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i bought my E brand new back in nov 2003 and she is still on her very first factory equipped battery. :D she is got 56660 miles now
the only thing that went wrong with her so far is the driver side door lock actuator broke and i havent replaced it.i rarely drive my E lately so i figure i will get her fixed later on
 

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Good to hear. I changed mine out before last winter. There was nothing wrong with the original but batteries sometimes fail to deliver without warning - especially when it gets cold.

You might want to consider that if you decide to drive inland this winter!
 

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still have my original with 70k and had it checked at walmart, they said it was fine. Then sat. had my brakes checked at a tire shop and they said my front brakes need to be replaced and they said my battery was bad? Dont know who to trust so I guess I go to one more place and have them test my battery also.
 

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Lat year my mechanic said my battery was an "02" and should be replaced just because of age and it may decide to go at an impromptu time. I guess I had about 7?,???? miles on it then.

So I bought a new one and the old runs my teardrop trailer trailer now, still good:)

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Me too! I think about it constantly though so I'll probably change it before winter.
 

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Not for long braggert................you do realize it's like washing your car, when you do it rains, now with the 1st cold snap your batteries gonna die @ the worst possible time
I'm just jealous, I'm on my 3rd
 

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is it because we dont have winter season in florida :D:D:D
 

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No winters eh? That means it'll wait until you need to evac for a hurricane instead. :rolleyes:

Mine crapped out on Sunday WHILE I was washing the car. Go fig it's been nice weather here so far.
 

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The Hondas I've had (92 Civic, 93 Civic, sold but still on the road and a 2002 Accord) all went seven years on their original batteries. I just swapped out the Accord's because I could just tell it was gonna go. My Element's only three, so I can't really say anything about that battery, but in my experience Hondas seem to go pretty easy on their batteries.
 

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I replaced mine last fall because it tested borderline. I did my own testing, the tester is pretty cheap http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93784, beats being stranded with a dead battery. I don't know how long the battery would have "lasted" beyond that point. I am saying lasted in quotes because with the mild winters here in Seattle a borderline battery can start the engine that it would not be able to crank at all if it were colder.
 

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Mine is still cooking right along but I might replace it before winter sets in as it gets below zero here. I guess the 03s had a good batch of batterys.:smile:
 

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Still on the original battery here. I have run it down a few times and know that it has tested on the low side before. I just have a jump pack fully charged in the trunk to keep me from being stranded and plan on replacing the battery this end of fall. I have an Advance Auto Parts and a Wal-Mart within a 1.5 mile drive of my house so no real worries. I will replace it before the holiday travels for sure.
 

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Still on the original battery here. I have run it down a few times and know that it has tested on the low side before. I just have a jump pack fully charged in the trunk to keep me from being stranded and plan on replacing the battery this end of fall. I have an Advance Auto Parts and a Wal-Mart within a 1.5 mile drive of my house so no real worries. I will replace it before the holiday travels for sure.
If its on the low side its probably sulfated. I bought a CTEK charger to condition mine. When I first decided to check my battery, (a friend mentioned that my battery sounded weak when I turned it over to start, it wasn't something I noted when I turned it over, now I'm more aware of it everytime I start my Element) one side (3 cells) was in the middle of the red on a hydrometer and the other was just at the edge of the green. I had a regular $39 trickle charger with float mode monitoring and threw it on. After a couple of days charging the battery measured just barely green. Researched batteries and chargers till I was blue in the face. Then decided to get a CTEK 3300, paid $79CDN, happened to be on sale the previous week for $47, Grrr, c'est la vie, and charged the battery for another couple of days. Then the battery read in the middle of the green 1.275 band. So far so good. Then I happened to notice someone had a CTEK US7000 for sale on Kijiji.ca and ended up buying it for $50CDN unused and still in the package, returned the 3300 to Canadian Tire.

The 7000 has a Recondition Mode: 16 Volts/1.5Amps/4 hours--This mode is used to recover deep discharged flooded batteries where you could expect a stratified acid (high weight acid in the bottom, low on top). This mode will also recover some spiral cell AGM batteries that have been deep cycled. Note that the battery has to be fully charged first. Use this mode with care because the high voltage will cause some water loss. Threw it on the battery and after another 6 hours had the battery reading just in to the 1.300 band on the hydrometer. I'm sold on reconditioning and desulfation. I'll be monitoring the condition of my batteries this winter to see if these chargers are worthwhile. While reading some of these posts regarding batteries, I'm quite surprised that the majority of car owners treat their batteries as throw away items without any thought about checking fluid levels, hydrometer and multimeter testing as well as maintenance charging. Mind you I was the same way. It takes a bit of work and you can't do it properly without a digital multimeter (DMM on sale at Canadian Tire Reg $59 on sale for $19.95 and a hydrometer $6.99 or so. But its no different than monitoring your oil, transmission, differential fluid, brakes, filters etc.

CTEK sell these chargers as well as batteryminders.com

http://www.batteryminders.com/batterycharger/batteryminders-faqs.php
http://www.ctek.com/EN-US/FAQ.aspx

Previous post: Helpful tips about batteries:
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showpost.php?p=810561&postcount=30

Battery life and performance
Average battery life has become shorter as energy requirements have increased. Two phrases I hear most often are "my battery won't take a charge, and my battery won't hold a charge". Only 30% of batteries sold today reach the 48-month mark. In fact 80% of all battery failure is related to sulfation build-up. This build up occurs when the sulfur molecules in the electrolyte (battery acid) become so deeply discharged that they begin to coat the battery's lead plates. Before long the plates become so coated that the battery dies. The causes of sulfation are numerous. Let me list some for you.
• Batteries sit too long between charges. As little as 24 hours in hot weather and several days in cooler weather.
 

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That is great information and very true. The other big problem is the battery running out of water or some call electrolyte and most batterys will have removable caps to refill them. I will look into one of those chargers.:smile:
 

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Same battery at 76K miles. I killed it the other day sitting in my car with the radio and headlights on for about a half hour. I'm thinking it's about time for a new one.
 

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Same thing happened to me - I have an '05 with 51,000 miles and I just killed it by forgetting to turn off the headlights while I was eating lunch in the car a couple of weeks ago. I drove it around for awhile and it's been okay - I got it tested at Autozone and it came up as "bad battery". So I'm definitely battery shopping now that the colder weather is coming!
 

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Original battery here 2003 65,000 miles. I had a Datsun 510 that got 9 years out of a battery. It finally died when the alternator went out. I wonder if I can do that with the Element. Maybe I'll get the battery tested.
 

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Better go ahead and buy a battery. Anytime you brag about a battery lasting so long, it is jinxed to fail soon. :zombie004: :razz:
 

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Better go ahead and buy a battery. Anytime you brag about a battery lasting so long, it is jinxed to fail soon. :zombie004: :razz:
Damn! I knew it!
 

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If you lived here...

If you lived here is Minnesota - I bet you would have gotten a new one by now.

Our 2003 got a new battery last year
 
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