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Old 05-16-2005, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hey,

I'm in the early stages of shopping for a new vehicle and the current front runner is the baja.

But I'm not real familiar with the service history / longevity of Subaru vehicles and was wondering if y'all would mind sharing.

I'm a big believer in regular PM to prevent irregular big M, and hoping to get a vehicle that will service me trustworthy for 150-200k miles.

Currently live in Central Texas, so winter weather / salt exposure will be limited, maybe some if we head out to Padre Island but not so much. While we have had a good time beach-camping and using the current 4x4 p/u to get way down the beach I'm not thinking the Subaru AWD is necessarily the "bomb" for 8+ inch sand traversal (although I think the Baja Turbo may have better ground clearance than my current vehicle).

Thanks all.
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:10 PM   #2
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It will last you fine if you take care of it. ide expect some oil leaks down the road (seems to be a common Subaru thing), which will have to be fixed and a few others. as long as you stick to the maintanance schedule it will be a good car.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:05 PM   #3
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Hmmm... oil leaks have never been a problem in my Subaru experience - unless they are caused by improper filling due to the weird oil dipstick readings.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:20 PM   #4
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friends GL's only problem was altenator at 160,000 miles (stock radio too).

My 03 baja: nothing engine wise.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:38 PM   #5
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Hmmm... oil leaks have never been a problem in my Subaru experience - unless they are caused by improper filling due to the weird oil dipstick readings.
Yeah how do you read the damn dipstick...... Once parked the **** is way over filled.... Take the stick out clean it and its fine ***......
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:25 PM   #6
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Hmm, well on both my 95L and my mothers old 96 outback (both EJ series engines) the front crank seal and cam seals went. Around the same time the oil pump needed to be resealed (RTV and o-ring) possible cause of the crank seal failure? For our two cars it seemed to happen at exactly the 8 year old mark regardless of mileage. When replaced the old seals were rather hard and cracked. I have seen this on many other older Subarus with the EJ motors too.

as far as other subaru issues... Timing belt tensioner can make a knocking noise (dont know if this has been fixed or not) an easy fix for this is to replace the tensioner in the EJ25 with the older one from an EJ22.

I really dont know if any well known problems on the newer subarus. If I think of anything I will add them.
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Old 05-16-2005, 08:47 PM   #7
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The front crank seal started leaking on our 98 Outback at 90,000 miles. I inquired about this when I bought the Baja and was told that issue has been resolved.

As for the sand..... I have not dealt with 8 inches of sand, 3 or 4 inches maybe...... but it sure can take on a load of snow..... I have pushed snow with the top of the bumper on many occasions and have not had it stuck.

I am going to guess that the all wheel drive system is smarter than most 4x4's due to this being Subaru's niche. Thus sand, snow, sleet, rain, etc. are not big issues for the Baja.

My two cents and worth every penny of it.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:57 PM   #8
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My 2003 Baja has not been back to the dealership, except for a transmission recall since it was new. I work at a Dodge dealership, and do all my own work. I bought it used with 17,000 miles on it from my dealership. I now have 44,000 on it and no major problems so far. I have cut the front rotors once, as it was starting to get a brake pulsation. Other than that, so far, no complaints. Beats the hell out of the Dodges I work on every day, they always come back for problems. This is also my first Suby, so I hope it holds up for the long haul. So far, so good. Mike
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:09 PM   #9
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thanks everyone, appreciated all around, keep it comin'!

Yooper ... as far as sand goes, i's be more inclined to worrying about it getting into things. I've some "neat" sounds coming from my dakota's clutch linkage and suspension that I attribute to regular runs down Padre Island Natl Seashore (suggested raw beach camping if you're into that kind of thing and are in the area).
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:13 PM   #10
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Hey Bear, I forgot about the snow!! This thing goes like crazy in the stuff. We don't have big sand up here in Cheeseland to try it out on, so it prob goes great in sand too, I would guess. Mike
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:20 PM   #11
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Ive never had my Baja in the sand, But I sure got a WRX stuck REAL deep on the beach on Lake Michigan learned my lesson real quick. In all honesty, my family has owned 4 subarus, I have had friends who have owned them since the 80s and they are very reliable cars. Not only that but they are incredibly easy to work on. THey will have their quirks, but not near as bad as a lot of manufacturers.

If you do alot of off roading, I'de pay attention to the approach and departure angles on the Baja since they tend to be a lot less aggressive than most trucks.
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Old 05-17-2005, 01:32 AM   #12
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With my 3 other older subarus that I used to have, I found that on on the 83 gl sedan and the 85 rx sedan I used to go to qlube now jiffy lube in the seattle area and got seal problems all the time. when I got my 90 legacy l sedan It had a couple of leaks and took it to a dealer, yes a little more expensive but got a free loner, I no longer got any leaks. The previous owners only took it to the quick cheep lube places even when they had some free ones from the dealier ship they bought it, I was able to redeam them when I took it in, hehehe. But after that no a single problem that wasn't caused by the poor care that it had by the previous owner (both half axels twice (took it to a shop called subarus only and they installed them both backwards and needed replacement a second time) first at 100k and second at 130k, alternator at 150k, a/c at 160k). But if you take it in for regular maintance, it will last for ever. I have a friend in seattle that is the orignal owner of a 85 gl-10 wagon and has 500k on it last I talked with him about a year ago and he travels all over the country and has only replaced the alternator at about 100k. Other than that he has taken it to the dealership for the regular maintinace schedule. He loves it. He keeps saying that when the gl-10 dies that he will buy a new one, but it hasn't died yet.
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:31 AM   #13
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The Baja loves Sand! Went camping in FL with some buddies and the sugar sand was no problem. Even nailed the brakes, came to a stop turned the wheels back and forth (to dig in real good) and then climed right out. Such Fun I was impressed, so was everyone else in their jeeps and other 4X4's. I wasn't about to go through the 3 feet of water that they went through, gotta be realistic.
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Old 05-17-2005, 02:03 PM   #14
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heh sand is pretty fun. driving uphill on two feet of gravel is a "slight" challange but it made it after two tries.

All in a days fun
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