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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the Best Battery for a F250 7.3

What brand battery are you guys having good luck with for the 7.3?
My truck is a 2000. Is it worth buying Motorcraft replacements?
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had 2 of the Walmart Maxx's that ran for 6 years and 3 months, based upon the sticker. I don't know how much they cost back then, but now they are $75.00 installed. 3 year full replacement, then a 9 year prorate after that. They gave me $22.50 credit for each battery, bringing the total installed cost to about $60 each.

Truck is driven only recreationally about 12K per year, sits for up to two weeks at times, and lives in Florida. I do put water in the batteries spring and fall to ensure that they stay full.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oreilleys offers an excellent battery for around $90 a piece. I used auto zone in my 6.9 and they didn't last even close to the oreilley's battery. A-lot depends on where you live, is it cold in the winters? If so you need as many cranking amps as possible. Not to dispute the wal-mart batteries but they are a light truck battery and as long as your not starting in sub freezing temps and your truck is used for recreation as his was they would probably be sufficient. Myself when it comes to batteries tend to buy the better ones offered at the parts store since they play a huge huge roll in how fast the beast fires. The best batteries offered at napa are top notch as well.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I replaced my stock Motorcraft batteries at 4 years, even though they were still going strong.

I replaced them with Optima Red Top #34/78, 1,000 CCA, 100 reserve capacity. One of those gave out before the warranty was up. I was very disappointed in them and didn't even go for replacements under warranty.

So I went to my Ford dealer and bought the biggest Motorcraft he had. They lasted only two years.

So I gave up and went to ole reliable. Interstate Mega-Tron Plus #65HD. 850 CCA, 150 reserve capacity. Those are doing the job. More than two years now, so we'll see.
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Interesting! Mine are still original Motorcrafts and almost 10 yrs old. I guess I'm on borrowed time. Winters coming (MI) and they seem a bit weak now.
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Your OE Motorcraft batteries are group 65 750 cca. They should be under $100 each at Ford. I replaced my OE ones when they were 5 years old with Motorcraft group 65 875 cca, they were still working fine. My replacements are now 5 years old and are still working fine. I will be replacing them before long. I considered using Odyssey batteries but the best price I've found is $189 each for the Die Hard version. At that price I'll probably use Motorcrafts again.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Motorcraft batteries

.....and the answer is Motorcraft but I bought Walmart. My org battteries were still turnig over after 7 year + but replaced them because the guys on this forumn warned me that weak batteries could damage the alternator. Walmarts because of availability and what the previous guy posted.
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I bought the group 65, 850cca Costco batteries. They are made by Johnson Control. I have had them for about a year.....so far, so good. $75 each.
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I just bought the Les Scwhab batteries at 1000cca 90.00 ea. same battery at sears was 190.00. best battery so far IMAO.
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I just bought the Les Scwhab batteries at 1000cca 90.00 ea. same battery at sears was 190.00. best battery so far IMAO.
You are providing incorrect information. You didn't buy a 1000 cca group 65 battery and whatever battery you bought is not the same battery as the $190 sold at Sears.
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I have the Duralast from AutoZone in all my cars, including my PSD. Love them. I live in CO and have started it in 20 below with no issues. Consumer Reports has ranked them among the best with the Walmart and Coscto ones.
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Costco G65 for me. Great price and work excellent. I am, however, replacing the battery in my Jeep TJ with a Sears Platinum G34/78.
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions and opinions. I ended up going with the Walmart MAXX. I called all around and they seem to be the best deal going.
What a difference too! I don't remember the truck ever firing up so fast!!

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Interesting! Mine are still original Motorcrafts and almost 10 yrs old. I guess I'm on borrowed time. Winters coming (MI) and they seem a bit weak now.
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I was wondering if I was the only one that still had stock batteries.... Mine are 11 years old but will be replaced in the next few days.
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My drivers side battery gave up the ghost yesterday morning when I tried to start my truck. I installed two new Motorcraft BXT-65-850 batteries today. So I guess that's proof Motorcraft is still my choice of batteries. They cost $111.07 each plus tax from Ford.
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