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I have a 2019 Ascent Touring leased from new. I have 7,120 miles on it with a 36,000 mile / 3year lease contract. I have exactly 1 year left and I am very certain I will be considerably under the miles at turn in. It has had the usual battery issues we all know about - especially not starting after being unused for a couple of weeks. It charges back up fine and my dealer said there are no dead cells. I think the battery was never robust enough - again, I think many of you agree. i carry a jump box in the vehicle.

I talked with SOA and they were very understanding and sent me a coupon for parts/services for $250 to use at the dealership. Sorry for the long explanation, but here is the issue for me - I called my dealers parts department and they quoted me a price for a recommended replacement at $386.10 just for the battery - not including installation. I traded in a Mercedes for this deal, so nothing usually shocks me (it cost close to $500 for a battery at MB). This Subaru price shocked me!

What would you suggest I do? I am not sure if I will buy out this car ($27,600) at lease end or get something different.

My wife loves her older Outback so I think I can use the $250 on it'

Thanks for your opinions -
 

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I have a 2019 Ascent Touring leased from new. I have 7,120 miles on it with a 36,000 mile / 3year lease contract. I have exactly 1 year left and I am very certain I will be considerably under the miles at turn in. It has had the usual battery issues we all know about - especially not starting after being unused for a couple of weeks. It charges back up fine and my dealer said there are no dead cells. I think the battery was never robust enough - again, I think many of you agree. i carry a jump box in the vehicle.

I talked with SOA and they were very understanding and sent me a coupon for parts/services for $250 to use at the dealership. Sorry for the long explanation, but here is the issue for me - I called my dealers parts department and they quoted me a price for a recommended replacement at $386.10 just for the battery - not including installation. I traded in a Mercedes for this deal, so nothing usually shocks me (it cost close to $500 for a battery at MB). This Subaru price shocked me!

What would you suggest I do? I am not sure if I will buy out this car ($27,600) at lease end or get something different.

My wife loves her older Outback so I think I can use the $250 on it'

Thanks for your opinions -
Run from that battery deal. Go out and purchase a battery of your choosing. Dead cells are not the only way to gauge a battery's health.
 

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I have a 2019 Ascent Touring leased from new. I have 7,120 miles on it with a 36,000 mile / 3year lease contract. I have exactly 1 year left and I am very certain I will be considerably under the miles at turn in. It has had the usual battery issues we all know about - especially not starting after being unused for a couple of weeks. It charges back up fine and my dealer said there are no dead cells. I think the battery was never robust enough - again, I think many of you agree. i carry a jump box in the vehicle.

I talked with SOA and they were very understanding and sent me a coupon for parts/services for $250 to use at the dealership. Sorry for the long explanation, but here is the issue for me - I called my dealers parts department and they quoted me a price for a recommended replacement at $386.10 just for the battery - not including installation. I traded in a Mercedes for this deal, so nothing usually shocks me (it cost close to $500 for a battery at MB). This Subaru price shocked me!

What would you suggest I do? I am not sure if I will buy out this car ($27,600) at lease end or get something different.

My wife loves her older Outback so I think I can use the $250 on it'

Thanks for your opinions -
Considering yours is leased and you're uncertain about buy-out I'd find a less expensive battery like at a warehouse club. If you spend on an AGM battery you'll be returning the lease upgraded from what they require.
 

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IF the outback battery is the same size, get the ascent's battery replaced at minimal cost/free and then swap it yourself into the outback when it is time to turn the lease in.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their advice! You have given me some things to consider on this. The Subaru brand has been good to us over the years- especially with my wife's Outback. My daughter also has an Impreza Sport that has really held up under a brutal 4 years of her flogging it in northern Ohio winters. I honestly don't think I could ask for more. I really want to stick with the Ascent and this forum has always had members that make that decision easier.
 

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Subaru still sell the white/translucent Panasonic battery or went w/ Johnson Controls battery?
 

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My 2019 battery (installed in May 2018) was a Johnson Controls battery. AFAIK, all the recent model years are.
 

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Here is mine fresh out of my 2020 Touring. I replaced it with a Platinum DieHard which has been fabulous.
 

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My OE battery has not failed me yet, but there have been cold mornings where it doesn't robustly engage the starter, but it always fires up. I'm going in for ( another:( ) dealership visit ( shuddering transmission again)and will have them check the battery situation out. Should I push the battery issue with the dealership if it comes back compromised?
 

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Percy, my battery/vehicle is barely 6 months old so Subaru kind of had to do something. I would suggest mentioning your concerns for sure.
In my case, SOA was nice enough to give me a coupon for free service for 30 bucks more than what I paid for the replacement battery. Including core charge.
Hope this helps!
 
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