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My battery died today. What is the best battery to put into the car and what will it cost. Thanks for the help
 

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My battery died today. What is the best battery to put into the car and what will it cost. Thanks for the help
It's pretty hard to go wrong with a modern battery, and there are several options in different price ranges that will serve your Alfa well. It's just a matter of personal preference. For several detailed discussions and sharing of personal preferences, please consider doing a search since there are several threads on this topic.

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http://www.autozone.com/R,APP355094/vehicleId,1640601/initialAction,partProductDetail/store,482/partType,00175/shopping/partProductDetail.htm
The majority of car batteries are created by 3 manufacturers - Delphi, Exide and Johnson Controls Industries. Delphi makes some EverStart models sold in Walmart and ACDelco. Johnson Control Industries makes Duralast seen in Autozone stores, Diehard - sold in Sears, Kirkland - the Costco brand, Motorcraft - which Ford sells, some of the EverStarts, and Interstate. Exide makes Exide batteries, Champion, Napa and even a % of the EverStart batteries.

autozone batteries have a good rep. but if you have a Costco membership you can get the same battery at a better price. Now if you want the very best go with an Optima which will run you more money but its bullet proof. They have them also at Costco and I think they have sizes for S3 but not S4 Spiders.
 

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I just replaced the battery in my '92, with one of Wal-Mart's EverStart. Just take a few measurements, note the placement of (+) and (-) terminals, and grab the one that fits. It's a 5-minute job, assuming no corrosion on your cable ends, battery tray, hold-down, etc.

I'll admit I did look at the Optima's, but I just have to ask "Why bother?". 2X the price, less current, less warranty, all for just a few less pounds in the trunk.
 

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I'll admit I did look at the Optima's, but I just have to ask "Why bother?". 2X the price, less current, less warranty, all for just a few less pounds in the trunk.
I think you're thinking of the Odyssey dry cell, which is a small, light option some folks go with. The Optima is a wet cell, but it's a sealed cell so it won't leak. It has very good amperage performance but is not significantly different in weight from a traditional battery.

Get a wet cell battery that leaks all over the inside of your car and you'll understand why I bought one. When I got the Milano, the battery tray looked like the surface of the moon.
 

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I think you're thinking of the Odyssey dry cell, which is a small, light option some folks go with. The Optima is a wet cell, but it's a sealed cell so it won't leak. It has very good amperage performance but is not significantly different in weight from a traditional battery.

Get a wet cell battery that leaks all over the inside of your car and you'll understand why I bought one. When I got the Milano, the battery tray looked like the surface of the moon.
I like odyssey's! Very small and very light weight! Not sure about you, but my battery is in the trunk, if it leaks, I'll need a new spare tire well...
 

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1989 spider veloce battery

I looked at he optima's Which one red or yellow and cca and group size do I need.
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I looked at he optima's Which one red or yellow and cca and group size do I need.
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The link I provided was all just for your car, Yellow is top of the line for Optimas, also, I'd recommend the dual posts, you'll get top post and side posts, you can always use the extra posts when you're getting involved with adding extra electrical circuitry in your car:)
 

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I've gotten consistantly good service from Duralast (Autozone).
Reasonably priced, as well.
 

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IMO, come replacement time I will get an Optima for the simple reason that I like the idea of it not leaking. The Odossey I wouldn't get cause the other available have more reserve power. Price wise the Cosco Kirkland with a free 3 year replacement - I have them in 3 other cars. The Wal Mart Yellow is also a excellant battery and IIRC is the same battery as the top of the line Sears. I have it in one vehicle. And like previously said, all batteries are made by like 3 manufacturers.
 

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1989 spider veloce battery

I went with the optima yellow in california auto zone carries both yelloww and red. Cost $189.00. In the car and working great for this day. Thanks for the advise.
 

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ive been considering the new BOSCH batteries . i figured i wanted a side-post model since thats whats drawn-up in the owners manual. (plus im kind of a bosch-nut and insist on that brand for anything possible in the engine bay)

the do say made-in-mexico tho o_O
 

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If all batteries are made by 3 manufacturers, who makes the Odyssey and Optima batteries?
 

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EnerSys makes Odyssey.
"EnerSys is the largest industrial battery manufacturer in the world, operating manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide for customers in over 100 countries. Worldwide and Americas headquarters are located in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia."
 

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I just replaced the battery in my '92, with one of Wal-Mart's EverStart. Just take a few measurements, note the placement of (+) and (-) terminals, and grab the one that fits. It's a 5-minute job, assuming no corrosion on your cable ends, battery tray, hold-down, etc.

I'll admit I did look at the Optima's, but I just have to ask "Why bother?". 2X the price, less current, less warranty, all for just a few less pounds in the trunk.
Yeah, I like the WalMart batteries, too. We've got five of them, some black, some yellow (the premium ones), and have never had an issue with any. A few of them are over 5 years old.

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