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2004 Subaru Baja Crew Cab

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Subaru Baja Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Subaru Baja

  • An interesting car-and-pickup blend that comes up a bit short in outright functionality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable ride, stable handling, Turbo model's peppy performance, convenience of an open bed, unlikely to be lost in a parking lot.

  • Cons

    Midgate's glass isn't removable, limited towing and hauling capability.

  • What's New for 2004

    A Turbo model joins the lineup, and true to its name, it comes with a turbocharged version of the base engine good for 210 horsepower and lots more fun. In other news, a revised suspension raises the Baja's ground clearance to 8.2 inches, and all models get new medium gray interior trim.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


4 years and still my

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

At 2 years old it crept stealthily out of a field that had become a mud bog that big 4x4's were being winched from after a substanital rainstorm. I couldn't believe it! I was the only vehicle to get out without assistance! Had minor 1st gear stalling problem that required a switch replacement this year, but no other problems in 4 years!




Subaru baja

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Great utility truck, only complaint is mileage dives 30% when towing 2000 lbs. It really could have used an extra speed in the automatic which would of made it more economical. At 70mph the engine is revving 3000 rpm. For a daily commuter and utility truck it is great more comfortable and economical than the Ford Ranger I traded in.




Nightmare..

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

At miles 6729, the transmission burnt. Subaru will not install a new one. Forced me to accept a re-built transmission. The re-built transmission after 500 miles went bad also. It started locking up in reverse gear and when driving around the corners. The service department would not pay attention until I left the car at the dealership and threatened to sue under the Lemon Act. They finally called in the Subaru technical rep who offered to replace it with a new transmission if I was going to keep the car. I said, yes, got the new transmission and then traded it for a new 2005 Turbo model in April 2005. The transmission on Baja is very poorly designed. It's very noisy to drive.




Awesome car

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Awesome car. This car goes anywhere off-road. Good amount of room. Everything is awesome!




Best all around

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Handle great on turn! Great fuel millage! The most comfortable ride!




The fun truck alternative

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Replaced an old trusty Ford Ranger, and worried about the fact that the Baja is not a 'truck'. I can still do almost everything I need to do, and many things I couldn't do before. The Baja is just plain fun, especially with the 5-speed. It really hugs the road and gives you a feel of control. There's plenty of power in the 4-cyl with the 5-speed (drove the automatic and it felt a little sluggish), and the mileage beats most competitors. The back seat isn't great, but I sit in the front! Have not regretted this purchase.



Full 2004 Subaru Baja Review

What's New for 2004

A Turbo model joins the lineup, and true to its name, it comes with a turbocharged version of the base engine good for 210 horsepower and lots more fun. In other news, a revised suspension raises the Baja's ground clearance to 8.2 inches, and all models get new medium gray interior trim.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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