Subaru Baja Reviews

2003 Subaru Baja from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carSubaru Baja

Summary:

Totally dependable - but a trade off

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2003 Subaru Baja Sport from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carSubaru Baja

Summary:

Subaru is not the long term car they market themselves as

Faults:

A/C system went out about 1K miles out of warranty.

Auto window washer stopped working.

Had window motor replaced around 3K.

Headlights burn out approx every 3,000 miles.

Transmission gasket.

Something with the wheel system went out (around 50K).

At 100k the steering system went out, and another major oil leak.

General Comments:

I bought a Subaru because they had great long term reviews, will definitely go back to Nissan because it had SIGNIFICANTLY fewer problems.

The car handles excellent in snow and ice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2010

2006 Subaru Baja Turbo 2.5 turbo from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance89561 miles
Previous carNissan X-Terra

Summary:

Great multi needs car

Faults:

Head light bulbs blow often.

General Comments:

I love this car, I'm 6'1 and it's not a long distance runner, because I get a little cramped after 2 hours.

But I've had it for 3 years, and it's been everything I need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2010

2003 Subaru Baja 2.5 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

I Like it a Lot

Faults:

Hardly anything! Oh, I have a little trouble with the tailgate latch handle sticking.

General Comments:

Highly recommended! This vehicle runs great, rides smooth, handles super, and is very well made.

It is not a turbo, so the power is a little lacking, but not bad.

The only thing I had to do is the brakes, and at 65,000 miles! And tires - (The Goodyear Assurance is an improvement over the stock Potenza. I highly recommend them as well)

Okay, a little nit-picking: there is a bit of wind noise on the highway.

I love the mini-pick-up bed for getting things like gas for the mower, softener salt, propane, small amounts of landscape material, and anything else you don't really want in your backseat! The feature of the fold down panel works well for long boards (if the weather is above freezing that is)

*****Assembled in USA*****

For the D.I.Yourselfer, Oil changing is a snap - no need to raise it. Can be in and out in less than 20 minutes.

Windows, moonroof, Heat, A/C, Steering, shifting, Etc, Etc, All work great. Leather is quite nice!

I would buy it all over again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2007

2004 Subaru Baja Turbo 2.5 turbo from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

Baja can do anything (within reason)

Faults:

Nothing really wrong, besides little plastic clips breaking inside.

General Comments:

I have owned my Baja Turbo coming up on a year now. Awesome car. Initially, I bought the car for little hauls, computers, while still having a lot of space for fellow employee commutes to work. MPG isn't great, but when you buy a turbo, you have to ignore that factor. The Baja can be used for larger items; you just have to think a little in advance to get the items in there.

ITEM: 2 250CC Dirt bikes in the bed. With a little engineering and welding, I have gotten two full size dirt bikes in the bed and not hanging past the tailgate. See picture. http://upload7.postimage.org/515158/photo_hosting.html

ITEM: 8 Sheets of 3/4 Plywood; 18 2x4x10; 6 2x4x12 using some of my ramp mounts, tailgate down, bed-extender on, all wood placed angle up toward the front of the car. Plywood on top of that and winched down.

I love my Baja. Stay on top of changing the oil (synthetic) and a tune up every once in a while, and the car will last forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2007

11th Nov 2008, 17:45

No means to be insulting, but I thought turbo models started in 2004? Or maybe your Baja is built in late 2003 and branded as a 2004?

22nd Feb 2013, 20:17

Most cars are manufactured the year before the stated year. A 2003 manufacture year is "2004".

Look on the panels on your own car for that verification.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 14 reviews