Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern California
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Just had a second failure on my 2012 with 70,000 miles. Of course, happened while I was out of town....I get the panicked text "my car won't start" from my wife. Went with a replacement from AAA since she needed to get up and running again.
Meanwhile, the battery in my 65 Buick is over 8 years old and still cranks after sitting for a couple of months. I don't think the batteries have changed much, it is the amount of current draw, even when not running, that today's new cars put on the battery.
Also, kind of ironic, I drive an electric car as my daily driver. In 38,000 miles of driving over 3 1/2 years, the only failure I had was with the 12V battery. The car becomes a brick when the 12V dies (Ford Focus Electric). Can't even open the back doors or the hatch, have to use the metal key to open the drivers door. Jumped the 12V, and all was good again. Ford replaced the 12V under warranty.
- 12 Armada Platinum 4WD, Tuscan Sun (red)
- 06 Armada LE 4WD, Red Brawn, QX56 Wheels (traded)
- 04 Armada LE 4WD, Smoke (lemon lawed)
- 18 Tesla Model 3, Long Range RWD
- 00 Maxima SE, Manual Trans (kids car)
- 65 Buick Skylark Gran Sport Convertible, 401 ci, 2nd owner, original condition, 71,000 miles (play car)
- Prowler Lynx 826M Travel Trailer, 26', 5000#'s
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