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Recommended battery for a 2001 1.8 T Sport

Antony 171008 Dec 13, 2008

  1. Antony 171008

    Antony 171008 New Member

    Good evening all.

    After struggling to start the car these last few days, I had to jump start yesterday morning to get going :rolleyes: . I checked the battery and found the 'magic eye' to be clear. The manual suggests topping up the electrolyte or fitting a replacement if the battery is older than five years. As I only bought the car this October I've no idea how old the battery is.

    I've read that the original batteries fitted were 280/480A 60Ah in a group 47 footprint (246l x 175w x 190h). Would increasing the cranking current to around 700 be beneficial or would a 480 unit be more than sufficient?

    Any other recommendations/suggestions/comments would be appreciated :sm4:.

    Many thanks in advance.

  2. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

    Anthony I recently had to change mine on my 02 S3 and was clueless so went to halfrauds and they have the info by the batteries so you can't go wrong,I reckon you should have too much power rather than too little as you don't want to be paying out in 12 months time.
  3. abdus

    abdus Top Gear VCDS Map User

    I got a halfords one too and got in on Trade. £57 down to £24 and 3 years extended trade warranty...LOL

    that was 1.5 years ago and still working fine
  4. Antony 171008

    Antony 171008 New Member

    Thanks for your replies voorhees & abdus. I contacted halfrauds who asked for £99.99 :noway: so I called round several suppliers and eventually sourced a Bosch S4004 (60Ah with a CCA of 540A) with a 3 year warranty for £54 from Normans Motor Shop at S75 6BS. At 175mm high the terminal posts are just high enough to allow the terminal clamps to be tightened sufficiently.

    Now I can get back to some :yahoo:motoring.


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