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Replacement Battery?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by OllieH, Feb 14, 2010.

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    [Feb 14, 2010]
    Hi, have done a search but nothing much has turned up. My battery is in need of being changed. Halfords list three batteries for the S3, one with a 3yr, one with a 4yr and one with a 5yr warranty, with the prices using my trade card being £60, £75, £90 ish, respectively. Are there any other batteries available for the S3, which are maybe uprated from the oem one. I have the Andy Mac sub and amp fitted to my car which I believe has a direct feed from the battery, so want something good enough to supply that when the engine is not running without causing it to go flat.

    Any help appreciated.

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    [Feb 15, 2010]
    Steer clear of Halfords would be my advice, go to GSF and get a Bosch silver top, about £75 and very decent.
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    [Feb 15, 2010]
    Thanks for that Andy :icon_thumright:
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Just fitted a new one on the GF's 225BAM TT, got an exide one from Euro for £50 :)

    Avoid Halfrauds!!
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    i ended up getting a vauxhall sourced battery, cost me £60 and is top quality....just make sure you get the right size/ampage and you'll be fine.... although easier said than done, i tried two before i found one that fitted :)
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Got priced up for a Bosch Silver Top from GSF at £63 inc VAT with Armed Forces discount. Gonna try and get a price for a Varta Silver Dynamic 027 aswell. From what I've read, the Varta has a slightly higher spec.
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Is the 027 number used for all types of batteries, or is it just used with the Varta brand??
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    dunno but dont go too overboard....a battery is a battery by all accounts
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Yeah, just thinking if they're the same price makes sense getting the higher spec one. The Varta has a 5yr warranty aswell compared to the 4yr Bosch one.
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    aye good plan ;)
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Ollie - The bosch and varta batteries are identical with different stickers.
    I stock both of them.
    Usualy blacktop is the budget, silver mid-high range.
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    I recently changed mine. Halfrauds trade card for a Bosch Silver top, 120 down to 70. 5 yr guarantee as well.
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    [Feb 17, 2010]
    Ah ok, cheers Callum. Didn't realise that.
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    [Feb 17, 2010]
    I'm also on the hunt for a new battery and been told the bosch silver tops are the dogs. Would it be the same one from the S3 fit my 1.8T Quattro?? I presume it would be the same? Anyone got a part number etc for it or guide me to where I could find one??
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    [Feb 17, 2010]
    If you go on the Halfrauds website, they have a fitting plugin that shows up the car make and model etc. That's how I did mine. People always say don't go to Halfrauds, and I echo that for fitting and own brand products. But for universal things like bulbs, wipers and batteries, why not (all the same branded products as anywhere else).

    Granted I had two trips to my local Halfrauds (after the first battery on their website was an inch too wide), but I made that mistake from their website and there were two, exactly the same batteries, just with different codes.
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    [Feb 17, 2010]
    Get a pro forma invoice from eurocar parts, then go to your local car parts shop, i bet they'll beat the price, thats what I did, £45
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