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      07-09-2011 11:28 PM #1
      2008 with 62k miles. Car left me stranded today. Nothing battery draining was left on either. Is it normal for a 3 year old car to need a new battery so soon?!?

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      07-09-2011 11:35 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Xymox View Post
      2008 with 62k miles. Car left me stranded today. Nothing battery draining was left on either. Is it normal for a 3 year old car to need a new battery so soon?!?
      mine died at 51k...right when I bought the car

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      07-09-2011 11:42 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by NYCameron View Post
      mine died at 51k...right when I bought the car
      My parents have a 1998 Infiniti G20. They just recently replaced the battery for the first time since buying it. Love the lack of quality, dependable and reliable parts in VW/Audi products.

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      07-09-2011 11:52 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Xymox View Post
      My parents have a 1998 Infiniti G20. They just recently replaced the battery for the first time since buying it. Love the lack of quality, dependable and reliable parts in VW/Audi products.
      well no one buys a german car for reliability...we leave that to japanese cars

      have you never heard that CELs are a way of life?

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      07-10-2011 12:00 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by NYCameron View Post
      we leave that to japanese cars
      You got that right.

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      07-10-2011 12:39 AM #6
      I feel your pain. Mine died on me a couple of weeks ago with almost no warning. I had 83000km on it or somewhere in the mid 50K miles. Car ran fine the night before, was slow to turn over the first time in the morning and the second time the battery was completely cooked.

      Had to go to a VW dealer and get a battery because all Audi service and parts places were already closed... past 5 pm.

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      07-10-2011 12:51 AM #7
      wow my died at like 35k. i guess its b/c of my audio set up?

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      07-10-2011 12:51 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by jowsley0923 View Post
      wow my died at like 35k. i guess its b/c of my audio set up?
      Sure. Or your climate. Heat helps to kill these crappy batteries.

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      07-10-2011 12:54 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Xymox View Post
      Sure. Or your climate. Heat helps to kill these crappy batteries.
      true that. south TX is going through a drought atm. burn ban in effect =\

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      07-10-2011 12:55 AM #10
      Geez. Mine went out at 30K. Cheap, cheap, cheap.

      TP cheap.

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      07-10-2011 02:01 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by jowsley0923 View Post
      true that. south TX is going through a drought atm. burn ban in effect =\
      what's a burn ban?

      *goes to google*

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      07-10-2011 05:07 AM #12
      My 07 I at my 3rd one... They all died wo a warning.
      IBIS WHITE A3 SUPER SLOW

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      07-10-2011 08:24 AM #13
      This thread is good info.... I'll be sure to change my battery every 50k

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      07-10-2011 10:24 AM #14
      Group 48 EverStart battery at Walmart. Apparently around $77. I'm gonna find one today.

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      07-10-2011 10:51 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Xymox View Post
      2008 with 62k miles. Car left me stranded today. Nothing battery draining was left on either. Is it normal for a 3 year old car to need a new battery so soon?!?
      For real???
      I'm on my 3rd battery in my 2008 with 37,500 miles.
      Mostly city driving. All that stop and go short trips takes a toll on modern batteries.
      2008 A3 2.0T S-line

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      07-10-2011 11:04 AM #16
      My car is close 87k miles with the same battery and it still works.

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      07-10-2011 11:24 AM #17
      Mine died at around 37,000 miles. Fortunately I had jumper cables with me or else I would have been stranded 5 hours from home. When I got back I bought an Optima red top and have been fine so far (knock on wood).

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      07-10-2011 12:23 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by rick89 View Post
      My car is close 87k miles with the same battery and it still works.
      ooooooooooo...... aren't you SPECCCCCIALLLLLL.....
      2008 A3 2.0T S-line

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      07-10-2011 12:24 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by YlwNewBug View Post
      ooooooooooo...... aren't you SPECCCCCIALLLLLL.....
      Eh, he lives in Toronto. Probably gets a balmy 79 degrees there during the heart of summer.

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      07-10-2011 01:20 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Xymox View Post
      2008 with 62k miles. Car left me stranded today. Nothing battery draining was left on either. Is it normal for a 3 year old car to need a new battery so soon?!?
      Yeah if you have a 2.0T, the heat in the engine bay is what does the battery in so quickly. 3.2L cars don't have such a bad time with the battery because it's already an AGM battery from what I understand; and because the battery is located in the bottom of the hatch as there is no room up front with the VR6 in there. So the battery is not only of higher quality it's also in a much cooler area on VR6 cars.

      It's recommended you get an AGM/spiral battery like an Optima or similar as they are more resistant to heat (and vibration); then again given the Optima is around 2x the price you might just prefer to get a regular battery and hope it lasts a bit longer than the first.

      Personally I had an Optima RT sitting around when I bought the car so I changed out the battery when the car was brand new. Optima is still going strong after 3 years and 45k miles *knocks on wood*. And that RT is probably like 6-7 years old now given I had it in another car before the A3.

      I actually still have the original battery in the basement, on a desulfator/maintainer...
      Last edited by Audi'sRevenge; 07-10-2011 at 01:22 PM.

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      07-10-2011 01:50 PM #21
      @85K and I'm running on my third battery. These definitely have a hard time in hot California. I will say tough, that after my first died, I got sensitive to the exact sound of cranking and starting, and at least for me, when the second one died, it was giving me warning. About 3 days of not-eager to turn over.

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      07-10-2011 03:17 PM #22
      $115 later...my car turns over.

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      07-10-2011 03:30 PM #23
      FYI, there is a previous "battery" thread, started on 9 Jun 2011, link here:

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      07-10-2011 03:43 PM #24
      Here's a link to search on "battery" on A3 & S3 (8P):

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      07-11-2011 02:33 AM #25
      Buy the battery at Sears or somewhere that will give you a warranty. I bought a new one around 50k at sears awhile ago and I just had it go out at 66k. Took it into sears, had a 4yr or so warranty and got a new one put in at no cost!
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