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I need a new battery for my pickup, I usually buy Toyota or Yuasa, this time I am looking at the new GS (Yuasa) MFX200 range. There is a big variance on prices ranging from about 3,000 Baht to 4,800 Baht. So I looked up on the Yuasa / GS site and this is what I found -(See pic)

I ordered the MFX200R - which is a model 130-D31 - the specs are all there in the photo. This battery is just over 4,500 Baht.

 

If you look directly below it there is an MFX200L, that appears to be identical except that it costs about 1000 Baht less, any ideas as to what the difference is and why the price difference?

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Looks like it only refers to the position of the poles (L=left, R=right).

Compare picture of R:

https://m.jd.co.th/product/2315472.html

with picture of L:

https://www.cbcorp.co.th/product/แบตเตอรี่รถยนต์-gs-mfx-200l/

 

Price difference? Indeed hard to explain but maybe production volume?
A list of L vs. R for different vehicle models:

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ขั้วR :

  • CHEVROLET COLORADO (3000 cc.) ปี 2006 - 2011
  • FORD EVEREST (2500 - 3000 cc.) ปี 2003 - 2013, RANGER (2500 cc.) ปี 2007 - 2012
  • ISUZU DRAGON EYE-POWER (3000 cc.) ปี 1996 - 2002
  • MAZDA BT50 (2500 cc.) ปี 2007 - 2012, FIGHTER (2500 cc.) ปี 2001 - 2006
  • MITSUBISHI L2000 STRADA (2500 - 2800 cc.) ปี 1995 - 2005
  • NISSAN BIG M FRONTIER (2500 - 3000 cc.) ปี 1999 - 2007, URVAN (3000 cc.) ปี 2007 - 2013
  • SSANGYONG ACTYON (2,000 cc.) ปี 2007 - 2017, KYRON (2700 cc.) ปี 2012 - 2017, MUSSO (3000 - 3200 cc.) ปี 2007 - 2017, REXTON (2700 cc.) ปี 2012 - 2017, STAVIC (2700 cc.) ปี 2005 - 2017
  • TOYOTA COMMUTER (3000 cc.) ปี 2001 - 2004, SPORT RIDER (2500 cc.) ปี 1998 - 2003, SPORT RIDER (3000 cc.) ปี 1998 - 2003, TIGER (2400 - 2500 cc.) ปี 1997 - 2003, TIGER (3000 cc.) ปี 1999 - 2003

ขั้วL :

  • ISUZU D-MAX (3000 cc.) ปี 2003 - 2011, ALL NEW D-MAX (3000 cc.) ปี 2011 - 2017, MU-7 (3000 cc.) ปี 2005 - 2012, MU-X (3000 cc.) ปี 2013 - 2017
  • KIA GRAND CARNIVAL (2900 cc.) ปี 2006 - 2015, JUMBO (2700 - 2900 cc.) ปี 2005 - 2009, PREGIO (2500 - 2700 cc.) ปี 2003 - 2008
  • MITSUBISHI PAJERO (3000 - 3500 cc.) ปี 1992 - 2006, PAJERO SPORT (2400 - 3200 cc.) ปี 2008 - 2017, TRITON (2400 - 3200 cc.) ปี 2006 - 2014, NEW TRITON (2400 cc.) ปี 2015 - 2017
  • NISSAN NAVARA NP300 (2500 cc.) ปี 2014 - 2017
  • TOYOTA FORTUNER (3000 cc.) ปี 2005 - 2014, VIGO (3000 cc.) ปี 2004 - 2014

 

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If you have the "wrong" position you might or might not be lucky that the cables are long/flexible enough to connect.

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You can buy either the 200 L or R from Lazada for 3510 baht including shipping cost. The L and R are specific to the vehicle application. 

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21 minutes ago, tweedledee2 said:

You can buy either the 200 L or R from Lazada for 3510 baht including shipping cost. The L and R are specific to the vehicle application. 

I am buying from GS the genuine shop, but it is still via Lazada, too many fakes around to be honest and batteries are a prime target.

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6 minutes ago, tweedledee2 said:

Some years ago, I toured an independent battery manufacture assembly plant in the US. The final thing they did was put each retailers brand name stickers on them, depending on who they were going to be shipped to.  

No grading system? Everyone gets the same eh? I guess if they meet the quality then there is no reason not to produce them like this, it is the fakes that worry me more, I don't mind a few hundred baht over or under as long as they are real. I bought some "Eneloop" batteries from Lazada, they were priced about 550 Baht, the ones from Panasonic (genuine were 850) The cheap ones were nothing more than bad copies. it wasn't as if they were 200 baht or something, so you need to be careful.

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The "L" & "R" refers to which side the "+" is on the battery...Just look at your old battery to see if it says L or R at the end of it's part number..

Boliden of Yuasa sealed no maintenance for me...

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20 minutes ago, Formaleins said:
42 minutes ago, tweedledee2 said:

You can buy either the 200 L or R from Lazada for 3510 baht including shipping cost. The L and R are specific to the vehicle application. 

I am buying from GS the genuine shop, but it is still via Lazada, too many fakes around to be honest and batteries are a prime target.

I think you have been genuinely scammed then, because all search results for that battery give me a price of 3100 - 3200 Baht.

 

You mean there are only fakes on the market these days?

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21 minutes ago, transam said:

We like to chat here...😚

Yes, exchange opinions, right or wrong, and put up with keyboard warriors, newbies and the likes.

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31 minutes ago, dotpoom said:

I know some people seem to complicate matters out of all proportions...even life itself (as can be witnessed on here daily)... but really...a car battery.

   Me, if I need a new battery I just bring in the old one and buy a new one.

Not that simple, I went into a place that changed my tyres after 6 months as I had a reading on my screen that the battery was low, this place also sold batteries, hence the reason I went there, the same guy that sold me the tyres, did a reading on the battery, I caught the reading by the corner of my eye, he said need to change battery, car 3 years old, got a price, 3,000 if memory serves me right, didn't change the battery, drove home, searched Google on the reading, nothing wrong with the battery, as it charged itself up after the hour drive to get the battery checked.

 

I later found out that the wife was leaving the rear on the pick up, in the raised position overnight and for days on end which was drawing power from the battery, so pulled the fuse out and all good, been 4 months now and still fine, suffice to say, that bloke just lost my future business.

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23 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Not that simple, I went into a place that changed my tyres after 6 months as I had a reading on my screen that the battery was low, this place also sold batteries, hence the reason I went there, the same guy that sold me the tyres, did a reading on the battery, I caught the reading by the corner of my eye, he said need to change battery, car 3 years old, got a price, 3,000 if memory serves me right, didn't change the battery, drove home, searched Google on the reading, nothing wrong with the battery, as it charged itself up after the hour drive to get the battery checked.

 

I later found out that the wife was leaving the rear on the pick up, in the raised position overnight and for days on end which was drawing power from the battery, so pulled the fuse out and all good, been 4 months now and still fine, suffice to say, that bloke just lost my future business.

I'm not sure if I'd be too quick to dismiss this guy suggesting renewing at 3 years as he's thinking he's saving you a flat battery non start in the near future.  Sure I've had a battery last 5 years, but that's not the norm for here, I usually end up replacing batteries when they reach 3 years old, as that's pretty much their lifespan in Bangkok. In UK it's maybe 8-10 years. 

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