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Old 01-06-2004, 06:38 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I just purchased a silver 2003 Baja Sport (makes a nice match with my silver 2002 WRX ) and I would like to get a hard bed cover for it.

I don't like the soft vinyl one from subaru, but I found this picture of what appears to be a hard plastic 1 piece cover. Does anyone have any information on where I can get it?
http://www.subaru.net/events/2003/De...s/P1070051.htm

I have also stopped by my local snugtop dealer after I heard about their lid for the baja, but I don't really like the 2 piece design and would prefer to get a 1 piece durable plastic design like in the link above.
http://www.snugtop.com/wn_02snuglid_subaru.htm

If anyone has any info about it, please let me know!

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Old 01-06-2004, 10:05 PM   #2
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I wonder if the one pictured at the 2002 auto show was specially made just for the show? The Baja hadn't even been on the market before that, so there wouldn't have been any after-market hard top retailers.

I also noticed that the design of the one at the auto show was such that the lid fit inside the rim of the cargo area. It would seem like it would be more apt to leak.
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Old 01-06-2004, 10:54 PM   #3
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yeah, if you look at the right rear corner it actually looks open to the bed underneath.
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Old 01-06-2004, 11:47 PM   #4
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Actually, that was when they debuted the Baja Sport. The Baja had been out for a while by then.

I agree with the leaking problem but it looks good otherwise.
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:55 AM   #5
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I recognize the lock on the back. The cover is by Penda, I saw the same cover on a silver 03 at a local dealer with a dealer installed option price of about $1600. It looked to be water resistant but not water tight. I'm interested in a bed cover but haven't found much info on the web, I believe there is some contact info in other threads. I've heard that they can be had for under $900 but haven't contacted any dealers yet.

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Old 02-13-2004, 01:00 PM   #6
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I got a snugtop installed on my '03 silver Baja in July and while it's not 100% watertight it is fine for 99% of uses ... probably everything but being stuffed with expensive luggage in a driving and prolonged rainstorm.

The only place some water gets in is around the roll bars where snugtop is still trying to perfect the mold on the rubber "gaskets" and some may also get in right on the front side molding if you're driving at highway speeds and the water is being forced along the B pillar and the car's sides. The Baja's weep holes in the bed keep any water that does get in from puddling so it's not been an issue for me at all.

As for the quality, the snugtop is top rate on everything but the top seals [then flange seals underneath around the bed are great] which I think they are still doing as one offs amd seem like prototype solutions. I'm messign with some alternative ideas but the originals are okay for now. The top is solid as a rock, has almost no perceptible rattle unless you hit a serious pothole or hard bump and having the ability to lock stuff out of sight is great.

While the two piece design eliminates a small bit of bed space, the major lid pops off with the twist of two handles and can be set aside to haul stuff. The hydraulic hinge system on the snugtop is great and raises to max smoothly and softly.

Lastly, the looks are terrific, everyone I spoke with at the dealership said they couldn't beleive how nice it looks [paint match was perfect] and all agree it makes the Baja's odd look considerably different and transforms it completely form the "Brat" look.

Cost me $1,100 shipping and installation included.
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Old 02-13-2004, 01:34 PM   #7
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Hey solid sender, thanks for your detailed review. Just picked up my Baja yesterday (03, auto, regatta red, only options were the splash guards) and I'm loving it. I was thinking about the hard tops and liked the looks of the SnugTop over the Penda model. The Penda sat within the edges of the bed, and although it did have some sort of a drip tray I don't see how it could come close to the water protection of the SnugTop. Since the SnugTop overlaps on the sides and back this rolls much of the water completely off the vehicle, correct?

$1100 sounds like a decent price for the top and install. My dealer (Concordville Subaru, Chadds Ford, PA) quoted me $1050 for the top itself, I was planning on doing the install on my own. Ricardo Flores of SnugTop sent me out the install directions, they didn't look to difficult. (For everyone's perusal, see them in PDF form here. FYI, when I emailed Ricardo it took a day for him to initially get back to me, but later questions were answered quite quickly.) Solid, I'm assuming you had the dealer install... did they have any comments on how well it went?

