Totally dependable - but a trade off
Other than the usual maintenance items (freon, brakes, tires), the only thing that had to be replaced with the front axle due to a vibration issue when idling. The vibration bothered my wife, so I had the axle replaced, it was not a safety or function issue.
Like many things in life, the Subaru Baja is a trade off. It is not really a pick up truck, but it has a truck bed. It is not really a sedan, but it has four doors. I used it mostly to move my kids back and forth to college, as it got great gas mileage and was completely dependable. It can't haul a bed or a full size refrigerator, but it was amazing how much we stuffed into it (with a bed extender).
Its one drawback is its headroom. My sons are 6'5" and 6'3", and they hated the Baja. I recently sold it because they had no interest in it.
Added a trailer hitch to put a 4-poster bike rack on it, and went cycling in the NC mountains many times. A very fun, very dependable car/truck, but not all things to all people.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st December, 2010