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Old 05-03-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
YooperBaja
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Default What is it? ......Again

My brother-in-law is visiting from Atlanta, GA. A few minutes ago my wife informed me he was in the garage sitting in the Baja. I went out to see what was up and here are a few of his quotes.
"This is perfect. I live in Atlanta, this is all I would ever need. I don't need an F-150, this would be perfect."
"I don't think I've ever seen one, I didn't know it existed." ](Thank you Subaru for your lack of advertising)

Admittedly, he is not a car guy, but he saw the practical aspect of the vehicle immediately. All it took was seeing one and my explaining the uses I have had with it. I know I am beating a dead horse as the Baja is to be discontinued, but here is an example of someone not even knowing it existed and immediately seeing its practicality.

I guess we have to leave it to the Honda Ridgeline, and the VW Toureg variation (I read about this one today) and anyone else who jumps on the bandwagon once Honda markets theirs well. Meanwhile Subaru of America Marketing department will sit around and say....... "Hey, we started it"....... but where was the marketing before you killed it????
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:53 PM   #2
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what did they forget to advertise again? oh yeah, the baja!! wait a minute, i think ive got one of those! what do they look like again??? (read this and realize, SUBARU!! )
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:00 PM   #3
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Yeah it sucks that the Baja will go down in history as a flop because of ADVERTISEMENT that SOA would'nt give it.People will think that it was the product that was the problem,instead of the SOA that did'nt even give it a chance to survive.I think it was doomed from the begining since that Alfa Romeo guy got behind the wheel of SOA and started screwing up future Subaru's with that ugly ass face.I'm sorry but i don't like what i see for the future for Subaru.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:14 PM   #4
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They need to hire me to design their NEW cars LOL. I think I can do a better job.....

And Smart people pick the BAJA........
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:38 PM   #5
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Ahem....*tap tap tap* Subaru? Is this thing on? Do you ever listen to us? WE know you scour these boards with moles...Why do you not care about the baja and how well it would sell in the right markets, ie. Australia, if you only advertized it? Hmmm?

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Old 05-04-2005, 02:31 AM   #6
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It's becoming somwehat normal to come out of a store and seeing some security guard or passerby walking through the parking lot slowing their stroll just slightly to look at my Baja. I've owned a number of cars before and have never had this happen. I don't really mind, but it does make you wonder how come more work isn't done to promote a car that there is obviously interest in.
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:06 AM   #7
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I love driving my Baja, I get so many looks and honks from drivers they all look and say what is that vehicle...I love it; best of all if you let down your tailgate people never know what type of vehicle it is.
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Old 05-04-2005, 08:04 AM   #8
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You really need to forward this onto Subaru. At least then they can't say they didn't see it. Any little bit helps. If you think its hopeless, remember that the fans of a certain sci-fi show of the sixties saved it from cancellation after the first season and it has been going now for almost 40 years! (Star Trek) Sometimes a second chance is all it takes.

Send it!

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Originally Posted by YooperBaja
My brother-in-law is visiting from Atlanta, GA. A few minutes ago my wife informed me he was in the garage sitting in the Baja. I went out to see what was up and here are a few of his quotes.
"This is perfect. I live in Atlanta, this is all I would ever need. I don't need an F-150, this would be perfect."
"I don't think I've ever seen one, I didn't know it existed." ](Thank you Subaru for your lack of advertising)

Admittedly, he is not a car guy, but he saw the practical aspect of the vehicle immediately. All it took was seeing one and my explaining the uses I have had with it. I know I am beating a dead horse as the Baja is to be discontinued, but here is an example of someone not even knowing it existed and immediately seeing its practicality.

I guess we have to leave it to the Honda Ridgeline, and the VW Toureg variation (I read about this one today) and anyone else who jumps on the bandwagon once Honda markets theirs well. Meanwhile Subaru of America Marketing department will sit around and say....... "Hey, we started it"....... but where was the marketing before you killed it????
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:32 PM   #9
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I just traded in my old car (2002 VW Beetle Turbo S) for a 2005 Baja Turbo, and could not be happier. I agree with all about the lack of good advertising, because I have never seen a commercial on T.V. for the Baja, and had never seen one on the road until about a week and a half ago. As soon as I saw it, I looked up Subaru online, checked it out, went to a dealer 2 days later, checked it out some more, and it was a done deal. Not sure why I went with a Bug before, as I'm in the Army and am constantly carrying gear back and forth to work, and finally got fed up with the impracticality of it. Won't be a problem now.

