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When it comes to your question - option 2 is probably the least likely to happen - simply because there are no new 2022 Foresters around (maybe Houston Texas is a bit different, but here in SoCal - with 20+ dealers within a 2 hour drive - there are NO 2022 models on the ground and only a few (less than a dozen?) 2021 Foresters on lots or in transit. The same can pretty much be said for a 2021 CPO Forester.

There is very little change between your 2019 Forester and the 2021. In reality, the 2022 is not very much changed, either, with a new nose and some tweaks or revisions to the tech (like Eyesight) but the majority of systems are the same.

When I bought my 2014 Forester (in August 2013), I had no qualms paying the money for the Subaru backed extended warranty (aka Gold/Gold+, Added Security warranty) - even if just because I know that the costs of major repairs can easily surpass the cost of the warranty. - EDIT - I paid about 1700 back in 2013.

As you referenced, there are so many computer systems in the cars these days - from the engine and transmission controls to the safety features to the audio unit and on and on and on - and replacing or repairing those systems are expensive. But even mechanical repairs are covered by the extended warranty offering too.

On my 2014 Forester, it was found that there was a "cam carrier seal" leak. This is due to the seals being not much more than the typical "liquid gasket" caulk like stuff and it's usually applied by hand and at varying thicknesses. This repair requires pulling the engine out - a rather pricey event. There are a few other repairs I've had done over the years that were covered by the warranty and was more than worth the cost.

So my suggestion is to buy the warranty. However, you can also shop around at other dealerships to get the best price. It may be that your dealer will not budge from the $2200 price offered, but you may find that another dealer within your area will offer it at 1700 or 1900 or whatever. And getting it at a dealer in Dallas does not impact your ability to use that warranty at your dealer in Houston. The warranty is valid at ANY authorized Subaru dealership.

There was a time when you could actually buy the warranty from any Subaru dealer in the US (maybe even Canada) but Subaru has now limited your warranty to certain regional areas. So it may be that you can only purchase from a dealer in Texas. Or maybe Texas and some other surrounding states based upon the regional area as defined by Subaru. So google some other Texas Subaru dealers and call over and talk to the folks in the "F&I" department (finance office) as they're generally responsible for the sale of the warranty.

Just be sure to ONLY get the Subaru backed warranty and not from some other company.
 

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That's the "if we're lucky and they're stupid" approach to pricing.

Remember that the warranty coverage is sold by the finance & insurance office (where you sign all the papers). The sale person you buy the car from gets commission on the sale of the car and the commissionable gross but the F&I guy (or gal) only sees commission from those extras he (or she) can sell - like the extended warranty. In some cases, they may even push another warranty over the Subaru backed one because it costs less to the dealer to offer and so he can sell you the off-brand for a bit less than the Subaru and still make a bigger commission on that sale.

As the old song says "you better shop around"...
 
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