Thread: Baja love..
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Location: Odenton, MD
2002 Outback H6
'12 Fiesta hatch

Talking Baja love..

Hi all.
Wanted to post my Baja story. To get some input, and also just to share.

My dad bought her in November of 2002. Shiny, new, and of course Baja yellow!!! I acquired it from him in 2005 when he decided a minivan is better to haul all his stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed her for 2 years, and saw her past the 100K mile mark.
Did my own tires, brakes, and timing belt. (I am a technician).
In 2007, my sister's Neon was falling apart, and I craved a 5-speed and the spool of a turbo. So she got the Baja, and I got myself a very nice Forester XT.
After getting engaged, I decided that I had to get out of one of my car payments(also have a Corolla for the wife). So the Forester found a new home right before the wedding(Jul 2009).
The point came where my sister didn't want to dump money into the Baja, so she bought an '08 Impreza... And here I am back with my Baja!!!

Bad news:
Unfortunately the Baja now has 180,000 miles, and is in need of some major TLC.
A bad alternator caused 16-17 volts to run through the system for about 2 hours as I drove home from work. Since then it has killed 3 other alternators, and a couple of batteries. It took out another alternator and battery on Monday. So next weekend, it will be getting a brand new engine harness, alternator, and battery!
It also needs new suspension, tires, exhaust gaskets, and eventually head gaskets. All coming soon.. Maybe

The plan:
Fix it up, and get it on the road.
I want to build a daily driver/ultimate camper truck! Maybe someday I will replace the engine and swap out the autobox for a good old manual...

I want this Subie to last forever!
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