by kch5 on Dec 18, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
90k miles M/T.
If only the engine reliability was as great as the ride.
Consistent 1Qt oil consumed per 1k miles driven since got at 60k (and I'm assured by Subaru this is normal and not to worry about it, just fill it up every third gas fill up, no problem).
Both head gaskets just blew, along with failed battery and failed water thermostat.
To repair all problems, we're talking new battery, head gaskets, thermostat, new piston rings or short block replacement=$5500 at dealer (about equal to trade in value), which means good-bye or home rebuild.
Heartbroken trying to find a non-Subaru manual AWD replacement.
by doug madden on Sep 17, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I am 6'1" and 225 lbs. I found the vehicle to be above ave. in room, ride and road noise. It performs beautifully at highway speeds and in curves, and has plenty of pep from 0- 60 mph. It hauls the 1/4 ton payload with ease and the bed extender allows for needed space to haul multiple appliances or building materials especially with the pass through design in the crew cab. It seats 4 mature adults with comfort and all controls are easy to reach for the driver. My Baja is a stick shift 5 speed and use it in my home rental business and as a toad for my motor-home. I have never owned a vehicle that I have received some many compliments and requests for information and viewings. I will own another one!
by Mary Colletti on Mar 8, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
For the most part I have had a lot of fun with this vehicle. People stop me and ask if its a car or a truck. It has had a few problems lately but for the most part it has been a reliable vehicle and I would buy a Subaru definitely again. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone.
The Baja is all new for 2003. It's similar to the Subaru Outback, but it has an open cargo bed. Certainly a niche vehicle, it should appeal to people with active lifestyles, especially those who ski or surf.