battery recommendations. W124 E300d

Discussion in 'Engine' started by tpv01, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. tpv01

    tpv01 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    my battery has died so time to invest in a new one. Want a good strong battery as i am running on veg and the guys on the veg forum seem to say the best mods for running veg are good glow plugs and a strong battery to help starting when cold.

    what code of battery fit my car and what typre/make should i get?
     
  2. grober

    grober MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    26,479
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Location:
    Perth, Scotland
    Car:
    W204 C200CDI Estate
    Bosch Silver or Varta Blue 100Ah CHECK OUT YOUR OPTIONS HERE. http://www.varta-automotive.com/
    I'll let you into a secret-- they are both made by the same company.

    You might also want to make a visit to your local MB commercial vehicle dealer if you want a pukka MB battery.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2008
  3. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

    Messages:
    34,206
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2003
    Car:
    Peugeot 403 Convertible
    Get a 100Ah Merc battery from a Merc Commercial dealer.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    tpv01

    tpv01 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    is 100ah the amount of charge it holds which will make it better for difficult cold starts? is that more than standard batteries i.e. what i will have in there now?

    seen good things about varta and bosch but also that "halfords own" isnt bad either.

    who makes the MB batteries?

    how can i find my local MB commercial vehicle dealer?
     
  5. bolide

    bolide Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    3,726
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2005
    Location:
    Brighton
    Car:
    BMW E39 525 Diesel Touring
    Effectively, yes, but the CCA figure (Cold Cranking Amps) tells you how much power it can deliver in a short time

    Halfords are bound to be the cheapest possible

    Google

    Google

    Nick Froome
    www.w124.co.uk
     
  6. Smiley

    Smiley Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Halfords was not the cheapest option when I bought one last year - independent motor factor was quite a lot cheaper - when I pushed them for a discount - I got the Bosch HD battery for £75 +VAT. Also try Costco. Also Bristol Batteries if you are in South west?
    Dont buy a cheap one - good reccomendation here for Varta or Bosch - didnt know they were the same maker!
     
  7. Smiley

    Smiley Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Sorry Nick just re-read your post - agree Halfords own brand will be cheaper.
     
  8. grober

    grober MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    26,479
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Location:
    Perth, Scotland
    Car:
    W204 C200CDI Estate
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  9. OP
    OP
    tpv01

    tpv01 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    got a bosch silver one. quite pricey at £115 from GSF. it is the long type (14" long) when the battery that was in there was the smaller type. both GSF and halfords said it was the correct size for the car. Went in ok and works fine in the car. should give me more starting power on veg too i guess.

    GSF also had banner as the cheap option for about a tenner less but i hadnt heard of it until i just read the above post so didnt go for it. the halford battery which was there standard type (they have special 'premimum' calcium etc batteries for other cars) was £99.
     
  10. grober

    grober MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    26,479
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Location:
    Perth, Scotland
    Car:
    W204 C200CDI Estate
    Good investment -you won't regret it. The thing with good batteries is you fit and forget for 5 years.:rock:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    tpv01

    tpv01 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    spot on. i am more inclined to put the better starting down to the stronger battery rather than the new super-duper glow plugs i have put in. dont know why but it seems to crank it so strongly and forcefully.
     
  12. bolide

    bolide Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    3,726
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2005
    Location:
    Brighton
    Car:
    BMW E39 525 Diesel Touring
    What year is your 300D? The long battery wouldn't fit my 250TD

    I fitted a Mercedes battery to my 250TD and it lasted 11 years

    Nick Froome
    www.w124.co.uk
     
  13. jaymanek

    jaymanek Authorised Forum Sponsor Authorised Forum Sponsor

    Messages:
    16,400
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Location:
    Nuneaton Warwickshire
    Car:
    Lots of Mercedes!
    Banner are actually a good battery... they werent in the past but they make very good batteries now..

    That said I always pay a little more and go for bosch.
     
  14. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

    Messages:
    34,206
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2003
    Car:
    Peugeot 403 Convertible
    I know you're sorted now but a Merc 100Ah p/n A0055412501 is £115 from Inchcape online. Might be cheaper from a comemrcial dealer.
     
  15. philiggy

    philiggy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    449
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Car:
    C180 Estate & C220 CDI
    You have to 'modify' the ends of the battery tray

    Phil
     
  16. Alps

    Alps MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    7,107
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Location:
    London\Essex
    Car:
    E63 Weistec AMG, E55 2004 Silver(SOLD), C36 AMG 1997 (SOLD)
    i just replaced my 11 yr old MB battary, I had a look around and the MB dealer did the best deal 100Ah 750A MB batt for £80. Original didnt do to bad with all the ICE in the car!
     
  17. OP
    OP
    tpv01

    tpv01 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    174
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    my car is a '94 E300d multivalve. The battery tray did need to come out for it to sqeeze in but it just fits and is stable and secure.
     
  18. Smiley

    Smiley Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    you will be pleased with yourself on a really cold morning next winter!;)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.