Hyundai Factory Battery Life

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rick, Aug 12, 2004.

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    Rick Guest

    A member of list posted a question about "Engine Won't Start", and received
    many replies about replacing the battery. The car is a 2003, which prompts
    me to ask; how long should a Hyundai factory battery last? I have owned
    Honda and Toyota, and the factory battery would last 3-4 years.
    Rick, Aug 12, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    Mine spontaneously died after a little over a year.
    Jason, Aug 12, 2004
  3. It appears that they're only good for a year or two on average. It will
    depend on the climate, how you drive, whether you ever run the battery
    down and how well you maintain the battery.

    Running the batter flat and failure to check and correct fluid levels
    are the two biggest killers of batteries. Since newer Hyundai models
    have lights that turn off with the key, the former should not be much of
    a problem. Check you fluid levels every few months and top off where
    necessary with DISTILLED or DEIONIZED water ONLY. The minerals in tap
    water will kill a battery.
    Brian Nystrom, Aug 12, 2004
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    Daryl Guest

    I have a 2002 Sonata and the battery lasted less than 2 years.

    Daryl, Aug 12, 2004
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    K. Collier Guest

    I only got 1.5 years from my original battery in my Santa Fe.
    OEM batteries usually suck.
    K. Collier, Aug 13, 2004
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    Jon W. Guest

    Which leads to my question, will Hyuhdai replace the OEM battery with
    a higher quality name brand one? Or do they just stick another crappy
    one in?

    Jon W., Aug 13, 2004
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    Briggs Guest

    If you check back about a month, there are posts regarding my battery
    issues - both the OEM AND replacement battery lasted about a year - and the
    replacement only 19 days(?) over its one year warranty. My service writer
    said and Hyundaitech confirmed that Hyundai has since moved over to
    Interstate as their OEM battery supplier. Hoefully this will be an
    improvement. I'll let you know next May when the battery is due to fail...
    Briggs, Aug 13, 2004
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    Chynna22 Guest

    I bought my 2000 Sontata in Sept 2000. Battery died in Oct 2001. That battery
    died this past week. Batteries don't last long in hot Texas weather.

    Chynna22, Aug 13, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    My 2000 Elantra battery lasted 3.5 years.
    Steve, Aug 14, 2004
  10. I'm still using the original battery on my June 2001 Elantra, so just over
    3 years with no apparent issues. We'll see how it does this winter. Of
    course, with the auto-headlight off feature* I've never run the battery
    down. I have left either the dome or map lights on overnight before, but
    it always still started with no issues, so I can't count it as a full

    Just my data point.

    *there have been maybe 2 occassions where I wished you could turn the
    lights back on without the key in the ignition. My choice would be that
    the lights would turn off when the key is removed, but if you flipped the
    lights off then back on, they'd come on again.
    The situations mentioned above are rare though, I was helping friends
    change tires/fix cars in the dark, and needed my keys to go open my
    toolbox, which killed the headlights. Not exactly a common occassion,
    Richard Dreyfuss, Aug 15, 2004
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    John Guest

    I bought my Hyundai Tiburon GT in March of 2003. The battery problems
    occured the beginning of this month (August 2004). So that's a about
    1.5 years. I do know that the vehicle was sitting in the dealer lot
    for about 6 months prior to my purchase. Still, I was pretty
    surprised to learn that my battery would run into problems that soon.
    To my understanding though, extremely hot weather, as it has been
    recently in Southern California, can decrease the typical battery life
    down to two years or less. It was a good thing my battery was still
    under the two year warranty =). They even replaced the battery with a
    higher CCA (700 new versus 600 old). Worked out well for me--in
    addition to doing the recent fuel valve recall fix.

    John, Aug 16, 2004
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    Pete & Cindy Guest

    I had a 2000 Elantra Wagon and had the original battery in it when I traded
    it in on a 2004 Elantra GT in Januray of this year.

    Pete & Cindy, Aug 17, 2004
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    A Doc Guest

    i sill have the original bettery in my 93 excel, and im hard on it, -40
    dregree starts and a 500 W amp.

    I dont know how its lasted so long, but im quite surprised, alex
    A Doc, Aug 19, 2004
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    jtees4 Guest

    Replace it. Do you enjoy getting stuck?

    jtees4, Aug 19, 2004
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    Oivind Bohn Guest

    The battery in my 1997 Accent lasted 6 years. Pretty good considering the
    cold winter conditions here in Norway...

    Oivind Bohn, Aug 22, 2004
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