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  • Gold FFM

As per title. I've looked about on the web at several different suppliers and getting different answers from all of their catalogues, so I don't know which is actually correct now 🙄

So far these various sites have told me it could be an 075, 096 or even a 100...

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  • Gold FFM

Thanks Ian. I'm not sure I could rely on what's already in there for comparison either in regard to physical size or capacity. At least I know what the book says now which gives me sonething to go on.

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  • Gold FFM

I'm in no hurry for a battery, so if you can find out for me I'd appreciate it. The car is up in the air and will be for the next few weeks while I wait for various parts to be turned around by specialists.

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Removed the old battery from the car tonight. Turns out there was a Tungstone brand battery already in there, as per the manufacturer spec, but its an 075 instead of 088, it also looks very clean, so I doubt very much that its the original one it left the factory with.

The 075 is physically smaller than the 088 in terms of height and length. I'll see if I can find an 088 battery to replace this, but if not, at least I know an 075 will also fit.

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I have a 1990 Esprit Turbo SE with the battery permanently connected to a trickle charger.......... due to the permanent trickle charger connection my average battery life is only 5,5 to 6,0 years.

Since 1993 I renewed my battery > 5 times .

Every time I used the standard 62 Ah DIN type 562.19  (DIN = German Industrie Norm) which is perfectly fitting; has an excellent/sufficient starting power and is maintenance free

This DIN type you will find at all major batt. manufacturers as Exide, Varta, Bosch etc. and also B-brand batteries which are always ok, since the manufacturing of lead-calcium batteries is not based on rocket science.

I always strive for the cheapest one....for all my cars.......last time for the Esprit was a Hankook MF56077 from Accu Megastore .UK which has a branch in the Netherlands.

Price free home € 51,32......... equivalent GBP 45,-

Enclosed the relevant max. allowed battery dimensions and locations of (+) and (-), incl under tray dimensions of the Esprit.........the max allowed battery height is 200 mm; due to max length of both screw thread spindles of the fixing bar.

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  • Gold FFM

The plot thickens. Based on Ruud's diagram above (thanks!) an 088 battery won't actually fit in the battery tray. In fact when I looked at the battery specs on page 7 of section TDJ in the workshop manual I found that that the battery dimensions stated don't even match those of an 088 battery.

Based on the tray dimensions in the diagram in Ruud's post it looks like an 078 battery is the best fit. Maybe the 088 in the manual is a typo and they meant 078?

I'm goint to take the plunge and order an 078 battery tomorrow and I'll report back on how I get on with it when it arrives.

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  • Gold FFM

Quick follow up on this for anyone still interested in this fascinating battery tale. You don't want an 078 as I previously stated. The 078 is the ideal physical size for the battery tray but the terminals are the wrong way round for the Esprit, its actually an 027 that you want. Its the same physical dimensions with the correct arrangement of the terminals.

I ordered a Varta D15 battery from Tanya, which has a five year guarantee and meets the cranking current requirements.

https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/varta/d15/

I've not fully installed it yet because when I removed the battery I discovered the tailgate drain tube was damaged such that it would helpfully drain water into the boot space, so I'll need to fix that before I fully install the battery.

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