So I went ahead and bought the auto-transmission L series as per this thread. Just drove it home, started looking it over, and noticed this:
As always, the heater core has been bypassed, probably due to leakage (no problem), however the bypass hose has a great big KINK in it. You can see it in the picture. Is this bad?? If I recall correctly, you need the coolant to be flowing freely through an un-kinked bypass hose so the cooling system can do its job...correct?
I'm not sure how long the previous owner has been driving it like this....is it likely to have inflicted much damage?