£107 for a car battery??!! am i tight or is that a rip off lol

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Found 13th Jan 2009
just got back from picking up the car after having a new water pump and cam belt,they told me the battery is naffed and wanted £107 for a new one,had to decline on that one cos im so tight lol

£107 surely thats a rip off,i remember buying a battery a few years back and it was £60 odd

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Just go to local scrappy and they will give one for like £20 decent one!! What they say ws wrong with yours?

Paid about 70 quid at Halfords for one not long ago and they fitted it for about a fiver.

car / model / age?

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greg_68;4050165

car / model / age?


old ford probe 1997 2.5lV6

Mardyass;4050176

old ford probe 1997 2.5lV6


Dont but one its more than the car is worth:whistling::whistling::whistling:

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Naeem786;4050162

Just go to local scrappy and they will give one for like £20 decent one!! … Just go to local scrappy and they will give one for like £20 decent one!! What they say ws wrong with yours?

they just said it was naffed but the car hasnt really been used for the last 8 weeks cos of the water pump problem and me putting off having it sorted! i wondered if this was why the battery may of been flat

what make model and reg year?

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harlzter;4050185

Dont but one its more than the car is … Dont but one its more than the car is worth:whistling::whistling::whistling:

i know ive just paid out for the repair more than the cars worth but i love it:oops: and cant expect passengers to run along behind the mg lol

Probably nothing wrong with the battery, sounds like someones trying to rip you off ! Was he rubbing his chin and tutting to himself prior to breaking the news? if so phone rogue traders

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iNSOMANiAC;4050206

Probably nothing wrong with the battery, sounds like someones trying to … Probably nothing wrong with the battery, sounds like someones trying to rip you off ! Was he rubbing his chin and tutting to himself prior to breaking the news? if so phone rogue traders

think i will borrow a battery charger and see if i can charge it,they jumped it at the garage and told me to drive it straight home which was about 8 miles,got home turned it off then went to restart it and nothing just weak faded lights on the dash

Mardyass;4050231

think i will borrow a battery charger and see if i can charge it,they … think i will borrow a battery charger and see if i can charge it,they jumped it at the garage and told me to drive it straight home which was about 8 miles,got home turned it off then went to restart it and nothing just weak faded lights on the dash



Doesn't sound good then. Winter time will see off borderline batteries.

Try charging for a day and see then but prepare yourself in the meantime.

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the link for batteries posted above seems a hell of a lot cheaper! so if it is dead i will probably end up ordering one off there,in no mega hurry for it

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and while on the subject of batteries what if anything ? can you do to ensure your battery a longer life?

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Carley;4050444

Do this and be prepared to get stranded somewhere! the battery is … Do this and be prepared to get stranded somewhere! the battery is obviously faulty and needs changing if you intend to use the car.

im not intending on going anywhere just need to see if its flat from not being used or is completely dead as a dodo

Just be aware the one in the link is the wrong battery, there is a search by car make in the left hand menu.

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Carley;4050468

Disconnect the negative battery terminal if the car is at standstill for … Disconnect the negative battery terminal if the car is at standstill for a prolonged period.Vasoline on the terminal connections helps to prevent corrosion and ensure a good connection at all times.

thats handy to know,thankyou now how do you drive an automatic? lol im nervous have never driven an automatic in my life really dont want to but got no choice today:w00t:
and i dont get the lpg stuff either as you fill it with both gas and petrol and then have to switch it over,if it wasnt so far id rather walk:oops:

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im not gonna crash it! dont say that! im just nervous at the thought of driving the thing its too big,its automatic and i dont know how to fuel it up lol i dont like new things

driving an automatic should be easier.....right? but i reckon i will still be feeling around for the "missing" clutch pedal

Driving an auto is easy Just make sure you plant your left foot firmly on the floor and don't be tempted to use it for the brake, Thats how you end up eating steering wheel

Mardyass;4050603

im not gonna crash it! dont say that! im just nervous at the thought of … im not gonna crash it! dont say that! im just nervous at the thought of driving the thing its too big,its automatic and i dont know how to fuel it up lol i dont like new thingsdriving an automatic should be easier.....right? but i reckon i will still be feeling around for the "missing" clutch pedal



My Dad has an Auto and I drive a manual, I still put my hand on the 'auto gear stick' when I would normally change gear. My dads car also has the option of going to a semi auto by moving the gear stick left the moving backwards and forwards to go up and down gears (for when I get bored cos driving has gotten too easy)

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well guess i will never know unless i give it a go lol thanks for the left foot advice!

Mardyass;4050707

well guess i will never know unless i give it a go lol thanks for the … well guess i will never know unless i give it a go lol thanks for the left foot advice!



The Left foot is advice from experience :oops:

Just think how far you press the Clutch down. Your brain automatically tells you to press the left foot that far regardless of it being on the brake or clutch!!! Everything else is easy (too easy in my eyes). M ydads car has cruise control too, all he needs is the anti crash detection system one car company has devised (VW I think). Add in the proposed goverment speed limiters and soon he won't even bother getting into the car!!!

BTW, When my car battery died I went to Kwick fit and they quoted something rediculous like £120 + labour to add. Fortunatly they didn't have any in so they told me about a parts place in town which sold me one for about £60 brand new. Had too fit it my self (needed a spanner and a lot of elbow grease) and changed it in next to no time saving around £80+

If a battery is left unused, especially in cold weather, its very hard to get a charge back in it. Get it started, take it on a decent run, pop into halfords and they will check it free. they have a clever machine that will soon tell you if it has an actual fault. The display you will be able to see so you cant get fobbed off either.
And the battery for that car wont be cheap as its quite a substantial battery, big engine, lots of electrics etc plus its not a standard size or at least a common size.
If you dont use the car a lot, and need a new battery, be sure to get a calcium type.

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as usual great advice thankyou just driven the auto and it wasnt half as bad as i thought it would be!
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