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faulty battery?

greetings fellow goat owners.

I just picked up my 06 torrid red goat on thursday and so far i must say it has been quite a bit of fun. Unfortunately, something is wrong with the battery. Yesterday morning after it sat overnight it hesitated starting up but then it did after a second try. And after about 6 or so hours of not driving it i went to crank it up and got hardly anything, I had to jump it. Then this morning I went to start it and got absolutely nothing, except accessories and music, but not engine start. So right now she's sitting on a 12v high charge for a while before I go out. If it sits off for a few minutes after driving it will start fine which makes sense. But overnight it just seems to have some parasitic loss. Anyone have any recommendations?
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Go to your PONTIAC dealer and get another one under warranty. If you purchased the GTO from a NON Pontiac Dealer and you are less than 36K you have a factory warranty. Get registered under a Pontiac dealer. DO NOT let the dealer you purchased it from do it for you. You should be covered.

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Get a different battery!!

GM Batteries are by far one of the worst OEM batteries out there and notorious for leaving you stranded. Switch it to a Optima, or Duralast Gel-cell battery. If you get another Stock battery now, you'll just be replacing it again later.
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GM Batteries are by far one of the worst OEM batteries out there and notorious for leaving you stranded. Switch it to a Optima, or Duralast Gel-cell battery. If you get another Stock battery now, you'll just be replacing it again later.
that's interesting you say that. I went to autozone and they wanted to sell me an optima battery but it is 200 bucks. I told them thanks but no thanks. Im going to the dealer tomorrow to pick up my insurance card so while Im there I guess I'll have them check it out. if they test it though it will register a good charge because i drove it there. should i cash in and buy the optima?
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Go to your PONTIAC dealer and get another one under warranty. If you purchased the GTO from a NON Pontiac Dealer and you are less than 36K you have a factory warranty. Get registered under a Pontiac dealer. DO NOT let the dealer you purchased it from do it for you. You should be covered.
it was purchased from a pontiac, buick, chevrolet, chrysler dealership but I am good friends with the dealer's son who works there also.
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You won't feel a difference between the Duralast brand, or Optima, other than the sting in your wallet. As long as they are Gel-Cell, Deep-cycle batteries, the difference is negligable and more dependent on your maintenance and driving than the battery itself.

I did Car Audio/performance for 9 years, and have always had issues with GM's batteries. Sold Optima's and SVR batteries by the boatload to frustrated customers, sick of dealing with a 90 year old Acid/lead core battery design.

Sears, Autozone, Pep-Boys, as well as a slew of other vendors will be able to get you a great battery. Now if it's like $60.... I'd say you're just wasting your money, but a good battery will be $90-130.
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The alternator needs to be tested as well to be sure it`s actually charging the battery or causing the drain on it.
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The alternator needs to be tested as well to be sure it`s actually charging the battery or causing the drain on it.
I don't believe it's his alternator, as he states that it's fine when he drives for a little. Only when resting, but it's a good idea to test it. All you need is a multimeter.
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I don't believe it's his alternator, as he states that it's fine when he drives for a little. Only when resting, but it's a good idea to test it. All you need is a multimeter.
A multimeter will test voltage output, but will not check for the alternator causing a drain on the battery when the car is shut off. You could try to remove the battery cable after running it for a while and then let it sit the couple hours. Reconnect the cable if it starts then it`s something on the car, if it still doesn`t start then for sure it`s the battery.
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Granted the factory installed Delco's aren't the best but there top of the line is right up there. That will be my future battery.
ACDelco Professional 6YR and 7YR Batteries: Best Free Replacement Limited* Warranty in the Industry | ACDelco News | ACDelco

Personally I paid for a warranty and I'll use it. If you don't mind paying for a warranted part then do what you feel is best. IMO I'd get it replaced and worry about paying 200 for another one some 3 years or so.

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