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Advice: invest in SubaruI would rather drive this Baja over ANY other vehicle. It is smooth, sturdy, and safe. It is functional and looks great. I have only seen one other in Fort Worth...I like driving a 'truck-ett' that is different from the norm. This is my first Subaru, but surely won't be my last. I LOVE my Baja and will NEVER sell it. I have the 2005, black turbo...and am proud to have such. Thanks for the ride!!
Pros: Engine (boxer)
Cons: Back seat is made for 5'6
Advice: if you canThe moment I saw this vehicle on the road for the first time I knew I needed to find out more about it. I already knew of the Subaru quality (a friend owns a 2003 WRX STi) and was surprised to find out that they had a truck-like model. I looked into it, and by the end of the month had bought it. I have never been compulsive in purchases, but this car (ca-truck) felt RIGHT. The ride is smooth, responsive, slices through corners, brakes smooth, and most of all, is extremely aggressive accelerating. Because of the size, the 0-20 time is a bit laggy (unless you are flooring it, but for the sake of day to day driving...), yet as soon as you get a little speed behind you, passing in traffic is a breeze. If you are a little heavy footed, you will be cruising at 70 before you can blink, and that can be a problem. I had two vehicles prior, a 96 Cougar XR7 and a 95 Mazda B2300, and this ca-truck combines the best of both these vehicles, with major improvement. The turbo setup has as better acceleration at every angle over and above the Ford 4.6 liter V8 (this is something major for me to admit, because I loved my ole' V8) but the power arc of the Baja blows it out of the water (not to mention more fuel efficient by far!). The 170 hp NA base engine has plenty of power to begin with, and when the turbo hits and you get those extra horses HOLD ON, your in for a ride! (And btw, I think 210hp is a rather modest estimate on the ability of this vehicle, I have driven lighter cars with more hp and they did not have the performance of this one, ultimately, don't judge this car from its hp, because it uses it a lot more efficiently and therefore gives way more bang for your buck). On the other side of things, the AWD and high suspension makes light duty offroading easy and comfortable, allowing this vehicle to get out of binds that would have stuck my old Mazda. The truck bed is small, I admit, but it is useful beyond its size. With the bed extender it is less-small, and the back seat can become an interior truck bed, allowing either long things (eg. lumber) to be put through from the back, or stuff to be stacked without damaging the back seats (or even pets, such as my dog, can have their own space without tearing the leather seats), and if it rains this back space can be a life saver. Everything has been thought through, even including a drain in the truck bed so water won't sit (a problem for everyone who has ever had a truck with a bed liner) when the vehicle is parked downhill. To cut it short, if you are thinking about buying a Baja, DO IT! This is the last year, they are not being continued on into 2007, and those that have been built ARE IT! And those who have bought them are not letting them go! Get 'em while you can!
Pros: Compared to a small truck, it comes loaded with stuff that is optional on other brands: sun/moon roof,AC,PW,cruise,center console,full bedliner,4 disc brakes, alum. wheels, tinted windows, fog lights, etc. All this and 4WD too.
Cons: 1. Stereo sucks, bad. The functionality of the deck is great, but the sound quality is horrible. Even the upgraded model with better skrs, subwoofer, and tweeters still sucks.
Advice: Subaru lies about the gas mileage. It will never get 28MPG like they claim. I get 20MPG hwy with manual tranny and I do not have turbo! Good sport-like utility vehicle, but slow. Since the milage is already bad, go for the turbo.2006 Subaru Baja. This review format would not let me choose 2005. I am really getting attached to the Baja. It's fun to drive because of its accurate steering and light weight. There is a lot of aluminum on this vehicle (motor heads and block, tranny, differential cover, etc). The bed looks really small, but I fit a full sized dirt bike in it (300cc) with gear bag and tool box. No one believes that it will fit until they see it. And that is WITHOUT folding down the pass through door to the cab. The baja is the slowest car I have ever driven, though. I have an Isuzu pickup with 2.6L 4cyl motor (Baja 2.5L 4cyl) with 225k miles on it that is 3 times quicker. And I always considered the Isuzu to be slow. I am not exaggerating one bit about this.
Pros: get up and go
Cons: the cargo small pass though
Advice: the turbo is well worth the moneyvery quick , the turbo is a must. handles more like a sports car than an suv.
Pros: got the optional extended warranty. after the 63 months and it's paid off, the warranty still lasts another 9 months after that!! 6 year, 80,000 extended warranty!! dont use any of that warranty after u'r regular warranty is up, u get u'r $1475 back!!!!!
Cons: i think tires on the turbo model could be more sporty. they come with bridgestone potenza's. was thinkin more like Fuzion HRi's.....cheaper and made by bridgestone. on tirerack.com, fuzions go for $53 a piece as opposed to $110 a piece for the potenzas...
Advice: make sure u opt for the cover for the 'box' of u'r truck. when hauling 3 other passengers, there's no room for any cargo in the passenger compartment. and if it's raining, u'r in trouble!!first of all, WOW!!! i brought the car home and my friend said 'i like u'r wannabee truck'..but in actuality, it's more like a wannabee sports car to me. my previous vehicle was a 96 maxima 5 speed v6 and i thought that car was the fastest car i could ever drive. then i got my baja turbo 5 speed. first, the 5 speed turbo's are rare! had to drive almost 150 miles away to get one. but the first thing ya notice is that it's quiet and at idle it still has the boxer engine shimmy to it...but once u put it in gear and put u'r foot to the floor, hold on! the 210 horse engine pulls hard and combined city and highway driving i am getting 23-24 mpg. great bang for the buck!! also has some utility to it! it holds me and my 3 friends comfortably and the stereo w/ the optional dealer installed amp and sub sounds really good for only being 125 watts. awesome vehicle. oh, and btw, AWD burnouts are not a problem!!
Advice: The Turbo is worth the extra price.This vehicle was just what I was looking for. AWD, small pickup bed with extender, towing package, sunroof,6cd changer, great handling, good gas mileage, and a roof rack for my bikes and kayaks. Problems. The ultra thin subaru car paint scratches easily. The plastic bed liner also scratches easily as it is also painted.
Cons: Must use 91 octane
Advice: drive only the turboJust purchased 2005 Turbo one month ago. I also have an Audi 2004 A8. This baja really is a great car so far. It really has excellent power and is a blast to drive. I changed the exhaust and it improved the gas milage to 23.5. This car should not be overlooked. Drive it and you will like it. Automatic transmission shifts very well.