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Old 04-10-2005, 02:02 AM   #1
ajabobrut
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I just read this from Subarunews.net.They say that Subaru will be pulling the plug on the Baja after the 06 model. Oh well,i guess some other auto maker will fill the bill once the Baja is gone and take over the market that Subaru left. R.I.P.
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Old 04-10-2005, 03:10 AM   #2
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Rest in Peace, indeed...
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:18 PM   #3
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I just read this from Subarunews.net.They say that Subaru will be pulling the plug on the Baja after the 06 model. Oh well,i guess some other auto maker will fill the bill once the Baja is gone and take over the market that Subaru left. R.I.P.
I think the whole reason the Baja was cancelled was because there was no market for this car. 2k-3k cars a year isn't a viable automobile, even for a niche manufacturer like Subaru.
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:37 PM   #4
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The fact that Subaru never advertised it didn't help. The Baja has been sold for 3 years now and people still ask me what it is. Most people have never heard of it. You can't sell a product if people aren't aware of its existence.
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Old 04-10-2005, 02:49 PM   #5
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She will be back with a NEW LOOK and a NEW NAME in 2010.
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Old 04-10-2005, 03:44 PM   #6
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Default Hope you're right about it being back in 2010 >>>

That'll be just about the time I'm ready for a new one :-)
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:34 PM   #7
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She will be back with a NEW LOOK and a NEW NAME in 2010.




Do you think so? I hope your right,maybe this time Subaru will do it right and not dick around like they did with the Baja.Subaru is to wrapped up the there next flop the Tribeca.Preminum fuel and high fuel prices are going to hurt the sales,we'll see if it dies like the Baja.
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:07 PM   #8
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I agree about the Tribeca. Subaru's niche is as an affordable alternative with advanced 4WD. But with the Tribeca at the price point I've heard, it won't be an alternative, but another over-priced, high-end SUV.
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:47 PM   #9
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I agree about the Tribeca. Subaru's niche is as an affordable alternative with advanced 4WD. But with the Tribeca at the price point I've heard, it won't be an alternative, but another over-priced, high-end SUV.
Possibly, but I'm not so sure. If you havn't noticed Subaru is on a push to move to a more upscale market. Where in the 80's and 90's Subaru was the affrodable AWD economical make-sense vehicle, It is no longer.

Premium fuel? My 2.5 liter, 4cly. Baja requires premium fuel. The Tribeca uses a 3.0 6 cylinder, a smaller engine than alot of its competition. And if you have ever been in a Tribeca, its a very nice vehicle. When compared to a Lexus RX330 which is it's competition, you get in my opinion, a better vehicle for less money. And look at the new Legacy GT. It too is in the $30,000+ price range. Although you may feel that Subaru is alienating its loyal customers (I kinda do) Subaru is changing to a more upscale image and it appears people are buying their cars. Subaru is more popular and more well known now than it was ever before.
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:01 PM   #10
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I think there new pig nose snout face and name changing will hurt sales.Theres no way in hell that i would buy another Subaru looking like the way there headed.
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:04 PM   #11
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Subaru never marketed the Baja properly. It was doomed to fail because no one had even heard about it.

Also, Subaru got everyone's hopes up with a completely awesome concept car.. the STX. It featured a supercharged engine, an electronic switchback system, driving lights in the bumper, and a dual range transmission. As we all know, Subaru added a turbocharged engine later in the Baja's life - but I believe it was too late by then, and people wrote it off as being underpowered.

All you Baja owners shouldn't be too sad though... it just makes the car you own that much more rare and unique!
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:52 PM   #12
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And look at the new Legacy GT. It too is in the $30,000+ price range. Although you may feel that Subaru is alienating its loyal customers (I kinda do) Subaru is changing to a more upscale image and it appears people are buying their cars. Subaru is more popular and more well known now than it was ever before.
Subaru is not the only manufacturer doing this. The new Jetta will be close to $28k loaded with the 200hp 16v turbo. In that price range it will compete with the Acura TL. The Passat is moving up in size and price as well, perhaps to compete less with a 3-series BMW and maybe attempt to get some potential 5-series buyers. Then there is the science experiment known as the Phaeton. Fantastic car, if you can get people into the show rooms to drive it. But what about those loyal buyers who want and need a sub-$20k car or even a $15k car? It is interesting to watch what we use to consider affordable care be replaced by cars from the Scion, Kia, Suzuki, etc.

Bring back the Justy and VW import the Polo and give us some solid, reliable, well equipped sub $15k cars again.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:32 PM   #13
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I agree with that completly. Its worse in VWs case because you already have audi, is there room for two Audis? compare an old rabbit or golf to todays, too nice for a VW. But the thing for Subaru is, the public seems to be supporting it, because they are selling their cars and that is their business. I personally would love a stripped down, base model AWD Subaru that i could option the way i want. Not this crap like if you want to get heated seats you have to have the leather package. TO get leather you have to have the auto. etc. thats just annoying and it never used to be like that.
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