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Old 08-02-2004, 10:51 PM   #26
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Well it's an interesting concept (buying the baja's for work).
Within the next few months, I will know how decisions will be made at work. Do we have the "same" decision makers, or will there be different ones? Get my drift??? Gov't is so f'n complicated it isn't funny. Here's the deal....
1). Persuade the local dealer to get on the bid list. (never known subies to be on it in the past)
2). Hope the Baja comes in somewhere in the middle, according to bid price.
3). Hope they can deliver x amount of white ones.
4). Persuade the admin (whoever it may be) to bid on them.
I have an example of the Baja at work every day. So it's not really a hard sell. I just let the current Admin drive it, and give me their impression.

A few questions that will be answered if I go through with this.
1). Will this move save the Baja?
2). Does Subaru have a "fleet sales" dept?
3). Will the salesman get an award for this? LOL

It's going to be hard though. The Taurus's came at $12,800 with elect locks, mirrors, windows, defrost, cruise, etc. But I don't think Subaru would give us the Baja for that price. It doesn't hurt to ask though.
Thanks to whomever posted to pic of the white one on the trailer. They do come in white! I guess if we buy 15 at one time, they come in whatever color we want (since they aren't selling well). ROFLOL!
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Old 08-02-2004, 11:52 PM   #27
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Gstien, to answer your questions:
1:
I dought that just your devisions order would "save" the baja, but it with some publisity and your devision talk to other divisions and states, to make orders, then I think it would have a chance.

2:
I don't think that SOA has a Fleet sales, but I know of a couple of dealers that do. Carter Subaru and Santa Cruz Subaru. Carter is located in Seattle, WA and their Fleet/special account/internet sales is Joe Spitz and he is a really great guy. He will bend over backwards for a deal like this I bet and Carter is the #1 dealer on the west coast in customer satasfaction and sales. Santa Cruz Subaru I am not sure which salesperson is the fleet sales, but they are great. They would do the same and they are #1 in CA in the same things.

3:
I would bet. It would depend on the dealership's GM.

I would bet that a Baja Sport definatally fall with in the price range that would be required, even having the baja painted white (if needed (in the picture it is white and silver so just painting the cladding would be necessarey)) with the large sale.

Just my .02 worth

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Old 08-03-2004, 10:12 PM   #28
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Thanks Ben.
What's funny, is that we HAD 12 million before the county commission took it away (to use for other things). That's in litigation now, because it wasn't their's to take, it was citizens and contractors, pulling permits to build things. These people paid US a service, and we rendered it. Not the commission. So for now, I am going to be elated (in the next few weeks) to get 15 (05) Taurus's. The Baja would be an improvement from the past few purchases. Last time it was Dodge Ram (02's) LWB of all things! Prior to that, a bumper crop (for 2 yrs) of Ford Ranger P/u's. So it's not hard for the Baja to go up against the trucks IMHO.
The Dodge was bought for ground clearance, and for 14,400. LOL But with a 33 gallon tank and 12 mpg (hd gearing), it's not a bargin. The Ranger is great because it's extended cab, but you can only LOOK at your stuff behind the seat, you can't get to it. ROFLOL! I am going to keep these people in mind, but like I said, it's going to be at least 9 months, so tell the salesman not to get braces for the kids yet. LOL
I really love this car, so much that I really will suggest it as a suitable car for our department. A relative (with GM) could get me other vehicles (esp. Saturn's), but I want the Baja or nothing.
*If anyone has (or can find) a photo of the NJ Beach Patrol one's, please post it. Then it's being used in an official gov't capacity, and that makes an easier sale.
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Old 08-03-2004, 10:30 PM   #29
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No problem.
When I bought my baja, I looked at everything, just to make sure that it was what I really wanted. I looked at Ford (explorer sport track, ranger extended cab), Chevy (colorodo double cab, Avalanch), Doge (dakota sport double cab), and Toyota (tacoma double cab) and Nissan (fornteer double cab). The toyota came in a close 2nd to the baja, but the MPG really killed it for me and aftermarker leather. Then the colorodo came in 3rd with simular MPG w/ the I4 but no power at all. The I5 was overpriced and killed the MPG more than I thought it would. It was also not nearly as confortable as the baja and a bit stiffer suspension. The Doge and nissan were not even close in the running after driving a little bit. Suspension from one extream to another. The Avalanch and sport track was just too pricy after getting simmular options that come standard to the baja. And the ranger didn't have a doulbe cab. Just my .02 worth on the competition and the baja just raked the competition over the coles every time.

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