Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
308 Battery buying tips
Had to buy a new battery for the 308. Went to the town office to register the car and then the town manager had to give me a jump start to get the Ferrari running again. How embarrasing. Well the battery is the one that was in the car when I bought it 5 years ago so it was due. So I called my tire guy, Marty at tire warehouse, and gave him all the numbers off the battery. He said, "Oh, you need a group 47. I don't have one but I can get it tomorrow." I said, "What can you do for me today?" He said, "Call my friend Shannon at the Battery Outlet and tell him you need a Group 47. He'll have one."
So I called Shannon and he had one and only then did he ask what it was for. So I had to boost the car again to get it running and went down and got my new battery. $75 and Shannon installed it for me and disposed of the old one. It is a Deka battery with 600 cold cranking amps and a 60 month pro-rated warranty.
To tell you the truth I think the fault is from my old house with the unheated garage and the clock ran the battery down and over the winter it froze and ruined the plates. My new house has a heated garage and I will install a battery maintainer in the car before winter.
So anyway, my tip is if you need a new battery just tell any auto parts store you need a "Group 47" and they can get it for you. The other thing I found out is that there is only 3 companies that make car batteries so it really doesn't matter what brand you get. The cheap one is made by the same people as the expensive one.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
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