To cut a long story short; I ordered a battery on Monday that should have been delivered Wednesday. First one was lost presumed stolen on Thursday, next one arrived this morning. And it's the wrong battery. I'm completely hacked off - missed a day driving AMGs at Mercedes World on Friday because of it. Can't be bothered with it any more and tempted to just make the one I have work, as it's more powerful.
My car is an '05 156 JTD 2.4 Mjet. The battery I ordered is an 096 (Varta E44). The battery delivered is an 019 (Varta H3)
096 - Varta E44 / 019 - Varta H3
Length: 278mm / 353mm
Width: 175mm / 175mm
Height: 190mm / 190mm
Capacity: 77Ah / 100Ah
Cold Cranking Amps: 780A / 830A
The H3 is longer and more powerful than the E44 I ordered. However, after a trial earlier it won't fit.
What do you think I should do? My options are:
1) Complain once more (Spent 3 days at home and ~10 phone calls so far). Try and get some money returned and get them to swap for the correct battery.
2) Take the more powerful (and slightly more expensive), H3 battery and mount it in the boot. This would require the small expense of a lead and an earthing kit. My friend enjoys car electrics (used to fit car audio and alarms), and has offered to help me do it. Something I have thought about doing after reading the likes of Pud have done it. Removes weight from front, more powerful battery.
3) Fit a custom cone filter/airbox so the H3 fits under the bonnet. Currently the pipe rising up from the OE airbox is in the way. This is something I have thought about doing already, but I noticed the additional air chamber (presumably for noise reduction/resonance). It looked like there was some kind of sensor in there? My only guess was air inlet temp sensor? Also, the car has been remapped so my initial thought was just to fit a new OE/performance filter in the OE airbox and fit a Samco 90-degree bend onto the turbo - as the OE elbow right in front of compressor looks like it could crumple. Certainly not optimal anyway.
On a side-note I also have a battery drain that I now think is either alternator regulator or rev counter related. Again, my friend is going to help me track it down. I'm going to charge the old battery to drive it to his - not going to risk a new battery on the way there, especially if the alternator is overcharging!
I'm just interested in an objective opinion as I keep changing my mind. Leaning towards sticking it in the boot but not sure if I'm making life too hard unnecessarily?