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Old 12-29-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
RWS_BajaTurbo
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Default My new Baja Turbo fits me perfectly!

I've never been so excited about and so impressed with a new car. I recently moved to Chicago, but still like to go mountain biking and camping. I occasionally have the need to haul stuff, but also like to drive fast and weave in and out of traffic.

For the last six months, I'd been looking at small pickups, wagons, and SUVs. I wasn't overly excited about any thing that I looked at because it was either 1) too big for the city, 2) too slow for my lead foot, 3) not versitile enough, or 4) just plain boring.

I had just about made up my mind on the Jetta Wagon 1.8T when I saw a Baja driving down the road. I never watch TV and have never seen the commercials. I hadn't even thought about looking at Subarus until I saw the Baja.

When I test drove the Baja, I made up my mind the same day. I was sold. The dealer didn't have a turbo, so I ordered it from the factory and was going to have to wait 2 months. As luck had it, they found exactly what I was looking for in Indiana and had it shipped up to Chicago.

Here are the specs:
- Regatta Red
- Leather
- 4-Speed Automatic (best for city driving)
- Bed Extender
- Trailer Hitch
- Security System Upgrade
- SnugLid Fiberglass Bed Cover (Regatta Red)
- Premium Sound w/ 6-CD disk changer & subwoofer

I've been driving the new Baja for a week now and am loving it. It's easy to park in small parking spots, I can zip through congested traffic easily, and its comfortible on long drives. I have a 1.5 hour commute. Its very quiet on the highway (even going 90...told you I was a lead foot). I took the roof rails off; it reduced the wind noise dramatically.

I also like the fact that it hasn't caught on yet. The first Baja that I saw a few weeks ago, was the only Baja I've seen in Chicago. Every time someone pulls up next to me, I notice them looking my way (I like that). Of course, it could also be that I just cut them off...
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:41 PM   #2
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Hey RWS, congrats on your new Baja!

When you get a chance, can you post a pic of your bed with the snugtop on it?

I haven't seen a good pic of one as of yet. Also what did they charge you for it?
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:56 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2003, 10:01 PM   #4
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Is the snug-lid lockable?
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:14 AM   #5
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Great choice RWS...I'm also proud owner of a Baja Turbo.Silverstone metallic-4EAT,Leather,Auto-dimming mirror/compass. I've had it for one month(900miles). Drives great,plenty of pep.Bed is ideal for carrying camping gear. I ordered a Penda fiberglass bed cover through an RV dealer.Installed price is $300 less than through Subaru dealer. So far I haven't seen any other Bajas on the road in western burbs of Chicago....Happy Trails!
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:36 AM   #6
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Congrats, RWS and Peter! You made good choices!
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:02 PM   #7
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Originally posted by SouthShoreBaja
Hey RWS, congrats on your new Baja!

When you get a chance, can you post a pic of your bed with the snugtop on it?

I haven't seen a good pic of one as of yet. Also what did they charge you for it?
Here's a pic of the SnugLid...just like mine, except mine is red. It locks to the sides of the bed and goes over the tail gate; therefore, you can't open the tail gate when it's locked. The cost was was about $1200 installed. I could have gotten it for about $300 less if I had ordered it from SnugTop, but the delivery would have been a hassle.

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Old 12-30-2003, 09:36 PM   #8
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Originally posted by Peter Ptaszkowski
Great choice RWS...I'm also proud owner of a Baja Turbo.Silverstone metallic-4EAT,Leather,Auto-dimming mirror/compass. I've had it for one month(900miles). Drives great,plenty of pep.Bed is ideal for carrying camping gear. I ordered a Penda fiberglass bed cover through an RV dealer.Installed price is $300 less than through Subaru dealer. So far I haven't seen any other Bajas on the road in western burbs of Chicago....Happy Trails!
I see you got the automatic too. I really wanted to get a stick, but decided not to since I'd probably get leg cramps from all the stop-and-go traffic.
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Old 12-31-2003, 12:11 AM   #9
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Thanks for the pic, hadn't seen that yet!
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Old 12-31-2003, 12:46 AM   #10
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The cost was was about $1200 installed. I could have gotten it for about $300 less if I had ordered it from SnugTop, but the delivery would have been a hassle.
I just inquired thru snugtop's form on their page as to its installation, ie DIY or has to be professionally done. If its something DIY then i'll have it shipped to the house.

I've been using the bed extender for highway use, and this will help out.

Since we're on a tangent about beds here, if anyone's thinking about buying the Subaru bed cargo net, think twice. I got it last spring and for all intents and purposes its useless and too small. If you're moving anything the size of an iron mountain box or similar it doesn't have the pull to reach all 4 bed hooks. I'd recommend good ol bungee cords with a tarp etc....
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Old 01-03-2004, 12:41 AM   #11
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Is the snug top easilly removeable? My sister-in-law has one on her Ford pickup that was made by Leer and it's so much of a hassle to remove, that they just treat it as a permanent fixture and that's been keeping me from even considering them. I carry bigger stuff than will fit under that puppy on occasion and would need to be able to remove it whenever I head out to Lowes.
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Old 01-03-2004, 02:16 AM   #12
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When I saw one on a 03 baja at a dealiership it looked like it was a pain in the a** to remove. that is why I am going to go with the ARE Cap instead of the SungTOP lid.

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