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Old 01-18-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Subaru Baja - Most Reliable Pickup

Found this on CNN, but consumer reports rated the Baja as the most reliable pickup truck in their survey.

http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/autos/reliable/10.html
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:56 PM   #3
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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probably 'cuz no one actually uses it as a pickup.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:04 AM   #5
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surprisingly, subaru is up there 3 times.
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:35 AM   #6
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Actually, what I took away from that article is that in terms of reliability, GM, Mercedes, and Nissan/Infinity really suck.
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:33 AM   #7
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probably 'cuz no one actually uses it as a pickup.
I was thinking the exact same thing--can't tow diddly, can't haul anything. I beat the crap out of the real pickups I have owned. Maybe the Impreza should be on that list.. .
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:47 AM   #8
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I thought about getting a Baja at one time, but then saw how useless the tailgate was. Even the Brat had more room.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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I wish they would just build another brat. You know.. 2 doors.. medium bed. Simple enough, right?
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:12 PM   #10
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I wish they would just build another brat. You know.. 2 doors.. medium bed. Simple enough, right?
just build a medium size truck to compete w/the s10, ranger, tacoma, etc.

the new 3.6 going on the tribeca would work good in one too, and the diesel their developing.......

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Old 01-19-2007, 01:33 PM   #11
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just build a medium size truck to compete w/the s10, ranger, tacoma, etc.

the new 3.6 going on the tribeca would work good in one too, and the diesel their developing.......

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theres a pretty good chance subaru will not step in the truck market again.. its overcrowded, but not only that, look at the baja sales (yes i know they've suddenly increased) but they sucked (IBSOAsucksatmarketingthebaja).. if they REALLY increase sales, maybe in the future, but i don't see a baja/brat replacement coming anytime soon
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:49 PM   #12
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old news. Kill this thread like they killed the Baja....must be a slow day here in N&R
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:24 PM   #13
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I think Subaru could easily get in to the truck market if they really wanted to. It's just not really congruent with the brand image currently, with them trying to make a pretty apparent move upmarket in some respects.

On the other hand, Honda made it work with a reliable small-ish truck, so maybe it'd work. Who knows. I'd support it if they wanted to, I love midsize trucks.
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:58 PM   #14
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I've seen photoshop jobs of a Baja'd Tribeca on here before which I think could work in theory as the next-generation Baja. However, if Subaru really ever decided to do something like that, they should keep it a 2-door instead and ditch both rear rows in favor of a larger, more functional, cargo bed. Hell, maybe they offer both versions, one for 5 passengers, and one for 2.

Just a thought...
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:42 PM   #15
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I've seen photoshop jobs of a Baja'd Tribeca on here before which I think could work in theory as the next-generation Baja. However, if Subaru really ever decided to do something like that, they should keep it a 2-door instead and ditch both rear rows in favor of a larger, more functional, cargo bed. Hell, maybe they offer both versions, one for 5 passengers, and one for 2.

Just a thought...
Here's one from almost a year ago (which itself was just a modification of a chop done a year before that):
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:51 PM   #16
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theres a pretty good chance subaru will not step in the truck market again.. its overcrowded, but not only that, look at the baja sales (yes i know they've suddenly increased) but they sucked (IBSOAsucksatmarketingthebaja).. if they REALLY increase sales, maybe in the future, but i don't see a baja/brat replacement coming anytime soon
The small truck market is dead. S10 is gone and they can't give away Colorados. Ranger hasn't been seriously updated since 94. The Taco is much bigger than it used to be, as are the Nissans. Dakota is nearly as big as an F150.

New entrants to the medium / large truck market face serious credibility issues. Consider the Ridgeline. Or indeed the Baja. They're not real trucks - they're SUVs and only happen to fall in the truck class.
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The small truck market is dead. S10 is gone and they can't give away Colorados.
They can't give away Colorados because they're shortbed only. Who wants a compact truck that doesn't have any more bed than a quad ranger or frontier? Otherwise, the Colorados are fairly decent vehicles.

If subaru or honda or toyota would build a small unibody pickup with a space efficient design for hauling stuff home from the building supply warehouses.. they'd sell a ton of them. One of the biggest problems with the small trucks of the past is the complete lack of safety or comfort.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:34 AM   #18
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the new gen outback and forester are classed in the suv/light truck catergory
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/ar...rtner=USERLAND
http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...13/176796.html
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Old 01-20-2007, 02:32 AM   #19
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the new gen outback and forester are classed in the suv/light truck catergory
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/ar...rtner=USERLAND
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And they have been for three years.
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