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Old 09-30-2012, 07:54 AM
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My GE8 is 3 years old, and I've read that the original battery has a life of about 36 months. Has anyone experienced longer or shorter life of the factory battery (151r)? I'm trying to decide if I should get a new battery before it gets cold here in Nebraska.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:14 PM
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My GE8 is 3 years old, and I've read that the original battery has a life of about 36 months. Has anyone experienced longer or shorter life of the factory battery (151r)? I'm trying to decide if I should get a new battery before it gets cold here in Nebraska.
Is you Fit still under warrantee? My battery died 2 months before my warrantee expired. Honda service department gave me a brand new battery!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:51 PM
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The warranty expired in June, and when I had it serviced in May, the dealership checked the battery and reported it was fine. I don't think batteries give you much warning when they are failing, they just die...on the coldest night of the year!
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That is getting close to the age that a LOT of them fail. If you have the cash to spare I would start looking around for the best deal I can get while it is still working.
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Thanks. Replacement is the direction I was heading. I've read, maybe here, that it's possible to replace the 151r with a 51r (Civic and GD battery) which are a bit larger and have more cold cranking amps than the 151. Has anyone had success with this swap?
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There are a bunch of people on the freak site that have done it successfully. It takes some wiggling to get it in there. And you have to cut the plastic tray under the battery a bit because it's a bit too small but other than that it's not a really big job.
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Hate to send you here but this thread has it done with good photos.

http://www.fitfreak.net/forums/1st-g...tery-swap.html
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Thanks for the link. The Fit shown is a GD I believe, and the GEs have a slightly different set up. I've seen photos of GEs with the 51r battery on the other site, but there is some funky positive connection alterations which conjure Rube Goldberg devices, so I may stick with the 151 battery.
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I'm still on my original battery in my '07 GD3. (knocks on wood)
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I only have 35,000km on my 2005 Jazz and I'm on my second battery. But the good news is my replacement was only about $40.00
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