A relative of mine is looking to buy an old used Subaru Forester and has found one she is interested in. It is a 2001 with 135,000 miles. Basic VIN check shows no salvage title.
Guides online ask:
transmission fluid (does it smell burned and look brown rather than pink?).
This one’s fluid does look brown, and the automatic shifter is hard to move back and forth and squeaks / creaks (like plastic stuck to plastic noises) when you shift it from park to drive. The actual test drive gear shifting seemed smooth, it’s moving the actual lever that is hard.
I recommend a pass on this, but wanted some better backup from more knowledgeable people - is this transmission a showstopper? Or is it we would oil something and change the transmission fluid and potentially be fine for a reasonable time.