The 1993 battery in my Miata has finally died. A local shop found an OEM standard that is identical in every respect except that the original vents are rectangular and the hoses have rectangular tips to fit; the replacement's vents are round. The hoses can be pinched into round without any difficulty; I don't know how they'd fit. How big a deal is this? I read some horror stories about sealed replacement batteries exploding in Miata trunks.
Also I want some long term maintenance type stuff done on the transmission which I would not be comfortable attempting myself. Can anyone recommend a good shop or qualified mechanic? THX.