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Old 04-16-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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Cool Baja load rating/tow rating.

Hi! I'm considering a Baja, as a previous Brat owner years ago. I was wondering what the payload capasity of the bed is and what the tow rating is for the Baja. Thank you for any reply!!

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Old 04-16-2005, 06:43 PM   #2
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A lot of specs on this page http://www.cars101.com/subaru/baja/baja2005.html
There it says 2400# with trailer brakes, 1000# w/out brakes. I think the owners manual says bed payload limit is 800, but not positive.

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Old 04-16-2005, 06:59 PM   #3
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Hey! You're from Maine Go see Vinnie at Patriot Subaru, tell him Chris on the Baja forum sent you. He'll let you drive any Baja on the lot, and let you rifle thru the owners manuals as well. The Baja turbo 5spd in the showroom is priced better than any of the WRXs, yet it has leather trim, a bed cover, sunroof, and mud flaps I think...if its still there.
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Old 04-16-2005, 07:22 PM   #4
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that sounds like a great deal, they told me i couldnt get leather with my 5spd, but i still love my baja more than any other car i have ever owned!
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Old 04-16-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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the leather trimmed seats and door panels, seats aren't full leather. I tried to trade my almost new Jetta for it but the wholesale/trade value/retail thing doesn't work so well sometimes.
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Old 04-16-2005, 07:53 PM   #6
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Thanks Chris for the link. I got this from it:

"Cargo bed measurements (measured by Joe Spitz)
Bed length: 41"
Tailgate down adds: 19"
Rear seat folded flat adds: 30"
Longest length with tailgate down and rear seat pass-through open: 90"
Bed Width: 49"
Bed Wall Height: 19"
Cargo wall Pass-Through opening: height 13", width 30.5"
Offical measurements:
Cargo bed: weight capacity 1050#, 17.7CF
Tailgate holds 661#
Cargo bed is recycled rubber compound

Gross vehicle weight = 4,555 NOTE: this is classed as a truck- "

Where in Maine are ya?

I'm kinda looking towards used...
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Old 04-16-2005, 09:48 PM   #7
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I'm in Naples, and you? Used is better, you don't have to pay that $3500 "drive it off the lot fee" that comes with new cars.
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:03 AM   #8
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VERY true. I'm in Cornish, not too far from you.

Actually, I have an 01 Ram Q-cab and there is not enough room for my boy in his car seat. I've narrowed it down to either a used Grand Cherokee or a used Baja, if his car seat and him fit. Pretty much looking to sell the truck and take that money to pay for the new vehicle without having a payment.
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The Baja has no center seat in the back, its a plastic storage cubby. I'm sure the kids car seat will fit on either side though. My big 11yr old and tall 13yr old fit very well back there, and they can store all there Game Boy crap in the center cubby.

We traded a 93 F150 xtra cab for the Baja. Its a lot either for kids to get in and out now. I do miss the raw hauling ability of the full size bed. Now we're just more creative when hauling large items. Like when I need Plywood I don't go to Home Depot anymore, I have Hancock Lumber deliver it for free. Or borrow my brother's truck. But I need plywood maybe once a year
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Thats the problem, I use my truck a lot. I love the towing/hauling ability. I looked at going to a full four door truck, only about 3 inches more room, not enough... I have my CJ, which he has no problems fitting in, and a 5x8 utility trailer. The better gas mileage would be a huge plus with the Baja..... I get about 17 mpg with the truck.
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Old 04-17-2005, 08:47 AM   #11
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More stuff to think about...
Trips to the sand pile after snow storms now requires 2 to 3 trips w/the Baja, when it used to take one trip in the truck. If I didn't have this VW we really wouldn't need sand for the driveway unless I knew someone w/out 4wd or AWD was coming over. To me AWD is very different and more convient than 4wd, easier riding and driving.

Rain/snow makes things wet in the back, like a truck, unless you have a bed cover. My wife takes my VW for grocery shopping. Long trips to Grammy's house require tarps, nets and bungis. But you can't be heeving shovel fulls of sand and salt into a wagon or SUV.

MPG sucks in any full size truck, but (I'm a Ford guy) you can get Xcabs brand new cheaper than you can get brand new Bajas. MPG for Bajas aren't spectacular. 23-26 for Turbos, 25-27 for non-turbos.

Re-selling a 100Kmiles truck , around here, I'm sure will be more successful than selling a used 100kmiles Baja. People understand what a truck can do better than they understand what a Baja can do.
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