2003 Subaru Baja User Reviews

2003 Subaru Baja Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"awd" 4 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"big car" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"turbo" 2 reviews

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Great little car/want to be a truck. Hi drove her up and down Mount Rainier every day in the dead of winter tons of snow and ice, whilst I was working on the rebuild for Paradise Lodge. I didn't have snow tires, and never had to chain up once! In the latter part of 2007 while moving back to this year mountains of California, I was pulling a lightweight trailer with a bunch of my stuff in it and still get excellent highway mileage all the way down, around 25/26 mpg. I kind a hate to let her go but because I'm alone now, she needs a family to ride in her and I need a convertible two-seater.

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It's hard to think of any cons for this little car/truck, Subarus are just great! If I had to pinpoint one I'd say that little Baja sure could have used the high output engine they put in the WRX 's.

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A Ride Ahead Of Its Time — I put most of my comments up above, all I can say is I enjoy this little car/truck immensely. I find it a real shame that the general public did not catch on more to these fantastic little rides. Only now are they in much bigger demand nearly a decade after they stop production due to lack of interest and overstock. I'd love to see Subaru bring them back one day and put the bigger engine in them. I'll miss my little "Baja-Breez" Fair thee well...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Excellent mini truck. Great utility with the quality of the symmetrical All wheel drive. Comfortable cabin. I am 6'-4".

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4 seater max. Center rear seta has a center console with 2 cup holders and a storage container. Would have loved to have a Turbo..Not available in 2003.

Bajaking
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Subaru Baja Sport Review — All around great truck. Great trail clearance. Very stable platform. Comfortable passenger cabin. Rear seats are adequate for taller passengers. Baja's were well built and ours always received positive remarks. The 4 seating option is the only negative. The pass through was very helpful especially when I had to run to Lower for plumbing or the occasional lumber related projects.

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Flexibility

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ayadori
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True Sport And Utility — Love this car, truck, cruck. Hauls anything from friends to bicycles to hunting gear, gets decent mileage, and incredible in the snow. Mechanically sound, cabin is super noisy with wind, engine is torquey but will win no drag races. Fun cruck.

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Nice lil pick-up truck wanna be l.o.l..great in snow decent gas milage. Comfortable ride drives real nice.

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Interior wind noise loud ,boxer motor shakes at times.Interior alittle tight.

carguy2
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Nice Subie — Like open bed in rear, fun lil car. Premium feeling car fun to drive. Not to peppy to start but strong on highway. Solid ride feeling safe and great in snow. Would be alittle bit nicer if she sat alittle bit higher.

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Naturally aspirated with a manual transmission is best - mileage, reliability, and maintenance wise.
Excellent mileage
Great handling
Safety
Fun Factor!

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Automatic Transmission is underpowered
Go turbo if reliability, maintenance, and fuel costs are not big concerns

mtdsar
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Subaru Baja - Rugged, Sporty, And Fun! — Excellent reliability, low maintenance costs, and subaru handling in the rain / snow! This is an all around great vehicle with a number of creature comforts (leather, power everything, decent stereo). Also, gets excellent gas mileage to boot! This car had a unique look and is perfect for getting you and three of your friends up to the mountain for a snow day or on a weekend camp out!

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Every one checks you out. I've had babes want an photo opp.

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You don't drive it you wear it. If your a monster truck guy, pass

llrowley
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Hard To Beat The Utility. Big Enough To Haul, Small Enough To Avoid Everyone Elses Hauling — This is the 4th Subaru vehicle I have owned and I love their dependability and the AWD feature. My 1st one was a GL 10 5 speed turbo and you could engage the 4WD on the fly. The Baja has been on my most desired list since 1989.

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Fun, excellent quality, AWD is a nice feature

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Lower performance

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Good, Solid Vehicle — Performance is nominal because of the four-cylinder engine but it's still deccent, the manual transmission helps some. Quality is great, the only maintenance was the recommended brake job around sixty-five thousand miles. Appearance is decent, it's no Lambo or anything like that, but it's unique. Interior is dated but not bad looking, all Baja's come standard with sunroof and leather seats so it's comfortable. Gas mileage is supposed to be around 26 mpg because of the AWD. Overall it's a good, fun utility vehicle that's guaranteed to get a lot of attention.

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Small

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The soft cover.

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Cute Car, A Lot To Be Desired... — Cute car, but when someone describes it as a four seater, believe them! For a small car there is a lot of storage, though--INSIDE. Outside, unless you have a hard cover for the pick up, there is NO storage once the soft cover rips, which it will. Finding a hard cover is, well, hard, and when you do, you find out it cost over $600. Also, although the Boxer engine is strong, we've been told by our mechanic that if we don't replace the timing belt and it breaks, it will wreck the engine. Fuel economy is so/so.

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versatility

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slooooooowwww

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Practical — Boring to drive but does it all could not pull your hat off in a wind storm but will never get stuck in the snow. Only fair on gas with full time all wheel drive. Would be much better with six cylinder turbo.

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Does a lot of things

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Doesn't do anything real well

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Fun To Drive — I Love the car, though I wish I had the Turbo model. I'm having problems with O2 sensors although I believe the catalytic converter is the root of the problem. The '03 being the first year the suspension was built more like the Outback than than new models, which have better ground clearance and a more off road look. The rear springs should be stiffer but over all the suspension setup is rock solid, not too much body roll

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2004 Subaru Baja Reviews

One's Greatest Ability Is Dependability, This Car Epitomizes That. By Allenaa

Great car with great looks, as usual Subaru quality with Subaru performance, built in the USA. Gas mileage is fair 28 MPG HWY 21 City. Turbo charged engine provide the power when you need it with good... Read More

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