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Old 03-03-2005, 09:42 PM   #1
YooperBaja
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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Michigan
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2003 Baja
Silver

Thumbs up Consumer Reports Smiles on Subaru (and Baja somewhat)

I recieved my April Annual Auto Issue of Consumer Reports today. I was dreading to see what they would say after their flip flopping last year. Good News!

p. 16 "The most reliable 2004 brand overall is now Subaru, which averages 8 problems per 100." This is even over Honda and Toyota.

p. 9 The Baja is listed as one of the best vehicles for $25,000 or less. It is in the pickup category with the Toyota Tundra.

p. 72 Subaru Baja: "Reliablity has improved to above average."

Like it was below average to begin with...... I have one of the "dreaded" not recommended 2003 models. Other than gas and oil changes I have put ZERO dollars into it. The only warrenty trip to the dealer was a plastic clip that was not there from the factory.

p. 92 Reliablity Scores: 2003 Baja is above average in all categories, except body integrity where it was average, earning a recommended selection. (same car as last year on the cars to avoid list).

My question...... How can the 2003 Baja have low scores when precious few of them sold, making it difficult to obtain accurate data? The Chrysler 300 has been out for nearly a year, sold thousands more than the Baja, and yet C/R indicates it is too new to predict reliablity. My guess is that a very few people skewed the data due to the low production numbers. Bottom line is shame on C/R for last years negative reporting with insufficient data. At least they got it right this year.

There is my two cents worth..... and worth every penny of it.

-YooperBaja
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:56 PM   #2
su-be3
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Good news to hear! Seems like we are hearing more and more good reports on our Baja's.
Now, if only Subaru is listening!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:17 PM   #3
mbaksic
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Thumbs up A good 2003 Baja

I also have one of the BAD 2003 Baja's, and mine has NEVER been back to the dealership yet either. I am also out of the 3/36 warranty period, I now have 40,000 miles on it, with NO problems yet. I would like to see what domestic or import cars can beat that. I work on Dodges in a dealership, and they almost ALL come back for problems, and really weird ones at that. Mike
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Old 03-05-2005, 07:22 AM   #4
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I also have one of the BAD 2003 Baja's, and mine has NEVER been back to the dealership yet either. I am also out of the 3/36 warranty period, I now have 40,000 miles on it, with NO problems yet. I would like to see what domestic or import cars can beat that. I work on Dodges in a dealership, and they almost ALL come back for problems, and really weird ones at that. Mike
I work on Saturns at the stealership. Talk about problems. I guess we see the worst of everything.
I think CR made a bad assumption back when they first reported on the Baja.
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:06 PM   #5
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Yes Chris, you are right, we DO see the worst of everthing at the stealership!! And I don't see how CU could screw up so bad, I have a pretty early build Baja, but like I said, NO problems so far. I know if I would have bought a Dodge truck, I would be fixin it for warranty time until it ran out of warranty!! Mike
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Old 03-08-2005, 11:01 PM   #6
Rick Maize
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Yellow w/ OzzBros cover

Default Bad Baja?

I hadn't been paying attenition, I didn't know the 03's had a bad rep.
Mine "may" have the dreaded piston slap, or I could just be listening too hard.
But we let it warm for a few minutes before stressing it, just in case.
We are at about 24,000 miles, get regular oil changes , have NEVER been to the dealer for repair or had any repair.
Does have some buzzing in strong crosswinds
( I think it is that little peice of trim above the windshield, just in front of the roof rack) . and the front windows could fit a little tighter. I think these complaints I have are pretty minor. Over the the Subaru Baja yahoo group, one member was so dissatisfied with their Baja they traded it off. They liked the Baja , but it had problems, water kept getting inside the car , and some other issues.
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