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Thanks for the link...I used this site back in 2002 to gather info on our Outback
purchase. This guy does a great job of providing info. In your opinion do you think the Forester is prone to rattles and squeeks? The Forester seems to be hard to beat when it comes to being an all around performer.
 

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I think you will find that people who have owned both the Outback and Forester will say the quality of the Outback is greater than the Forester.

When the SH series first came out in 09 there were plenty of issues with rattles in the doors and other nuisances. That being said in true Subaru form they were addressed quickly and many either took the dealer fix or went about in true Subaru owners form and fixed the issues themselves.

Not that I would not encourage members of newer models to contribute to this thread, but we do have the really great Google Forum Search feature which will turn up plenty of related topics to your questions which is probably going to have more varied responses. The latest issue on the 2011 that would not cause me any worry since I know they worked on it immediately and already have a solution is http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f88/cold-start-timing-chain-rattle-2011-dohc-86380/

If you were happy with your Outback then its safe to say you like the Subaru's characteristics. The new SH improves on rear leg room over the SG model as well as many other improvements and while the styling of the SH did not appeal to me in the beginning, the small styling tweaks they have performed makes it appeal to me more that I know a new Forester will be in my future at some time.
 

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RDX

I have considered a certified pre owned RDX. The Forester has a huge sun roof,
better ground clearence and more head room. The RDX is supperior when it comes to sophistication. The Forester XT does have some advantages over the RDX.
 

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The Forester XT does have some advantages over the RDX.
Yeah your right there it does have a bigger sunroof and a few more inches of ground clearance but man that RDX is sweet. I was looking at the RDX yesterday and couldn't believe ho much more comfortable it was to sit in then the forester and Im 6'1" and headroom wasnt an issue. Just the quality of interior components like the dash and doors, leather seats, stereo heck even the paint on them sadly put the forester to shame. I love my Forester don't get me wrong but it just seems to be cheaply built compared to the Acura. And if I was going to spend 30k on a car id want the most for my money.
 

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I guess you could get a used 2008 rdx for about what a new 2011 forester premium would cost. That's a decision only you can make.
You might be surprised here's an example.
http://www.cochransubaru.com/new/Subaru/2011-Subaru-Forester-1372f2120a0a0064002f3d17a7173b35.htm

2010 Acura RDX Tech Pkg For Sale Pittsburgh
This Preowned Acura comes with a 12 mo 12,000mi extension to the 4-year / 50,000 the factory warranty and a 7ya 100,000 power train warranty so essentially its new in terms of warranty and only about a grand more ..

Maybe some day :icon_wink:
 

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er, I guess that goes to show that subaru really over charges for the craptastic touring/nav package. if you're willing/able to spend 30+ frankly i wouldn't consider the subie at all; you're right the rdx is much more appealing
 
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