I've been driving it for 3 days (yeah, it was puchased that recently), and get looks EVERYWHERE. Nothing but positive comments from guys I work with. Most refer to it as "perfect". This morning, my third day of ownership, I had just finished PT (physical training, exercising for those not familiar with military lingo), and was eating a protein bar while leaning up against the Baja's bed. In a 10 minute timeframe, 2 passing vehicles stopped and parked in front of me, so they could get out and look at my Baja. I am not kidding at all. Both guys said they had never seen one before, and were just curious. One stated that he was going to visit the Subaru dealer this weekend, because he is looking to get rid of his vehicle and really liked what he saw in mine.

I am biased as a new owner, because I simply love this thing. Every time I get in it and head out, I like it even more. The point of my short story is that nobody, including myself, is aware of the vehicle. If more people were exposed to it, I'm pretty sure it would be a better seller. For what the Baja is designed for, it is fantastic, and deserves to stick around.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:59 PM   #10
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Rotilly,

Tell Subaru!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:52 PM   #11
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I did. Sent them the same story.
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:05 PM   #12
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They did do advertising - an ad in the horticultural society's monthly magazine, and subaru had a booth with a rotating Baja on display at the philadlephia flower show. Perfect for gardeners - small, dirty loads. The amazing functionality of the baja is enough to attract alot of buyers, but what amazes me is its off and on road prowess. It tackles alot of trails -tree trunks, mud, small rocks, steep inclines - but it also loves the twisties. Its incredible to have a performance car that i can throw a rototiller or lawnmower or wheelbarrow in the back of. Come off the trail and get right into some spririted sunday driving with the manumatic.
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:07 PM   #13
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Oh yea, i also e-mailed Car and Driver twice, wondering why they have given so little attention to the baja. I've read their mag for 3 years every month, and they test alot of trucks, but they are worried about performance. I know they would absolutely love it if they tested it more often - they jsut did a comparo for compact pickups, and for some reason, left the baja out. Maybe they were scared - it woulda whupped em all except when it comes to towing.
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Old 05-21-2005, 01:08 PM   #14
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I just mentioned to my husband today as we were coming back form picking some stuff for my Ranger that I find it a bit funny that the Baja gets more attnetion than our cruise/show car (2000 electric green Mustang. For those that have never seen the color, electric green is BRIGHT green in the sun, it's pretty hard to miss). I said this because we had the Stang out yesterday, and noticed more people taking a second/third look at the Baja today than the stang yesterday! I did see a ridgeline today-man that thing is FUGLY, and I bet they'll sell a ton of them.
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Old 07-08-2005, 08:38 AM   #15
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My wife and I went on a walk at a local park last evening. When we returned to the Baja we noticed there were a few people on the second floor of a resturaunt across the street that were obviously puzzled by the car. They were almost stuck to the window to look at the Baja. My wife pointed them out as we walked up the the Baja so I waved and gave them a thumbs up. They just stayed glued to the window. I took my time as we left, I opened the moon roof and pulled forward and stopped so they could read the SUBARU emblem on the tailgate. It was quite humorous!

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Old 07-08-2005, 07:44 PM   #16
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If only SOA could see this and how people react when they see a Baja.What the hell are thinking by pulling the plug on the Baja. Porcshe & V.W. are thinking about building a truck just like the baja as well as others.
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Old 07-11-2005, 05:15 AM   #17
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Two teenage boys and a girlfriend in the parking lot today walking by my Baja...

"It's a car".
"It's a truck".
"It's a car".
"It's a truck".
"It's a car".
"It's a truck".
(girlfriend shakes her head wondering where their car was)
"It's a car".
"It's a truck".
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:50 AM   #18
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I have frequented the same gas station for a number of years and the owner has seen me in different cars every couple of years. He diagnosed the first problem with my Brat.

I drove in with the Baja the first time and he said, "Oh, I like this car! Very nice young lady." He checked it all out and was pleased with what he saw.

A month or so later, I pulled in and a woman rushed over and said, "This is gorgeous! He (meaning the owner) was telling me about this car, but I have never seen or heard about one. I had no idea what he was talking about. WOW! I love it!"

I got out and showed her the features, how the seats fold down, switchback. I told her about the tailgate extension, I don't have one, but they're available... etc. She was all excited about the car. Then she pointed to hers, it was an early 90's Legacy sedan with 225,000 mi. on it. She loves her car and didn't want to give it up so she just drives on.

I stopped in for gas the other day and the owner came out and said, "My wife wants to get one of these, she loves it... hers has 225,000 miles on it and she's ready to give it up now." When I had the conversation with her, I didn't know she was his wife, I thought she was just a customer of his.

The same thing happened when I brought it to "Cruise Night" at the mall... one woman was all over it... she even sat in it for "fit", she was pretty short and didn't know if she could drive one.

When people see it... they immediately love it.
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Old 07-11-2005, 11:11 AM   #19
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Yeah, I have had the same problem. People asking how its, how it runs, how much they cost etc.
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