Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday Twister: Battery Not Underhood

It is Thursday, so DT's weekly vertigo inducing quiz, the Thursday Twister, is back with a vengeance like that fever of unknown origin you picked up on your last trip to Thailand.  Today's topic is an assault on batteries.  Find all the cars that don't have batteries located under their hood.



I will kick things off with this W210 generation Mercedes-Benz E300 diesel that has its battery located under the rear seat.  Confuses the heck out of the AAA guys and helps keep good weight distribution.  What other cars have the battery located somewhere other than in the engine compartment?

45 comments:

  1. Don't you need to remove a tire to replace the battery on a Dodge Neon or something?

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  2. My 1994 BMW 530iT also has the battery under the back seat.

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  3. The original Type 1 VW Beetle has its battery under the rear seat.

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  4. BMW E36: battery in the trunk (except for the 318ti hatchback / Compact)

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  5. Audi 5000 (1983-1991)

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    1. All large chassis Audis from 1968 to 1997, with a few exceptions, had the battery under the back seat:

      "C1" - All
      Typ43 - All turbos except diesel
      Typ44 - All turbos
      "C4" - All
      D11 - All

      Small chassis turbos (quattro, Sport quattro, S2, RS2) also had back seat batteries.

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  6. 105/115 series Alfa Spider from series 2 onward.

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  7. Mini Cooper (at least the R53) has the battery in the trunk.

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  8. My 1994 BMW 530iT also has the battery under the back seat.

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  9. Cadillac Allante, in side panel behind the front seat

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  10. '65 Shelby Mustang (in da booty)

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    1. Interestingly enough, the above is true for all, but 'vert E46 Ms. Topless models have their batteries under the hood, presumably the top's weight provides needed front/rear balance.

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  12. Volvo XC90 V8, in the back under the load floor, where it can be more easily jumped when you're in a nose-in parking space.

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    1. Most other modern Volvo's too. Our S60 was this way.

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    2. Most other modern Volvo's too. Our S60 was this way.

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  13. Most Type 1-4 VW stuff would have the battery under the rear seat until it would fall onto the ground.

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  14. BMW E34 has it under the back seat too. I wish the seat squab was easier to release...

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  15. Mid 90's Buick riviera, under da back seat!

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    1. NA & NB. NC & ND - it's under the hood.

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    2. Thanks G. I just remember the '94 we had.

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  17. MGB, as I recall. I think it was located behind the seats.

    [image src="http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p143/1966_MGB/DSCN0134.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  18. Citroen SM. I can't find a picture, but here is a description:

    "....unique placement of the battery in the engine compartment. Even though there is quite a bit of room underhood, as the V6 sits behind the front axle, the battery is located just behind the headlights, and cannot be removed through the hood. Rather, one either has to remove the entire front right wing, or use a little trap door in the front right wheel well placed specifically for battery removal (after removing the wheel, that is). Thankfully, the somewhat awkward placement of the battery does not prevent one from accessing it through the hood when one needs to jump start the Citroen."

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  19. Jaguar XK120: behind the front seats sat two 6V batteries.
    [image src="http://www.jaguarbooksite.com/JCNA_Judging_Guides/01-XK-120_Judging_Guide/Interior/Images/1450_XK-120_DHC_Batteries.JPG" width="400px"/]

    The XK140/150 added interior room and thus had to move the batteries - to behind the front wheel in the fender.
    [image src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AWB5Le1-iHA/VGTAySN9OhI/AAAAAAAAByE/f_bRuk9T9Jw/s1600/IMG_4304.JPG" width="400px"/]

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  20. BionicTorqueWrenchOctober 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Toyota 2000GT has a door on the right hand side behind the front wheel to keep the battery in.

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  21. Early C3 Corvettes, right behind the drivers seat beside the compartment where you kept your Boston, Aerosmith and Loverboy mix tapes.

    http://www.pcfred.com/Vettetip/ECM%20troublecodes_files/opencompartments.jpg

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  22. Hyundai Genesis sedan has it in the trunk

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  23. Hyundai Genesis sedan has it in the trunk

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  24. E31 7-series has the battery under the back seat.

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  25. Jaguar XJS and AM DB7 built on the same floor pan: in the trunk

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  26. And BMW E90. Located in the trunk.

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  27. Smart car, in front of the passenger footwell

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  28. From the cars I've owned over the years...

    2004 Mb E55 - in trunk
    289 Shelby Cobra - back of RF tire well in front of passenger footbox
    427SC Cobra FFR replica - in box below trunk floor
    1989 BMW 535 and 1995 540i - under rear seat
    1996 E36 M3 - passenger side trunk

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  29. Defender 90/110/130...Under the FRONT seat.

    [image src="http://www.nickt.com/media/201304-d90-300tdi-specs/images/1020053.jpg"]

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    1. darnit.

      [image src="http://www.nickt.com/media/201304-d90-300tdi-specs/images/1020053.jpg"/]

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  30. Porsche Cayenne - under the drivers seat

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  31. miata. Trunk. Most BMW's. I think my X3 is in the trunk. E46 in trunk. Mercedes E320, but that's what started this

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  32. Opel GTs of the late 60s70s have the battery in front of the radiator,

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  33. Austin Minis have the battery in the trunk

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  34. Gen 2 viper gts inside driver side rear wheel well, z3 m Roadster in trunk, 911s technically in front boot, original Fiat 500 and 600's in front boot, Mercedes ML SUVs in passenger rear floorboard, Pantera in front boot.

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