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In the woods & the garden
Pros: Open Bed
Cons: Subaru discontinuing the modelI love my Baja. Their is room for friends inside while hauling all of our camping gear in the bed. having the bed allows me to pick up mulch and other garden items without making a mess inside of a carpeted area like I would if I had a standard SUV. The all wheel drive and strong engine give me that extra pep for driving in the mountains. The only thing that I am unhappy about is Subaru deciding to discontinue this model.
Better quality than my Jeep
Pros: 4 doors plus pickup bed
Cons: rear view -- blocked by rear headrestsThis car has had no major problems (except for replacing the rear differential - covered under warranty) since I bought it. The tires are still like new and I just replaced the brakes at 71,000 miles. No other problems - great value.
Subaru Brat, Best allround 4x4
Pros: Price, roofwindows, 4x4
Cons: They had to extend the back 20 cm for taxreasons in my country.This review is specifically for the Subaru Brat (MV, Targa, Brumby, Pickup) which was one of the best allround 4x4 pickup trucks. It looked a bit like El Camino, but was much more stylish, with double roofwings as windows. And since it wasn't full crammed with difficult to service modules and stuff, You could easily repair and customize it the way You wanted. One guy in Australia even put a turbo on his Brumby. And it was very affordable even though it was 4x4 and a beautiful car. I loved it so much that I still have two of them (1990's model). Sadly, Subaru no longer makes it.
Pros: The flexible cargo configuration, Subaru agility and overall responsiveness.
Cons: The Turbo is thirstier than my Baja sport (by about 5 mpg) and only likes Premium fuel.
Advice: When you test drive make sure you do both open highway and light off roadThere I was fat and happy with my paid off 2003 Baja Sport when I got the distressing news from Subaru the company is discontinuing the Baja with the 2006 model year. That sent me into ruminating mode about my Baja and how I was going to replace it with anything I liked better when the time came - which brought up the issue of the TURBO - a performance option I'd been curious to drive. So off I went down to my local Subaru dealer to take a test spin ... just to see what I thought. The Turbo automatic transmission Baja they had on the lot was peppy and fun to drive, but didn't entice me to trade. Then, the next day I got the call they'd just gotten a Turbo 5-speed in and would I like to drop by? That was like going to look at a puppy - how do you go home without it? The 5-speed Turbo Baja has all the great features I love in the vehicle (great handling, extreme flexibility in cargo capacity) plus the ability to jump on it when needed (like passing on two lane mountain roads - which happens a lot where I live). It's not only versatile, it has a fun factor of '10' when you're behind the wheel. So now, I guess I can say I'm fat and sassy.
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: smooth handling, turbo acceleration, manual sports shift
Cons: placement of rear-view mirror, minimal leg and head room in back, no wheel mounted volume controls!!!
Advice: If you're going to get one, go all out Turbo leather package...it is WORTH IT. and you get everything you'll need.Wouldn't settle for anything less than the Turbo model. The Baja is a comfortable, exciting vehicle to have. My last vehicle was a honda accord ex v-6. That really could pick up and go, and the 4 cyl. on the Baja had me worried. No worries with the turbo, it is every bit, if not more, a beast when it comes to acceleration. Furthermore, the power seats and leather interior that comes with the leather package, as well as the hard bed cover, make this outback with an optional truck bed perfect. A must have for those who dare to have a truck, but can't bring themselves to ride in one.
Pros: Love the cargo bay-pass through-bed extension option
Cons: Gonna need to do some non-OEM customization to get it exactly right/no shop manual
Advice: Buy it- the looks will grow on you.Certainly softer than the STi, and heavier- it is nonetheless a quick beast. It will suprise you just how quick it is given the format... Never drove the Sport and never considered it- I new the Turbo was exactly what I needed. It is a jack of all trades and thus suffers from not being excellent at any one specific role... it is merely very good at most of them. Didn't care for some of the quirks such as the funky moon-roof motor, or the inability to use the sport lights without the hand brake engaged (easilly fixed with a little handiness and can-do attitude), and would have liked to see a few more truck like accessories offered.