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Old 01-26-2004, 09:32 PM   #1
kimguroo
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I got new 03 baja sport(AT) about a month ago. I really like my car specially in the snow(I had 03 mustang).
recently, I only got around 300 miles per tank (18MPG). First two tanks, I got around 360 miles. It's a little strange.

How much MPG do you get?
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Old 01-27-2004, 08:45 AM   #2
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I can't compare mine (turbo), but I consistently get 300 miles with a tank (I'm good at turning on a fuel light every Saturday ). No matter what I do. So it's 23 mpg.

Did you switch the gas station? Maybe your new pump has severly worse winter gas than your old one? 60 mile drop is a source of concern...
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Old 01-27-2004, 09:19 AM   #3
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I've got a 2004 Baja Turbo also. I'm getting 21mpg mix driving and 23mpg highway only. Just hit 3000 miles so it's time to lay down some rubber
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Old 01-27-2004, 01:11 PM   #4
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I have an '03 baja sport (AT) and have been averaging about 24mpg with a 50/50 mix of city/highway driving.

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Old 01-28-2004, 10:51 PM   #5
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'03 Baja Sport MT, about 23mpg for 50/50 mixed driving.
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Old 01-29-2004, 09:05 AM   #6
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'03 Manual Baja Clasic w/6000K, I can go about 300 miles before the light comes on. Mainly short trips to and from work (~10 miles each way) Does anyone know for sure if adding a bed cover will affect this?
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Old 01-29-2004, 10:15 AM   #7
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Hum, so there isn't much difference on fuel economy between non-turbo motor and turbo motor (fuel grade makes a couple of bucks difference, but) then... That very interesting as FXT vs. non-turbo Forester has, like, 4 mpg difference (probably those in FXT are terminally lead-footed) as everyone is saying 18~20 mpg. Sorry to be off topic, but did you read the home page on Winter Alcan rally? Baja turbo - yes!!
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Old 01-29-2004, 11:37 AM   #8
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I would imagine that putting a cover on the bed will increase the MPG at least a little bit because you are reducing drag on the car/truck. I will be experimenting with that when I get mine. I am getting w/out a cover and I will be getting the ARE Cap a little while afterwards so I will be able to see the differance (hopefully).

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Old 01-29-2004, 05:45 PM   #9
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I've averaged 27 MPG over the last year (34,000 miles) - 90% highway driving. I have one of the bed caps installed and I can't say I saw any difference in the mileage pre and post install.
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Old 01-29-2004, 06:59 PM   #10
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I would imagine that putting a cover on the bed will increase the MPG at least a little bit because you are reducing drag on the car/truck. I will be experimenting with that when I get mine. I am getting w/out a cover and I will be getting the ARE Cap a little while afterwards so I will be able to see the differance (hopefully).

Ben
Hey i would like to know how that ARE cap works out,i'm planning on getting one my self.
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Old 01-29-2004, 10:22 PM   #11
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Baja Turbo,
I will let you know when I get mine. I am still waiting from my baja so we will see.

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Old 01-30-2004, 12:33 PM   #12
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I actually got to see the ARE cap at my dealership the other day. it almost makes it look more like a smooshed pickup or an old fashioned station wagon (you know, the old land yacht style you could launch planes from).

Seemed pretty snug and sturdy though, just not something I would want. I'm definitely looking for the vynal top or a variation of the snug top that is easy to remove when necesarry.
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Old 01-30-2004, 07:55 PM   #13
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If you had the same person drive a capped and non-capped Baja exactly the same way, you would notice the savings and boost in mpg.

But since we all drive our Bajas differently, its all subjective.
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Old 01-30-2004, 09:36 PM   #14
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I called my local ARE deailer and they said that once you get used to how the cap goes on the baja, it is relitavly easy to get on and off, ~ 175lbs.

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Old 01-31-2004, 09:50 AM   #15
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I have a manual transmission 03 baja and i average 360 miles out of a tank and sometime 380. It is great for the trips I take to MN twice a year.
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Old 02-02-2004, 08:02 AM   #16
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now if you guys really want to save some gas just drop the tailgate. i drove form cincinnati to detroit with it up and the return trip with it down- saved about a quarter of a tank.
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:22 AM   #17
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I actually drove the Baja from Dec 02 through Oct 03 without the cap and with it since then and really haven't seen any difference in mileage. My commute hasn't changed and I was paying attention as I expected to see some sort of increase.

Regarding the cap itself, it definately makes the car look like a wagon but add a lot of functionality, especially over the winter months. Per the dealer, the unit is all fiberglass with no reinforcement so carrying anything on top is out. The angle of the slope on the sides is such that it does restrict the width of anything you might want to have hang out the back over a closed rear gate. It does seem reasonably water tight and the installation required minimal changes to the vehicle - basically just the attachment of the wiring harness. Otherwise there are just four screws that use pre-existing holes in the side of the bed.

The view out the back is pretty much non-existent between the size of the window and the tint but that is to be expected. The locking mechanism works well. There are a few more plastic parts in the mechanism than I'd like.

Color match was excellent and the overall quality seems pretty good.

Lastly, it'll come off for the summer. I can only drive a station wagon for so long.
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