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Old 12-07-2003, 10:48 PM   #1
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Talking Blizzard Baja!


I just wanted to say that I am so glad to be back in the Subie family. I had four: a Gl Wagon, a Legacy, a SVX and a Forrester then I switched to a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well, we just had over 2 feet of snow and I couldn't wait to go driving on the unplwed streets. Last night in the height of the blizzard I passed spinning out SUV's, a city owned pick-up that was supposed to be plowing but couldn't get up a hill, and front and rear well drive vehicles. The Baja even got me up and into my unplowed driveway. Last year in a similar storm I couldn't get out of the driveway with the Jeep. It's not easy to explain to non Subie drivers how different the driving experience really is. I now know first hand and I will nver go back to Jeep again!
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Old 12-07-2003, 10:57 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:02 AM   #3
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:24 AM   #4
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Yup gotta love SUBYS. My car never got stuck either, not once even on unplowed roads. I almost felt bad for BMW's and Merecedes' getting stuck on ditches.... NOT ... Even on very high incline roads, my car just crawled like nothing. Here's a picture of her
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Old 12-08-2003, 10:09 AM   #5
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Hi those lucky in North East (well, maybe unlucky for you guys) - how does Baja handle packed snow - compared to regular Subaru vs say, any 4wd pick up? Do you feel you need sand bags at rear like pickups? Maybe that's why Baja has such a heavy tail gate?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:28 PM   #6
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The closest thing to snow my Baja will ever see is the sand at the beach!
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:16 PM   #7
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Good question Hatake. I have a lot of experience driving in the snow with Subies and we are actually a two Subie household. The other one is a 2004 Outback. We bought them on the same day. I was out in the blizzard earlier in the new Outback and drove some of the same roads later in the new Baja and I think the Baja may have fishtailed a bit more than the Outback. At first, I couldn't figure out why and then wondered if it had less weight in the rear. Maybe that is why the tailgate is so heavy. I can definitely say though that it was way superior to any pick-up in the snow!!
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Old 12-09-2003, 10:39 PM   #8
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We only got about 8" here, and I haven't had any previous experience with other Subarus. Regardless, I had a ton of fun taking the Baja out for it's first snowy drive. I was testing its limits (and I found them), but I was very impressed. My fiancee didn't think we'd be able to do half the things we did, but she wasn't too fond of me getting it to go sideways around a turn and swinging the back around.

The only problem I had was the snow getting chunked up and frozen in the wheel wells while we were shopping. Then when I left it overnight and came out to drive it the next day, it was making many types of scraping sounds from the snow/ice brushing up inside the wheel wells and brakes and such.

I had also thought about weighing the back down, but it seemed like it didn't really need it too much.
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Old 12-26-2003, 06:11 PM   #9
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you know, that's the only complaint i've ever heard about any subaru - the wheel wells get packed with snow easily

previously owned '95 outback
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Old 12-26-2003, 09:22 PM   #10
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Spray the wheel wells with a silicone spray before the next snow, and your problem is solved!
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Old 12-26-2003, 11:12 PM   #11
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no kidding - this works?
i shouldn't have come to baja forum
i want one sooooo bad
husband takes the wrx, leaves me the chevy - i hate it
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Old 12-27-2003, 07:21 AM   #12
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Hampton0829, find a way to get your hands on Baja Turbo as as it stands now, there will only be 2000 units made. After that, if the sales doesn't catch on, the product is canned. If it makes it, then it'll move to the newer platform, so 04 Baja Turbos are one of a kind. The thing moves from 2,000 rpm, unlike WRX. At 6,000 ft, on a trucker-killer uphill, it actually accelerates in 5th gear. If you negotiate 3% over deal, the car itself is around $23,000 (just don't trust the MSRP).

This car is "turbo legacy with a small truck bed" that can haul plywood and 2x4's (tight, but yes, I already made several trips to Home Depot for something that wouldn't fit in my old Impreza wagon).

I'm extremely happy that I bought the car (mind you, it's not a truck).
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Old 12-27-2003, 08:43 AM   #13
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i was hampton0829, but PA-Brat suited me much better
the lease on the suv is up in Nov. - i'm all over it!!!!!
first we're selling the boat (aka our $10k lawn ornament)
using the funds for a downpayment on the baja and mods for the wrx - i can't wait to be an all subie family
i've been afraid that they're not going to catch on and they'd be phased out.
one of my best friends traded her caddy in on one and loves it!
they look like they sit lower than forrester - do they?
i saw the lift kit is now available for them - i'd like the height of the forrester, but nothing too excessive. the hubby wants a forrester - i said no - next car is mine and it's baja all the way
i about wet myself when i first heard it was going turbo.
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Old 12-28-2003, 12:42 AM   #14
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04 Baja, regardless of turbo or normally aspired, are all 8.4 inch ground clearance, which is much higher than FXT. But floor to the roof hight is the same as Legacy, so the overall height is much similar to Impreza OBS. That's probably why it looks lower than Forester, but ground clearance is more.
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Old 12-28-2003, 08:03 AM   #15
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thanks for the info.
i searched our local dealer inventory last night, but no one seems to have any in stock at the moment - it's probably for the best - i need to be patient.
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Old 12-28-2003, 05:17 PM   #16
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After almost a year of wait, I have no such thing as patient!
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