2003 Subaru Baja Consumer Review: It's about time

2003 Subaru Baja - Consumer Review

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Base Crew Cab Pickup (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual 3.5 ft. Bed)

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It's about time
By Fafnir on


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


The vehicle I was looking for was to
be used for primarily for around town
driving and an occasional trip to the
park with the dogs or to the home and
garden store. I wanted something more
car like not truck like and still have
truck bed. This is it. The ride is
smooth and the seats hold you in
place. Steering and handling are
great with the Speed Sensitive Power
Steering and AWD. The power is good
with the AWD switching the power to
the rear wheels. Gas mileage is a
little better getting 20-25 mpg. The
AWD is easy to use as it does not
require my interventions. It is fun
to drive and gets a lot of looks.

Best Features

My AWD system comes in very handy for accident avoidance steering, emergency breaking, high speed lane changes, and constantly changing weather conditions. While I have been trained to perform these maneuvers, this system is a major benefit for inexperienced drivers.

Worst Features

A few additional things should be offered. First larger engines like the 3.0 L engine in the Outback (HP 212, Torque 210). Also offer a lockable tailgate. Lastly, a hard top cover for the bed area would be excellent to have.
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