Never Buy This Car Battery

  • Published: 28 May 2019
  • Never Buy This Car Battery, DIY and car repair with auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer. Optima car battery review. The worst car battery to buy. Why not to buy an Optima battery for your car or truck. Buying a car battery. Worst batteries you shouldn't buy for your car. Stay away from this battery. Car batteries explained. Car Advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   5 months back

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    • Why Me
      Why Me  2 weeks back

      Scotty can you do a episode about capacitor batteries.

    • broandrew
      broandrew  2 months back

      Desulfate flooded batteries with negative charge non-hertzian ( energy invented by a DOD scientist, Look up the Battery Smacker. Charge a battery over night with 10 watts of energy. Charge batteries at night with solar setups.

    • 4 gauge
      4 gauge  4 months back

      @Bighorn44 None I believe it,I bought a brand new John Deere garden tractor back in the early summer of 2010,the factory battery is still in it and going 💪⬅strong.

    • Bighorn44 None
      Bighorn44 None  4 months back

      Drving my 08 ford focus with the factory battery. 120 k miles.

    • 4 gauge
      4 gauge  4 months back

      @Dustan Moore what I'm saying is their batteries are very weak and you're constantly replacing them, there's a lot more to free replacement of an item than meets the eye and this would be the case, when it's 40 below zero like it was this past winter,Walmart got truckloads of their batteries back they all froze up,Deka got almost nothing back and their warranty is better than Wal-Marts warranty.

  • Branon Fontaine
    Branon Fontaine  2 hours back

    For years all we ran in our Jeeps and Bronco's were Optima batteries...then, like Scotty said here, the quality nosedived badly....we then switched to a battery that's made in the U.S. (Ohio I believe) named "Xtreme Batteries"....I just bought one for the 85 AMC Cj-7 I recently acquired and it has 830 cold cranking amps, and although they're far from cheap, they've been durable and reliable, in fact a couple of em that we have are over 10yrs old and they're still workin.....

    • thomastjg53
      thomastjg53  17 hours back

      I was just looking for a battery too , and most only have a 3 year warranties not good for us. Last battery I bought only lasted 3 years , when to Napa were I bought it and they warrant it cause they said it was 4 years old by looking at the made date on it. Do you notice that when you buy a new car things last longer then when you buy OEM parts over the counter, like brakes, rotors , battery’s , tires. Makes you wonder!!!!!!

      • Justin T
        Justin T  23 hours back

        Love it when ol Scotty throws shade on the shills.

        • Cheepchipsable
          Cheepchipsable  1 days back

          LOL, it's ALWAYS been the "American Way".

          • mister m II
            mister m II  1 days back

            FU€K MEXIHO......

            • Mark Benoit
              Mark Benoit  2 days back

              Walmart Batteries Seam to be a good bang for the buck had one last 7 years. There more expensive one has 5 year warranty. About $100

              • lawrence henry
                lawrence henry  2 days back

                Damn it Scotty I have a red top Optima 2 and a half years old. Still going but it does start going down pretty fast just when I have doors open. Say 12.2 to 11.8 in two hours with the door open. LEDs they should not pull that much.

                • Shaz
                  Shaz  3 days back

                  call it as it is Scotty!👍👍👍

                  • Norman Feril
                    Norman Feril  4 days back

                    High quality products that last many years results in significantly lower sales and profits. So, if you want to sell more of something, intentionally produce products with shorter useful life spans. Since the technology to produce very long life vehicle batteries has existed for many years, it would appear the bulk of the battery industry has be intent and design, adopted a "short useful life product sell many more units" business model. In order for the model to work, "outsiders" still selling better batteries would have to be brought in line. I wonder who (and how) the enforcers are (your next assignment Scotty)?

                    • 1968CudaGuy
                      1968CudaGuy  5 days back

                      I made the mistake of buying one of the Optima Red top versions about 2012.. It was the biggest waste of money.. Double the cost lasted 1/2 as long..

