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Old 05-09-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
machinegreen
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Why did you buy your Baja?

I bought mine because it was unusual, one of 2 at my university.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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It is unique. Great support vehicle for my other toys.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:18 PM   #3
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I just loved the way it looked. I've never been into 'cookie cutter' cars and Baja's break that mold! When I went to the last Subaru meet in Seaside, Oregon, there were TONS of WRX's and some STi's but Baja's? There were two and one of those was mine. Talk about standing out in the crowd of vehicles that look alike.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:52 PM   #4
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Because they stopped making the Brat in 1987

This was the next best thing
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:56 PM   #5
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Because my 03 Pathfinder LE 4X4 got 16 MPG and my 03 Baja gets between 26-28. Plus I wanted something close to a truck Going strong as I'm about to hit 100,000 sometime within the next two weeks
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:25 AM   #6
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Because they stopped making the Brat in 1987

This was the next best thing
BINGO!!!!!!!! I bought one of the last ones that my local dealer had on the lot. I went there looking at a used one and left in a new one (it was a great deal!)
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:32 AM   #7
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Because I got tired of the lousy gas mileage of the SUV's I had been driving. As a bonus, it makes my son CRAZY that I'm quicker off the line than his 02 WRX! (We're both "stage 2")
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #8
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Stumbled across a turbo 5 speed randomly and was bored with my WRX. Definitely wanted the added displacement, and it's perfect for hauling my dog around and great for camping. I got sick of scratching and denting my expensive exhaust on the old wagon trying to drive it offroad, like this:
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:38 AM   #9
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My search criteria consisted of the following.

1. Need a cab I can fit the new baby's car seat in comfortably.
2. Want a 4 cyl for the gas mileage.
3. Wanted a truck bed to haul stuff around in.
4. Needed to be AWD or 4x4.

There arent many "Quad Cab" trucks that have 4 cyl's in them. And the Bajas were like the top on the list that could do all the things i wanted! I think they look cool too.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:46 AM   #10
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"Why..." Because I could'nt afford a WRX STI and the Forrester and Legacy models looked too "Family Oriented"--not good for a single guy! I liked the look of the Baja immediately and after the test drive, I was sold!
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:57 AM   #11
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Default Because I loved the Brat but was too young to buy

I always loved the Brat, but was too young to buy one.

When the Baja came out I knew I had to have one. Found a used 2006 NA 5sp with only 19500 mi, one owner. Figured that was low enough miles on it to buy.

Will drive it till the wheels fall off.

I live in Western North Carolina. Funny thing is that I see Baja's all over the place. I my small rural community there are at least 5 that I see on a regular basis.

Screw all that say it is ugly.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:09 AM   #12
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I was looking at adding a daily driver to the fleet as my Impreza was getting old and too hard core. I was seriously thinking WRX wagon until I heard the FXT motor was going in the Baja. I immediately thought of how easy it was going to be to get STI power out of a Baja and make a total sleeper yet still very daily driver friendly.

I had also been following the car since I saw the ST-X concept, and then checked out the first of the 03's when they hit the dealers here in MI. It was kinda neat to see if go from prototype to production and then in my driveway.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:25 AM   #13
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Like driving a "unique" car and wanted a flatbed for hauling stuff, good gas mileage, fun to drive, good acceleration and handling, dependable...think that sums up my Baja!!

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Old 05-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #14
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I needed a new pickup. I was going to dealer to dealer to look at what was available, I think I was at a Mazda dealer and saw a silver Baja drive by and was awestruck by it (had no clue what it was).

I saw the small bed as a good thing, since I still would have the ability to haul nasty stuff in the bed, but the bed would be too small help friends move (with my old pickup I was ALWAYS the guy my friends would call when they needed to move).

I also thought it would match my motorcycle, BMW R1150GS




Yep! I think they compliment each other quite well
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:16 AM   #15
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just wanted something different.....and love my subie's

plus wanted a little ability to haul stuff.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:41 AM   #16
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My search criteria consisted of the following.

1. Need a cab I can fit the new baby's car seat in comfortably.
2. Want a 4 cyl for the gas mileage.
3. Wanted a truck bed to haul stuff around in.
4. Needed to be AWD or 4x4.

