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I once had a 2004 Cadillac DHS. The battery was under the back seat.
While the Solstice sleeps over the winter, I have a 2001 LeSabre for a winter car. It's battery is under the back seat and I love it. Yank the seating area up from the front edge with no tools and set it across the front seat. One socket for the terminals and one for the hold down. Took like 10 minutes and everything is sooooo nice and clean under there. There's so much room in the back of that sucker that I set my battery booster box on the driver's side and I knelt on the passenger side. Made it easy to keep the car hooked up to power with just a few seconds interruption (I have trust issues ☺ ) by putting the booster box clamps on the battery cables as I removed them.
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The compartment should be vented to avoid that .
There batteries made just for the underseat applications, with small rectangular vent nipples on either side. The LeSabre has a rubber tubing Y arrangement like a stethoscope that runs to outside the car. If there's an underseat battery size the same as the Solstice's there's probably a bunch of those batteries in some of our cars right now, as you'd never notice if you weren't looking for that.

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The compartment should be vented to avoid that .
There are batteries made just for the underseat applications, with small round or rectangular vent nipples on either side. My LeSabre has a tube arrangement like a stethoscope that runs to outside the car. If there's an underseat compatible battery in a size the same as the Solstice's there's probably a bunch of those batteries in some of our cars right now, as you'd never notice if you weren't looking for the vents.

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My 69 VW bug had the battery under the rear seat.

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That's the Battery I just put in my Solstice, removed the previous owners wall mart battery that seemed to be leaking causing a corrosion issue to start on the inside of the front fender, and the top of the battery tray.

Interesting that this is one thing that seems to be easier to change on a Mallet conversion, as the power steering reservoir is not located above the battery now. I also am using this opportunity to replace the slightly cracked inner fenders, and remove the ECM so it can be sent out to fix the cruise control issue inherent with the early conversions.

While I did find the battery a bit of a pain to change, I have owned cars that it was worse. I had a 70's Ford that you almost had to remove the front fender to get the battery out. You could see it, get all the hardware loose, but just could not get it out of the position it was in without loosening either the front fender or the radiator core support. Removing the front fender of a Solstice is not a difficult job Provided you can open the door all the way to get to the 1 bolt mounted at the rear of the fender.

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After replacing the battery so many times (float charger killed it, I killed it, I killed it) I invested $60 into installing on of these:



Another note, I met another Kappa owner on Woodward last season, he explained that on a stock Kappa car without the P/S pump relocation, you can remove the battery by pulling it up and out without removing the fender. I have the P/S pump relocation so I have not looked into it at all.

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Is that a battery cut out switch or what is "one of these"? I would appreciate more information. Pick up the Solstice GXP Saturday and plundering the back story on this forum and the internet in general.
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My 63 VW Bug also had the battery under the rear seat and my wife's 2015 GMC Acadia has the battery under the floorboard in front of the rear seat.

Right now I'm looking to change my battery, first one lasted 4-1/2 years and current one is about same age since I'm planning on doing a brake job and replace the cracked fender liners while I have the front wheels off. It's an ideal time to do it with everything off and I'm not interested in seeing how long my battery will last.

It seems battery locations now is like gas cap locations back in the early 60's when I pumped gas at my uncle's station. It was very embarrassing to ask female drivers where the gas cap was hidden

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If you think ours is bad, you should see the battery placement on some Chrysler cars... the Cirrus (and siblings) for instance. Agh!
Besides my Sky I also have a Dodge Journey and it's battery is even more hidden.

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On the positive side, one would have to spend at least $250,000 to buy another car that is as impractical as the Solstice!
Hard to believe, but an Alfa Romeo 4C is even less practical than a Solstice, and only runs around $60-$70k, depending on options and Coupe vs. Spider. At least we have luxury items such as a glove box, or gas struts for the rear hatch (Coupe). We can even add windshield washer or brake fluid without special tools.

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Oh, and like Bill in BC, my 2009 Coupe still has the original battery. I plan on taking the remove-the-front-tire route when it comes time for replacement.
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I had thought that removing the fender was going to be a big deal. It really is easy. I would think that taking the wheel off would be harder.

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I agree, I only removed the wheel well as I replacing the cracked ones on the car. I believe there are only 6 or 7 bolts holding on the fender, and I actually did not need the extra access removing the wheel or wheel well provided.

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Is that a battery cut out switch or what is "one of these"? I would appreciate more information. Pick up the Solstice GXP Saturday and plundering the back story on this forum and the internet in general.
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Yes, cut off switch. I got a post adapter to go into the stock post clamp, then a cable that clamps on the battery ground with a lug on the end that goes to the switch.

Here is the switch I got, 300 amp + 1000 amp peak: http://www.autozone.com/ignition/kil...?checkfit=true

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That's how I removed battery in my coupe. Very straight forward and easy. No fender issues.
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