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Old 04-02-2003, 03:52 PM   #1
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Member#: 34478
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: St Louis
2003 Baja

Default Got a new Baja Sport

And it's a lot of fun so far, I've never had a new car so I think it's pretty far out. I got the auto Sport with the "no passing zone" yellow, which I love.
On it's first real day out I hauled home a stove in it's "useless" bed, no problems at all.
I was worried about performance, but it's not too bad; I can do 85 mph without even getting to the 4k rpm breakin limit. And I still have power to pass and dodge highway idiots. Besides, a vehicle with worthwhile performance is a motorcycle anyway. If I want acceleration I'll drive my Kawasaki. The automatic trans does seem to shift around a bit but that's what autos do.

Likes: Cargo tie-downs are on bottom of bed where they belong. Layout of start-run-acc on ignition. Tight dash. Controls close and easy to operate. My hill giant roomate can fit comfortably in the front seat (I just open the moonroof cover so he doesn't hit his head :) ABS saved me from creaming a cellphone driver on it's second drive. Factory upgraded audio is pretty nice (I didn't want it, but it was part of the package). Pretty much everything, I suppose.

Only gripes: hm, not many. I think daytime running lights mess up one's ability to signal truckers, but I hear DRL can be disabled. The cupholders are silly, but I don't drink and drive anyway. I get messed up under the steering wheel while getting in. Front seats sometimes have to be messed with to fold down rear seats.

Dream mods: I want to add a Viper XV890 to it for remote start and lower insurance, however I'm afraid this is something to leave to the audio pro's. I also dream of painting the cladding something not-silver, and maybe messing with the interior. Is there a Chilton's out for this beastie yet?

All told, I like it... a lot!
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Old 04-02-2003, 07:17 PM   #2
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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dalton, PA
2003 Baja
Regatta Red Pearl


Congrats on the new ride, Jeff! I've had my Baja since Saturday and agree with your comments. Tonight was the first drive home in Washington, DC rush our mode and it was stil fun to drive. this weekend......mulch!!!

I'm waiting for my bed cover and upgraded speakers to come in - the car already had the tweeter kit so I figured I add the better speakers but not the sub woofer.

Let me know if you find any aftermarket "goodies" for the Baja. I've surfed the net a bit but haven't found much of anything other than Subaru parts.

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Old 04-03-2003, 07:23 PM   #3
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Location: cincinnati, OH
'03 baja
baja yellow


there is some stuff, but not much.
the main thing is a lift kit you can get from an australian company called Scorpion Automotive:


and some different types of tonneau covers.

there are some superchargers and turbos floating around in development...anyone have one now on a baja?
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Old 04-05-2003, 02:18 PM   #4
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Congrats on your new Baja's. I've had mine since Feb and still love it. I get lots of comments on it but still haven't seen too many on the road.
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