Funny you should ask that...I'm not the OP, but you made me think of
something funny (well not to me, but you can laugh).
My 96 Windstar had the original battery in it until last year. 9 years old.
Never heard of such a long life. Every fall for the last several years I
thought I ought to replace it, but never did. It never gave me a reason to.
Oddly enough I indirectly killed it when I jumped my old Toyota when I sold it
to a guy for a few hundred bucks.
Got a spark when disconnecting the cables and killed the alternator, took the
battery with it soon after. I spent all the money the guy gave me and then
some fixing it.
I'll always wonder how long that battery might have lasted...
I recall seeing with my own eyes a 1974 Dodge Dart with the original Mopar
in 1989. It would still start the car as long as the motor didn't have to turn
than about 3 times (summer of course). The need for a tune up found, and of
doomed, the battery. Little old lady, etc...
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