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    Does anyone know of any battery problems with the 306? Over the last 3-4 days the car has been reluctant to start - this morning, it didn't. Have had a quick search on the web and a couple of people overseas have mentioned dud batteries and bad terminal connections as faults with the 306. Alternatively, the battery could just be dead but I want to check all options before buying a new battery. Any help appreciated!

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    Penelope,

    Been nothing else a bit strange happening? Like charge lights glowing dimly on the dash?
    If the battery's more than a couple of years old chances are that's all the problems is.
    I've never heard of anything such as a common fault in them particularly battery related.
    As a precaution, usually pays to get the battery from a reputable auto electrician if you know one you can trust and he should check the system with his meters as part of the service at no extra cost; they're usually dearer than tyre joints with the price of their batteries to start with so they aren't really doing it for nothing

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    Excellent advice as usual Alan,

    but I have to ask, has Penelope got one of our aussiefrog stickers? I don't believe so
    You know Penelope you could double the life of your new battery and the sticker will only cost you a self addressed envelope

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    the battery in my 306 just up and died with out any warning about 12 months ago
    and at the last pug pageant held in dubbo last year there was a 306 there that after a short drive the car stalled and then wouldn't go, the battery in this very new 306 just up and died
    luckily there was a 404 come to the rescue lol
    and adding to the trouble was that the 306 was auto and was in park and as there wasn't any charge in the battery we couldn't get it into neutral so we could move it out of the way as it was blocking a driveway into a popular tourist spot
    so for some reason 306 batteries can just all of a sudden die for no reason and not show any signs of going dead
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    Hi Penelope,

    We've had our 306 for 7 years now, from new.

    The first battery lasted 2 years precisely and died totally and suddenly.

    We're still on the second battery! It is the only one that was available in Perth for the 306, a no-maintenance type and I'm pretty impressed with it for obvious reasons.

    Good luck,

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    [quote]Originally posted by Alan S:
    <strong>Penelope,

    Been nothing else a bit strange happening? Like charge lights glowing dimly on the dash?
    If the battery's more than a couple of years old chances are that's all the problems is.
    I've never heard of anything such as a common fault in them particularly battery related.
    As a precaution, usually pays to get the battery from a reputable auto electrician if you know one you can trust and he should check the system with his meters as part of the service at no extra cost; they're usually dearer than tyre joints with the price of their batteries to start with so they aren't really doing it for nothing

    Alan S</strong><hr></blockquote>

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    Thanks for all the information guys,

    The car was due for a service anyway, so I got it into the Peugeot service department and they fitted a new battery. I thought $120 was a bit steep, but needed the car to shop around which obviously wasn't an option since it wasn't going!(Rockhampton doesn't know about public transport)

    As for the aussie frogs sticker, Chris, I'll send off that stamped self-addressed envelope ASAP since you swear it will prevent all manner of problems

    Thanks again for the help,

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    Penelope,

    Next time you go to see the local Peugeot service agent who charged you $120 for a battery, if it wasn't a deep cycle battery, ask him for directions to the Glenrowan Pub and ask about his relative Ned who was caught there
    How was he dressed? In a big steel helmet by any chance :p :p

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    I would not be so harsh in stating my good mate, Ned Kelly was there.

    My purchase of cars seems to know which ones have the dud batteries that will die during my ownership. (Mental note to Mi16 Man {a la Homer Simpson} - must get Aussiefrogs sticker so that Mi16 will not have battery die!) NRMA have started their new service which is home delivery batteries which have saved me on many an occasion
    for the 505, 205 and blasphemy, a KH Laser ($70 for the latter). The 205 had a hardcore 600CC amp battery which made the stater spin faster than a motorcylce starter.

    Yes, they charge about $130 which seems expensive but over the years, pricing has not increased even after GST has been introduced. Included in this is a charge test from the battery and alternator. The best thing, they take it away!

    Well, keep ripping me off, I am a sucker for it!
    BTW, I was just told that a new NS Front window mechanism will cost me $350 all because the dodgy dealer (not Peugeot - some fool in Bowral NSW) bodged up the job when I test drove the car. I found the window would not go up but the electric motor was running.

    Wish me luck! Keep on puggin'
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    if you are talking about the pug dealer in rocky, when i was living up there i found him to be ignorant and not very bright when it came to pugs.
    he didn't even know that Mi16's came with alloys wheels and yet he professed to selling quite a few of them
    anyway i didn't like him so i didn't deal through him while i was there
    the battery for mine was $120 at supercheap auto by the way
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    I paid $100.10 for a calcium plated battery at Alco Batteries (I think?) here in Granville. Not sure of the brand, but it's one of the ones that has a little window that is green when the battery is in good condition and goes red when it's almost dead. Pretty cool I thought!

    It fitted perfectly - someone mentioned trouble finding a battery to fit?

    I know when I bought my car the battery terminals were terrible - one of the first things I did was clean them up and spray them with silicon spray.

    Derek.

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    Must be very special batteries in Pugs if some of these responses are the norm.
    A marine battery which is capable of unbelievable abuse and very large to boot, can be bought for around $140. Now I am well aware it won't fit but it is a genuine comparison of value.
    Maybe it's got something to do with the location of some of these service centres.
    My BX came from the northern Sydney area and was taken to a service guy who charged the previous owner $550+ to test the ABS, tell him he couldn't find the fault and gave it him back and he paid up and didn't complain A case of if you can get away with it - go for it :p :p

    I have found Supercheap a bit of a trap with batteries in the past; may be worth shopping around before taking their price for granted as being reasonable. They advertise cheap batteries which seem to be suitable for strange and obscure models and then seem to sell you one as dear as poison that will fit. An example of this was my Spectron that tosses a battery in on a regular basis. Trying to sell it and it doesn't get much use so I went looking for the $39.95 special.
    The CCA was right but physically it wouldn't fit but one for almost $90 would. Went to small accessory shop down the road and got fixed up for about fifty bucks.

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    Yeah,

    there batterys sound absubly expensive. I got from the local Battery specialist a big ceramic plate, deep cycle marine battery for my CX for less than a hundred bucks. Admittadly it was a battery that had sat on a shelf so was considered 'old' stock.

    Even though it's a huge battery, that's capable of taking a hell of a beating, being totaly drained & recharged (as marine batterys do) it still won't start my CX if it hasn't been used for mor than 3days. I whack the thing on the charger & it's away again. Yep, there sure is something in my car that sucks a heap of juice when the ignitions off I'll have to look into it oneday. I reckon I'll have time around April of 2004

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    Penelope_s,

    Most likely the 306 battery is not a common one
    It is most likely a low profile one for bonnet clearance (Like the little 205)
    I find that i have to pay a little more than other common batterys.
    I am on my third one in six years (I put a little more load on my battery with the sterio so i think it is ok)
    Most euro cars have a compact engine bay with pipes and electrical wiring crammed in with little room for airflow (I think the extra heat also shortens the battery life somewhat)


    Murat

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    dont worry about it, i paid $300 for my battery....and that was the trade price LOL

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