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Old 03-20-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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Subaru Banner Hi Folks! newbie here with some Baja questions

Hi everyone, I used to own a really nice WRX that I got rid of just recently to upgrade to perhaps a Baja..

Looking at reviews online, I am amazed at the high rating these cars/trucks consistently get.. So I thought I would ask people who are perhaps a bit more intimately involved with them what they thought.

I broke it down to a set of questions. Thanks for helping me make the best decision possible!




1) Reliability of the turbo 2.5. Issues? Long term durability?


2)How about the rest of the car insofar as holding up? electrical body? suspension?

3) I have heard that these can take quite a beating.. Not that I plan on doing that but its nice to know..

4) fuel mileage of the turbo?

5) Heres a tough one... I have seen 1 manual trans for every 20 automatics..( turbo model only) I prefer manual but hate the idea of being cornered into one car. I will NOT buy a car that I can't personally see and since these cars aren't exactly all over the place I thought about going with the automatic ( yes I know it has a sport shift)

Did YOU go with an Automatic and are you regretting it now? If not how has it been for you?

6) I would like to get a bed cover.. Are these hard to get and what does it cost? Which one is known to be the best insofar as protection/ ease of use and durability?


Thats enough for now I think, Thanks in advance for your help!

Peter
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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Hi everyone, I used to own a really nice WRX that I got rid of just recently to upgrade to perhaps a Baja..

Looking at reviews online, I am amazed at the high rating these cars/trucks consistently get.. So I thought I would ask people who are perhaps a bit more intimately involved with them what they thought.

I broke it down to a set of questions. Thanks for helping me make the best decision possible!




1) Reliability of the turbo 2.5. Issues? Long term durability?


2)How about the rest of the car insofar as holding up? electrical body? suspension?

3) I have heard that these can take quite a beating.. Not that I plan on doing that but its nice to know..

4) fuel mileage of the turbo?

5) Heres a tough one... I have seen 1 manual trans for every 20 automatics..( turbo model only) I prefer manual but hate the idea of being cornered into one car. I will NOT buy a car that I can't personally see and since these cars aren't exactly all over the place I thought about going with the automatic ( yes I know it has a sport shift)

Did YOU go with an Automatic and are you regretting it now? If not how has it been for you?

6) I would like to get a bed cover.. Are these hard to get and what does it cost? Which one is known to be the best insofar as protection/ ease of use and durability?


Thats enough for now I think, Thanks in advance for your help!

Peter
Ok i have a 05 N/A so I'll answer the questions i can..

bed cover...
I was lucky enough to get the OEM one which i like but if you can't (should be stock with auto and leather 05+ so if it's not there have them take money off)

other wise ozz borthers makes a nice one that locks also

Durablity

I push the **** out of mine... 1300 lbs of stone in the back....it was saggy but it still was able to work well...


stock tires suck i went the truck route and got general at2 grabbers.

any thing else?
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:20 AM   #3
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4) fuel mileage of the turbo?

5) Heres a tough one... I have seen 1 manual trans for every 20 automatics..( turbo model only) I prefer manual but hate the idea of being cornered into one car. I will NOT buy a car that I can't personally see and since these cars aren't exactly all over the place I thought about going with the automatic ( yes I know it has a sport shift)

Did YOU go with an Automatic and are you regretting it now? If not how has it been for you?

6) I would like to get a bed cover.. Are these hard to get and what does it cost? Which one is known to be the best insofar as protection/ ease of use and durability?
Peter
Typically see 23~24 mpg on the interstate with cruise set near 80. Drops off to 21~22 when I keep it above 95. Expect <20 if you stay around town and use the boost.

I have the manual - needs a 6th gear (OD) for the highway. Highway rpms of [email protected] (or somewhere around there)? I would think [email protected] would be more sensible. Anyhow, I simply enjoy the driving experience with a manual and didn't even consider an auto.

Don't have a bed cover. I like 'em, but I would have to remove it often as I haul bicycles in mine 50% of the time.

