The dealership tested the battery and it is about a year old. It came back as "good".
The symptoms feel the same as a dead battery, but it is missing one BIG thing. I have full power, no dim lights. It just takes longer to start. On rare occasion when I try to turn the car on I hear more of a click and nothing else, then after repeated attempts it will finally come on. I think this has happen once or twice since I first started having problems.
Could it be the solenoid? I used a multimeter to diagnose a faulty one in my boat.
I called two different mechanics, they both were about the same price. They both quoted me for remanufactured starters and one of the shops suggested that over the new non-OEM as OEM would be very expensive. One shop quoted me $318 and the other $330.
I wouldn't mind doing it myself, though with 7* weather out side in an unheated garage I am having second thoughts. I have changed brakes, oil, and other stuff before. The shops are quoting me about $70/hour for labor and the other is for the starter. So a $250 starter and they said about 1 hour.