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#1 (permalink) Old 10-13-2006, 08:55 PM
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FOR ALL RAVER OF ALL YEARS DO THIS ONE [OEM Battery Life?]

I would like to know how long did you Toyota OEM battery lasted. Of course calculate since the day you drove your RAV4 out of the showroom to the day the battery failed. Regardless of upgrades in your electrical system. Amps, Bulbs, Stereos, DVD Players what have you. Also state what was installed at the time. Important, State Year of RAV4. Who ever doesn't, won't count.
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Me first.

I installed a Stereo system with a kicker AMP. The battery went dead without notice, in a parking lot of a hospital of all places . But a simple push and clutch pop, it started and drive me to the nearest auto shop and installed a Interstate battery.

BTW, if you ever go though this one, check the web site of the battery you buy. They have specific batteries for specific vehicles. Don't over work, or under work your electrical system. Today I have MSD 6A, Pivot Ground Kit, a ton of extras and the battery doesn't even chirps.
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I have a '99 RAV which I bought new in Oct. 1998. I replaced the original battery in Nov. 2005. So, it lasted seven years. It didn't fail:
it just became weak.

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Ours lasted four years. On its fourth year, the battery degraded slowly until the next winter. I replaced it with an Autozone battery. That one only lasted two years and left me stranded at a restaurant parking lot. Autozone replaced it with a heavily discounted "Upgraded" model. So far so good. It's been a year since then.

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the hot weather here tends to cook batteries real quick. my batteries last two years almost to the day!!
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the hot weather here tends to cook batteries real quick. my batteries last two years almost to the day!!
Yeah, kind of like something is programed to go wrong.
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Pretty much 7 years to the day I bought it!

Funnily enough I just replaced my OEM the other day! It lasted 7 years and a few days to the day I drove it off the forecourt!
Again like another poster it didn't fail from its own fault ( I was waiting for my bf at the train station and had my radio and lights on whilst waiting so I killed it!) but once jump started it worked fine, but I thought I better test the battery and bought a new one as I realised it had never been changed!

So well done Toyota, lasted me long time....

R.I.P Rav...you will be sorely missed
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Wow! 7 years on a car battery is unheard of to me until now. Never made it more than 5 years on any of our cars.

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Mine is over 4 years old and still cranking

I should take it in to get tested before we start freezing up here.

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The OE battery on our 2000 RAV4 lasted just over six years, right up until the exact day it was being traded in on a 2006. Got in to start it up for the last drive to the dealer and it was dead.
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