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Old 03-21-2008, 11:37 AM   #4
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I know you said Turbo , but Ithought I would respond anyway !



I have an 2003 Non Turbo Automatic and I get between 24-26 MPG consistantly. I bought the car with 71,000 miles on it and it was in very good shape. I'm very happy with the vehicle and it's versatility. I have thought about getting a cover myself and have researched several.

http://www.ozzbros.com/

http://www.snugtop.com/products/snug...php?make_id=23

I did own a WRX for about 2 yrs and like the Baja more for its versatility.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Thank you for your links, very helpful!!
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:19 PM   #6
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1) Reliability of the turbo 2.5. Issues? Long term durability?


2)How about the rest of the car insofar as holding up? electrical body? suspension?

3) I have heard that these can take quite a beating.. Not that I plan on doing that but its nice to know..

4) fuel mileage of the turbo?

5) Heres a tough one... I have seen 1 manual trans for every 20 automatics..( turbo model only) I prefer manual but hate the idea of being cornered into one car. I will NOT buy a car that I can't personally see and since these cars aren't exactly all over the place I thought about going with the automatic ( yes I know it has a sport shift)

Did YOU go with an Automatic and are you regretting it now? If not how has it been for you?

6) I would like to get a bed cover.. Are these hard to get and what does it cost? Which one is known to be the best insofar as protection/ ease of use and durability?
1) Durability - it's a Subaru! I believe CNN's Edmunds ranked it as the most reliable truck for 2006. It can take a beating.

2) Few issues with my Baja T: AC leaks refrigeration regularly - I've put dye in it but not taken the time to try and pinpoint the leak yet. Heat shield rattles. Auto tranny sometimes slips when downshifting from 3rd-2nd and usually makes a scratchy sound when upshifting from 2nd-3rd. I believe there is a leak in the oil line tube that goes to the turbocharger - this seems to occur frequently for some owners of `00-`04 Subaru 2.5 turbo owners. The electrical system on this trucklette is great! Stock is pushing my excessive audio obsession. My rear suspension - some centric bolts froze up on me preventing a shop from properly aligning it - fixed that but the driverside rear camber is still just slightly out of spec, and unfortunately not factory adjustable and they don't make camber bolt kits for this vehicle. Not too worried about it. Just rotate `em.

4) Fuel mileage on turbo. Pbbbt! This is the first performance/turbocharged vehicle I've ever owned and I expected better. The Baja's a heavy vehicle. The NA really struggles to propel the Baja with any sort of pep. Turbo feels nice, but at a hefty price. My Turbo AT w/ SS gets 22-23mpg on the highway doing 60-70. Drops to 19-21 with any more than 10% city driving. You spend an extra $.10 to $.20 per gallon of fuel you put in this cuz you need a higher octane.

5) Ugh. I struggled with this one for a long time before I made a decision. I recently got the chance to testdrive a Baja T 5speed. The auto is very peppy but man the 5 speed, 1st gear can really snap your neck back once you get past 3k rpms! Unfortunately with my work situation I'm on the road a lot and I often get phonecalls while driving. Talking on a cell and driving in city traffic SUCKS. I went with the auto sportshifter and sometimes I regret it, sometimes I'm glad I got it. Eh, but I'm not a fan of hydraulic clutches anyways. I prefer a cable where I can feel some sort of feedback from the clutchplates as I engage the drivetrain.

6) I've got a snuglid that came with the trucklette. It's heavy, a bit ackward, doesnt open up very far, and very difficult if not impossible to remove by yourself. But it's tough! And I'm not afraid to stand on it at 200lbs.

Get a Baja! Be a part of the freakshow!
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:10 PM   #7
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Have a 2006 Turbo AT/SS and thrilled with it.

1,2,3) Bought it with 3,000 miles (Subie executive demo ), now have 13,000. No problems whatsover and expect it to hold up.

4) Averaging 22-23 mpg. I do about 80% highway driving, and only get on it occassionally.

