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Suddenly, OEM battery died at 42 months and a little over 56k miles and got new battery from Costco, $150..... Guys said I bought most expensive battery at Costco.

Did anyone replace battery?

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Did anyone replace battery?
Yes, I did.

The warranty on the Costco battery is about the best you'll find.
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Suddenly, OEM battery died at 42 months and a little over 56k miles and got new battery from Costco, $150..... Guys said I bought most expensive battery at Costco.

Did anyone replace battery?
I'm curious -- did they sell you what they called an "H7" or a "94R" battery?
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My OEM battery died at like 28 months and 20,000 miles.. which is about par for the course here in Florida.. It seems like nearly all my batteries die in the 2-3 year time frame.. Cars, motorcycle..
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Personally I think the newer maintenance-free batteries suck. My wife and I each bought a new car in 2005; hers was a Lexus ES and mine was a Nissan Z. Both came with standard lead-acid batteries, the kind with removable cell caps. Proper maintenance required checking the acid level at least once a month and adding distilled water as necessary. Both batteries lasted over 9 years, which is excellent given our upstate New York winters. When I asked the dealers if I could get identical replacements, their answers were no, the Japanese manufacturers put those batteries in their new cars but don't export just the batteries.

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I'm curious -- did they sell you what they called an "H7" or a "94R" battery?
I got "H7" and only w/ 42 months warranty sticker.
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AGM batteries can last up to 8 years but suffer disastrously from deep discharge and a failure to recover them properly from the discharge. Even one deep discharge and a high amperage recharge can serious diminish the life of the battery.

Costco here stopped selling the Kirkland branded batteries - they now only have Interstate over in the tire shop, don't know if that's an Arizona thing or they are giving up the branded name and hassles associated with selling batteries (cores and warranties).

We are lucky to get three years out of a battery here - the heat in summer just kills them. I always thought batteries did worse in cold climates but I'd easily get 5 years out of one back east. Fortunately, the guys at Wal-Mart tell you to buy the 3 year free exchange battery and then bring it in at 34 months when it dies. At least you get 2 for 1 and they never even question whether the battery is good or bad they are so used to the short lifespan here.
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In a moderate climate you can expect, on average, to get 4-5 years out of a battery. It's a consumable item. As others have mentioned, extreme heat (and cold) is not your friend when it comes to batteries and it can shorten their lifespan. The same goes for a deep discharge (you leave your car parked for a few months or your alternator fails) and then someone using a quick charge to get it back up to operating voltage instead of a trickle charge.

For what it's worth, when I get to 4.5 years or so, I always preemptively change them so I have less risk of getting stuck.

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For what it's worth, when I get to 4.5 years or so, I always preemptively change them so I have less risk of getting stuck.
Same here. When the engine cranking starts to get sluggish, I change out the battery.
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My previous 2012 Sorento SX battery died @ the 5 year old mark. 5 yrs is very good for OEM batteries.Kia dealer Installed another Kia OEM replacement.
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