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Funny things happen sometimes. When I had my 2008 Impreza and learned a couple of years later that Toyota bought about 20% of Subaru, I figured the fit and finish and soundproofing would improve thanks to Toyota's reputation. I was quite disappointed when I took delivery of my 2012 RAV as I felt I was back to square one...
However, the new Impreza and upcoming Forester appear to have improved in both departments; the same seems to apply to the new RAV, Camry, Avalon and perhaps a couple more models. The same can be said with Honda (2013.5/2014 Civic and new Accord). It seems like the major Japanese auto makers cut corners with cheap materials, poor fit & finish, little or no soundproofing then finally came to their senses listening to car owners and journalists (and seeing how the Koreans have made so much progress and are now praised by owners and journalists!). Makes me wonder "What were they thinking"? Like I said in another thread, I worked 28 years for a very large company (Honeywell) and the stupid things they would do to save a few ¢ resulting in sales seriously dropping and they were quick to blame the salesmen like me for it! There is hope for my next vehicle, be it a Subaru or Toyota but it ain't gonna happen for a while as I do very little mileage now and want to keep my RAV for 6-7 years unless I fall in love with a new model (it happened many times before)!
2012 Sport V6 Classic Silver no option
1999 Lexus RX300 Pearl White base gone
1972 Corolla 1200 Yellow 4 speed manual long gone
Others too many to mention!