2003 Subaru Baja Consumer Review: New Owner

2003 Subaru Baja - Consumer Review

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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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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
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