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The OEM may last a while and it may not. But there is no denying it is cheap and has low CCA's / reserve.

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When I went to the link in Amazon and entered auto info, there was an indication that this battery didn't fit. Same on the Optima website. Is this battery small/large?
Group 34 will fit fine even though it is not the OEM size.

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Great.

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I recently changed mine out (2015 - 2.5L). I had to go to autozone and just got the Duralast Gold (I think it is 525 CCA), but I was in a bind. Wife is pregnant and the car had been consistently not starting recently. She'd start, drive 20 minutes home, park it in the garage, and then it wouldn't start. And it always felt like it was struggling to start. Took it to the dealer, and they tested it, and said everything is fine and we must have left something on.

We double checked and we weren't leaving anything on. After getting stranded once, you start paying better attention to that. Overall, it died about 5 times while still testing OK.

That battery is junk.
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I'm going to wing it with mine (2.5). Maybe it will fail in the 3 year warranty period and get dealer replaced with the 3.6 battery they stock for replacements (urban legend). After that, I guess I'll still wing it.
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The less I have to visit a dealer, the better. Having a tech tell me that a 356 CCA battery is testing 'ok' is a waste of my time.
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OEM, 2 years, 30k miles, extreme heat and cold, never a hesitation. It's even hard wired to my outlets so it can power a portable XM receiver (40 hours a week with the car off while I'm at work). Not so lame in my book, but I will upsize a bit when it comes time to replace it.
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OEM, 2 years, 30k miles, extreme heat and cold, never a hesitation. It's even hard wired to my outlets so it can power a portable XM receiver (40 hours a week with the car off while I'm at work). Not so lame in my book, but I will upsize a bit when it comes time to replace it.
Your 3.6 has the larger battery.

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A month short of 4 years on the OEM. Perhaps Subaru changed the battery in the Gen 6? but no problems here.
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Your 3.6 has the larger battery.
Aaaaaand the OP does, in fact, have a 3.6!

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