What’s the deal with Interstate batteries?

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  1. diamondd2

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    They were the best batteries money could buy at one time. Over the last decade their quality has been on the decline. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one, any off the shelf are just as good.
     
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  2. Geko45

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    We have one near me and I went there when I needed new golf cart batteries. They didn't have them in stock and wanted about $1100 for a set. What's the point of having a brick and mortar battery store if you're not going to have every battery imaginable in stock? And why 30% more than any golf cart shop wants for a set of Trojans you can take home today? Are they really that much better?
     

  3. tarpleyg

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    I got the impression he was talking about AGM batteries.
     
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    I wondered the same thing about spark plugs. I recall touring the Art of the Motorcycle exhibit and saw bikes made in the late 1800s (I think). The spark plug looked like it does today.
     
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    In our 328I the battery is in the trunk as it is with all Beamers, it's the original battery and the car is a 2011. :faint:
     
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    The last couple of batteries I have bought were from AAA. They held up very well.
     
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    I believe Exide is coming out of Bankruptcy. Our farm store was carrying them.
     
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    Our store has route trucks that deliver batteries to mechanic shops in area. I guess that could be helpful to shops out in small towns.
     
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    All my batteries have come from Wally. Car, truck and marine deep cycle trolling. Good service.
     
  10. GeorgiaGlocker

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    I have had an Interstate battery once and it was a real disappointment. It lasted less than 2 years. I replaced it with a battery from Advance Auto parts. I have gotten five years out of these batteries. My sister had one from Advance Auto that lasted her 8.5 years. Just my .02 worth.
     
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    optima batteries were good ten years ago but now they’re not.
     
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  12. Flying-Dutchman

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    I assumed Interstate only sold to repair shops and not off the shelf.

    I went to the Mitsubishi dealer to buy a factory battery and they said to go to Advance Auto Parts. I wonder how long Mitsubishi will be selling cars in the US.

    So I went to Walmart probably from reading a thread on GT. The price was good and so is the battery.

    For a Toyota I will buy the Toyota battery as the price is good.

    I purchased a Bosch battery for my Chevy pickup at Pep Boys and the clerk would not even pull it off the rack. I lugged it up to the counter after I carried the old one in. The price was high and the service bad so its Walmart from now on for batteries.
     
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    Optima are junk now. Interstate is available at Costco. If you want the best get a Northstar or Odyssey battery. The x2 power from battery and bulbs are rebranded Northstar with a better warranty.
     
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    They are solid batteries. I have used Interstate and Optima batteries in my boat and they are both good to go.

    Thee is not much harder test for a battery than being used on a boat. Especially for a trolling motor battery
     
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    Agree.

    East Penn, Johnson Controls or Exide are about all your options. Anything else is branding. Select which you've had good luck with and hope for the best. Some people like to proactively replace on a schedule others ride em till they die and deal with it then. Pick your poison.
     
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    Ever since Johnson Controls bought Optima.. Optima batteries have gone down the crapper in terms of length of life and reliability
     
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    Why pay $300 for a battery that lasts six years when you can buy one for $100 that lasts five years. :dunno:
     
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  18. WayneJessie

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    We stopped using them decades ago. There are better options for the same money.
     
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    I only have personal experience to draw from. Never had issues with Optimas in my boat. Always very reliable. People expect batteries to last forever. They don’t. They’ren consumable and I consider getting 6 years out of one a success. I would definitely pass on VMax Tank batteries though.
     
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    I guess it depends. Here where I live 3 years is the max. Even the well maintained highly regarded japanese Panasonic I had lasted 3 years. I've never gotten 5 years from a battery that's made these days. Maybe back in the day. The original factory battery in my 1995 f150 lasted 3 years but that was a long time ago.
     
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