2003 Subaru Baja Consumer Review: Take a chance!

2003 Subaru Baja - Consumer Review

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By Peter Troost on


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


I have been very happy with my Baja, but fair warning -- people either love it or hate it. The pickup bed is great for hauling garbage to the dump or throwing in the hockey bag. One drawback, however, is that you can't really drive with the passthrough open in the winter because it's cold! The only way to carry long items such as skis in the winter is on the roof. The stereo is garbage. Finally, mine has had a squeak in the back seat somewhere that has been very hard for the dealer to locate and is very annoying. Be sure to test drive the actual car you are going to buy.

Best Features

Unique styling, relatively scarce on the road so you don't see yourself coming and going. Pickup bed.

Worst Features

Bring back the "Brat" seats in the bed, call the car the "Outbrat". Relocate the cup holders, they're directly behind the stick shift. Add seat heaters and other common Outback options. Needs a supercharger, a big turbo, or a bigger engine, needs a better stereo.
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