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Old 25.01.2015, 19:34
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

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Most of the posts above talk about places in Germany. Any tips for Geneva/neighbouring France?

Yesterday my car refused to start and we had to push-start it. However this morning it did start. Using a battery tester I just bought from Lidl I found that the battery seems to be flaky. At least the alternator seems to be okay. The bad news is that I bought the battery from TCS 3 years and one month ago so the warranty just expired (how convenient).

I'm thinking of buying the Landi battery for 109 francs and having it installed at a garage, if they're willing to do that.

My car (Opel Zafira A) doesn't have stop-and-start so it shouldn't be too demanding on the battery. I don't know why this one has lasted such a short time (first one went for 10 years!).
Changing over a battery on a Zafira A is a piece of cake since the battery is at the front and you just disconnect the leads, take out the old battery and drop in a new one and reconnect the leads.
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Going to Landi tomorrow for battery hunt so I will let you know about updated prices. I need 85Ah monster for my Toyota. On thursday I'm going to visit Annemasse and will report back their prices
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Old 30.09.2015, 10:02
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Going to Landi tomorrow for battery hunt so I will let you know about updated prices. I need 85Ah monster for my Toyota. On thursday I'm going to visit Annemasse and will report back their prices
Land does not have a 85Ah model. They jump from 74 to 100. The 74 costs CHF 99 and the 100 costs CHF 129.

You might want to see what options there are for your car. The info will be in the owner's manual.

This might save you a trip to Landi.
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Old 30.09.2015, 10:18
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Land does not have a 85Ah model. They jump from 74 to 100. The 74 costs CHF 99 and the 100 costs CHF 129.

You might want to see what options there are for your car. The info will be in the owner's manual.

This might save you a trip to Landi.
If the 100Ah will fit, no reason not to buy it.
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Old 30.09.2015, 10:30
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If the 100Ah will fit, no reason not to buy it.
Unless it has a low CCA and the engine is difficult to crank
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Old 30.09.2015, 11:20
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Exactly, car batteries have 2 specs that are important. Ah are not the whole story, even though usually big Ah also have quite high CCA as well but it's not a given.
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Unless it has a low CCA and the engine is difficult to crank
Need 800A when the engine is cold. Should be specified on the battery. I also know the dimensions. 100Ah should be more "wife proof" than 84Ah
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Old 30.09.2015, 15:01
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Migros also stock car batteries: http://www.doitgarden.ch/de/fahrzeug...en.catp#17-360
The nearest they have to your (electrical) requirements is a 95Ah (800A Cold Start Current) @ CHF 319.-
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Old 30.09.2015, 15:24
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Migros also stock car batteries: http://www.doitgarden.ch/de/fahrzeug...en.catp#17-360
The nearest they have to your (electrical) requirements is a 95Ah (800A Cold Start Current) @ CHF 319.-
That's SUV territory!! A Disco3 is 100/950 - which with a bit of research is also the same spec as used by all 5-series (BMW). 4-pot petrol 3-series run 63/630, 6-pot 75/700 and diesels 100/950. (Unsurprising when you consider the nature of the ignition).

A "standard" car battery goes as high as 120/1200 IIRC
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Landi, bought mine for the truck at 129 fr
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Need 800A when the engine is cold. Should be specified on the battery. I also know the dimensions. 100Ah should be more "wife proof" than 84Ah
Alas...The 100Ah brick was too big to fit into the battery compartment in my car. France tomorrow then... Anyone knows a carparts shop/supermarket selling VARTA/BOSCH/DURACELL for cars around CERN or Annemasse?

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Migros also stock car batteries: http://www.doitgarden.ch/de/fahrzeug...en.catp#17-360
The nearest they have to your (electrical) requirements is a 95Ah (800A Cold Start Current) @ CHF 319.-
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

You need to shop for the right battery size, and then select Ah and CCA.

Yes you could put in whatever would fit, but if you want to be 100% proper, go somewhere similar to here and see the group size of your battery. You can also shop at Amazon, ebay, or a specialised car parts shop.
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You need to shop for the right battery size, and then select Ah and CCA.

Yes you could put in whatever would fit, but if you want to be 100% proper, go somewhere similar to here and see the group size of your battery. You can also shop at Amazon, ebay, or a specialised car parts shop.
I already run from the backup jumpstarter every morning so the end is nigh... I'll see tomorrow what can I find in France...
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Not sure they'll have exactly what you're looking for, but the Migros at Val Thoiry (ten minutes or so from CERN on the D884) has a reasonable range of car batteries, and there's a car parts place near the entrance to the car park called Feu Vert that sells them, you could ring and ask if they have the size you need?

http://www.feuvert.fr/batterie/r2805.html
http://www.feuvert.fr/centres-auto/t...379.html?r=%2F

The Migros is open all day long, Feu Vert is closed between 12-14.

There's also a couple of Carrefour supermarkets out that way.
http://www.carrefour.fr/magasin
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Has anybody any experience with Feu Vert batteries ? They seem to have their own, reasonably priced brand. Battery for my car costs 139eur in Annemasse (and the same battery in Feu Vert across CERN costs 189 ). But who really produces them? Similar Varta in CH costs 320 CHF. Are AGM batteries worth considering?
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

Ask yourself whether:
1) Duracell is better than an Aldi Alkali battery?
2) Starting the car regularly is required?
3) Having the car start after a long rest period is important?

I prefer my cars to be reliable which is why when a part needs replacing it is replaced with a quality part - whether that be tyres, battery, brakes etc
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

I ordered a battery at Reichelt electronics in Germany last year for a fraction of the Swiss price.
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Re: Car battery, where? How much?

http://www.msobatt.ch/kategorien/autobatterien.html

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Ask yourself whether:
1) Duracell is better than an Aldi Alkali battery?
2) Starting the car regularly is required?
3) Having the car start after a long rest period is important?

I prefer my cars to be reliable which is why when a part needs replacing it is replaced with a quality part - whether that be tyres, battery, brakes etc
But if you judge quality on price only, then Feu vert battery from across CERN should be better than the same model from Annemasse I asked about them because sometimes oem batteries are produced by known brands and sold under other names.
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I prefer my cars to be reliable which is why when a part needs replacing it is replaced with a quality part - whether that be tyres, battery, brakes etc

Didn't know you could do that, i just change the car
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