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Old 08-16-2017, 02:39 PM
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I bought a 2012 XF with just under 28,000 miles. Appears to have the original battery but with such low miles, unless it was kept on a battery tender, I would expect it would have had to been replaced before now. Is there a way to tell how old it is? There are some numbers and letters sort of etched into the plastic battery casing, but of of course unintelligible without some sort of code book. Just wondering how soon I need to expect to replace it (I tend to do maintenance preemptively rather than wait for my cars to break down at the most inconvenience time and place.)
 
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An OE Varta battery has the manufactured date embossed in code form into the top of the negative terminal post:



The code is WW-YY for Week and Year. In this example it is Week 23 in 2012.

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Awesome! Mine was made 41-11, second week of October 2011. That's almost 6 years old so I should plan on replacing it very soon.
 
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Not necessarily---I have had two Jaguars with Varta batteries which went over 10 years. I would do a load test on it and determine its actual condition.
 
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The only car batteries I've gotten more than 6-7 years out of were in my classic cars that stay plugged in to Battery Tenders and those tend to go 9-11 years. The only batteries I've had go less than 5 years were OEM. But I've never spent extra money on any sort of special technology batteries like Optimas, AGM type, etc. Always just bought the shortest pro-rated warranty lead-acid and mostly AC Delco brand. Is the Varta something superior or is it just a basic lead-acid battery?
 

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I have just purchased a September 2004 Jaguar S Type and was disappointed to find the battery had gone flat and would not charge beyond 50%. Having looked at the Negative post it is stamped 27/04 (8th/15th July 2004). I just hope the next battery, obviously a Varta, will last just as long. I did telephone the previous owner, from new, and he had to admit that he had not replaced the battery during its fourteen year life.
 
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Wow - quite a battery!
 
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Originally Posted by Sevenoaks Brian View Post
I have just purchased a September 2004 Jaguar S Type ......
Welcome to the forum Brian,

10 years is not unusual for an OE Varta but 14 is exceptional..

Please follow this link New Member Area - Intro a MUST - Jaguar Forums - Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum to the New Member Area - Intro a MUST forum and post some information about yourself and your vehicle for all members to see. In return you'll get a proper welcome and some useful advice about posting to the forum.

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Awesome! Mine has just recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Seven more to go!
 
 

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