2005 Subaru Baja Turbo 2.5 turbo from North America
Window seals leak, making a buzzing sound at extreme speeds.
Paint was peeling off of climate control unit. Dealer replaced entire unit, no questions asked.
Very unique, only offered in North America and a few select countries in south America. Built in Indiana. It gets a lot of looks and the turbo will surprise a lot of people on the road. Solid reliability and great dealer support. Absolutely unstoppable in foul weather (snow tires help). Can haul a lot more than it would appear if you are creative. Does everything I wanted it to and more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2006
10th Mar 2006, 22:35
I agree this vehicle will haul, hold and carry an amazing variety of things if you're creative. Some people complain the bed is small, but it's bigger than what you get with any SUV or wagon, and you can strap things down and attach any number of racks. I have mine rigged with removable tools: a bike rack in the bed, a pair of weather-treated 2x4's in the slots provided for them with brackets, loops, and tie-downs, a Yakima roof rack, and with the factory tie-down loops, bed rails, switch-back, bed extender, and so forth, I have not really had problems getting things to stick and hold to this little car. Strap a pair of long 2x4's front-to-back on cheap canoe brackets attached to the Yakima roof bars and you can carry sheet rock. If you need more space or load capacity, get a big pickup. But then you have to drive a big pickup.
27th Apr 2006, 17:22
I have a 4x4 2500HD 6.0, and have been considering down sizing to a baja turbo. I know there is a big difference and central Texas has little or snow.I'm concerned about reliability and plan on putting a min. of 250.000 miles on this truck. The salesman talk positive, but I need owner comments. I know the load and carrying capacity is less, but I have trailer that can be used. What are some of your comments. I do go to the mountains frequently, and my present truck is great " but " 10 mpg.
15th Jun 2006, 16:06
You should be able to double you mileage with the Baja although you can only carry about 900 lbs.
31st Jan 2011, 13:08
How is the gas mileage on the Baja?
2nd Feb 2011, 11:39
Expect around 24 MPG combined, I get about 22 city/25 highway, with an automatic. Mind you, I have the Outback and not the Baja, but they are on the same chassis and driveline. I'd expect something similar.