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All good things must come to an end - the original battery in my 2008 Cabrio finally gave up the ghost. :(

Only recently had I remarked to my wife that it was amazing how long it had lasted, the longest of any car I've owned. I'm sure it was down to regular long commutes vs many short trips. What finally did it in was my working from home all last week due to snowy and icy conditions over the Oregon Coast Range. Fortunately, NAPA down the street has a replacement.
 

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A battery could still start a car and be bad. They can die a slow death and cause your alternator to work much harder and the battery is the reserve to have high currant items like shifter motors. Very hard on the motors and electronics on the car. Check your battery with a good diagnostic tester.
 

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There was a recall (sort of) on batteries used on cars with a specific option list and a smaller battery was installed at the factory. they were changed out during regular service
 

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I seem to recall that the dealer replaced my battery when I went in for the first annual visit in 2009.
Mine was replaced too. There was smart recall, on the batteries with the comfort package. Software upgrade on the transmission. Updated owners manual, and new B pillar door sill sticker.
 
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