For the archives, about whereabouts do you live?
My first two or three 91 Civic batteries lasted about 4 to
4.5 years each, driven in northern U.S.
But through carelessness I ran each battery down to "dead"
several times. That's a big factor in battery life.
From rough memory here, seems 4 years is the least one
should expect, assuming the battery isn't allowed to be run
down very often.
IIRC we've seen folks post getting ten years or so once in
havea 97 civic that I just replaced the orig battery too! I think this
was a rare thing. Your 2-4 year lifetime for a battery is my typical
experience. But if you live in a mild climate you may have extended the
You are definitely above average at 9.5 years. In fact, one might say
that you are on "borrowed time". When I thought I might have a
charging problem the local Honda dealer did a battery and charging
system check for free. I am not sure if they can tell how long your
battery will last but if you have a low tolerence for break-downs you
might want to have your battery tested. I have had batteries that I
thought were fine die with very little warning. I believe many auto
parts stores (if you trust them) will also load test your battery for
free. Otherwise you might just want to go for the record!
We live in the Houston area, and have our Honda and Nissan service
departments replace the OEM batteries in our '88 Accord and '95 Maxima every
two years as a matter of owner-mandated 'routine' maintenance. What I lose
on pro-rated battery replacement under warranty I recover by avoiding road
(or, more usually, garage) service expenses. The optimum (minimum cost)
replacement interval for both cars worked out to be two years.
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