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Tjensen   
Sat Oct 20 2012, 01:00pm
Joined: Jul 17 2012
Member No: #954
Location: Bergen
Is it adviseable to charge the battery from the posts under the bonnet ?

And can I connect a charger there while changig the battery in the boot (actually the manual can be read that way)
C6Dave   
Sat Oct 20 2012, 05:22pm

Joined: Oct 01 2009
Member No: #1
Location: Northumberland
Yes you can connect the charger on the front terminals in the engine bay
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magicands   
Mon Oct 22 2012, 06:56pm
Joined: Sep 13 2012
Member No: #1021
Location: Coventry, Warwickshire
According to info that I have sourced the current replacement battery for a C6 is ;

Varta H3 Silver Dynamic.
100ah
830 cold cranking amps
length 353mm
Width 175mm
Height 190mm
ETN 600 402 083

Price is around £95-£98 on eBay delivered.
I hope this info helps but do check before purchasing to ensure it will fit the space allocated in the boot?

Best wishes,
Gary
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gmerry   
Mon Oct 22 2012, 09:25pm
Joined: Dec 11 2009
Member No: #21
Location: Scotland
Gary, I presume the source you quote is my post of April 27th quoting Varta H3 100 amphour which has been doing its job very nicely since that date ( and of course it's a puuurfect fit!)

Regards
G
FCM   
Mon Oct 22 2012, 09:42pm
Joined: Apr 15 2012
Member No: #866
Location: North Yorkshire
If it was the battery that caused the problem (see thread about starting problems in France), mine (assuming it was the original) lasted about three years.

FCM
magicands   
Tue Oct 23 2012, 11:44am
Joined: Sep 13 2012
Member No: #1021
Location: Coventry, Warwickshire
gmerry wrote ...

Gary, I presume the source you quote is my post of April 27th quoting Varta H3 100 amphour which has been doing its job very nicely since that date ( and of course it's a puuurfect fit!)

Regards
G


Hi there, yes, but I went and double checked and it still returned with the Varta H3, you are correct though as sellers are quoting the Varta E38 (100) Silver Dynamic which has a much reduced amperage and cold cranking.
Im of a similar opinion to you, the bigger the better and if it fits the space then go for it.
I would definitely purchase the H3 with 100ah output.
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gmerry   
Tue Oct 23 2012, 06:39pm
Joined: Dec 11 2009
Member No: #21
Location: Scotland
There's no "if". It does fit.

Regards
G
magicands   
Wed Oct 24 2012, 05:18pm
Joined: Sep 13 2012
Member No: #1021
Location: Coventry, Warwickshire
Yes it does fit and in my opinion is the CORRECT replacement for a C6 at about £100 as compared with a Citroen OEM at £200.
Its a no brainer!!!!
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Trainman   
Tue Nov 06 2012, 10:11am

Joined: Apr 12 2010
Member No: #86
Location: Penwortham
Well, It looks like I'm about to join this club, Had a flat battery the other day and managed to get it started, but, well a bit of a ball ache, anyway same thing again this morning, Saturday and Sunday saw me driving over 200 miles so should have a fully charged battery.

I will get the alternator checked later and then off battery shopping..........Oh the excitement........
Stealth   
Tue Nov 06 2012, 07:35pm
Joined: Aug 11 2012
Member No: #986
Location: Sydney
So Trainman,

Was there still enough power remaining for the driver's side window to still drop by the required amount to avoid damage as you opened your door?

I'd imagine the economy mode is clever enough to assure power for that function, as a last resort, as long as the battery isn't totally flat.

My car was built Nov 2007 but not registered till Feb 2009 and it doesn't have a Varta battery, so I'm guessing that after such a long time in bond, the battery was replaced in Australia at the time of sale. Or, previous owner replaced it at some stage (can't tell as, unhelpfully, the date tags on the battery haven't been removed - they range from 2009 - 2011.

I'm thinking about trying to order the correct Varta (and Varta's website doesn't appear to supply Australia) now to avoid shattering a window when the inevitable D-day comes.

Incidentally, apparently 8 C6s were sent to New Zealand in 2008 and none of them sold due to the GFC. So they were returned to Australia where they were happily snapped up.
smihaialex   
Sat Jan 05 2013, 02:13pm
Joined: Sep 18 2012
Member No: #1031
Location: Bucharest
Hi guys,

Several websites (including VARTA's official website) list the VARTA E38 as the proper replacement in the VARTA SILVER family. The E38 is a high-end 74Ah CCA 750 battery.

However, I followed this recommendation and found (the hard way), that this is not large enough for high-end C6 models (i.e. Exclusive w 2.7 HDi 3.0 HDi or 3.0i engines).

While using the car on a daily basis and normal weather, I found absolutely no problem, but when winter got bad (-5 to -10 C regularly) and I left the car unused for several days - it had trouble starting, then after the winter vacation (1+ week of complete and utter neglecting) it didn't start at all, I even had trouble getting in...

So, if you don't want any problems, regardless of how often you use your car and regardless of how bad the weather is, the proper replacement is the VARTA H3 which is a 100Ah CCA 830.

No question or doubt about it - go for the VARTA H3 and even though it's a bit more expensive, your car will thank you for your choice.

Thanks,
Sam
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nickyg   
Sun Apr 21 2013, 02:54pm
Joined: Apr 28 2010
Member No: #100
Location: Tyrone
The newer fixed price citroen repairs bulletin posted by Dave would seem to make all chat about owners replacing batteries on their C6 null and void, as you simply cannot beat the value currently on offer of having them supply and fit for £99!
cruiserphil   
Tue Jan 20 2015, 06:37pm

Joined: Jan 24 2010
Member No: #38
Location: Celbridge
Lads,

Many thanks for the work on batteries and recommendations. Just fitted a VARTA H3 Silver Dynamic 830CCA to one of the cars at the weekend. Perfect fit. My local motor factors ordered it and there's three year's warranty on it.

Best regards,

Phil C.
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e3steve   
Wed Jan 21 2015, 09:23am
Joined: Jan 21 2013
Member No: #1163
Location: Warsash, Hants & Palma de Mallorca, Spain
cruiserphil wrote ...

Lads,

Many thanks for the work on batteries and recommendations. Just fitted a VARTA H3 Silver Dynamic 830CCA to one of the cars at the weekend. Perfect fit. My local motor factors ordered it and there's three year's warranty on it.

Best regards,

Phil C.
I fitted a Varta Silver 100Ah, a year ago last November; five year guarantee!

Last October (2014) I thought I was going to have to claim a warranty intervention but it turned out to be the starter motor...
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nouveaucitroenist   
Sun May 01 2016, 09:54pm
Joined: Jun 19 2015
Member No: #2222
Location: Sussex
600 402 083 3162
Product Line

SILVER dynamic
Voltage [V]12
Battery Capacity [Ah]100
Cold-test Current, EN [A]830
Length [mm]353
Width [mm]175
Height [mm]190
Hold-down Type B13
Pole Positions 0
Terminal Type 1
Short Code H3
Uk Nr.019

Bought one of these from Tayna Batteries, cost £90 and its a perfect fit. Thanks. gmerry
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