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Old 12-06-2013, 10:25 PM
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Went to start my truck and dead batteries. So as usual I search the web for the various batteries. Someone had mentioned a 900 CCA Motorcraft battery. I couldn't find one. I usually buy Interstate batteries. But I wasn't happy with the price or warranty. I've never had a battery quit before the warranty but I expected them to offer a better one. Everyone else did. The Diehard battery I wanted wasn't in stock within 75 miles of here. That surprised me. So I decided to look at the Motorcrafts again. I was interested in the BXT-65-850. It had 850 CCA and a reserve time of 150 minutes. Full warranty was 3 years. Beyond that was pro-rated. I called the place where I bought my truck. They wanted $175 for the battery and didn't have it in stock. I called my next closest Ford dealer. He said $109 and they were in stock. I was convinced he was quoting the wrong battery. So I took my 2 dead batteries out and took them down to the dealer who quoted $109. I still had my doubts. He gave me 2 of them. $109 each! Wow. I couldn't believe the price. So if you want Motorcraft batteries shop around or you can ask the dealer for a discount. I was very disappointed in my Ford dealer for the price he wanted. $66 dollar difference is a lot.
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Went to start my truck and dead batteries. So as usual I search the web for the various batteries. Someone had mentioned a 900 CCA Motorcraft battery. I couldn't find one. I usually buy Interstate batteries. But I wasn't happy with the price or warranty. I've never had a battery quit before the warranty but I expected them to offer a better one. Everyone else did. The Diehard battery I wanted wasn't in stock within 75 miles of here. That surprised me. So I decided to look at the Motorcrafts again. I was interested in the BXT-65-850. It had 850 CCA and a reserve time of 150 minutes. Full warranty was 3 years. Beyond that was pro-rated. I called the place where I bought my truck. They wanted $175 for the battery and didn't have it in stock. I called my next closest Ford dealer. He said $109 and they were in stock. I was convinced he was quoting the wrong battery. So I took my 2 dead batteries out and took them down to the dealer who quoted $109. I still had my doubts. He gave me 2 of them. $109 each! Wow. I couldn't believe the price. So if you want Motorcraft batteries shop around or you can ask the dealer for a discount. I was very disappointed in my Ford dealer for the price he wanted. $66 dollar difference is a lot.
$110 to $120 each is what I've seen locally. And as you discovered, not all dealerships are priced the same, so it pays to shop around.
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If this was recently, I would give Ford a call. $175 is more than MSRP, and I suspect Ford will have an issue with that dealership. I understand you probably don't plan to shop there, but charging more than MSRP is probably against some rule that Ford itself has.
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$110 to $120 each is what I've seen locally. And as you discovered, not all dealerships are priced the same, so it pays to shop around.
For the 65 size batteries that had 850 CCA they were all in the $140 to $150 range unless you go to the deep cycle AGM batteries which I did consider. But with Ford only charging me $109 I felt I couldn't go wrong with their battery. It had the specs as the others but was much cheaper. By the way Interstate, Diehard, Optima, Duralast, Everstart, Mopar AND Motorcraft are made by Johnson Controls!
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I've got the Everstart MAXX's at 850 CCA from Wal-Mart. They've got 2 years on them and still holding a float charge of around 12 volts in the cold. I'm gonna see if I can get them warrantied and get a new set though, they are starting to get slightly weak.
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I put 2 of the walmart batteries in mine,been holding up good so far,Reason I did that was for the warranty,3 years no pro rating, free replacement till then.mine might mysteriously go bad before that?, also walmart is easier to deal with then the local ford dealer too.
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The 850 Motorcraft batteries are the way to go!
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I've got the Everstart MAXX's at 850 CCA from Wal-Mart. They've got 2 years on them and still holding a float charge of around 12 volts in the cold. I'm gonna see if I can get them warrantied and get a new set though, they are starting to get slightly weak.
The Everstart MAXXs are the biggest pieces of chit Ive ever put in a truck. 2 sets in 3 years.

SLI65AGMDP Battery - 2003 to 2006 V8 6.0L 750CCA Diesel - F-250 Super Duty Pickup - Ford - Car and Truck - Batteries Plus

This is what I put in about a month ago now. 930cca 5 years free replacement. No prorated BS.

Price tag is 400 for the pair. But at -15 this morning sitting 13 hours overnight and not being plugged in truck cranked like it was running an hour ago
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Dave I noticed in the part number was an AGM. So that is a deep cycle battery. I considered them. They said they would hold a charge longer meaning they could sit longer without needing a charge. But they also said they didn't give the initial surge to start a car like a wet cell battery. I also didn't see any with the CCA yours has either. I looked that battery up. I wouldn't even know where to buy it. I looked at the Interstate AGM and they were real expensive. I also looked at the Diehard AGM and considered it but changed my mind. $400 for two AGMs with 990 CCAs is darn good.
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Dave I noticed in the part number was an AGM. So that is a deep cycle battery. I considered them. They said they would hold a charge longer meaning they could sit longer without needing a charge. But they also said they didn't give the initial surge to start a car like a wet cell battery. I also didn't see any with the CCA yours has either. I looked that battery up. I wouldn't even know where to buy it. I looked at the Interstate AGM and they were real expensive. I also looked at the Diehard AGM and considered it but changed my mind. $400 for two AGMs with 990 CCAs is darn good.
These have the initial surge to start a vehicle. Its the Deep Cycle Marine batteries that dont.

As to where to buy it Batteries plus stores throughout the US carry it. The price tag is a little steep at 400 for the pair. But its well worth it.

Cranked mine at -15 this morning just like it does when its 70 out
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