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2013 Outback - weak cold start

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Hey all, I have a new outback with roughly 1500 miles on it. I've noticed lately, in this sub 20 degree weather, that the outback struggles a little bit to start in the morning. Anyone else having a similar issue? It always gets started, but it cranks noticeably more slowly than when the weather is a little warmer. I know this is normal behavior for a cold start, but I'm surprised at how significant it is on a brand new car.

Is my battery excessively weak, or are the stock batteries underpowered when it comes to cold cranking amps?
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Once my OEM batteries died (in any car) I always replaced them with Optima Red Top after a slight battery holder modification. Never had any problems with those batteries....
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