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OEM Battery Lifetime?

My Escape will be 3 years old soon. In the past, I've had OEM batteries last about 3 years.

What is your experience with the Escape? I'd rather replace it under my terms in my garage instead of suddenly being stranded someplace.

Does the error message "Battery Low See Manual" display come up before the battery goes flat?

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My Escape will be 3 years old soon. In the past, I've had OEM batteries last about 3 years.

What is your experience with the Escape? I'd rather replace it under my terms in my garage instead of suddenly being stranded someplace.

Does the error message "Battery Low See Manual" display come up before the battery goes flat?
The biggest factor in a battery life not the make or model of a car, is the way the car is used. If you typically find your batteries last 3 years, then that should be the baseline you use.

A battery low warning is a good sign that the battery is low, but not necessarily a sign It is about to fail. A battery can also fail without this warning coming on.

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My Escape will be 3 years old soon. In the past, I've had OEM batteries last about 3 years.

What is your experience with the Escape? I'd rather replace it under my terms in my garage instead of suddenly being stranded someplace.

Does the error message "Battery Low See Manual" display come up before the battery goes flat?
Just replaced the battery on my 2013 Escape based upon three year premise and also not wanting to be stranded. Should you decide to replace be sure and get the battery life monitor reset. There are several threads with lots of posts on this topic if you do not know what it is.

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FWIW the OEM battery in my Escape is model BXT-96R (part number visible when I remove the battery cover).

That number ("BXT") is for the "Tested Tough Max" series of Motorcraft batteries. When installed as a replacement they have a 36-month free replacement / 100-month pro rata warranty. When it comes in the new car only the 36-month free replacement applies (for whatever reason, just the way it is).

The OEM Motorcraft battery in my '05 F150 went waaaay beyond 36 months. I'm in very hot central Texas, not the friendliest battery climate.

As already stated, YMMV.

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The biggest factor in a battery life not the make or model of a car, is the way the car is used. If you typically find your batteries last 3 years, then that should be the baseline you use.
Absolutely true. I've lived in Arizona for 30 years, and batteries for me last 3 years. Always. My previous vehicle was an Explorer and it was always courteous enough to warn me when the battery was dying (either the power locks would act up, or I'd get one or two really weak cranks). I always appreciated that because older vehicles always seemed to leave me stranded.

I hope the Escape doesn't strand me since replacing the battery is a major surgery with the idiotic placement of it.

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The OEM battery in my 2012 Fusion lasted 4 years. I may have replaced it prematurely but I did it when I noticed that the engine seemed to turn over a wee bit slower when I started it. I never try to get every last bit out of either batteries or tires because I don't ever want to be stranded.

On the Escape, I'm just asking to learn from your experiences. That car is always garaged, is driven mostly by my wife and it has only 23K miles so far. If I can get 4 years from that battery, that's great.

So from your experiences, On the new Escape, at which month after manufacture did your battery fail?

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Mine is a 7/2012 build and the battery is doing fine for me @ 30K

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September 2013 build, still cranking strong @ 37 months / 36.5k miles.

90% of the time I'm running ~20 ~ 40 Amp non-OEM load directly from the battery (audio mods).

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Picked up my Escape in September 2013 and have around 72000 km and the battery is working great.

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Search "car battery life expectancy map" ands click on images. As mentioned, it's worst for very hot zones, which is the opposite of what I always thought. The map looks just like the map you get when you search "planting zone map."
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