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Old 02-03-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Subaru Baja.. did they turn out to be as unreliable as CR once said they were?

Ever since I had a chance to buy a Baja Turbo (and bought a Legacy GT instead), I've had this thought in the back of my mind that I should have picked up a Baja. Fast forward a few years, and now I'm in a wrong-wheel-drive Accord with no traction control.

The recent snowpocalypse has renewed my interest in the Bajas a bit.

Some time ago, I remember reading reliability ratings in CR. They rated the impreza as a best buy with strong reliability points, while giving the Baja one of the worst ratings....

Don't they use practically the same powertrain/drivetrain as an impreza?

And as far as truck considerations, I could use a truck, but don't really need one on a daily basis. Furthermore, I've always thought that its better to be running AWD, rather than having 4WD that's only in use "when you need it".

Yes, the Baja is fugly, and probably impractical. But I thought I'd ask OT of their thoughts on this old rare beast. As much as I'd love to have a turbo, they seem to be holding their value a lot more than the standard model. If I had any chance of getting a Baja, it would likely be the standard motor.

Lastly, how are the auto trannys versus the manual?
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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I thought it was just a Legacy with the trunk cut open. Subaru isn't very creative with their car designs.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:45 PM   #3
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My friends parents has eaten two turbo's for no apparent reason.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:45 PM   #4
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no way. hideous, sure. unreliable... uh it shared internals with other models.

fwiw my stage 2 baja got the same mileage as my that of my stage 2 sti. i kind of miss it sometimes. it was a blast to drive.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:46 PM   #5
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I've always wanted to get a black Baja, modify the snot out of it, lift it, and have the world's most anti-brodawg offroading vehicle.

That's all I've got for this thread, honestly.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:49 PM   #6
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no way. hideous, sure. unreliable... uh it shared internals with other models.

fwiw my stage 2 baja got the same mileage as my that of my stage 2 sti. i kind of miss it sometimes. it was a blast to drive.
just curious, why did you sell the Baja? to get the LGT?
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:51 PM   #7
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No major issues - but I'd buy an FXT over a Baja Turbo anyday.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:52 PM   #8
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I\'ve always wanted to get a black Baja, modify the snot out of it, lift it, and have the world\'s most anti-brodawg offroading vehicle.

That\'s all I\'ve got for this thread, honestly.
Dude, lets fab up lift kits for our WRXs!!


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Old 02-03-2010, 05:52 PM   #9
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I have found my Baja to be as reliable as other turbo subaru's.

It is fugly, but it's practical for my needs and fun to drive.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:55 PM   #10
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just curious, why did you sell the Baja? to get the LGT?
to buy the sti, actually . my old roommate and i were trying to keep the automotive industry afloat by ourselves for a few years. a bit foolish but we had fun.

at the time, i was trying to move to colorado springs and was offered a job at norad (which was then pulled out from under me, but that's neither here nor there) and i wanted something fun and capable in high-altitude inclement weather. when my endless job search in that area ended, i said f*** it and bought the sti. interesting story about the sale though. by that point subaru stopped producing the baja so there were very few for sale, new or used. mine was a blue manual with some lights mods (tint, tbe, protune, sts). used manual turbo'd bajas were pretty much extinct in the classifieds. the guy who bought it saw my dc craigslist ad and bought a one way ticket from santa cruz, california to buy it and drive it 3000 miles home.

i miss being caught in traffic on the gw parkway and being able to drive over the embankment in the middle of the road to turn around .
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:55 PM   #11
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No major issues - but I'd buy an FXT over a Baja Turbo anyday.
I keep forgetting about the Fozzie. Perhaps I should look into those. I mean, what can a baja do that a Forester can't?

And an FXT would be nice, but I think a standard X or XS would be more affordable

*runs off to auto-trader to have a look*
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:00 PM   #12
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I keep forgetting about the Fozzie. Perhaps I should look into those. I mean, what can a baja do that a Forester can't?
about the only thing they have over the fozzie is the nicer interior (matter of opinion) and the ability to haul very tall objects in the open bed.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:03 PM   #13
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mine kicks butt...

I have been trying to sell mine... I just turned 110K, put in a deadbolt TD04, oakos DP, gutted the up-pipe

I love it,

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Old 02-03-2010, 06:20 PM   #14
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i always liked them, partially it's because they are a little ugly. But if you like a car the size of a legacy, and don't care about having a hatch, or want a mini bed, then go for it. Cars come and go. get one for awhile and see if you like it. if not sell it sometime and try something else. But if you think you want one, then i'm pretty sure you're going to like it.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:29 PM   #15
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Dude, lets fab up lift kits for our WRXs!!


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I am working on a lifted winter setup for my WRX
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What's all this Subaru BS doing in OT?
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:35 PM   #17
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I am working on a lifted winter setup for my WRX
Cool, be sure to post up your results, right here in OT. I want to see; haters be damned.

And yes, if I had ample money to burn, I would in fact drive a lifted WRX, thats right, I said it.


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i think if he went to general it would be overly biased. here he can get fair and balanced (like fox) advice.
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this is new and original
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Cool, be sure to post up your results, right here in OT. I want to see; haters be damned.

And yes, if I had ample money to burn, I would in fact drive a lifted WRX, thats right, I said it.


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It actually won't be much money... I just need outback subframes, springs+shocks, and spacers. Might be able to get it all off a junkyard car
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Wagon = kind of want. Still rather do it to a Baja, though.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:25 PM   #22
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I keep forgetting about the Fozzie. Perhaps I should look into those. I mean, what can a baja do that a Forester can't?
This, while still holding 4 people


Forkliftability...




And it puts out near STI power levels. It has been pretty reliable, all problems with it were covered under warranty and have not happened since. Biggest problem was a rear diff replacement (bearing) same 4.44 LSD from the FXT. clutch has been replaced, since the throwout bearing was squeaking, and the ECU was replaced (same fan relay problem the legacy's had).

Downside is its based off the older Legacy and really heavy. That means it handles like poo and the brakes are too small (WRX style 2 pot up front, outback H6 rear). And you will miss your trunk.
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And yes, if I had ample money to burn, I would in fact drive a lifted WRX, thats right, I said it.


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http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa15/Jackson-Rally/Dirtywagon/Laughlin.jpg

Wagon = kind of want. Still rather do it to a Baja, though.


Agree with all these statements. When I get my next car, whatever/whenever that is, Im keeping my WRX, raising it, and setting it up for heavy winter driving.
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This, while still holding 4 people
[IMG]IMG_2276.jpg[/IMG]

Forkliftability...
[IMG]IMG_3344.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]Bajasidemissile.jpg[/IMG]

And it puts out near STI power levels. It has been pretty reliable, all problems with it were covered under warranty and have not happened since. Biggest problem was a rear diff replacement (bearing) same 4.44 LSD from the FXT. clutch has been replaced, since the throwout bearing was squeaking, and the ECU was replaced (same fan relay problem the legacy's had).

Downside is its based off the older Legacy and really heavy. That means it handles like poo and the brakes are too small (WRX style 2 pot up front, outback H6 rear). And you will miss your trunk.
Thanks. I wanted a Baja until I read the words "Battle Ready Baja" next to the worst photochop I've ever seen. You just ruined it for me and saved me money.
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Thanks. I wanted a Baja until I read the words "Battle Ready Baja" next to the worst photochop I've ever seen. You just ruined it for me and saved me money.
Why would I take any more time to make a "good" photochop..

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