I need a new battery for my 09' 2500 Dodge. Since I plan on having this truck for a long time I don't want to skimp and have to buy another battery in 2 years. Do you think it is worth the money to go with an Optima?
This is my daily driver, I use it for work towing and hauling and the winters here can get a bit cold so starting in the morning is concern.
For a daily driver/regular application, no, IMO, they are not worth the extra money. I would go with the largest LAWC you can fit. This will offer the most CCA's, Ah's and RC. That should far exceed an Optima.
Optima's aren't what they used to be. Odyssey makes a great battery, much better than an optima in my opinion. We offroad quite a bit and Odyssey seems to be outlasting the Optima's. Sears Diehard Platinum's are a rebaged Odyssey.
Thanks Mike and Derek. I have read that the Diehard Platinum's are pretty good. I just want a really good battery. Nothing sucks worse than a dead battery when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere. My wife's Jetta also needs a new one. I was shocked to find they are around $145.
I don't think an agm and especially optima's are worth the money for your application. I would do an interstate or Deka. Deka actually makes a high silver battery that I would consider a premium wet cell battery that is maintenance free. Also Deka makes this same basic battery for Duracell and the duracell has a 3 year free replacement warranty that will also pay for any towing bills as a result of a bad battery. Dekas/duracells are made in the USA as well. Not sure if you are ever over in the Seattle area but my company is a dealer for Deka and Duracell. Let me know if I can help you.
Thanks for the offer Brett. I just priced out a Diehard Platinum for $219. Not sure when we are coming to Seattle again but if we do and I haven't bought a battery by then I'll hit you up. I'll need to do it pretty soon though. 26 degrees this morning and getting colder.