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    Default Recommendations for a replacement Battery

    I've had a couple of recent instances of needing a jump start. One was my mistake (leaving the key on to charge my damned phone) the other was today. 19 degrees out and a couple of short trips left me stranded at Office Max.

    Bottom line is that when searching for a vented replacement battery, I'm no longer finding anything but really expensive AGM batteries that don't seem to have venting options.

    Can anyone tell me what the go to battery for an '04 XC70 might be.

    My apologies if this has been covered recently, but my attempts at searches here and on the net haven't turned up anything conclusive.
    Last edited by Gene-M; 01-20-2020 at 03:33 PM.
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    I bought my last battery at the Volvo dealer. Previous Volvo battery had lasted 12 years. That's pretty good. And you know it's vented, correctly sized, and decently made.
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    The OEM battery is indeed a good choice.
    When we traded in our 13 year old MY2004 2.5T, the original battery was still healthy.
    It was the biggest that would fit, I believe 84Ah (standard fitted in the diesel models).
    144 GL (1974)--->244 GL (1982)--->940 GLE 2.3i (1992)--->XC70 2.5T (2004)--->XC90 T5 (2018)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astro14 View Post
    I bought my last battery at the Volvo dealer.
    In my part of the country Interstate battery sells batteries to the local dealers (they put volvo stickers on in the parking lot during delivery) then sell the same batteries with interstate stickers to my shop.

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    A H8 is the largest size that fits the battery box, has the most CCA than the smaller H7 or H6 batteries that also fit the battery box. available any auto parts or even Walmart stores, and they also have the vent system provision
    Last edited by AKAMick; 01-21-2020 at 01:09 PM.
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    Thanks for the responses guys. I'm tossed between AGM and Lead Acid at the moment, but leaning towards AGM. My current battery is lead acid, so it's really nothing special. I'm confused about size. The guy at Advance Auto seems to think that the H8 is too big for my car. I suppose I'll have to just take a tape measure to see exactly what they have that will fit under my cover. I noticed too (thanks to an internet search) that the Walmart EverStart battery is rated very highly. I don't know if they have AGM in my size though. I may have to call them.

    I'll keep you guys posted. My current battery is on charge now (finally) so I'll have to see if it will take a full charge before making a final decision.
    2004 Volvo XC70 83k
    1994 MX-5 Miata M-Edition 35k
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    Both my US XC's are fitted with H8 batteries, as fitted in EU diesel models, the box can accommodate them. They are not listed for the XC as the diesel was never imported to the USA, but the battery box is sized to accept the H8 battery, I have lived on both sides of the pond i have had both EU and US models,
    Last edited by AKAMick; 01-22-2020 at 08:45 AM.
    Current Junk: Couple of worthless rusty old clapped out Volvo XC70's 02, 04 & Countless P.O.S's, Rust buckets, Junk cars,( 50W Oily cesspool Sludge) Stolen and other assorted rubbish cars, 1928 Jed Clampett Tourer, (8 hole cast iron lump, original rust and decay, 40W Straight Bacon Grease),

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKAMick View Post
    Both my US XC's are fitted with H8 batteries, as fitted in EU diesel models, the box can accommodate them. They are not listed for the XC as the diesel was never imported to the USA, but the battery box is sized to accept the H8 battery, I have lived on both sides of the pond i have had both EU and US models,
    Does that mean that the triangular floor bracket will grab the foot of the battery correctly when it's in the position closest to the spare tire? That's my main concern at this point. I'd rather have the cold cranking power of the H8
    2004 Volvo XC70 83k
    1994 MX-5 Miata M-Edition 35k
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    My US XC's are both held down with the factory clamp and the vent is connected as per factory, one is a Walmart Everstart H8 and the other a AutoZone Duralast Gold H8. They replaced the little H6 batteries that after months of sitting in long term failed to start, not so with the H8. https://www.autozone.com/batteries-s...cca/832331_0_0
    Last edited by AKAMick; 01-22-2020 at 12:10 PM.
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    While I've only ever used the factory H6 size, you can see a second fitting in the floor for the battery hold-down that corresponds to the larger H8. It will physically fit in the space and it will bolt up properly.
    Current Fleet:
    2016 Tundra Crewmax 4WD 1794
    2005 MB S600 (100K, Michelin AS3+, M1 0W40)
    2002 V70-XC (238K, Castrol Edge 0W40)
    2002 V70-T5 (195K, IPD bars, Bilsteins)
    2001 V70-T5 (76K)
    1932 Packard Sedan (straight 8, dual sidemounts, original paint and interior, Shell Rotella 15W40)

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