Originally posted by Ken300D
I have heard that all these different battery brands really come from (primarily) two manufacturers, Exide and Johnson Controls.
You want to avoid Exide-made batteries at all costs.
I would echo Ken's comments, adding that I have had good experience with the basic Wal-Mart battery. I believe it's a Johnson Controls battery. They have good CCAs for the money. They also have a no-questions warranty, and you can find a Wal-Mart almost anywhere.
Unless you find yourself having chronic battery problems, you don't need an Optima. Don't listen to the battery snobs.