Re: Optima ?
I have had both (actually I replaced the Die hard with an Optima a year ago). The warranty on the Die hard is cool, and they never gave me any grief about replacements (I had three in 2 years), but I just got tired of getting stranded, and having to fool around with returns. Regular lead-acid batteries do not take kindly to harsh vibrations, complete discharges, or jarring motions---all of which I subject my vehicles to. The last Die hard that I toasted was while I was out exploring ghost towns smack dab in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada while on vacation with my wife. The roads (if you can call them that) were VERY rocky, and we bounced around for 16 miles to get to the ghost town. When we got ready to leave (at dusk) I went to fire up, and got nothing. Two of the plates had broken loose, and the battery had boiled out about half of the water. The wife didn't seem to think it was as funny as I did, seeing as it was now about 10 degrees out, dark, and only coyotes for company. Luckily, another 4 wheeler passed by, and gave us a jump, but I went straight home and bought an Optima, and have never looked back. To me, the extra $40 doesn't mean sh*# when compared to being stranded. I bounce, bump, jump, and beat the sh*# out my truck now, and haven't had a single problem with the Optima. I now have them in three cars, and consider it money VERY WELL spent.
NISSAN IFS SUCKS