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Old 06-15-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Okay, so a Baja's been out for a while and I can't get it out of my head. The practical side of me says, "Hey, if you're gonna have a truck and a car, why not have a car-truck instead?!"

So how usable is it REALLY? I'm not generally picking up yards of gravel or anything, but do you find the bed too small for the things you want to use it for?

I mean, I know I'm asking in the Brat forum, but how do you like it over a longer period of time

oh, and I still own my 02 WRX...so I tend to hang onto my cars for a while, I guess

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Old 06-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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I find it useful. I also have a hitch so when the bed is too small I move on to a small utility trailer.

Really though...if you like your car put a hitch on it and save your money. (unless you really think the Baja is damn sexy)
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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Just under 500# of scrap steel


Helped someone move some stuff


did some tree trimming


I think it's a good size for the normal day to day grind, and a bit of Extras. I have a hitch if needed, but I also have a Suburban and car trailer for the bigger stuff.
The Baja works great for what I got it for, a parts runner for my shop. I haul engines and transmissions in it and it does great!
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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I dig the baja.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #5
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I suppose I'm trying to decide between having a truck or having a car-with-a-bed.

Thanks for all of the responses, guys

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Old 06-15-2012, 04:33 PM   #6
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The bed of the Baja is large enough and strong enough to carry a standard size washer and dryer at the same time, a dodge 318 small block engine, about 500 lbs of lumber/rock/mulch, a lazyboy recliner sofa, enough luggage for a family of four's 2 week vacation, portable, full size basketball hoop (the kind u fill the base with water only this one was full of gravel and couldnt be emptied lol), and much much more. If I can think of more stuff I've carried over the last 215,000 miles I've put on the Baja I'll post again =)
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #7
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10 foot long 2x4s will also fit run up to the passenger windshield with the tailgate closed.

I have hauled many other oddball things in my Baja, as it has much more utility than I would have thought.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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I love you guys! Thanks so much for the feedback

I like my car a lot, but it seems silly to have a full size truck sitting there in the driveway getting older when i only use it for the sort of things that I could do with a baja as my DD.

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Old 06-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #9
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My wife and I have a Baja and a 2011 Forester. I drive the Baja back and forth from WA to ND to work and I get all my work stuff and home comforts in the car no problem. I even still maintain about 28 miles to the gallon when its fully jampacked... We do yardwork and haul that stuff around too and were thinking about gettig a hitch too... another job is hauling stuff to and from different places and it hauls all the stuff I need to haul... its pretty handy
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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The baja is really useful. Any outdoorsy activities are really fun with it. You can carry bikes, appliances, yard equipment/supplies. I guess a lot of other SUVs or wagons could accomplish the same tasks, but the baja does it it's own way. Plus I just really wanted a turbo legacy ( with a bed)
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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I'll buck the trend, and say it is a bit too small...but just a bit. A motorcycle wouldn't fit ( just barely) and other things like lumber hang too far out the back unless you don't have a passenger. I find myself using the avalanche anytime the home depot run calls for long items. Another 6"-12" of length would have been perfect.

A small utility trailer with your wrx might be a better option depending on YOUR uses, imo.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:50 PM   #12
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I think the reality that it's the same towing weight as my WRX and that a trailer is prob the best way to gain value without a vehicle swap.

Thanks for entertaining my crazy ideas!

I think if I had no car or a crappy car...I'd switch in a heartbeat, but damn I really like my 02 bugeye. (about 50 miles from ticking over to 80k)

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:04 PM   #13
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I think the reality that it's the same towing weight as my WRX and that a trailer is prob the best way to gain value without a vehicle swap.

Thanks for entertaining my crazy ideas!

I think if I had no car or a crappy car...I'd switch in a heartbeat, but damn I really like my 02 bugeye. (about 50 miles from ticking over to 80k)

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GO HARD and make the switch, DO IT
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:51 AM   #14
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I use the Baja for carrying most everyday items (groceries, etc.), and I have a 4x8 utility trailer for larger stuff (lumber, plywood, mulch, etc.). The Baja is just to awkward and a pain in the rear for large things. I do like the quirkiness of the baja, but do not think I would get another. I'd keep the bugeye and go the trailer route, definitely more practical...

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:16 PM   #15
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I'll buck the trend, and say it is a bit too small...but just a bit. A motorcycle wouldn't fit ( just barely) and other things like lumber hang too far out the back unless you don't have a passenger. I find myself using the avalanche anytime the home depot run calls for long items. Another 6"-12" of length would have been perfect.

A small utility trailer with your wrx might be a better option depending on YOUR uses, imo.
Solution for longer pieces of lumber: Use the bed extender and lean the boards on the roof, securing them to the rearmost crossbar on the roof.

Carried a whole truckload of 1x6x10 pressure treated boards. I have pics on facebook.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #16
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #17
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:57 PM   #18
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I like Baja's.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:44 PM   #19
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Hey guys, how's it going? I'd love to do a STi clone stage 2+ lifted Baja. Any suspensions out there that can hike them up a few inches? Anyone know of one done this way before? I have a (stage 3 I suppose, after 2 it doesn't really matter on WRX's anyway) 2003 WRX sedan and love it, but its a road car most of the time. I'd like something both streetable and killer on the 2 tracks. I love the Baja's potential for greatness. It's definitely there. Just needs the right touches.
Start a new thread. You might actually get some responses that way. This is way off topic.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #20
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You're right, apologies.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:47 PM   #21
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This looks almost wrong, wowww. I have loaded my car several times but not like that.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:50 AM   #22
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Loaded with a bunch of pavers on stock springs
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #23
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This looks almost wrong, wowww. I have loaded my car several times but not like that.
Been doin stuff like that for over 215,000 miles. The only suspension part I have ever had to replace were rear sway bar end links. Everything else is original.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:41 PM   #24
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Loaded with a bunch of pavers on stock springs
That's how the back of mine sits unloaded
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:24 PM   #25
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I've never run into something that I wanted to haul on my own that I wasn't able to haul in my Baja.

The only thing that I've run into that doesn't fit well is a rear-facing infant seat - ok, that wasn't in the bed, but it required putting the passenger seat uncomfortably far forward to fit it.
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