voltage faults and will need a new battery. Which makes sense since the battery is probably 6-8 years old.

My question is, do i have to pay the $280 for a OEM battery that i was quoted for by the dealership(which has a 550 CCA, and 120 reserve power). or buy the battery from autozone/advanced auto parts and get a H7 AGM for $180 (thats without adding all the discounts offered right now) which has 800+ CCA and 140 reverse power?
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$180 installed?

I got a Bosch size 49 (850CCA) at pep boys for $115 and put it in myself
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The OE-style AGM are great, IME.
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I went with an Autocraft Gold from Advance for $130 after various discounts. AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 49, 760 CCA.

In your case, the Autozone batteries are made by Johnson Controls who also happen to make Interstate batteries. Interstate are excellent batteries, so I'd absolutely go that route.

There is no way I'd pay double for the pleasure of having the dealer install it.
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Go with the autozone or pepboys battery as long as cca is same or greater and output is same why waste $.If battery goes bad bring it in they test it and replace on the spot .
Audi doesn't manufacture batteries .
I run all different batteries interstate eco power sub brand of interstate in bmws no problems.
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Go with the autozone or pepboys battery as long as cca is same or greater and output is same why waste $.If battery goes bad bring it in they test it and replace on the spot .
Audi doesn't manufacture batteries .
I run all different batteries interstate eco power sub brand of interstate in bmws no problems.
Yeah, just making sure. the OEM battery has a 600 CCA which is terrible for $260 battery. Id rather go with the better brand BOSCH/Duralast with a 850 CCA for the harsh Michigan weather. I just hope autozone or pep boys can install it for me.
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I like the Interstate batteries myself. As for your question, re: install, Pepboys offers this: http://www.pepboys.com/lp_free_battery_install

So go get it done...before your battery completely dies.
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Yeah, just making sure. the OEM battery has a 600 CCA which is terrible for $260 battery. Id rather go with the better brand BOSCH/Duralast with a 850 CCA for the harsh Michigan weather. I just hope autozone or pep boys can install it for me.
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Your dealer is overcharging you.
My dealer quoted me $180 installed and so did my other local battery shop.
Haven't bought a battery yet because the car always starts up. Haven't had to jump it or had it die on me although every single day the car is low on battery (no leaving home lights, interior lights, doors don't open with key in pocket, etc) everytime I get off work.
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If you are an AAA Member, call them up and have them send a truck out with the battery. They will install the battery and provide a 3 year free replacement warranty and a 3 year pro-rated warranty. Most others are offering only a 2-3 year warranty.

Not only that, they will come to you if there is a problem.
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Pep boys didn't have the agm Bosch one in stock. Auto zone only had the gold duralast. But advanced auto parts have the autocraft platinum in stock and got me a good price from 180 to 160 plus core. They would also install it for me too. And there battery CCA is actually better than the duralast.... Thanks for all the help!
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I went with an Autocraft Gold from Advance for $130 after various discounts. AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 49, 760 CCA.

In your case, the Autozone batteries are made by Johnson Controls who also happen to make Interstate batteries. Interstate are excellent batteries, so I'd absolutely go that route.

There is no way I'd pay double for the pleasure of having the dealer install it.
I've had an Advance Auto Group 49 battery in my 528 for over 6 years and still tests good. Starts in single digit temps no problem, though I haven't had it started for 2 weeks due to weather. Will check it out tomorrow.
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Not C6 content, but on my current 2005 Allroad the OEM Varta battery lasted 9 years. I replaced with another Varta from the dealer for $156 plus tax, installed myself.

Other battery brands could also be good, but if the OEM one lasted fine through Canadian winters for so long, I figured can't go wrong with another OEM from Audi.

Any aftermarket battery was actually more.
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Pep boys didn't have the agm Bosch one in stock. Auto zone only had the gold duralast. But advanced auto parts have the autocraft platinum in stock and got me a good price from 180 to 160 plus core. They would also install it for me too. And there battery CCA is actually better than the duralast.... Thanks for all the help!
Picked one up last weekend from Advance Auto. Instead of the H7 replacement in the list I went with the H8. The H7 is much shorter in length than the stock 94R that was in my car. The H8 is about 1/2" shorter in length than the 94R. It was listed at 900CCA and 160 reserve, larger than both the 94R and H7. Best part was it is the same price as the H7.
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Yeah, just making sure. the OEM battery has a 600 CCA which is terrible for $260 battery. Id rather go with the better brand BOSCH/Duralast with a 850 CCA for the harsh Michigan weather. I just hope autozone or pep boys can install it for me.
This is the one I picked up last Winter. Working great for me, it is a really good battery IMO.

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Not C6 content, but on my current 2005 Allroad the OEM Varta battery lasted 9 years. I replaced with another Varta from the dealer for $156 plus tax, installed myself.

Other battery brands could also be good, but if the OEM one lasted fine through Canadian winters for so long, I figured can't go wrong with another OEM from Audi.

Any aftermarket battery was actually more.
So a group 49 battery in a BMW is somehow different from one in an Audi?
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Conclusion:

Went to Advanced Auto Parts, ended up spending $160 total for the new battery, when the stealership quoted me for $260 on OEM. Purchased the AutoCraft Platinum AGM H7 instead. New battery is a little bit shorter than OEM but still fits perfect and firm. New battery is has 900CCA while OEM has 600CCA. Everything has been working fine with new battery, no faults, no more dying battery, and it also starts much quicker and for some reason the steering wheel is also easier to turn (maybe low voltage to power steering).
Employee at Advanced Auto Parts installed the battery for me, took him 10mins. quick job.

I recommend this route over the stealership for anyone looking for a new battery for their Audi A6 C6 4.2
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Will this one work on our cars?!

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Will this one work on our cars?!

WOW, that's a great deal for the AGM battery!

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DieHard gold 49 Battery is specifically sized for use on some of today's hottest imports and meets original equipment replacement requirements on many passenger cars and truck vehicle makes such as BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Audi.
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With the original OEM battery lasting nearly 7 years I decided to stick with OEM when it came time to replace it.
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With the original OEM battery lasting nearly 7 years I decided to stick with OEM when it came time to replace it.
Me too
My 08 S6's battery died during a snow storm. Got it started and went to the dealer @ 5:30 Friday afternoon. Replaced and out running by 6:30. Costed $312.
I firmly believed that Audi OEM parts are more reliable.
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