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Old 02-06-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
ryanvancil
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Default Baja Classification?

Is the baja rated as a passanger car or as a light truck?? Just trying to find out for insurance purposes. It usually says so on the inside of the door panel. I know the forester is a pass. car but not sure about the baja.
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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my insurance listed as SUV, I got the baja from other state and listed as wagon in their state. also I registerd my car as light truck in my state
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Old 02-06-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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According to the EPA it's a truck. I'm not sure exactly what criteria they use to make the ruling, but that's what it is.
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Old 02-06-2004, 10:48 PM   #4
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I had the same question awhile back and got a lot of different answers so I emailed Subaru and got this back.




Thank you for taking the time to contact us. The 2004 Baja is classified as
a multipurpose vehicle.

Thanks for the opportunity to be of assistance. If you need any future
assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Best wishes,

John J. Mergen
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Old 02-07-2004, 12:42 AM   #5
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In California the Baja is classified as a Truck.
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Old 02-07-2004, 01:58 PM   #6
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In Victoria, Canada They class it as a truck. So I guess it is one of those "If it looks like a duck it must be a duck."
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Old 02-07-2004, 04:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply's, but can one of you guys with the actual vehicle take a look at the door panel and see what it says? It should say it there anyway. Its based on the legacy frame so I thought that it would most likely be a passenger car classification.
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Old 02-07-2004, 09:04 PM   #8
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it might look like a legacy/outback, and be essentially the same vehicle, but since it has tinted windows, it is considered a light truck by the EPA. That is why the PT Crusier is a "light truck"
too.
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Old 02-08-2004, 11:28 AM   #9
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different STATES also classify vehicles differently. Its not just a federal class issue. It doesnt even matter what the manufacturer thinks, its up to the state and the insurance co.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:20 PM   #10
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Actaully, it matters a lot to the manufacturers how the vehicle is classifed, so they can avoid certain safety and fuel consumption regulations. That is why Subaru is working hard to turn their "cars" into "trucks" This article explains:
http://www.iht.com/articles/124902.html
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Old 02-15-2004, 09:15 PM   #11
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Here is the definitive definition of what the US Government/Depratment of Transportation classifys the Baja as a "Light Truck":

"A 4-wheel vehicle, which is designed for off-road operation (has 4-wheel-drive or is more than 6,000 pounds and has physical features consistent with those of a truck); or which is designed to perform at least one of the following functions: (1) transport more than 10 people; (2) provide temporary living quarters; (3) transport property in an open bed; (4) permit greater cargo-carrying capacity than passenger-carrying volume; or (5) can be converted to an open-bed vehicle by removal of rear seats to form a flat continuous floor with the use of simple tools."

So, even if it looks like an Outback, folks, its a "light truck"
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:04 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by BostonBaja

So, even if it looks like an Outback, folks, its a "light truck"
As of next year, the Outback will also be a light truck, even the sedans.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=483179
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:05 PM   #13
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Our Baja was purchased in California and the DMV there registered it as a pick-up truck. Then we moved to New Jersey and the DMV here registered it as a pick-up truck. BUT, the smog certs from both CA and NJ list it as a "passenger vehicle."

Go figure...
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:29 PM   #14
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Boy I wish my state would classify it as a truck, it would drop my license fee $190 a year.
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