5) My daily driver is a BMW 328Ci 5 Speed Manual. Love driving a stick and would have bought a Baja Turbo 5 Speed if it weren't for the fact that my wife and employees need to use my trucklette every once in a while. However, no regrets in getting the AT.

6) I bought the OzzBros bed cover. Around $550. Works great. Not water proof...but water resistant. Easy to lift and remove.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:15 PM   #8
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How is the quality of that cover as I might get one. How much water does it let in?
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:55 AM   #9
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How is the quality of that cover as I might get one. How much water does it let in?
The OzzBros cover is made with marine grade vinyl over (I think) 3/4" particle board. Fit and finish is good. Doesn't really leak, but some water will get in around the edges and down the inside of the bed.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:45 PM   #10
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I picked up an 04 turbo about a month ago and purchased the Ozzbros cover. It did take in a bit of water around the edges, due to the fact that the cover fits inside the bed rails. What i did though is put weatherstripping under the cover on the truck bed, and snugged it up to keep out most of the water. I t seems to be working rather well!
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:55 PM   #11
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I have a 2004 BAJA turbo with 44,000 miles on it. It has the auto sport shift tranny. I like the auto, due to the fact that my wife may have to drive it, and she is not too good with a manual!
Overall reliability has been excellent. The only problem I have had with my BAJA was the driver side window jumped out of it's track (due to not being set up right at the factory, seemed to be a problem with some BAJA and Outback's in 2003 and 2004)
I have had NO problems with the engine, and I change the oil and filter every 3,000 to 3,500 miles.
Concerning mileage, I have averaged 23 mpg sinced I have owned my BAJA, and I have seen as high as 26 mpg at 65 mph. I do run a K&N air filter, and I am very pleased with the results so far.
My BAJA is still very solid, quiet and smooth to drive, and I do NOT baby it. I don't abuse it either, but I have pushed some limits with it! It suits my purposes, is fun to drive, and it's fun to blow the doors off of 5.0 Mustangs, and rice boy cars!
As stated by other posters, the versatility, power, and overall fun of this vehicle is something to enjoy! I almost bought a WRX when they first came out, but I couldn't justify my purchase of one. When I drove my BAJA turbo, rally bred engine, pickup bed, seating for 4, well, it all made sense to me!
Hope you buy one and join the club!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:09 PM   #12
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...It suits my purposes, is fun to drive, and it's fun to blow the doors off of 5.0 Mustangs, and rice boy cars!
...As stated by other posters, the versatility, power, and overall fun of this vehicle is something to enjoy! ...
Hope you buy one and join the club!
Keep it under 90, folks!
I couldn't have said it better myself. It's unique both visually and mechanically. With an ecu reflash and K&N filter, I can get 26-27mpg on long trips, but my work commute is through a lot of stop-and-go traffic and sticks me around 20 mpg or so.

It's fun to house on unsuspecting folks at autocross though. Head-to-head with a Saabaru wagon in d-stock last year, I came out on top. It's both my 'race' vehicle and my support unit. Better than another WRB wrx or silver LGT that fades into the crowd at gatherings.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:39 AM   #13
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:10 PM   #14
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06 manual sport here. I've averaged 24.9MPG over 2846gallons of fuel. I log every one. High of 34, low of 22. I use the K&N filter and got the lightened pulleys, and run the AMS signature 0W-30. Currently i'm getting about 25MPG on that stupid e10 gas here.

Get the snuglid. They're pretty much water proof except at speed some slips in under the body molding. Also the rubber seals at high speed let a little in, also when you open it, have to be careful of course no stopping that.

much more secure then the ozzbro's and I like the peace of mind of being able to leave stuff in the back. Also the body matched paint makes the vechicle feel complete.

Everyone is right you need a second set of hands to remove it, but i've had to do that once in 3 years for a washer.

And it handles amazingly, I was coming off the HOV on 64EB, sewer was blocked i smacked into about 12 inches of water at 65MPH, I steered out a little, felt the vehicle pull but made it thru.... And then almost had a heart attack after what happened sunk in.
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