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Cruze Battery Upgrade Options

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I had this discussion with bartonmd on the FB group earlier today and he provided a few options for battery replacement upgrades over what we have from GM. As you guys may know, the 1.8/1.4T battery tray is adjustable and has plenty of room left for a bigger battery.

Here are the specs for the OEM H5/47 group size, from an AutoCraft Gold battery:

520 Cold cranking amps
7.5" Height
9.57" Length
6.938" Width
Weight: 45 lbs
Price: $161.99

The following two group sizes fit in our battery trays. Here are the specs I found for the Advance Auto AutoCraft Platinum AGM battery. I strongly recommend any AGM battery. I've posted the differences over the OEM battery (assuming the AutoCraft Gold is equivalent or similar) in bolded green. The CCA specs and prices will vary slightly but not by a whole lot.

760 Cold cranking amps (+240 CCA = +46%)
7.5" Height
11" Length
6.938" Width
Weight: 45.66lbs (+0.66lbs = +1.5%)
Price: $174.99 (+$13 = +8%)

850 CCA (+330 CCA = +63%)
7.5" Height
12.44" Length
6.938" Width
Weight: 51.83lbs (+6.83lbs = +15%)
Price: $187.99 (+$26 = +16%)

Here is what the OEM H5 battery looks like in the battery tray:

Here is what the H6/48 battery looks like in the battery tray:

Here's a picture of the H7/94R battery in the Cruze:

Remember, if you have an Advance Auto Parts store near by, there is almost always a 30% coupon available that will knock $50 off the price of a battery. Order online to pick up in store.
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Bosch Platinum Series AGM Battery Group, Size H7/L4/94R
The battery I installed in 2020 just died. It has a bad cell. PepBoys parts stores went out of business and so I called Bosch the manufacturer. They said they needed to know when I purchased, how much I paid and where I purchased it at. I gave them those three pieces of information along with the part number and they then said I needed a receipt as since they went out of business, they could not determine if the information I gave them was true or not. I said I had a credit card receipt, but that was not good enough. I said the battery has a manufacture date and that it also states it comes with a 4 year 100% replacement. Still wouldn't budge. I think it was a convenient way to get out of a bunch of warranty claims on their part. I said thanks and that I was going to purchase a Duralast battery as Autozone keeps records of past purchases and warranties.
Always good to know!!!
So that I will never buy a BOSCH product again willingly (as I used to!) unless absolutely advisable 👺
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