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Old 08-05-2014, 02:04 AM
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I wouldn’t go that far, it can be a pain in the ass when trying to jump start someone compared to just popping the hood; not that it can’t provide its own issues too.

One reason it gets moved to the boot in a lot of cars, is that it’s an easy way to shift more weight rearward .
True. But a lot of time they put jump lugs under the hood

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Old 08-05-2014, 02:28 AM
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Re: Battery location new GCL ecodiesel

Yeah Commodore utes have had them in the cab for a while
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:49 PM
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I wouldn’t go that far, it can be a pain in the ass when trying to jump start someone compared to just popping the hood; not that it can’t provide its own issues too
Well, at least we can pop the hood to access the jumping lugs! (I've never had to start my JGC that way, but plenty of times I've had to jump other vehicles including my tractor...
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The battery has been in that location for years in the JGC...it's not "new" just to the MY14 EcoDiesel.
I could note that British sports cars put them inside behind the driver way back in the early 60s... but somehow knowing this would not make me any more comfortable.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:14 PM
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Re: Battery location new GCL ecodiesel

<P>I am sure that BMW fanbois will swear that the trunk location for the battery adds to the ultimate sex machine driving pleasures. But it is horrendous to change it out on an M3. Weight distribution bullshit.</P>
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<P>I am sure that BMW fanbois will swear that the trunk location for the battery adds to the ultimate sex machine driving pleasures. But it is horrendous to change it out on an M3. Weight distribution bullshit.</P>
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Re: Battery location new GCL ecodiesel

I had the Miata when it first came out in 1990. It also had the battery in the trunk.
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Well, I know for sure how hard it is to change it. And I know it is for weight distribution and I also know that it is smaller than a regular battery.

I wouldn't know anything else about the enhanced sexperience...
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Re: Battery location new GCL ecodiesel

Batteries in the right rear quarter sections on my Z06 and CTS-V (both vented)
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Re: Battery location new GCL ecodiesel

Having the battery out of the engine bay also increases its usable life by quite a margin.
There is a rule of thumb that for every 2 degrees centigrade rise above 30 degrees you can reduce the battery life by 6 months all things being equal.
Engine bays get very hot and of course a great lump of lead like a battery absorbs this heat with relish, and fried onions!!!!!
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Having the battery out of the engine bay also increases its usable life by quite a margin.
There is a rule of thumb that for every 2 degrees centigrade rise above 30 degrees you can reduce the battery life by 6 months all things being equal.
Engine bays get very hot and of course a great lump of lead like a battery absorbs this heat with relish, and fried onions!!!!!
But putting it under the passenger's seat if said passenger also relishes relish and fried onions, could subject it to excess air pollution...
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<P>I am sure that BMW fanbois will swear that the trunk location for the battery adds to the ultimate sex machine driving pleasures. But it is horrendous to change it out on an M3. Weight distribution bullshit.</P>
So you'd rather the 60 to 80 pound battery be up front instead of the back?
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