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Old 02-26-2004, 11:18 PM   #1
ez bturbo
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Smile My new baja turbo!

I traded in my 00 ford contour svt on 2/14 for it, and after some complications with the options (just got done finally installed today, but Ive been driving the car for over a week now) I am good to go. This is my first subaru.

Its a 5 speed manual black/charcoal gray, and I had the following options put on it:
Turbo boost gauge
Bed cover and Bed Extender
mudflaps, moonroof wind deflector

Like many others, I wanted the all blue one, but I also didnt want to wait 45-90 days, and I got a very nice deal on this one.

The gauge is cool, but the lighting is white vs. green of the rest of the gauges, but hey its definately a quality piece.

The bed cover seemed like a good idea at the time, but there is a large plastic portion between the chrome cargo bed sport bars which looks like it will effectively cut down the bed even more for tall usable space. I guess it would also be more functional if you could open the tailgate without having to remove a portion of the cover.

The car(?) -- awesome. Smooth riding, nice handling (but not awesome), and very torquey, very fast. I believe it has to be a bit underated a 210 hp /235 tq. I have yet to really get on it (has 800 miles now), so I dont know what the top end will be like, but I have hit around 5k rpm a couple of times and it pulls hard for a 3600 pound vehicle.

Anyhow, here is a link to some pics i put together, it was kinda a hurried effort, but you get the idea. The first 8 or 9 were the day I got the car, the later ones are with the options installed from today.
(copy and paste link to browser window).
http://www24.brinkster.com/ezerner/baja/index.htm

I am very bad about modifying my cars, but I understand subaru doesnt seem to be too tolerant of that, so I am going to leave it bone stock for as long as I can stand. Hopefully that will be at least a year, maybe two, while I concentrate on my 00 camaro SS.
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:45 PM   #2
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Welcome. I still havn't taken pics with it fully optioned out. It soulds like you got yours just after I got mine. I have had mine since 2/13 and have just over 2000 miles on it already.

I would agree that it is under rated at 210hp. Mine is a MT but it is extreamly fast.

I am not too big on mods as well, so the ones I doo will be minor. I think that the first and most likely the only one for a long while will be a rear sway bar. But that will problally be for a while off yet anywhy.

http://wgz.org/bmeyer/pic/Subaru/baja

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Old 02-27-2004, 01:17 AM   #3
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Had you modded the SVT? That was a very overlooked ride. I wish they'd marketed them better. Even the stocks could fly and make m3's go... ...
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:04 AM   #4
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Sweet, man! Just like the one I'm STILL waiting on. Oh, next month just can't come fast enough!
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:28 AM   #5
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Welcome. I still havn't taken pics with it fully optioned out. It soulds like you got yours just after I got mine. I have had mine since 2/13 and have just over 2000 miles on it already.

I would agree that it is under rated at 210hp. Mine is a MT but it is extreamly fast.

I am not too big on mods as well, so the ones I doo will be minor. I think that the first and most likely the only one for a long while will be a rear sway bar. But that will problally be for a while off yet anywhy.

http://wgz.org/bmeyer/pic/Subaru/baja

Ben
Thanks, I saw your post and looked at some of your pics also. We are like twins

I mean Im bad in that I do modify the cars I own, but like you said maybe a sway bar in a year, K&N air filter, we shall see. It is nice to have a car with a warantee right now.

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Old 02-27-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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Had you modded the SVT? That was a very overlooked ride. I wish they'd marketed them better. Even the stocks could fly and make m3's go... ...
Yes the SVT was heavily modified (Quaife LSD, long tube headers, spec tage 3 clutch, etc...), there is the page (below) for it if you want to check it out. It put down 190 wheel hp, which translates to about 230 hp, and that was without several of the modifications that were put on later. It really screamed in the upper rpm band (4500-7000), but the baja has much better low end torque and usable power in my opinion. I took it to the track twice, and my best run was 14.9@94.4 mph, on a 2.39 60' time. The car was damn near impossible to launch -- really, really bad wheel hop. So bad it would bounce the whole car, and my first time at the track I broke an axle. I ended up trading it in because the car was too damn loud and punishing (stiff suspension) for a daily driver (I drive about 70 miles every day for work). My fiance hated it, mostly for these reasons, and it had 94k miles on the clock, so I decided it was time for a change.

Anyhow the link (copy and paste)
http://www24.brinkster.com/ezerner/contour/index.htm
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:46 AM   #7
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Sweet, man! Just like the one I'm STILL waiting on. Oh, next month just can't come fast enough!
Hang in there, it will be worth the wait! Is yours going to be a manual trans like mine or an automatic?
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Old 02-27-2004, 09:24 AM   #8
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I ordered your twin, a black/grey 5mt Turbo with the bed extender, subwoofer, and auto-dimmer mirror. My dealer's quite frustrated with SOA as they won't give him a straight answer as to when the car will be in. So yeah, it's frustrating, but I refuse to settle or compromise.
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:07 AM   #9
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Thanks, I saw your post and looked at some of your pics also. We are like twins

I mean Im bad in that I do modify the cars I own, but like you said maybe a sway bar in a year, K&N air filter, we shall see. It is nice to have a car with a warantee right now.
You said it. This is my first brand new car ever and hence my first car that has a warrntee.
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:20 AM   #10
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I ordered your twin, a black/grey 5mt Turbo with the bed extender, subwoofer, and auto-dimmer mirror. My dealer's quite frustrated with SOA as they won't give him a straight answer as to when the car will be in. So yeah, it's frustrating, but I refuse to settle or compromise.
Really I just got lucky. I went to three dealerships near here: The first had 2 automatics: an all blue (which i thought looked awesome) and a gray two-tone. He was going to order me a 5-speed blue one, but it looked like it was going to take time and I couldnt get a really good deal on it.

The second dealership I test drove an all silver one( 5 speed). The deal was better, but not great and I really thought the silver one was too much silver.

The last dealership, the salesguy owned an SVT focus, got me a good trade-in for my svt contour, a good price on the car, and I really liked the black two-tone they had on the lot as much as if not more than the all blue one, and here I am today
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