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Old 04-01-2015, 05:52 PM   #29
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We have a daughter in nursing school-
In 2014 I had thousands and thousands of dollars in medical expenses, a new central air unit, a new roof, and a new washer/dryer.
So far in 2015, we had to buy a new car-
When it rains, it pours-


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Old 04-01-2015, 07:22 PM   #30
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I guess being a GM guy through and through, my only interest would be in who supplies Toyota's batteries?lol


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Old 04-01-2015, 08:23 PM   #31
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I wonder maybe if it's not that the batteries are so good, but maybe the charging system/alternator is really good.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:24 PM   #32
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In the past in Europe car batteries lasted a really long time. Whenever a guy sold a car, he kept his battery.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:33 PM   #33
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I am not sure. I thought (heavy on the thought) that they owned interest in a battery company at some point, but that may have been for the batteries used in the hybrids. I would venture a guess that they are obtained from a battery manufacturer but with specific requirements and cost. I never worked with anyone that had anything to do with their acquisition and Toyota likes to play close to the vest with its suppliers.

I've always had good luck with batteries, even cheap ones, while they are installed in a vehicle. The constant charging and discharging gives them long life. I don't ever let them run down and I check water levels when I change the oil. Batteries don't like total discharge, low acid levels, or to sit around for months. That's why my boat batteries are on a 3 independent bank charger that's on a timer. I check/fill the water level at the end of the season, again in the spring and then every day the charger comes on for an hour.

Still, those Toyota batteries seem to last forever, at least mine do.
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I wonder maybe if it's not that the batteries are so good, but maybe the charging system/alternator is really good.
Nice try.


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Old 04-01-2015, 09:45 PM   #35
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There is some reason why the battery lasts longer. I have never had a battery last this long in any other vehicle.
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Maybe a combination of good battery and good alternator?
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:48 PM   #37
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...and the battery/charging system is running the Airstreams brakes and running lights and a high powered stereo. I've never had this much demand on a battery/charging system in any other vehicle, and they haven't lasted as long as this battery/charging system with more demands-
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Well, all I can say is I am on year 8 with my 08 GM 6L( bought in 07)with the max tow pkg that had an upgraded alternator. Probably on borrowed time but all my GM vehicles except for the Corvette (Sits for too long)have been easy on batteries. I'm sure it gets down to usage.
Still like to know where that 11 year old Toyota battery came from. Lol


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I am sure these lists are useful for some but don't work for me.

Toyota seems to always make the list and yet the worse luck I ever had with vehicles were Toyotas.

I had a 1980 Toyota 4-wheel drive pickup that constantly went through gears and finally was recalled for a completely new transmission. This same truck was a 4 cylinder engine, 3 of the spark plugs seated properly, the 4th was only partially installed in the block, the remainder of the spark plug socket was not threaded in the head, it was smooth. The plug had been factory forced into the head so that half of the threads were missing where it was smashed into the non-threaded head.
I had another Toyota sedan that was a complete lemon and the dealer ended up taking the vehicle in trade out of sympathy for selling me a POS.

However, I have owned nothing but Ford Diesel F-250's since 1995 and I have never had a hint of trouble, even though many seem to have issues according to online forums.

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Hi,

I was really shocked that Chevrolet and GMC tied.

As a mechanic, I worked on Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Fords, Lincolns, Mercurys, and GMCs. [decades ago] Mercurys were made better than Fords and Lincolns were made better than Mercurys, but they were all made good. Chevrolets were pretty bad especially in how things fit and even had wrong color parts installed. GMC was quite a bit better than Chevrolet. Oldsmobiles were right there with the Mercurys; Best GM product at the time, in my opinion. I also was intrigued with the GMC motorhomes. I was also an air conditioner installer for a while. Toyota had their own kit and it was fantastic. It was very detailed, but easy to install. Everything fit perfect. But we were all warned; while installing an air conditioner kit on a Toyota pick-up, not to lean on the front fenders, [for balance like we did with every other vehicle] because you would literally smash them. Very thin sheet metal with no support.


All vehicles are way better now.
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The original batteries in my dodge cummins were replaced this year. The truck is a 2006, with low miles. Jim
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What bothers me with these type reliability ratings is they don't rate them according to criticality or cost to repair. I mean if the cigaret lighter breaks it counts the same as if the engine blows up or a wheel falls off or if it is something that cost $1000 out of your pocket to fix. Reliability from my perspective is something that leaves me dead on the road and/or costs half what a house costs to fix. My main relaibility concerns are major drive train failures. The rest is pretty much window dressing.

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