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Old 08-27-2010, 09:55 PM
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Should I Get a Optima Red Top or Yellow Top Battery?

hello everyone,

heres my little story, i went to my car this morning to start my car and i turned it fully and nothing. i was like WTF? i then turned my key to the ON position and my headunit turned on. So i waited like 2 mins then i tried to turn on my car and it started. now i know it has to be the battery b/c i stopped by gas station and filled up my G then started it again and it struggled for like 2 seconds to start then it eventually started. So i was reading on the forum on how OPTIMA RED top and YELLOW top batteries are good.


The yellow top is better for cars that have a audio system and such correct? Well i have a Pioneer headunit and a 10 " Alpine sub and kenwood amp in the rear. Now the Red top is $159.99 and the YELLOW TOP is $199.99, since i have a audio system you think its worth the extra $40 to get the yellow top?


just wanted to get a few opinons.

thanks for your time.
Old 08-27-2010, 10:55 PM
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I have the yellow top. It never disappointed me yet.

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Old 08-27-2010, 11:01 PM
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I have a yellow top and i love it!! My car used to feel like i was loosing power when i had my system up.. I put the yellow top in and it solved all my problems!!
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how long have you had the yellow top installed on your G?

and how do i know if my G still has the factory battery installed? do you know what brand the factory battery is? since the 3 years of owning my G i never replaced my battery so im guessing i still have the stock battery from 2004.
Old 08-27-2010, 11:03 PM
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The OEM battery is white. It doesnt have any brand on it. What does yours look like?
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my battery is black so i guess the previous owner replaced it b4 me.
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how long have you had the yellow top installed on your G?

and how do i know if my G still has the factory battery installed? do you know what brand the factory battery is? since the 3 years of owning my G i never replaced my battery so im guessing i still have the stock battery from 2004.
About a year now.. Get one they are worth the money and it was one less thing to worry about..
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Well the top part is black on the factory battery and the side is white. I just went to and looked at it. My OEM battery is still good if anyone in socal wants it?
Old 08-27-2010, 11:14 PM
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damn then that means my G still has the OEM battery from 04 lol.

some ppl are saying it may be my alternator? but im hoping its just the battery!
Old 08-27-2010, 11:17 PM
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Yea batteries usually last 4-6 years.
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a few months back I replaced my 5+ year old OEM battery... I did the same searching you are doing and came to the same conclusion (initially) - I set out to find Optima Red (or Yellow)... they are IMPOSSIBLE to find local retail... I went to every auto-parts store chain in So Cal - nothing... although I did find yellow top at AutoZone (I think) - but the posts were backwards and I didnt want to stretch the cables...

Anyway, long story short - I needed a bat so I just went to Costco and bought a Kirkland battery (about $100 cheaper than Optima) and realized it was a better choice (for me)... There isnt any reason for a high priced battery unless it's being shown or you have MOSTEROUS audio - beyond what almost all out here have.

My engine bay is pretty tidy and custom and I'm still perfectly happy with the $70 Kirkland battery
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^good to know thx OCG35

ill just see what kind of batteries NTB has. ill also tell them i have a system so ill need a better battery then the stock one. lol i really dont feel like spending $199 on a battery if i dont have to haha.
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Just an FYI, you can get it a bit cheaper than $199 on Amazon

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probably battery i have an 04 and my battery went out last month. seen a few battery threads lately from i think 04/05 cars which seems about time.
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My 06' just ran out of it OEM battery the other day too I've only heard great things about optima, I know a bunch of autoshop guys who swear by them, especially in the heat.

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