A few more questions on the top... How difficult is it to move the large portion of the lid around when removing, is it easy enough for one person? Any fears of damaging anything? Did you investigate the remote keyless entry at all? One of SnugTop's selling points is the rotary "slam" latch system, I assume this allows you to shut (slam) the cover and have it lock on its own. How well is that working, does it seem solid?

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Old 02-16-2004, 11:29 AM   #8
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Coupla things:

SnugTop seemed completely overwhelmed at the time I was trying to purchase/install my top. Between my Subie dealer and their folks, almost every customer service interaction took days until I started calling them myself and acting as though I was with the dealer.

The install was no big deal whatsoever but I did have a major complication in that SnugTop packed and shipped the top before the paint had completely cured ... when it was unpacked, a piece of tape along the seam took with it a 12" piece of painted finish. Subie sent them a digital pic and they agreed to replace it or pay to have Subie's body shop repaint it. Though I really wanted a new top, I didn't want to wait another month and maybe have an issue with the new top, so I had Subie repaint the whole thing.

Yeah, that was all a major league hassle at the time, of course, but I'm over it and, as I said, the top looks/performs great. MY Subie dealer, however, was underwhelmed with the response from Snugtop and told me they'd send any other customers wanting installation to a third party [pretty sad, since Subie is suppposed to be the "authorized" snugtop installer]. I think they gave me a great deal because they wanted to install one and see how it looked/performed, I know they didn't make any margin on the deal in the end.

Removing the large piece is easy but it is heavy and an awkward shape ... I can lift it off fine alone off and have removed/replaced it several times by myself but it helps to have someone else when you're putting it back on and aligning the guides. Once you do it, there's no worry about damage long as you're careful with how you store it [edges, etc.]

Though snugtop advertised the keyless remote they didn't actually have it in production when I ordered, the key is fine, the locking mechanism also fine with anything from a hard slam to a gentle push shut.

Major gripe I have is the quality/fit of the seals, they truly seemed to be prototypes and I'd hope that they've improved them by now.
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Old 03-07-2004, 05:53 PM   #9
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This is a must IMHO. It would help on gas mileage, and keep your stuff dry on trips. I plan on buying one in the next month or so. When I get it, I will repost to let you know how it fits and works. The company I am looking at is not snug-top or snug-lid. And the price is NOWHERE near $1,000. It's a 2 piece top, fiberglass, and it's painted to match the color of the car.
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:06 AM   #10
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gstien, got any info to share on who the manufacturer is that you're looking at? I haven't bought a lid for my Baja yet, from what I've looked at so far the front-runner is SnugTop over Penda and the Subaru cover. (the custom covered-plywood covers selling on ebay aren't being considered.) I'm interested to get more details on the cover you're going with.

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Old 03-08-2004, 01:33 PM   #11
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I heard SOA will make an OEM hard bed cover available on 05 Baja (it was in Subaru news web site article). Anyone with any info?
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:28 PM   #12
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I found that it won't be a OEM. It is the snug-top that is avaiable. They have made all dealiers a offical snug-top dealier and installers so they can sell it as OEM equiptment.
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Old 03-20-2004, 08:42 PM   #13
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I ordered mine from a Tampa Snugtop deal. I will pick it up on Monday. I plan on installing it myself. Is anyone interested in pictures of the installation? I will post them after I do it if there is interest.
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Old 03-21-2004, 12:49 AM   #14
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Old 03-21-2004, 12:46 PM   #15
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Old 03-21-2004, 03:27 PM   #16
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Old 03-23-2004, 06:31 PM   #17
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O.K. I just got back from Tampa today with the snugtop. I haven't open the box yet but I'll keep you updated if I get time to work on it tomorrow.
Here is the
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