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    My 550 wouldn't start [again] Saturday so I called The AA and booked the fitting of a new battery for Sunday morning, stressing that a performance car would need a suitable battery.

    The fitter was prompt and, after having to move the expansion tank out of the way, soon had the old battery out . A new 096 battery was fitted and that's when the error was spotted; the terminals were the other way round. I need an 096R.

    Just over 2 hours later, after a futile trip to Halfords, we're back at square one with the old battery refitted and the car started on a booster pack. It's presently back at home and on trickle-charge / life-support.

    I now need to source a new battery myself. All a bit of a waste of time really. I don't blame The AA but it's all very frustrating.

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    Tayna.co.uk are very good and generally very competitive with next day delivery

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    Anything that stops you playing with your toy is frustrating for sure.

    Just order a new battery online; done that several times for the boat. Never takes long to turn up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F355GTS View Post
    Tayna.co.uk are very good and generally very competitive with next day delivery
    Funnily enough I was just looking at them - thanks for the recommendation. I'll go like-for-like and order the VARTA, it seems pretty reasonable at £86 delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyjonkers View Post
    Funnily enough I was just looking at them - thanks for the recommendation. I'll go like-for-like and order the VARTA, it seems pretty reasonable at £86 delivered.
    Nice little Brucie Bonus; used discount code FACEBOOK45 and rec'd a whopping 2.7% discount, or £2.28! Every little helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyjonkers View Post
    Nice little Brucie Bonus; used discount code FACEBOOK45 and rec'd a whopping 2.7% discount, or £2.28! Every little helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyjonkers View Post
    Funnily enough I was just looking at them - thanks for the recommendation. I'll go like-for-like and order the VARTA, it seems pretty reasonable at £86 delivered.
    A big recommendation from me also....I won’t buy batteries from anywhere else. Next day delivery and properly shipped.

    The last one I bought was an Exide AGM.

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    Lucy for me I have a small company located in cradley Heath called Rock Batteries, all he sells is every conceivable battery you ever thought of, from industry floor cleaning machines to AA's
    He put a new battery in my emergency jump charger pack last week (over 10 years old) I thought I'd just bin it. but he said bring it down and I'll fit you a new battery into it instead of buying a new charger pack,
    Pulled one off the shelf and charged me £25 all in.
    This place is totally unique.(very old school)
    Every car I've ever owned has gone to Les at Rock
    He has all the test equipment onsite and is a great Guy, all my family and mates use him, small family busines, no website but I believe he is on Facebook?

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    Nice to hear businesses like that still exist in this day & age. Good luck to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F355GTS View Post
    Tayna.co.uk are very good and generally very competitive with next day delivery
    I'd just like to say how happy I am with the battery from Tayna.co.uk; I finally got around to fitting it this w/e. Despite the box being clearly marked 'Open outdoors immediately' I thought I knew better. The reason they want you to open it is to remove the 'In transit' plugs from the new battery to prevent a build up of excess pressure. I thought it was just to check for damage / spills.

    The battery was vacuum packed and a direct replacement for the old unit, and just as heavy! The weight-saving guy with the F430 on this forum makes a good point when he says swapping the battery for a lighter unit is money well spent on a quick weight saving. And batteries are always located in an awkward to get to place. It's like all the engineers and aerodynamacists have they say in the design of a car before the battery guy rocks up at the end and asks 'Where can I put this lads?'. In fairness, at least on a 550 it's in the engine bay rather than front wing / under a seat / boot as some other makes / models can be.

    The car started on the first turn of the key (Tayna must send their batteries fully charged) and the car is now back on Optimate III trickle charger, just to be safe.

    I felt pretty pleased with myself to finally take a spanner to my car after years of handing the keys / some cash to some other bloke to get his fingers dirty & sore on my behalf.


    Next job? I'm not sure there is one; I think I've finally caught up with myself.

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