2005 Subaru Baja Consumer Review: not too bad

2005 Subaru Baja Crew Cab - Consumer Review

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not too bad
By From Western NY on


2005 Subaru Baja Sport AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


PRO: All wheel drive - been through two Buffalo winters and it goes anywhere. Getting 26-28 mpg in the summer. Have used the pass-trough more than expected, a lifesaver. The bed extender is handy. Glad I didn't get the turbo, don't need it in the city and gas prices. CON: The stupid engine has "major hesitation" when starting in first gear. Snow tends to pack under the front windshield wiper/hood. Opening the door in winter always causes snow to fall onto the seat. NITPICKS: Windshield glass is wavey, seat bolsters are too big - hard to get into/out of the front seat, radio sounds like the 1950's, cup holders are short and in the way. Windshield won't clear 100% on extremely cold days.

Best Features

AWD, compass and auto dim mirror is fantastic, bed drainholes are big, external temp is handy. I had a small pickup and found that the Baja has done a good job of replacing it, especially for ride and comfort.

Worst Features

Find a fix for the hesitation and get it out to the dealerships. Offer an option for a better all-season tire. Redesign the windshield wells to handle snow better - bring the top of the doors out more so snow doen't fall on the seats. Make the driver seat more comfortable.
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