Well, I killed another DH Adv Gold. Under 3 years this time, but was already a replacement so the original warranty was 4.5 years old (expired at 3). The car was not being driven due to a needed repair the last few weeks. Just popping in and out of my garage. Suddenly wouldn't start. Sears tested and it came back as uncharged AND bad.FYI, my DieHard Adv. Gold died at about 1.5yrs. I thought I just drained it by accident, but I tried to jump the car and it wouldn't start. I took it by Sears, they charged for about an hour and then tested, and said it was bad. They gave me ZERO trouble with the warranty and handed me a brand new one for free. I didn't even need the receipt because they had the purchase on file, even though it was not the original purchase location (a different sears).
The replacement is brand new. However, the warranty does not restart for the new one. It only continues the old warranty.
I'm still happy with the battery, but I would suggest getting your old one tested just prior to the 3-year (gold) or 4-year (plat.) warranty expires.
Google says you are right about the DEKA. Is the Odyssey still made?that battery looks exactly like the DEKA which I bet it is. That's a good price and blows away the Optima which is a piece of junk.
The platinum battery that they used to carry was the Odyssey which is the best AGM out there. Deka is a close second.
The US plant that made them closed in 2009 after Johnson controls bought Optima so if you bought your first one before then, you bought the US made one. They are all made in Mexico now.Citation, please.
My first Optima lasted eight years and failed in the standard way, i.e., wouldn't hold a charge for very long—not an open-circuit failure. The Optima that replaced it is now 4.5 years old and working perfectly.
http://www.odysseybatteries.com/batteries/pc1500rt.htmWould you mind posting a link to the Odyssey one? I did a search but it wasn't too clear.
Install complete! Before and after pics. Now my Element is Minnesota winter ready.The highs have been around 0 F or below for the last few days here in MN. My 2008 Element is barely starting after sitting in the parking lot at work all day. It was the same thing last winter. I just pulled the dinky stock size battery out of it. I never realized it was that small. I’m going to be putting in a type 24 tomorrow after reading parts of this thread.
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