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Old 05-20-2011, 08:28 PM  
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How long did yours last

Funny how time flies by, and we think "It can't be that old, is it"

Interesting story of my life today.
I never got much sleep last night, and have been slow all day.
Eventually i got all the paper work done, calls and emails returned, quotes sent out, payroll taken care of etc.
I had to go do a quick personal errand, then head to the airport for a charter.
Its the kind of charter i love, a family just wanting a nice sight seeing flight.
What great people they were, and such a pleasure to talk to.
They had no real destination in mind, so i just showed them some cool stuff, and got to fly them around.
I had 4 passengers, 2 adults, and 2 kids, but only the Dad had ever been in a small plane before, and the kids never in a plane period.

But i need to back up my story a bit.

As I was getting ready to go, I thought, I am not picking up anything large, and driving alone, so will take my old corvette. Its my summer, occasional use car.
But i had just driven it yesterday, and it ran perfectly.
Well today I go out to start it and nothing..........nope not even a click.
The battery is totally dead.
Weird, I came home in the dark and know all the lights got turned off, and it has no battery drain, i can leave it for 3 months and go out and it fires up just fine.
Hmmmmmmmm, so I pop the hood, and the terminals are tight.
I grab my volt meter, and it has about 8.9 volts, yup its dead.
So i quickly undo the terminals and hold down, and pull the battery out.

And what do I see, but the sticker from the day I bought it.
I remember very clearly the day I had to buy it, I was out with my friend, and went to leave the restaurant we had lunch at, and it was dead.
I got a jump, and drove straight to the battery warehouse, and had to borrow the tools to swap it out in their parking lot.
What i forgot was how long its been.

The sticker is there showing the date.
May 7th, .................................................. ..........02

Damn, is it really 9 years already, seems not too long ago.
In the glove box i then find the receipt from that day, and yes, it has been just over 9 years.

I get the series and brand off the battery, and add 1 more stop to my outing.
Jump in my old truck and off I go.

Yes I know 9 years is a good long life for a battery.
So I go to the same place, and buy the same brand, no point in changing what works well.
I told the guy my story, and he laughed...........says "you must be charmed, anything over 5 years and a battery is living on borrowed time"

I walk out a happy customer, and throw the battery on the passenger side floor of my truck.
And off to the airport I go.
Tomorrow I will put the new battery in the vette.

So tell me, what is the longest you ever got out of a car battery?
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:16 PM  
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Havent had the same vehicle long enough to find out. An old friend of mine had a local farm store battery go for 9 years though...
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:21 PM  
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I buy junk and drive it into the ground so the 5 years on my van's battery plus whatever the former owner added is probably my record. May I ask the brand?
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:24 PM  
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I buy junk and drive it into the ground so the 5 years on my van's battery plus whatever the former owner added is probably my record. May I ask the brand?
For sure, sorry I forgot to include it in my first post.
It was an Interstate brand.
And it gets a new Interstate installed by me tomorrow.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:28 PM  
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Yah, about 5 years is pretty well tops for me too. But I've also had a few that only lasted a couple of years.

I figure it's a crapshoot, just like MacBook batteries
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:03 AM  
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I had one in my old Ford F150 that lasted about 6 years, it might still be working, don't know as I sold the truck. I bought it from Canadian Tire.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:27 AM  
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In my pickups I usually get 4 or 5 years.
In my boat, i average 2 or 3 years.
Motorbikes, and quads 2 or 3 years.
Motorhome I usually get 4 or 5 years.

So just over 9 years in my vette is amazing to me...........the old gal is 40 years old now.
Its been a great car.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:29 AM  
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That's cool, I kinda wish other things would last as long. Seems that when you buy a tool or something they don't last as long as the used to.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:47 PM  
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You can still get good tools, but they are usually expensive.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:59 AM  
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I understand, but in general things just don't seem to last as long, is that because as you get older the time seems to go faster???
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