Thank you driveby for your informative reply. That helped me make up my mine on my 2011 order.
You're very welcome.
Please remember to post back here when you have your 2011...with pictures!
I don't like the fake wood grain which is holding me back.
Yeah, I never liked the fake woodgrain in my 2001 either.
Last year, I finally
bought a full set of replacement trim pieces on ebay and painted them in "hammered metal" black. I kept the original pieces just in case I screwed up, but now that I know how easy this is, I would not hesitate to pull the fake wood trim off a new car and repaint it on Day 1.
My big discovery was....the new plastic spray-paints (Krylon Fusion, Rustoleum Plastic, etc) work incredibly
well. Just practice on a plastic food container to get the right texture/thickness. And err on the side of less paint...you can always add another coat later. This stuff is indestructible as far as I can tell. Nothing like the flaky spray paints we had 10 or 20 years ago.
...we have the dark blue OB so either way we get cooked when its hot...
Wouldn't it be nice if someone made a reflective "sock" to pull over the car for long-term trailhead parking? Slightly stretchy fabric, but dense enough to block the sun? That should protect the inside & outside of a newer car.
My black OB is pushing a decade, looking pretty good minus some tiny cracks in the clearcoat (especially on the hood), but still...a cover would be worth a try.
For me the ideal Outback would have a silver Gen 3 exterior, with a black Gen 2 interior. Imagine that...
Also it is a lot of personal preference - I know a guy who only wants black interior, I tend to like taupe or ivory more.
The #1 reason for most people to pick light vs. dark interior is how it feels
. Think about the rooms in your house. How many of your walls are painted black or dark gray?
None, unless you develop film or drink blood.
On the other hand, you don't rub your dirty clothes against the walls of your house when you come off the trail...and you don't drive your house down a 10-mile dirt road to a roaring muddy river that your dog wants to play in...
Light or dark both make sense. It all depends on how you use it.