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2003 Subaru Baja - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Baja

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Fun car, turns heads
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By Thomas
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

For a young single homeowner living in
Minnesota, there isn't a better car in
the world! It turns heads, it hauls
lumber home and most furniture, and it
seats four confortably. Rear passengers
will complain about leg room. All wheel
drive makes the car a lot of fun to
drive on dry pavement, and easy to
handle on ice and snow. Everything
inthe truck feels solid - the doors, the
tailgate, interior parts. However, I
docked my truck a few points for
reliability because I am having problems
with clutch judder. Would like more
power but with a stick it's acceptable.


Best Features

Styling - I love getting complimented on my truck!


Worst Features

Extra power points inside, H-6 engine, Optional tonneau cover should be made easier to remove - fixed rear deck of toneau cover cuts into already limited hauling space. Shudder-free clutch. Sport lights should be made to fold down without the use of tools.


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By import NO-WAY
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Best multi-purpose vehicle out there.
Wife and kids love the open bed. Car
comfort and truly a road hugging
machine. Sporty and nimble


Best Features

All Wheel Drive is true to it word. Fuel economy excellent.


Worst Features

H-6 for a little more power.


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Swiss Army Knife of vehicles
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By D J Smith
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I've had my Baja for about 5 months,
so far it has been perfect, no
problems at all. I have the non-Turbo
four cylinder which I am very happy
with. The gas mileage is better than
I expected, acceleration is fine. The
best feature of the Baja is it's
versatility. True, it doesn't have a
full-size pick-up bed but with the
extender I haven't missed that. I
really like the fact that I can move
my kids home from college, have the
bed packed full, and still have room
for 4 people. Intially I didn't like
the two-tone color scheme (red and
silver) but now that I have had it for
awhile I love it.


Best Features

The ride, the handling, the seats, all- wheel drive system, flexible pick-up bed.


Worst Features

The back seat should seat three, instead of two people. Initally I was unhappy that Subaru didn't offer a locking bed cover but now they offer two: a fiberglass version and a padded vinyl version. I recently purchased the padded vinyl version, it seems fine.


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My favorite car so far!
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By G. Martin
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My Baja has been very reliable so far.
I have put many miles on it in my
first year of owning it, due greatly
to how fun it is to drive. It gets
good gas mileage. So far the only
thing I wasn't able to haul in it were
sheets of 4x8 plywood. This vehicle
was exactly what I wanted, the
functionality of a truck with the feel
of a car.


Best Features

I love the standard features that came with my Baja. The sunroof, the fog lights, AWD, CD player, bigger tire size, and Baja floor mats, all added to the overall sporty feel of it. I also like the fact the back seat folds down to give more cargo space.


Worst Features

The window controls need to be illuminated for night driving.


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No one seems to worry about it but me
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
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By painshot
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Vehicle

2003 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I own a 03 Baja. I have an engine
knock that just won't go away. I have
reported, with every trip to the
dealer, and I get the same
response, "We know about but there is
anything to do about it. It is the way
the engine is mounted." Sounds like a
lot of BS to me.
I also have complained about a damp
musty smell, like wet towels left in
the sun, and again they cannot find the
problem.
I plan to sell my Baja ASAP


Worst Features

Service people who share my concerns about problems with my vehicle


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