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Old 07-08-2005, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Test Drove a Baja Yesterday

Test drove a 2005 baja turbo, manual yesterday. It was beautiful. Weird but the car just works for me - and time to trade in that Range Rover 1990 and finally come to the good side. I've never owned a subaru before but from what I've heard and read the are great cars. A few questions :

1. What are the biggest problems you've had so far
2. How do they perform in off-road conditions
3. How are they in the rain/sleet/snow
4. How's the real city/highway gas mileage
5. Whats a reasonable amount of maintenance to expect per year
6. How's the service

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Old 07-08-2005, 08:57 PM   #2
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1. I got a defective tranny from the factory which was just replaced.
2. great. I have taken it where most people wouldn't think about taking it. I got some wired looks from some 4x4 owners.
3. handles like a brease if you have better tires than the re92's. But the re92's are adaquite at best. I have some Michilen Piolt Sport A/S on mine and love it.
4. I drive a combined and get somewhere around 20mpg
5. Don't know exactly. It depends on how mutch you drive it. I have put in about 3k into mine for routien maintenance with 45k on the clock in about 1.5 years.
6. I think that depends on the dealerships out there. I live close to a premier service dealer here in Santa Cruz, CA and they have been ausome. I have also dealt with the premier dealer in Seattle, WA, Carter Subaru. Other than that, I don't know which other dealers have that rating with not only Subaru, but owners. Check the local board for that question.

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Old 07-09-2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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1. I have an auto. It has a chuggle whenever its in 4th and I'm trying to lightly accelorate up long hills.

2.My opinion its not an off road vehicle. Good for prepared trails though. Too much stuff to bend or poke holes in underneith. Needs offroad tires if you're gonna do that...and ground clearance.

3.Does wonderfully when we have snow tires on. Snow and ice tires multiply braking ability and take off.

4. 20-24 with 93 octane. She's a bigfoot Guss.

5. Generally Subarus are reliable. Not much more than oil changes and tire rotations all year. Tires/alignment have been an issue for us in the past on previous Subarus regardless of how many alignments were done, this is our 6th or 7th. But this baja has been awesome on tires. Every 30k miles expect to do the "big" regular service. $200-$500 depending on your dealer. Basically AWD means your diffs and trans are doing double duty all the time so change them fluids, and change the plugs filters and belts so that turbo thingy remains fun and top notch.

6. Regular service is good.
Warranty service has sucked everytime we've ever brought up an issue.
"Oh that noise is normal." <----total B.S.
"We can't duplicate your concern."
"If its still doing that when your powertrain warranty gets close to ending we'll get the regional engineer involved." <----
"You didn't get the recommended 15k mile alignment(this said a 16k miles) so we can't warranty your lumpy tires." <----
"Thats a wear item, we're not going to warranty that"
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:05 AM   #4
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Pads and rotors are covered under the 3/36 warranty on your car, as are other wear items like wiper blades and the clutch disk.
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:46 PM   #5
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I have an 04 manual turbo. Love it. 31k miles on it so far.

In no particular order:
Awesome in the winter, went through some major major snow storms on back mountain roads and drove around other vehicles that were unable to move.
Im getting about 23mpg on 93 octane, mixed driving, lot of heavy foot.
Biggest problems: electrical system went out -- some kind of weird short, but the replaced everything including ECU under warranty. Also tonneau cover has been replaced twice for fraying.
service has been great, i actually enjoy going to the dealership
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:26 PM   #6
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1. What are the biggest problems you've had so far...brake fade after frequent quick stops in heavy traffic, the a/t "chuggle"
2. How do they perform in off-road conditions....hahahah-Amazingly well...see this vid: http://baja.jaxed.com/vid/ice_highway.avi and the off road pics here http://www.cardomain.com/ride/927204
3. How are they in the rain/sleet/snow...see above vid, this was with the stock potenzas
4. How's the real city/highway gas mileage....mine's an N/A-about 23/29-best highway was a tick over 32
5. Whats a reasonable amount of maintenance to expect per year...havent had it a year, dont know-just regualr oil changes so far
6. How's the service...dont know, except that annoying startup "knock"-and they keep telling us it's normal. Since we cant leave it overnight (needs to sit a while to duplicate it), we just have to go with that answer for now.
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Old 07-14-2005, 07:54 PM   #7
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1. Oil leaking from not putting on a new crush washer. (still smell oil at a stand still, make sure to change those things when you do an oil change)
2. Pretty damn good!
3. Rain on stock tires will get you hydroplaning at 50 easy. (Happened 8 times in the downpour yesterday) Snow and sleet it handles like a breeze, and you can still get awesome donut/powersliding going on when you want!
4. Gas mileage could be better. I got a measily 250 miles on my last tank.
5. Oil and air filterchanges.
6. Good
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Old 07-15-2005, 06:32 PM   #8
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Too bad you wernt looking for an auto. I have a 2005 for sale.
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Old 07-15-2005, 06:35 PM   #9
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Too bad you wernt looking for an auto. I have a 2005 for sale.

why you selling such a nice ride?
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Old 07-15-2005, 06:42 PM   #10
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I hate to do it, but I just started a new business and my income is not what it use to be. Its eather this or my house, and I would rather keep my home. It kills me cuz I love my Baja so much, and it has been a blast to own. I have only been able to put 4500 wonderful miles on her.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:44 AM   #11
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Nelly - I shot you a PM regarding your 17" rims
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:59 AM   #12
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02_Forester - I have not received your PM.....
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Old 07-24-2005, 08:13 PM   #13
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Thanks to all of you for your detailed responses. Its great info and I appreciate it. Seems like I can't go wrong in buying this car. Time to crunch some numbers and then we'll see where it goes. I'll get back in touch when I've come to a decision.... ; /

Peace

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Old 07-25-2005, 10:28 AM   #14
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good luck, hope you make the right choice!

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