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      Post Battery for V70R

      Here is just some info I collected during my battery replacement. Maybe someone will find it useful.

      I ended up buying the Sears DieHard Advanced Gold AGM Battery - Group Size 49 for $144 + tax (was in sale with 20% off). Both group 48 and 49 are perfect match with the right holes for venting tube and the terminals in the right place.

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      OEM Battery
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      H6/48 is the original size, but a H8/49 will fit for more CCA (at least in the V70). The car was designed to accept it. There is a different threaded hole that accepts the existing battery hold down to clamp the larger H8. The bolt pattern will also accept a group 47 battery (smaller than the OEM in the V70). That may be what you want if you want to have a light R

      Specs H6:
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      Model P/N: 30772221
      Manufacturer: Interstate
      Price: $120 to $140 + tax
      Group size: 48/H6
      Dimensions LxWxH (cm): 27.6 x 17.5 x 18.6
      Dimensions LxWxH (inch): 10.82 x 7.32 x 6.89
      Cold cranking amps (CCA at 0 deg.F): 600
      Reserve capacity (RC in min): 120
      Capacity (Amp/Hr): 70Ah
      Type: lead-acid
      Container Material: polypropylene (PP)
      Maintenance: maintenance free
      Overall Type: starting
      Number of Cells: 6
      Positive Terminal Side: right
      Temperate Zone: North
      Terminal Post Location: top
      Warranty: free replacement warranty term 24 months
      $139 Barrier Volvo
      $120 http://www.volvopartswebstore.com/pr.../30772221.html

      Specs H6: - for a car with "with upgraded electrical options"
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      Model P/N: 30772231
      Manufacturer: Interstate
      Price: ?
      Group size: 49/H8
      Dimensions LxWxH (cm): ?
      Dimensions LxWxH (inch): ?
      Cold cranking amps (CCA at 0 deg.F): 800
      Reserve capacity (RC in min): 170
      Capacity (Amp/Hr): 90Ah
      Type: lead-acid
      Container Material: polypropylene (PP)
      Maintenance: maintenance free
      Overall Type: starting
      Number of Cells: 6
      Positive Terminal Side: right
      Temperate Zone: North
      Terminal Post Location: top
      Warranty: free replacement warranty term 24 months

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      SEARS Battery
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      http://www.sears.com/diehard-advance...ckType=G1#desc

      Note that there is also a lead-acid battery equivalent for this size and a lead-acid or AGM battery for group 48 size. All are perfect fit in the V.

      Specs:
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      Model P/N: 50749
      SKU: 0-83996-08734-7
      Manufacturer: Johnson Controls
      Price: $144 + tax
      Group size: 49
      Dimensions LxWxH (cm): 35.1 x 17.5 x 18.6
      Dimensions LxWxH (inch): 13.82 x 6.89 x 7.32
      Item Weight (lbs.): 56.5
      Cold cranking amps (CCA at 0 deg.F): 850
      Reserve capacity (RC in min): 170
      Capacity (Amp/Hr): 92 Ah @ 20Hr
      Type: AGM (Active Glass Matt)
      Container Material: polypropylene (PP)
      Maintenance: maintenance free
      Overall Type: deep-cycle
      Number of Cells: 6
      Positive Terminal Side: right
      Temperate Zone: North
      Terminal Post Location: top
      Warranty: free replacement warranty term 36 months

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      COSTCO
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      Kirkland Signature
      It is Interstate made
      group 48, #10, Costco #989.227, SKU 7-21112-77377-3
      27.5cmx17.5cmx17.5cm / 10.82"x6.89"x6.89"(LxWxH)
      700cca
      Warranty 36 mo/100 mo (3 yrs/8 yrs 4 mo)
      $80 + tax at Costco (Kirkland and Seattle locations only)

      This is a great deal and has good reviews on the net. The issue in the V is that it is not tall enough so you will have to fit some spacer to keep the battery plastic cover in place. The second issue is the vent location that is in the middle between the terminals. The fix for this is to get the vent kit (if it does not come with it). In Seattle area you call the Interstate warehouse in Everett: 425-743-7677 and ask for it ($2.75 shipped to you). The 3rd issue is that although it was supposed to be sealed the covers are not screw-in type so there could be a small leak if you turn the battery over (or you roll the car).

