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What's so 'Limited' about this Outback Limited?


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#1 dave833

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:14 PM

So I came across this online ad for a '97 Legacy Outback Limited, but it looks suspiciously like just a standard Outback to me.

http://www.ksl.com/i...view&ad=2276565

There's not a single option here that I can see that puts it in the 'Limited' category-- no special wheels, no leather, no heated seats or windshield, no 'limited' badges, no sunroof(s). In fact, it's identical in every way to the '96 NON-limited Outback I had, except for the hood scoop, which no '96's had anyway but were standard on all '97 Outbacks.

So I contacted the owner and politely pointed out that his ad may be in error, and after making a few disparaging remarks about my (lack of) intelligence, he stated that the title AND the registration both stated that it was a 'Limited'.

So am I missing something here? Is there some kind of 'stealth' Outback Limited out there that looks just like a regular Outback but is called a 'limited' (thus justifying an increase in asking price?)

I'm not interested in the car. The price is too high, and I have a REAL '98 Outback Limited that I'm perfectly happy with- I'm just curious.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:22 PM

a wise one once guided me... cars101.com.

I cannot see much of a difference in the 97s between an outback with some options and an outback limited.. although the gold badge appears important ;)

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:40 PM

it's not a limited. a 97 limited has leather seats and a power antenna, as you probably know.

he was just trying to jack up the price and justify it.

i wonder what he spent on the "professionally installed" new engine?

#4 Gloyale

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:51 PM

Not a limited

Limited model would have:

Leather interior w/heated seats

Wood grain console

Power antenna (located at the rear of car)

Body colored side view mirrors

Gold accent 5 spoke wheels

And likely a sunroof (although I have seen limited models without sunroof)

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 06:32 PM

I think at time of creating a title and registration at the license bureau, the clerk has asked me what model my car was, and my answer became what was printed on the title. I gotta think that is what has happened here. I have a 98 OBW Limited, and a 99 OBW standard edition. No question about it, the car pictured is precisely the standard version. Way over priced in my opinion.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 06:38 PM

My '98 OB Limited doesn't have a sunroof. Funny thing is, I've owned it for a year next month and didn't even notice the lack of sunroof til last week!

I'm wondering too where he had the engine 'professionally installed' and whether it's a new engine or a 20k mile Japanese job. Aside from representing this OB as a 'Limited' when it's not, he's using the KBB Excellent RETAIL price to try and justify a $4900 asking price rather than the KBB Private Party value which is $4250.

The ad was originally posted a week ago. After the seller called me 'stupid' for telling him it wasn't a Limited, I emailed him back and told him it was poor way to treat a potential buyer. He answered me by telling me it was 'sold' and he knew I wasn't interested anyway. (Clearly it's not since the ad reappeared yesterday) Just fair warning to anyone in Utah that might be interested in this car!

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 07:40 PM

Not a limited.

Insane asking price. It's worth about $2000 with that mileage, I don't care if it has a new engine.

$4900 :rolleyes:

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:18 PM

And likely a sunroof (although I have seen limited models without sunroof)


HOLD IT!

Blu is supposed to have a sunroof?

I've been cheated!

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:41 PM

www.cars101.com makes no mention of sunroof for the 97 limited, standard or optional.

the dual sunroofs was a limited feature in 99, maybe 98.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 12:37 PM

My '98 OB Limited doesn't have a sunroof. Funny thing is, I've owned it for a year next month and didn't even notice the lack of sunroof til last week!

I'm wondering too where he had the engine 'professionally installed' and whether it's a new engine or a 20k mile Japanese job. Aside from representing this OB as a 'Limited' when it's not, he's using the KBB Excellent RETAIL price to try and justify a $4900 asking price rather than the KBB Private Party value which is $4250.

The ad was originally posted a week ago. After the seller called me 'stupid' for telling him it wasn't a Limited, I emailed him back and told him it was poor way to treat a potential buyer. He answered me by telling me it was 'sold' and he knew I wasn't interested anyway. (Clearly it's not since the ad reappeared yesterday) Just fair warning to anyone in Utah that might be interested in this car!


My 98 OBW Limited doesn't have the sun roof. Lots of other Limiteds don't have the sun roof either. So don't feel left out, prolly some additional option.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 12:41 PM

My '98 OB Limited doesn't have a sunroof. Funny thing is, I've owned it for a year next month and didn't even notice the lack of sunroof til last week!

I'm wondering too where he had the engine 'professionally installed' and whether it's a new engine or a 20k mile Japanese job. Aside from representing this OB as a 'Limited' when it's not, he's using the KBB Excellent RETAIL price to try and justify a $4900 asking price rather than the KBB Private Party value which is $4250.

The ad was originally posted a week ago. After the seller called me 'stupid' for telling him it wasn't a Limited, I emailed him back and told him it was poor way to treat a potential buyer. He answered me by telling me it was 'sold' and he knew I wasn't interested anyway. (Clearly it's not since the ad reappeared yesterday) Just fair warning to anyone in Utah that might be interested in this car!


Pretty obvious that the owner is a deceptive jackass, and nothing that he says or represents on his car is believeable. Best to stay away from anything he sells now or in the future.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:53 AM

My 99 Limited Outback has no sunroof...

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:27 AM

I know this is an old post but I didn't resurrect it so.... The Limiteds that came with the dual sunroofs were the autocrapics only and it was an option.




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