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    Replacement Battery for T3 Transporter

    I have a 1983 (C reg) Transporter T3, 1.9L Petrol & with the camper sat about doing diddly-squat for about the last 18 months, other trips for an MOT. I've had to charge up the battery up twice in the last 6 months, but it's obvious that it's had it.

    I appreciate I can get a 'replacement' battery from the local parts shop, but I get the impression that a previous owner has simply gotten a battery that fits into the cubby hole under the drivers seat. I'm therefore hoping that someone can give me a step to a hint about the 'correct battery. Currently fitted is a 'Powerstart' Type P027 12v 60AH - 540 CCA

    Any help would be appreciated, as my local parts store has had a tendency to simply give me the cheapest battery that meets the spec, rather than the correctly sized / shaped one for the vehicle!
    2015 Mk7 Golf SE BlueMotion Estate 1.6L TDI-CR 110PS, Night Blue (LH5X)
    Sons: 58 plate Golf 1.4, Petrol
    1983 Transporter T3 1.9
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    Hi M, with older vehicles I always try to fit the most powerful battery I can that will fit in the compartment.
    I've got a 2.1 engine and managed to fit a 77AH 760CCA Exide premium behind the driver's seat. Is that where your battery is located?

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    PS, you wouldn't need to go that big. Mine's a syncro and has the 90A alternator so it suits a bigger battery. If I were you I'd still go a bit bigger than 540CCA though.

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    Taking the largest under seat battery number now listed by VW 000 915 105 DA, a 64AH/380A, the UK BBMS number is 063 so my personal preference would be the https://www.yuasa.co.uk/ybx5063.html which is stocked by TPS centres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    Taking the largest under seat battery number now listed by VW 000 915 105 DA, a 64AH/380A, the UK BBMS number is 063 so my personal preference would be the https://www.yuasa.co.uk/ybx5063.html which is stocked by TPS centres.

    I'm no expert but dropping to 52Ah seems like too big a downgrade to me
    1990 T3 Syncro 2.1i (DJ)
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    Yes, but it is the largest listed for the vehicle. Over the years I have seen a few oversize batteries short out on the seat base in T3’s.
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    Sorry for being so long between replies, it's been a busy few months !

    I spoke with a local branch of a nationwide tyre/exhaust/battery replacement chain, looking for advice / a good deal.

    After turning up nothing on their computer database (as the van is over 35 years old !), the mechanic then turned to a 'battery catalogue' that they often refer to.

    I ended up with a "Platinum Prestige" 100E battery which is 12v / 72Ah (ETN: 572409065650A(EN)).

    It has a central lifting handle & locates within the battery cubbyhole, with just enough room to get a finger or two down either side of the battery. It thankfully comes with plastic terminal covers that fit on after the terminals are connected. & at 65, I didn't feel as though I was getting mugged !
    2015 Mk7 Golf SE BlueMotion Estate 1.6L TDI-CR 110PS, Night Blue (LH5X)
    Sons: 58 plate Golf 1.4, Petrol
    1983 Transporter T3 1.9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimabob View Post
    I've got a 2.1 engine and managed to fit a 77AH 760CCA Exide premium behind the driver's seat. Is that where your battery is located?
    I fitted the same battery a couple of years ago because I wanted a bigger capacity as 61Ah OEM isn't big enough on my Golf.

    EXTW067TE Exide Premium with Carbon Boost EA770 77Ah 760 CCA AE[EN] 71.03 278x190x175 not stop/start

    Length 278
    Width 175
    Height 190

    http://www.exidebatteries.com.au/Dow...nt%20Guide.pdf

    https://www.exide.com/eu/sites/defau...olutions_0.pdf
    2010 Golf GTD (170) CBBB, 5 Door, Shadow Blue (P6/D5Q), Transmission Code: KXZ, Flat Tyre Indicator, Basic Protection Pack + VCDS.


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