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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 12:46 PM
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Yellow is for big draw things, bunch of lights, big amps, wench, sitting around with all the lights on for hours and hours
Blue is the Optima Marine battery--it's for boats
From what you say about Yellow Optima, it seems ideal for Marine application. What is the difference between Yellow and Blue?

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good question, and i have no answer for you sadly, i'd imagine blue is probably sealed better, but they are all (all colors) able to be mounted just about anywhere, at just about any angle.. so they're sealed pretty well. could have something to do with temperature range, marine batteries don't go in freezing weather, that's a guess tho.
but the yellow tops are what most of the car mod people use due to their ability to withstand the neons, car stereos, strobes, and everything else in the new generation of cars. dead honestly, from the little experience i have had with them, any of them are bound to be way better than any conventional battery.
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good question, and i have no answer for you sadly
I guess the quickest way to get the answer is to send the question to Optima. But my guess is that the only difference is the battery posts arrangement. One for car application and the other for Marine application.
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My dealer replaced my V8 4.6L battery last October under full warranty. While the car was 4 years old, almost 5 years old based on the manufacturer date and it had not been titled until 22 months before the battery failed. Problem is that after reading this post I see that they supplied the V6 3.8L battery 37110-24001U rather than the 37110-65000U called for. The difference is that the smaller battery is 700cca compared to the original 900cca.

Service Manager states that Kia has changed the specification for battery replacement in a tech svc bulletin to use the same battery for both applications. He said he would send the TSB to me this afternoon but I have not received it yet.

On-line Kia dealer parts web sites still show the 65000U for this application.

Anyone have any information on this subject?

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Here is the battery fitment chart that my local Kia dealer supplied ICW our discussions on the correct battery for the V8 vehicle. It states that the OEM part number for both the V6 and V8 was the 37110-2J800 at 660 CCA and that both should be replaced under warranty with the 37110-240001U at 700 CCA.



I found two current Kia dealer web sites that clearly state that the 37110-65000U at 900 CCA is the correct battery for the V8. I checked with Advance, O'Rilley and NAPA and each show a battery with about 700 CCA for the V6 but none show a battery available for the V8.

One could make the case that with a thousand or so untitled V8 Borrego's sitting in parking lots for a couple years with batteries discharged that Kia foresaw that there might be some future warranty replacement volumn. Kia would appear to have made a decision that the $100, 700 CCA V6 battery would do just fine compared to the originally engineered $300, 900 CCA V8 battery.

The Borrego is a fine automobile and my dealer has bent over backwards to ensure my satisfaction with it . . . until now. While this decision resides with Kia corporate, not the local dealer, it is the first significant issue of dissatisfaction in the nearly 2 years of ownership.

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I have the v8 borrego and I had to replace my battery also. I originally looked up the battery online and like you, was floored by the price. My kia dealer replaced the battery with one that was 109. The part number is 37110-24001u. I asked him about the 300 battery and he said they were not using those as replacements, I even made him double check with the battery company they use for all of their cars. I have had this battery months and it works just fine. I live in Arizona, so we are lucky here if a battery lasts more than 2 years. I see they used the same battery for testpoint's kia above

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Replacement battery

I replaced the battery for my V8 Borrego a few days ago. As mentioned in this and other threads, the OEM battery is expensive ($300+), if even available. And one dealer asked for $380 inclusive of installation. Thievery.

It seems the 700amp CCA battery for the V6 trim is being recommended by some Kia dealers for the V8. But because I wanted something closer to the 900amp CCA of the original battery, I looked around and got the 830 amp CCA Optima D27F. In terms of physical size, it seems to be close to the original, if not a little shorter length wise. The width of my new battery is very close to the original's, which is essential if you want the battery hold-down clamp to fit properly.

I've only had the new battery for a few days, but it fires up the engine right away and the car seems to be performing better even when moving. Perhaps the second part is my imagination.

Not sure whether there are any more Borrego owners out there, especially the V8. But because it was challenging and confusing to find the right battery, I hope sharing my experience will help a fellow Borrego brethren who may be in the market for a new battery like I was. Good luck.
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We had to replace the battery in our Borrego (V-8) middle of last year. Installed what KIA was recommending for the V-8 now, not the high priced battery. We have not had any problems what so ever with the performance of this battery. Purchased the battery at a local auto parts store.
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