There arent many "Quad Cab" trucks that have 4 cyl's in them. And the Bajas were like the top on the list that could do all the things i wanted! I think they look cool too.
Basically these are the reason's I bought mine, although it was for my granddaughter's car seat that I bought it.
I had a Chevy S-10 4WD that was a year old, when I bought MY BAJA, and while it was good, it only had the fold up jump seat in it and that was not going to work for my grandaughter to sit in. Plus I had a problem with the S-10 (it wouldn't start from time to time, and they couldn't find the problem), and I couldn't trust the truck anymore!
I had looked at the BAJA when it first came out, and while I liked it, I wanted to wait a year to see if there were any "bugs" to be worked out first. Turns out the only "bug" I heard about was lack of power, though I found that hard to believe as I owned a 2003 Outback Wagon that had plenty of power for me!
Then, when I had my problem with the Chevy, I went to the dealership where I had bought my Outback, and found the only White Baja on their lot. As it was close in color to the Outback, I was interested. Then I noticed it was a Turbo, Automatic (good for the wife to drive, as she isn't too good with a clutch!) seats four, which was good for my granddaughter's car seat, and I thought to myself, hmmm, AWD, seats four, pickup bed I can work with, Sti based engine, what's not to know!
Well, 52,000 miles later, the only "bug" that's bugging me is that they aren't making them anymore! MY BAJA runs great, gets good mileage (for a turbo), and the grin is STILL on my face every day!
The only "mod" I have made to it is a K&N air filter, installed a trailer hitch, bug deflector on the hood, and air deflector for the moon roof, installed a SIRIUS aftermarket satellite radio, and a mount for my cell phone/gps system!
Last year I picked up some used WRX rims to mount the stock RE-92 tires for summer use, as I am using the stock wheels for my Winterforce snow tires. I figure I am good for at least another 3 years for tires!
Do I plan on giving up MY BAJA any time soon? Yeah, when Subaru makes some new ones! Until then, NOT LIKELY!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:13 PM   #17
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My search criteria consisted of the following.

1. Need a cab I can fit the new baby's car seat in comfortably.
2. Want a 4 cyl for the gas mileage.
3. Wanted a truck bed to haul stuff around in.
4. Needed to be AWD or 4x4.

There arent many "Quad Cab" trucks that have 4 cyl's in them. And the Bajas were like the top on the list that could do all the things i wanted! I think they look cool too.

That's pretty close to my list.

I was also tired of how bad my Jeeps were on gas mileage.

But I still wanted something that could tow our boat, or move a bike or two if need be.

And frankly, when it comes to playing in the snow, Scoobies are among the best vehicles I've ever had the pleasure to toss around.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:02 AM   #18
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My search criteria consisted of the following.

1. Need a cab I can fit the new baby's car seat in comfortably.
2. Want a 4 cyl for the gas mileage.
3. Wanted a truck bed to haul stuff around in.
4. Needed to be AWD or 4x4.

There arent many "Quad Cab" trucks that have 4 cyl's in them. And the Bajas were like the top on the list that could do all the things i wanted! I think they look cool too.
like everyone else that has quoted this, its my list as well. with a new house and a baby i knew i needed something with 4 doors and a bed. i looked at frontiers and colorados but mine poped up and i couldn't turn it down. 03 28k mi for 13,000. it was a no-brainer.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:00 AM   #19
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Why?
Well I came home from work one night in Nov '07 and found a pile of pages the wife had printed off of used vehicles that she was interested in buying that were under $20,000 cdn. I went through the whole mess and choice #3 was a 2003 Caddy DTS, #2 was a 2003 Infinity(I forget the model type) and my #1 choice was the Baja. I knew that the awd was standard and wanted my wife to have a safe vehicle to drive. I also liked that the Baja only had 43,500kms(approx 27000 miles) on it. It also came with the matching coloured fiberglass tonneau cover and you could see where the baby seat was strapped in, in the back seat. The yellow/silver colour also appealed to me and the uniqueness of the Baja appealed to my wife.
To make a long story even longer, my wife hardly drove the truck and was not really excited about driving a manual transmission after about the second time she stalled it in morning rush hour traffic.(She has a work vehicle and usually never took the Baja to work and when we went out I drove it) so we looked at purchasing a 2008 Subaru this spring but the dealship in Winnipeg only offered us $12000 for it on trade with a new one and I was not too happy about giving it up for that price since we were looking at spending over $40,000 on a new Subaru Imprezzs. Also we had already bought nice aluminum winter rims and Nokian RSI winter tires for the Baja which were 16' and the Imprezza had 17" rims.
We then thought about switching over to an automatic transmission(which is how I ended up joining NASIOC-looking for info and advice)and then she decided that she wanted an black Ford Taurus SEL Limited(I had insisted that our next vehicle was to be all wheel drive)It's a very nice car for her, the foot pedals adjust and is loaded and only had 13000 kms on it(approx 8000 miles) so we traded off my '03 Silverado for the Taurus and got the Baja for myself.
Which is what I wanted in the first place from the time I saw the Baja. I can now be happy because she is happy.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:00 AM   #20
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I saw the concept vehicle, and thought it made sense. I mean, really, a Subaru pickup, what is not to like about it.

I got mine by a fluke. The wife had to go to a bridal shower (and of course, I was not invited), so I was told, instructed, ordered, to go "car" shopping, as the GMC was dropping oil like a sieve. So I dropped off the SWMBO (in her car) and headed down the street to the nearest lot. It happened to be a Saturn Dealership, but what was I to complain about, she told me to do it!!!

On the lot, I test drove a Chevy Colorado and found it much the same as the GMC, just with a pickup bed. As the salesman and I were pulling into the lot from the test drive, I noticed the (my) Baja sitting on the turntable. I wanted to see it, but not showing too much enthusiasum, I suggested that we look at it as well.

