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    New Battery Req

    hi all well it looks like i need a new battery
    went into halfords today however they only have the standard size halfords brand for Ł72 (3 year warranty), i was looking for bosch or similar can any one recomend any other brands, prices location etc..

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    Can't go wrong with Bosch silver top. Should be around £70 (well that's what the VAG specialist charged me including fitting)

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    The battery in my A4 died without warning one day back in June and I replaced it with a Bosch Silver one as I'd had one in my 80 TDi and that battery was still going strong when I sold the car 5 yrs after fitting it....
    Mine was an 80ah one from GS&F and cost Ł68.74 which included 10% owners club discount, had to fit it myself though.....only job was to carefully peel off the 'Bosch' label and put it on the opposite face of the battery as otherwise it wouldn't be visible when fitted!
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    Whereabouts are you from? I can get bosch fairly cheap through work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomjim
    Whereabouts are you from? I can get bosch fairly cheap through work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessy
    only job was to carefully peel off the 'Bosch' label and put it on the opposite face of the battery as otherwise it wouldn't be visible when fitted!
    Now that's what i call detailing!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessy
    The battery in my A4 died without warning one day back in June and I replaced it with a Bosch Silver one as I'd had one in my 80 TDi and that battery was still going strong when I sold the car 5 yrs after fitting it....
    Mine was an 80ah one from GS&F and cost Ł68.74 which included 10% owners club discount, had to fit it myself though.....only job was to carefully peel off the 'Bosch' label and put it on the opposite face of the battery as otherwise it wouldn't be visible when fitted!
    how do i get 10% off? is your price this incl vat?
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    got a genuine battery from dealer which was a Varta, mine was £66 inc vat, but not sure what size it was, as a4's tend to vary, i was going to get the bosch from euro car parts, but they wouldn't post battery in post.
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    Can't beat the gsf price unfortunatly, its a 720 cca battery so its pretty beefy. Think the part number was 7HN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomjim
    Can't beat the gsf price unfortunatly, its a 720 cca battery so its pretty beefy. Think the part number was 7HN
    thanks for trying jim

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    No worries mate, its an expensive battery. I work for motorworld so i thought i might be able to take advantage of trade prices. It had a rrp of £92 for a bosch silver 4 year guarentee and i don't have a lot of room to move on that. £85 is about as good as i could do it.
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    I have the Grey Exide 4 yr warrenty battery from Motorworld, and so far its been great. The Lucas one i had before got replaced 3 times under warrenty, and in the end they replaced it with this one

    Cost me IRO Ł50 IIRC My mate was the manager

    EDIT Edited the brand, Thanks Jim, it was too cold to open the bonnet and looksy
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    Yea our lucas batteries were ****e, they've gone bust now i think. Use exide now but i normally order in bosche silver because there better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessy
    Mine was an 80ah one from GS&F and cost Ł68.74 which included 10% owners club discount, had to fit it myself though.....
    does anyone know how i get 10% off? as i am getting the battery saturday morning

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    Give your local branch a ring and check i guess
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    I wish my mate was still the manager as the guys in there now are related to Kermit the frog, Ie MUPPETS !!!

    Although on a Saturday, its probably as good as it gets for a replacement battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawhitey
    I wish my mate was still the manager as the guys in there now are related to Kermit the frog, Ie MUPPETS !!!

    Although on a Saturday, its probably as good as it gets for a replacement battery
    Yea we do have a few muppets unfortunatly, don't pay enough to keep the good ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasA4
    how do i get 10% off? is your price this incl vat?
    I got a discount card as part of the pack when joining the VW Cabrio Owners Club a few years ago, it just gives 10% off all purchases before VAT at all GSF branches......
    They aren't too hot about asking for the card though, I don't know the staff personally in my local branch of GSF but as I've got a Beetle,Karmann Ghia and the A4 am probably in there at least once a month buying something so they know me by sight now!
    I had a good chat with the (then) branch manager of my local GSF shop a year or two ago and he said that all regular customers would get the 10% as a courtesy, so if you can't get hold of an 'official' GSF discount card the best bet is probably to make yourself known at your local branch as a bit of an enthusiast, be polite, and hopefully get your 10% off,LOL.
    Failing that, it may be worth a call to GSF HQ in London to see if they can send out a card?

    Ł68.74 is the total price including VAT and with discount that I paid.........


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    I went to the breakers and bought a Jaguar battery (80Ah) for my A4TDi 110BHP for £8

    Has been fine for the last 5 MOnths.

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    I bought one from euro car parts. they didn't have a bosch so i bought the cheaper one which the guy said was made in the same factory as the bosch. it only cost £44.95 and the bosch was £49.95 ex vat

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmclark30v
    I bought one from euro car parts. they didn't have a bosch so i bought the cheaper one which the guy said was made in the same factory as the bosch. it only cost Ł44.95 and the bosch was Ł49.95 ex vat
    wow that bosch is cheap ill ring them tommorow, i didnt get a chance to get my battery on sat as i been in bed wiv the flu

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    Yeah i had the flu the other week its been going around all over the place. get well soon. I am really impressed with euro car parts as i placed an order on the web in the afternoon and the next morning it arrived

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    new battery is here!

    rang up euro told them my car was a 2.4 they told me i require a 60 amp bosch silver top priced @ Ł54.95 + vat,old them do you have a heavier duty however that was only one for my car.

    GSF they said i required a 75 amp priced @ Ł64 + vat.thats where i sourced mine from.
    my old battery was a 70 amp, as you can see the height of the bosch is a bit lower and looks a lot nicer than the old one not as if i can see it, as it is all covered up when installed...

    side by side


    the old


    and the new

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    Glad your all sorted, might have to start buying our batteries from gsf in the future thats cheaper than camberleys could do it for.
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