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Old 07-06-2009, 04:14 AM   #1
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Just replaced orignal battery in the Viggen

Well, I guess 9 years on a stock battery is pretty good?!? Definitely didn't want to have to buy a new one, but hey, what are ya gonna do.


Went with the smaller Optima red top. Unfortunately for me, the posts are on the complete opposite side of the battery! After a few wire clamp removals and a few zip tip cuts, and a battery spin-around, I was in business! Too bad I couldn't get autozone to do it for me...maybe that was a good thing?!?

Anyways, just thought I'd share.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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Mine was replace with a OEM Saab battery in 2000. Still cranking away.
Now I probably cursed myself.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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They do actually make a reverse post Red Top. It's called the 34R, if I remember right. 9 years on an original battery is great, though. Mine lasted about 5 or 6.
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I've had one or two '97/98 900s come in still rocking the old Saab Maintenance Free battery. Some of them go forever.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:27 PM   #5
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i have a 99 and its still the original. still works great. prob should get it changed. i guess i just added that to the ever growing list of things. : )
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:49 PM   #6
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a tiny bit off topic but i just replaced my original fuel pump at 207,000
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thats was like my viggen, my orig batt lasted until 165k, yet my 9-5 needed to be replaced at 37k
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:02 PM   #8
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Not a fan of red tops here. I know more than 5 that didn't last a year in NORMAL applications. When the Vig needed a new battery, I was hesitant to go to Walmart to get one, but it was double the original CCA's and only $65, Its been great. My dash lights no longer dim when the factory stereo hits deeper notes.

As far as optimas, 1 Yellow top, 4 Jeeps , one winch and 3 killer sound systems. Still going strong. Worth every penny of the $190. Heavy though.

Jeremy is correct , they make reverse post models for our odd Saabs.
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