The battery was dead, so he jumped started it, and I asked if we could take it for a drive. '05 Turbo AT around the block, and look at the time, should be picking up the wife. Went to pick her up, and because I took almost 3 hours of the salesman time, he decided to play the "wife likes it and the stereo is good" pitch.

She and I had already discussed the Baja and since the GMC was on life support, we had a little pow wow, and decided to make an offer. The dealer was sitting on the Baja for over 45 days on trade for the sportster car that Saturn was offering at the time, so they took my GMC, sight unseen, on trade!!! Picked up the Baja for 10k plus the GMC (paid for), that night.

Have I regretted the decision, NO!!! Would I trade it in now, maybe, if I could get a good deal on a Chevy Avalanche (as my son calls it, "big bother of the Baja").
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:34 AM   #21
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Needed a truckbed since I sliced my hands up badly trying to squeeze a everything-and-the-kitchen-sink Kirkland grill into the back of a Saturn VUE. Ended up having Costco hold it as I drove 30 mins to borrow a friend's Tundra. From that point on, decided we will always have one truck bed around.

Compared to everything we ever had, the Baja:
- offered a simple clean handsome interior plush with firm solid feeling plastic
- felt more fun around the corners than the '03 SAAB 9-3 sport sedan (still is)
- comfortable seats
- Subaru reliability
- good fuel economy
- a 4 door 'truck' under $25K
- vault-like sound deadening
- no squeaks/rattles

Paul Brothers Subaru offered a no hassle buying experience that rivaled Saturn. Shame they're now a Stohlman shop.

Over time, it has morphed from our beast of burden to our "fast comfortable sports car". Yeah, cause slow is also spelled J-E-E-P.

We'll drive it til it can't be fixed anymore, and if Subaru doesn't offer a replacement model, I'll likely chop a used Forester.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #22
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We'll drive it til it can't be fixed anymore, and if Subaru doesn't offer a replacement model, I'll likely chop a used Forester.


I can't wait to see that happening. I had a friend who did that with a 1972 Ford station wagon, man that was one party machine A lot of "fun" was had with that thing at the drive in. Man, those were the days, soda with a "head" and "custom" Camels, at least what I can remember
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:12 PM   #23
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I can't wait to see that happening.
You'll be waiting a few years. I figure by the time the Baja needs replacement, the 2012 Foresters will be a plenty used and my mortgage will be paid off.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:17 PM   #24
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I first saw the baja in a magazine in 2003. I remebered the Brat from when I was a kid. I always wanted one, but was too young to buy one back then.
I checked them out and I liked the double cab cause I have a kid. Then I waited until they offered a turbo. I ended up buying a 2005 Turbo 5mt in later 2004 when gas was getting pretty high.
The gas milage is better than a big truck if I take it easy with the turbo so it was a good choice. My girlfriend liked the Baja. She said "It it cute" And my son said "Daddy's car is fast!" So it was a hit with the family too.
Most of the guys that saw it made fun of the "Little car-truck." But then I would shut them down when I raced them in their heavy full size trucks.
I always beat them easily. (I run my turbo at 15 psi) Then they would change their tune and ask me if they could drive it. I never let them.
I would however take them for rides in the Baja up hills at 95 mph!! Just to show off the torque of the little 2.5 Subaru. Later Greg.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:17 PM   #25
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Why? Heck, why not? I was driving a 93 Voyager van with 189,000 miles on it. The list of repairs in one year was enough to bury it when the master cylinder went out. I needed a few basics:

1. AWD since I live in Wisconsin and getting through 15" snowfalls is normal.
2. It had to be more comfortable than the van, which wasn't hard to do.
3. It had to be RELIABLE!
4. Gas prices were rising and I wanted better than 18 mpg.
5. It had to have at least some cargo space for all my hobbies and home handyman projects.
6. It wouldn't hurt if it was unusual or cute or whatever.

I found a used Baja in screaming yellow. I liked the vehicle but couldn't take the color. I kept looking but a Subaru fit all of my needs. A little searching turned up a black and silver 2003 Baja, na, auto about 40 miles away. I drove in, looked it over, got the Carfax on it, drove it with SWMBO, and walked back into the office. "$11,500" they said. "$10,000, including title and license" I said. They hemmed, they hawed, I picked up my car keys and stood up. I didn't get to the door before the manager said "$10,000 it is".

I have added 40,000 to the mileage already on it when I bought it. I've put in brakes, plugs, and wires. And regular oil changes. I love the heated leather seats. I love the AWD. I love the torque and handling. I can get 29 mpg on the freeway if I behave myself but I rarely do. And I can still haul anything a sane person would need to haul. 30 rolls of sod. A washer and dryer. Bikes. Enough wood to replace the decking on the patio.

The Baja has been a blast. I'm one of 5 in town, that I know of. Two others are black and silver. Still, a handful of Bajas in a town of 100,000 isn't bad.
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