Which battery for a 1994 S124 E300d

swannymere

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This is going to sound daft, my car i think has air conditioning rather than climate control (any heads up on the difference and what to look for?) but when i enter the details in any online site it asks which battery? Non-aircon (096) or with aircon (019) the problem being that the 019 battery is too large for the battery tray and the 096 fits perfectly.
Am i being stupid or just confused??
 

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Presence of aircon should make no real demands on the car' s battery assuming its only running when the engine+alternator is. aircon v climate control really refers to the sophistication of the dash control unit more than anything else.
The e300 diesel was fitted with a 74Ah battery from the factory AFAIK so a highly rated 096 battery should be fine if that's all that will fit??
e.g. something like this - but check fitment with supplier !
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007NY6FGO/?tag=amazon0e9db-21
 

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As grober aircon or not shouldn't really make much if any difference, aircon vs climate definately won't. I normally buy batteries from a local alternator & battery specialist and never been asked. Gross generalisation but traditionally diesels got 'bigger' batteries than petrols for cranking reasons (waaaay higher compression ratio etc) but if there physically isn't room for a 019 then...

FWIW i've just looked at what's in my 320te (with virtually all the leccy toys that were available at the time inc heated seats) and it's a 100 which is same width x length as an 096 but a touch shorter and has slightly lower Ah and cca, the later being a bigger deal for diesels

Climate control = one temp dial, push buttons for fan & air direction controls and it has an 'auto' mode. Air con = dual zone heater/2 temp dials, rotary fan and air direction switches with the later using cables to move the direction flaps instead of a mix of leccy witchcraft and vacuum
 
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Thanks for the help chaps.
 

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