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      Interstate
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      I have not tried any of the Interstate batteries so I cannot speak for how they fit in the car.

      Interstate Mega-Tron Plus 48/H6
      http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c...on+1_L5%2f2.5L)
      group 48, number MTP-48/H6
      27.49cmx17.62cmx19.05cm / 11"x6.937"x7.50"(LxWxH)
      730cca
      Warranty 30 mo/72 mo (2.5 yrs/6 yrs)

      Interstate Mega-Tron Plus 49/H8
      http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c...%3aMTP-49%2fH8)
      group 49, number MTP-49/H8
      35.41cmx17.5cmx19.05cm / 13.94"x6.89"x7.50"(LxWxH)
      730cca
      Warranty 36 mo/72 mo (3 yrs/6 yrs)
      $156 + tax at CarToys

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      Volvo batteries are Interstate. So the OG is interstate.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SonicBlueR View Post
      Volvo batteries are Interstate. So the OG is interstate.
      At your dealer maybe. Volvo batteries are of their own.

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      Interesting, that's not what I heard from numerous people.
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      Nice post. All the info someone would need to pick out their replacement.
      Now I should just DO IT.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SonicBlueR View Post
      Volvo batteries are Interstate. So the OG is interstate.
      Yup. Interstate supplies dealerships with Volvo batteries.
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      Interesting, the cheaper interstate does not have the usual easy to remove screw caps that allow you to add water like the OE batteries do have.

      Going on 6 years on my current volvo battery, knowing my days are numbered.
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      Johnson Controls is Interstate Batteries.
      Not all Interstate batteries are the same.
      There are the AGM versions which are distinctly different but the plate designs in the liquid electrolyte versions are not all the same.
      P2's are easy on their batteries unless you do things that are stressful or if the car has issues that stress battery.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Impulse922 View Post
      Going on 6 years on my current volvo battery, knowing my days are numbered.
      Mine had 10+ years when I replaced the OEM one.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cattlecar View Post
      Johnson Controls is Interstate Batteries.
      Some people say the other way around. I just posted who is the vendor that provides the battery for the retail outlet. I leave it to others to figure out who actually makes them.

      Also over time retailers change vendors that make their brand name batteries.

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      Johnson controls makes the automotive batteries for Interstate. Interstate is a company unto itself. When they are private branded for an auto parts chain, Wal-Mart, etc then they may not list anything or they may list Johnson Controls. The batteries may come off a JC truck to a dist center and then go to store. Some may be contracted through Interstate and come through their distribution network as JC is apparently not in that kind of local distribution business. Volvo fits in this last category for their Dealer batteries. JC has bought many battery makers over the last few years and I lost track of who provides batteries for new car factories. It could be a JC owned subsidiary like Varta.
      I don't know who can really tell what the true content and construction is in any particular battery. Economies of scale approach might indicate that there would be few differences but the cost of materials may be a great enough factor that to offer more variety with some having less expensive material content.
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      RE: At your dealer maybe. Volvo batteries are of their own.

      Depending on the dealer location. In US AFAIK (and the dealer confirmed) they are provided by Interstate. There is no mention of that on the battery of course.
      In EU they may not be. My original battery was "Made in Germany".

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      What I said was Interstate is Volvo dealer supplier. That program has been around for probably 10 years now. "Some may be contracted through Interstate and come through their distribution network as JC is apparently not in that kind of local distribution business. Volvo fits in this last category for their dealer batteries."
      See that last sentence?

      All I am saying is that JC bought a lot of battery companies in the last few years and they are all over with all sorts of names on them. I like JC/Interstate batteries. They are what I always buy when I replace batteries.

      Deka and Exide (for now) are still around but I don't know who they supply to and under what names when not manufacturer branded.
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      My reply was for a previous post not yours and I was not saying something different than you with regard to US dealers.

      But I don't think Interstate made my original Volvo battery.

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      No, Interstate isn't in Europe. Varta has been a supplier to production and others I can't think of at the moment.
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      OBX DP but I've only just begun.............

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      Varta is the OEM and the replacement in Europe. Of course they too are owned by Johnson Controls, but they do still make batteries for the Euro market.

      As has been pointed out, Interstate is strictly a marketing arm for Johnson Controls, and a very good one!

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      Why not just get the battery from Volvo for $130+tax?
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