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Sealed for life/maintenance free batteries don't last as long as the ones whereby you checked & topped-up the electrolyte. I had one on my original Corolla which only needed replacing when the car was 13 years old. Since then, I seem to get around 5-6years before failure. It might be worth finding out why it failed (what I mean is to get the charging system checked out), as batteries can fail due to overcharging (which doesn't always show on the dashboard), so if it was your alternator (or associated componentry) which was to blame - simply fitting a new battery is treating the symptom, rather than the cause.

Just a thought.


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