I have not seen anything here on the new Sears Die Hard Platinum batteries, so I thought I would post this up. Might be another alternative that could work for people. The battery is an AGM type (like the Exide Orbitals and the Optimas) but does not use the spiral setup. The lead plates are straight, and fill the entire box. They are heavy. They have 2 group sizes: 35 which has the proper terminal orientation, and 34 which has the incorrect orientation but much higher reserve capacity. If there is a 34 with reversed terminals no one at Sears seems to know about it. Maybe in the future.
The 35 seems equivalent to an Optima D35, with 740 CCA and 100 RC (versus the Optima Yellow Top D35 with 650 CCA and 98 RC). The only thing I can't tell is the Amps/Hour rating on the Die Hard. They are not cheap at $180, but the Optimas are up that high now too. The warranty is 4 years full replacement.
I've only had mine a couple of days now, but it seems to work so far. I was a bit reluctant to get something with less RC than the stock battery (which lists 113 mins.) but mine had bad corrosion around the positive terminal, and I could not find an Optima or Exide locally with the correct terminal orientation.
Ive been wondering what to get for my next battery. USMC told me about one, but for the life of me i cant remember which one it was. I knwo ill need one in another few months. I hope this one works out well for ya.
I just cleaned the corrosion off of mine with the old baking soda and water treatment. The plating on the terminal was suffering so I sprayed it down with that purple anti-corrosion battery coat you can buy at the parts store. put a couple of pennies next to the + terminal for good measure.
When the original battery dies, I'll probably buy a $60 wet cell replacement.
Did your oem battery kick the bucket already? seems like I have never been able to get more than 4 years out of any of my first oem batts.