                      • Cryt Kryssus
                        Cryt Kryssus  5 days back

                        This is disappointing. I bought one in 2011 and it worked amazingly.

                        • Jovani es
                          Jovani es  7 days back

                          thanks scotty. I bought a redtop as well. it only lasted posibly about 1-2 years. I paid 240 sum change. That is alot for a battery.

                          • Alexis green
                            Alexis green  7 days back

                            hi Scotty love your videos . I work for a Honda dealership here in California , we sell Honda batteries manufactured by interstate . They come with a 100 month warranty people should buy these instead . Beats 36 months

                            • Carl Willows
                              Carl Willows  1 weeks back

                              I had one of mine drop to 2 volts or so from leaving it in my boat over the winter. My smart charger wouldn't see it. Hooked er up to my other optima in my running truck with heavy duty booster cables. Sucker was drawing almost 40 amps to begin with. Disconnected it when I could feel the depleted one heating up (5 minutes or so). Put in on the smart charger and it worked like a charm. That was 4 years ago and I still use it today.

                              • Carl Willows
                                Carl Willows  1 weeks back

                                I have two I bought in the late 2000's, they still work. One still resides under the hood of my truck currently.

                                • Rogelio Torres
                                  Rogelio Torres  1 weeks back

                                  Battery used to be 5yrs now there 3yrs not sure why?

                                  • Jonathan Parker
                                    Jonathan Parker  1 weeks back

                                    At advance Auto we have a glass mat battery that is below that but is good

                                    • Jonathan Parker
                                      Jonathan Parker  1 weeks back

                                      U finally said the trust

                                      • Richard Keith
                                        Richard Keith  1 weeks back

                                        I always try to buy American even if it costs more!🇺🇸🇺🇸😃

                                        • MasterWitchDoctor
                                          MasterWitchDoctor  1 weeks back

                                          oke the only way this guy is watchable is at a speed of 1.5. at this speed every one of his videos are rather entertaining.

                                          • R Rizz
                                            R Rizz  1 weeks back

                                            I have had a yellow top optima in my car for 3 years and counting......

                                            • Private Press of Flint
                                              Private Press of Flint  1 weeks back

                                              I worked at AutoZone for almost 6 years before a car wreck ended it. Their Platinum battery line is really good. I have one in my daily driver that is on it's 4th year. The Optimas went down, just like you say.

                                              • Harry Parry
                                                Harry Parry  1 weeks back

                                                AMEN Scotty. Had 2 BOTH died...

                                                • Harry Parry
                                                  Harry Parry  1 weeks back

                                                  Can we get Married? LoL

                                                • Harry Parry
                                                  Harry Parry  1 weeks back

                                                  The DUMMING Dn of Merica...POOR young Bastards...LoL

                                              • Tom Eyssen
                                                Tom Eyssen  1 weeks back

                                                VERY WELL SAID! Very true.

                                                • Javier G
                                                  Javier G  1 weeks back

                                                  Where was this video when I bought the red cap lasted 3yrs almost exactly
                                                  Replacement was a pep boys battery longer warranty more cca great video scotty👍

                                                  • TOM’S 98 S-10
                                                    TOM’S 98 S-10  1 weeks back

                                                    Put them hands TO work cleaning your garage Scotty, lay off the caffeine !

                                                    • Admiral Sandwich
                                                      Admiral Sandwich  1 weeks back

                                                      I don’t always agree with Scotty but man did he do his homework this time

                                                      • Ron Price
                                                        Ron Price  1 weeks back

                                                        I purchased an Optima batt for both my Corvette's first one 10 years ago & the second 8 years ago & both are working great !
                                                        & yes I do us a batt tender here and there

                                                        • cmdrbnd007 Bond
                                                          cmdrbnd007 Bond  1 weeks back

                                                          Worked at Walmart's tire, lube express I'm the late 90s early 2000s and we sold those and I can't tell you how many we got back.

