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IS350: How long did your battery last?

I just got an 06 IS350 with 47,000 miles on it. It has the original battery in it and coming from an IS300 that went thru batteries every 3 years, I'm concerned about this thing crapping out on me this winter.
Battery is OK now, but Questions:

1) How many years/miles did you get out of it before changing it?
2) What battery did you decide on using?
3) Any opinions on the Lexus/Interstate vs Optima vs Die Hard Platimum?

I've seen people get 12 years out of Panasonics, so maybe I don't need to worry.

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Most batteries these days are going to last between 4-6 years, even high quality batteries. The best way to check the condition of your battery is to have it load tested for free at most local auto stores. They can verify the cells are in good shape. They will also check battery volatge which should always read 12.6 volts or higher when the car is off. It's very possible your battery may have a good year or two left in it, but the load test will give you a good idea. The test will also verify your charging system is putting out the proper voltage to charge the battery. I highly recommend this test, and have them do it a couple times.

As far as batteries, Optima batteries are good batteries for a daily driving car. If you don't use your car often, it sits for extended periods of time, and you take very short trips, then an AGM battery is probably not a good idea. AGM batteries do not like to sit, they like to be discharged and charged often. I have dealt with Optima batteries for the last 5 years. My first Optima (D34/78) died within the first year because my car only gets used on the weekends. I have talked with Optima and researched to find out the battery develops sulfication, or a condition where the electrolyte hardens on the plates and the battery can't hold a charge. Since my new Optima, I've had no problems because I use a trickle charger if I do not run the car more than a week at a time. The Interstate and Die Hard Platinum are good reliable batteries IMO, so you would be fine with either of those. If you don't run added accessories then you really don't need and AGM battery. My original Interstate lasted almost 6 years and may have lasted longer had I not killed it one day. Alright, sorry for the lengthy post, I just wanted to let you know of my experience with AGM's/Optimas. Any of those batteries are fine and I have not heard of any real issues with any of them.

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I've always heard Toyotas have batery issues. But I leave my lightes on constantly (forgetful type) and no issues so far. Long term???
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it depend on what u have install on the car.. like a remote start with alarm might drain some of the battery so the battery doesnt last as long as usually.
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Thanks Steven. Well I'm going to just leave it alone and cross my fingers. I live close to work and walk most of the time, so if it quits on me, it won't be that big of a deal.
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Aftermarket stereos with sub amps shorten battery life as well.

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Aftermarket stereos with sub amps shorten battery life as well.
Actually it can be beneficial for AGM batteries to become discharged and charged frequently. It takes normally 7 minutes to charge a fulley charged battery that's been slightly discharged after it has cranked the engine. Letting the car sit for extended periods of time is probably the worst for a battery because it will sulficate and lose its ability to hold a charge.

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I just replaced my factory battery from my '07 about a week ago. As soon as it started getting cold you could tell it was taking a toll on it, and it finally bit the dust.
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I took delivery of my 06 in October of 05 and it's still on the original batter.

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I took delivery of my 06 in October of 05 and it's still on the original batter.
Ha, once again proves the OEM batteries are pretty darn good. I imagine you use your car frequently and doesn't sit for a long time. I bet my '02's battery would've lasted 7-8 years had I not left the map light on for almost 2 weeks. There was no salvation of that battery, but served a long life.

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2008 is350, still stock battery

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yeah mine is working well no issues with it i've taken it 7 months before

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