cpo 2017 acura rdx?

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i'm looking at a cpo 2017 acura rdx, base, fwd, $25k, 25k miles, regular dealer oil changes and no accidents per carfax. i'm thinking of a moderate luxury suv to replace the passat at 85k. unsure if i want to stay with vw, i.e. a new tiguan, which seems ok but thinking further afield. i've had fine luck buying cpo before. i searched bitog but nothing turned up on the rdx. a good sign? anyone care to chime in? thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by jstert
i'm looking at a cpo 2017 acura rdx, base, fwd, $25k, 25k miles, regular dealer oil changes and no accidents per carfax. i'm thinking of a moderate luxury suv to replace the passat at 85k. unsure if i want to stay with vw, i.e. a new tiguan, which seems ok but thinking further afield. i've had fine luck buying cpo before. i searched bitog but nothing turned up on the rdx. a good sign? anyone care to chime in? thanks!
I'd really go for AWD, whatever you get. Nothing wrong with the RDX's.
 
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hi, thanks ws6 but i don't need awd both for my locales and for even marginally extra complication. same with all the tech packages, why i have a smartphone. however i may have learned that fwd models come with an emergency tire inflator kit, not even a spare tire donut, ugh.
 
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Personally I think that generation RDX was wonderful. It has proven older Honda tech including their wonderful V6 and likely 6 speed auto on a CRV platform made really nice. I would expect incredible reliability from it and something any mechanic not an Acura specialist would need to work on.
 
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I think the best full-sized SUV is Mercedes M Class, hands down. Honestly at any price point it is the pick. I wouldn't get a FWD SUV either. Tiguan are good new, but not used. Q5 are very good but need to avoid 2.0T before 2013. The 3.2 are excellent engine. One year paired it with 8 speed, 2012 I believe. The 3.0T is bulletproof but won't come cheap.
 
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thank you zolton, but no snow, sand or off-roading so believe that i don't need awd. im looking for a taller station wagon for reliable, paved, serene suburban erranding and highway cruising, hence a fwd suv works for me. is there something inherently unstable or mechanically unsound about a fwd rdx? i've had several cpo mercedes, imho mb, bmw and audi are great gobs of fun to drive, more expensive and less fun to own, been there, done that.
 

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I'd actually prefer it in FWD format if you intend to keep it a long time, especially if you don't need it for winter circumstances. Nice vehicle BTW. What was the original MSRP?
 

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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
The MB M class SUVs are nice new, but they depreciate faster than just about anything I've ever seen. I would stick with the RDX or a Lexus SUV if I was in the market.
Which is why a used one would be a decent buy.
 
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Originally Posted by madRiver
Personally I think that generation RDX was wonderful. It has proven older Honda tech including their wonderful V6 and likely 6 speed auto on a CRV platform made really nice. I would expect incredible reliability from it and something any mechanic not an Acura specialist would need to work on.
This^^^ Wife has a 17 RDX which is a fantastic vehicle. That V6 is incredible in this vehicle as is the 6 speed.
 

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Originally Posted by jstert
thank you zolton, but no snow, sand or off-roading so believe that i don't need awd. im looking for a taller station wagon for reliable, paved, serene suburban erranding and highway cruising, hence a fwd suv works for me. is there something inherently unstable or mechanically unsound about a fwd rdx? i've had several cpo mercedes, imho mb, bmw and audi are great gobs of fun to drive, more expensive and less fun to own, been there, done that.
It rains though, and that matters. I had a FWD car once. In Louisiana. NEVER again. No thanks.
 
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Originally Posted by Ws6
Originally Posted by jstert
thank you zolton, but no snow, sand or off-roading so believe that i don't need awd. im looking for a taller station wagon for reliable, paved, serene suburban erranding and highway cruising, hence a fwd suv works for me. is there something inherently unstable or mechanically unsound about a fwd rdx? i've had several cpo mercedes, imho mb, bmw and audi are great gobs of fun to drive, more expensive and less fun to own, been there, done that.
It rains though, and that matters. I had a FWD car once. In Louisiana. NEVER again. No thanks.
What are you doing in rain that requires any more grip than FWD? Going 140 mph maybe?
 

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Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by Ws6
Originally Posted by jstert
thank you zolton, but no snow, sand or off-roading so believe that i don't need awd. im looking for a taller station wagon for reliable, paved, serene suburban erranding and highway cruising, hence a fwd suv works for me. is there something inherently unstable or mechanically unsound about a fwd rdx? i've had several cpo mercedes, imho mb, bmw and audi are great gobs of fun to drive, more expensive and less fun to own, been there, done that.
It rains though, and that matters. I had a FWD car once. In Louisiana. NEVER again. No thanks.
What are you doing in rain that requires any more grip than FWD? Going 140 mph maybe?
Just driving in traffic. Congested, side streets, etc. All that little sand/gravel gets pushed into the shoulder of the road and in the rain it really sucks when you're trying to merge off of a side-street, etc. At least once FWD almost got me in a wreck because I was used to RWD and my car just sat and spun with the nose in the lane. I threw it in reverse and barely saved myself from a problem at the last second. Never again, thanks!
 
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Zolton let's use our brains here. Actual reliability is not in the toilet. Infotainment issues (which sometimes are just the user not knowing how to use it) are known to have polluted several reliability metrics. My parents are now on their second 2G RDX. They absolutely love both of them and have had no reliability issues to speak of. The only things they've needed over a total of 5 years of ownership so far is a piece of exterior windshield trim replaced and a rear wiper arm replaced.
 
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