                                                          • Molochio Aderre
                                                            Molochio Aderre  1 weeks back

                                                            Thanks, bruv. I was literally going to buy one in the morning... Just saved me $200 dollars.

                                                            • Douglas Dunn
                                                              Douglas Dunn  1 weeks back

                                                              Quit waving your hands around!!!!! It's so distracting that your message gets lost in the movement. Thanks and good luck.

                                                              • Chic Valentin
                                                                Chic Valentin  2 weeks back

                                                                your right i bought this battery they sucks

                                                                • B Lee
                                                                  B Lee  2 weeks back

                                                                  could not agree with you more... I bought a Yellow Top(Group 24). It died within 2 years. The replacement died after 1 year and half. I didn't learn my lesson. Bought the Red Top for my other car. It died after 3 years and 2 months. Out of warranty and money down the toilet, just like Scotty said.

                                                                  • Jarred Jones
                                                                    Jarred Jones  2 weeks back

                                                                    yup i had the original one.. lasted about 6 years, replaced it with a new one and it
                                                                    died 18 months later..

                                                                    • Jose Chavez
                                                                      Jose Chavez  2 weeks back

                                                                      Mr Scotty I had the pleasure to meet you in person around 15 years ago, I've delivered you an alternator from a parts store, since you came out in youtube. Your opinion is very valid to me....
                                                                      Around I used to go to TSU and I was involved in the department on energy innovation, we had an old Chevy van that was 100% electric from the old HL&P company... It had one of the first red top battery for the accessories like AC, power steering, radio, lighting. Sure you are right it lasted years.
                                                                      I thought that I was the only one saw these batteries change in quality thru the years, but also I have seen a lot of stuff in automobile in general change in quality.... Its a shame

                                                                      • Joshua Martinson Music
                                                                        Joshua Martinson Music  2 weeks back

                                                                        Fu#*in hell! The American Way should be like it used to be!

                                                                        • Why Me
                                                                          Why Me  2 weeks back

                                                                          I bought a optima battery in 2010 and it only lasted to the warranty went out.

                                                                          • bobby harvill
                                                                            bobby harvill  2 weeks back

                                                                            I think they are good batteries.

                                                                            • OBAMFSpike
                                                                              OBAMFSpike  2 weeks back

                                                                              Glad I found your informative videos. You sir are a patriot and honest mechanic. Thank you for what you do.

                                                                              • McGuy281
                                                                                McGuy281  2 weeks back

                                                                                I bought a YellowTop about a year ago, and it has been nothing but great. Hopefully, if it fails, it is within the three years lol.

                                                                                • Brice Dyal
                                                                                  Brice Dyal  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Once agin your RIGHT Scotty!!!
                                                                                  25 years in this industry I have seen over a dozen plants move to MEXICO...

                                                                                  EVERY single plant QUALITY NEVER MATCHED US PRODUCTION, NEVER, NOT ONCE!

                                                                                  • joe hopes
                                                                                    joe hopes  3 weeks back

                                                                                    1st Optima battery lasted 9 years (2001 Tahoe) and I changed it only because it was 9 years old, next Optima battery lasted less than 2 years. They're way to expensive to ever buy again.

                                                                                    • Stephen christopher
                                                                                      Stephen christopher  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Scotty not everything made in USA are great bet he votes trump 2020

                                                                                      • Wesley Groth
                                                                                        Wesley Groth  3 weeks back

                                                                                        3 year heavy lead is still fine

                                                                                        • Tim Podhorn
                                                                                          Tim Podhorn  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Right on brother...

                                                                                          • Carlos Aleman
                                                                                            Carlos Aleman  3 weeks back

                                                                                            So what is the other choice of battery equivalent to the Optima?

                                                                                            • deejay poisin
                                                                                              deejay poisin  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I had three of them in my truck and the one i have right now is dead and i have the yellow top lol