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Volvo or Bosch battery source.

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Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by tardcart » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:09 pm

I have a weakness for pretty batteries that fit right. I need a new one and wonder if anyone has a source for Volvo or Bosch or other Japaneese/European batteries that are good. I assume they are too heavy to ship cheaply so is a dealership the only option? I usually use ac Delco but I don't feel they are as good as they used to be and arn't a perfect fit for the terminals.

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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by cn90 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:21 pm

I currently use either Exide L3 or Exide L5.
Perfect fit.
Just remember to hook up the vent hose.
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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by scot850 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:36 pm

Interstate supply Volvo batteries in Canada. Not had any issues even after many years of Canada winters.

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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:36 pm

I'm using a 10+ year old World Source One lead-acid battery I got from a junkyard. Still tests good and started fine at -20C. Have never had corrosion on terminals and 0 out-gassing. 10/10 would buy again.
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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by yair » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:50 pm

I have bought the kirkland brand from Costco.
I think that it's made by Jhonson, so same as Varta.
Physical fit is very good.
Only had it for two years so far, I'll see how it holds over time.
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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by 850 LPT » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 pm

Costco in the US (or at least in my neck of the woods) now sells Interstate batteries at a very reasonable price.
They fit just like the originals. So far I am very happy with them, I bought 3 of them already.
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Re: Volvo or Bosch battery source.

Post by crlande » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:00 pm

There are only a few battery makers and they private label for everyone. East Penn Manufacturing in Berks County PA. is one of the largest.

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