By cirerrek on
2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Had a pickup and hated how it handled.
The Baja Classic has the pickup bed and
handles well. An excellent compromise,
IMO. The bed is on the small size,
true, but I actually like that because
it means items are within easy reach.
I test drove both a stick and auto,
liked the auto better, very smooth and
it doesn't transfer engine vibration
through the steering wheel and shifter
like the manual. Gas mileage is a bit
on the low side, but it has a big tank
and uses regular gas. The cruise stalk
behind the steering wheel takes a bit
of getting used to. After a couple of
weeks of ownership, I am quite pleased
with the vehicle.
Pickup bed. Yes, I actually like the
look (in maroon/red). The Classic's
leather seats (quite comfy).
Smoothness of the auto. Handling/AWD.
Insurance loves day time running
lights. Lots of little details.
Radio controls are too small. Like to
see radio controls on steering wheel.
Lose the two controls for the sun-roof
(see Volkswagen's sun-roof controls).
Heated leather seats. 20 more non-
turbo horse (I want the smoothness to
stay). Extra set of tie-down hooks near
top of bed