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2003 Subaru Baja Sport 2.4 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

The best compact pick up truck on the market

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This is one of the best cars I had ever owned. It is very reliable, eye catching (especially the yellow/silver color combination), and the best bargain for the money. Mine is a manual transmission and I love it (I get 27-28 mpg on average and keep in mind that it is a full size AWD automobile, not any Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic). This thing does not know or understand what the snow is. It just moves like a tank on it. The ride is very comfy and secure at the same time. I only wish that Subaru would continue to build this model with the new Outback front/back design and I would definitely buy a new one again without even thinking twice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

2003 Subaru Baja 2.5L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carHonda del Sol

Summary:

An OK drive but utterly useless for cargo in stock as-delivered.

Faults:

Squeaky windows when wet.

General Comments:

Seats are comfortable. Moderate gas guzzler. The open back bed is utterly useless for anything larger than a few bags of topsoil. Looks like they took a wagon and chopped off the back to make this WEIRD car. Only from Japan would have come a bizarre car as the Subaru Baja. An after-market hard fiberglass, carbon fibre or metal hinged and LOCKABLE WATERPROOF cover or lid for the cargo area would be a WELCOME ACCESSORY.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th July, 2005

22nd Aug 2005, 09:08

I just have to wonder... Why did you buy this car when you seem to hate the way it looks and the uselessness of the bed? Did you think the back would suddenly grow at home in your garage or did you never really look at it BEFORE buying it?

2003 Subaru Baja Sport 2.5 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Reliable, practical, and it rules in snow

Faults:

Had to have 2 seals replaced near corners of front windows because of wind noise.

General Comments:

This thing gets looks wherever it goes.

The bed is made more useful by the bed extender you can get for it.

Works for small hayrides!!

This thing goes everywhere in snow!!!

You change the oil and drive it, that simple.

We love it so much we're thinking of selling this one and getting a newer model with turbo.

If you look at reliability rankings, Subaru is doing excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2005

2003 Subaru Baja Sport 2.5 liter4 cylinder boxer from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter4 cylinder boxer Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

You get your money's worth with this one

Faults:

Wind noise on driver front window gasket. A rock took out left fog light.

General Comments:

It's been very solid and reliable. Aside from the wind gasket in the left front door, nothing wrong with the car. Only things I ever did was scheduled maintenance since it was bought for 23000 bucks.

I have hauled everything including the kitchen sink. Added a tonneau cover lately, so now the bed is covered. Plywood could be a problem, but it can carry anything else.

Goes anywhere, I mean anywhere. Snow, Ice, Sleet, Rain, it gets more places then the USPS. Limited slip and AWD makes slick look like dry. Not a rocket off the line, but it can cruise down the road. Mileage is about 28 on the highway.

Rear visibility kinda poor, but I use my side mirrors anyway. Legroom is barely adequate, but I come with long legs anyway.

Still not used to the silver cladding, that's gonna go bye-bye someday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2005

1st Mar 2007, 05:17

I posted that review in 2004. It's now 2007, February. The car is solid as a rock. The only thing of note is that the right side of the stereo is out and I have no intention of tearing the car apart to fix it. It's hauled just about everything.

Regret to say that since it is a pickup, it has been treated like a pickup, so it has more than it's fair share of dings and scratches. Over fifty thousand miles now.

2005 Subaru Baja Turbo 2.5L turbo from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90 miles
Most recent distance1730 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

There is no other car I would rather drive

Faults:

Nothing as of late.

General Comments:

I look for reasons just to drive it.

It handles better than my Honda did.

It cruises at 80 mph.

It is different, in a good way, than any other cars out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2004

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