Silver: 2009 Subaru Outback Limited Edition, 2.5 Liter EJ25, Automatic. Gem: 2002 Subaru Outback LL Bean Edition, 3.0 liter EZ30D, Automatic
Hi all! This is my first post on the Gen 3 forum. I am seriously considering the purchase of a 2005 LL Bean. It's frame has minimal rust (plan to do the POR 15 rust preventative treatment right away) but more rust on the dual exhaust. I'm hoping the dealer will do something about this, since he says that the car hasn't gone through his pre-sale process. The engine looks well-maintained, the coolant is dark (not sure if green or blue, but it's not water or the lime green coolant), the trans fluid still has a tinge of pink (dealer will flush and replace as part of his normal prep routine) and power steering and brake fluids looked good. Oil looked good, but slightly low. I took it for a test drive and at first thought it only had PRN and D gears. I love my low gears, living on a mountain and going out in snow, so I started to head back with it. That's when I "discovered" the weird "triptronics" shifting system. I got into 3rd and 2nd, driving slowly on a back road, but had to stop and go into neutral to get out and back into drive. (Yes, my first encounter with this, LOL). The dealer gave me a bit of explaination on this when I got back. He wanted to drive it a bit because he was concerned the transmission may have gotten too hot. I'm a little bit nervous about this car having a delicate transmission. I welcome any feedback from folks on this forum about this type of car, the pros and cons and what to look out for. I'm pretty new to Generation 3, coming from a Generation 2 car. Thanks in advance!