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My OEM battery lasted three years, almost to the day. The replacement did the same. We bought our Armada in Nov 2005 (it is a 2006 model), and we're on our 3rd battery, at 78,000 miles.
Gulp. I take a lot of short trips. So I will expect the standard electrolyte lead-acid battery won't last long. My qx56 (assuming all vk56) needs 313 amps to crank and start:


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The stock battery is only to get you out the door. one should replace its ASAP. I use odyssey batteries and could not be happier with their performance. Optimal are not what they used to be since they were sold off years ago...
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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.

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I installed a Northstar AGM battery in the QX because these OE batteries aren't made to last. AGM batteries, whether Northstar or Odyssey is worth every penny. As marctronixx stated, Optima batteries don't have the same quality as they did 15-20 years ago. They were manufactured in the US but after being sold off by Interstate, their quality became similar to lead-acid batteries.

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I installed a Northstar AGM battery
Do you remember what model you purchased?

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Northstar NSB-AGM27.

I ordered it from impactbattery.com. They’re an authorized retailer for Northstar as well as Odyssey and other brands

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Northstar NSB-AGM27.

I ordered it from impactbattery.com. They’re an authorized retailer for Northstar as well as Odyssey and other brands
Thanks for the quick reply!


Another question, more general... I noticed on RockAuto.com that they differentiate batteries based on if you have the Tow Package or not. What is the difference in the engine bay?

Is it the aux. trans. oil cooler hard-lines?

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I don’t know why rockauto sections off the batteries that way but definitely no change in the engine bay. The 04-15 armada utilizes a group 35 or 34R battery; the AGM27 I posted is what I got for my QX80.
I went for the battery with the highest CCA and the Northstar is rated at 930CCA along with a 1750 pulse cranking amp.
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This car has so many sensors and such that just can tax the card battery even if its not running. I meant there is a little led light on the shift console they blinks every so often. There’s the shirts light that blinks—that tales battery energy to keep those sensors running...
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This car has so many sensors and such that just can tax the card battery even if its not running. I meant there is a little led light on the shift console they blinks every so often. There’s the shirts light that blinks—that tales battery energy to keep those sensors running...
This is true for most modern cars. I have a 2002 BMW 530i that I drive (mostly) daily. When I park it in the garage on the weekend the battery charger gets hooked up. By the end of the week it's typically at about 60% capacity just due to parasitic drain. It does have an aftermarket Ipod interface controller that could be zapping power, and it's know for blower motor resistor parasitic drains too.

If your car sits for any period of time hook up a battery charger.
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