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Subaru Baja

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  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    bitten by the baja bug, now that is a rare disease :P
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    The auto with the VTD is better--safer, since it senses slip and compensates. The standard auto (non-turbo model) is a 90/10 split front to rear.

    I actually need to get out of my MT Forester as my back suffers from the constant clutching. So, I have been looking at the Baja AT with the turbo.

    I am holding off waiting for the '06 model. The Forester XT auto made huge improvements in MPG and I am hopeful the Baja Turbo will also get the engine upgrades.

    John
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    I am pretty much decided to wait until 2006 to change out my Forester. It looks like the Ridgeline sales are slowing and prices should get closer to invoice. And, I still get 27-28 mpg in my Forester. It is the best car for me for the next 10 months or so. Hopefully Subaru will do something special for the Baja to revive sales.

    John
  • beebee13beebee13 Posts: 38
    Does anyone have a site where I could checkout the '06 Baja? I did test drive an '05 Sport and Turbo, and very much liked the Turbos power. Has anyone towed a lite trailer with a Baja? I've been looking at the Nissan Frontier as well as the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, but I do keep coming back to the Baja. Just not too sure about that rear seat,though. Is it comfortable for passengers?
    thanks for any info.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    there are no specs out yet, official or otherwise.

    Most people are saying "no changes" and that '06 is the last year.

    Back seat? depends on how big they are. Anyone over 5'8" might find it tight on leg room and head room would be tight too. In other words, np for younger kids.

    John
  • goofgoof Posts: 1
    I think it's the cutest thing on wheels. I own one, for about a month now. LOVE IT. Of course, I'm a 74 year old granny who doesn't evidently know any better. Best car I've ever driven, owned or seen.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,711
    Congrats on your new Baja! May you enjoy it for many years to come! :)

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hope you get 12 good years out of that Baja. :-)

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,711
    Another pickup rolltop bed cover. They even offer a version for the new Honda Ridgeline!

    http://www.rolltopcover.com/

    Ridgeline pics:

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    Video:

    http://www.rolltopcover.com/demo.asp

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I swear I already replied to this...odd.

    Any how, that's very neat but it does seem to occupy 4-6" or so at the top of the bed. Still very useful.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,711
    I posted this info in the "Suggestions for Subaru" thread too, which is where you replied. :) I cross-posted as I'm not sure everyone reads both threads.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That explains it.

    It was like Deja Vu all over again.

    -juice
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    great find and great pics Bob.

    If Subaru were to "integrate" this into the rear bulk head, they would need to do away with the mid gate.

    But, I would rather have a larger Baja with no midgate, than the current Baja with no midgate and and a roll top.

    If we think about it, there will need to be a panel (a wide one) to install and access the unit for repairs. It would likely need to be motorized too, as I can't see a windup handle fitting anywhere that would give easy access to the user.

    John
  • Hi.
    Any resolution on this issue? I also have a noise problem in my 02 outback that I can't live with. I have only 26K miles on it and have been to the dealer 3 times already. The noise is a hollow knocking sound that is quite subtle (but is slowly turning my brain into jelly) and only occurs when the car is fully warmed up and under light load (like around 2500 to 3000 rpm with foot just barely on accelerator -- almost coasting) Sounds like something is loose and floating/knocking. Subaru already replace the timing belt tensioner and bracket, and just last week they replace two of the pistons (#2 and #4) with special pistons designed to not slap. This had no effect at all on the noise. As I suspected, it was not piston slap in the firat place. What a waste of Subaru's money to replace these unnecessarily under waranty. What can I do now?

    Thanks
    Rich
  • Hi.
    I have read a few discussions on Subaru engine noise in this forum and I am hoping someone can help. I also have a noise problem in my 02 outback that I can't live with. I have only 26K miles on it and have been to the dealer 3 times already. The noise is a hollow knocking sound that is quite subtle (but is slowly turning my brain into jelly) and only occurs when the car is ***fully warmed up*** and under light load (like around 2500 to 3000 rpm with foot just barely on accelerator -- almost coasting) Sounds like something is loose and floating/knocking. Subaru already replace the timing belt tensioner and bracket, and just last week they replace two of the pistons (#2 and #4) with special pistons designed to not slap. This had no effect at all on the noise. As I suspected, it was not piston slap in the first place. What a waste of Subaru's money to replace these unnecessarily under warranty. What can I do now?

    Thanks
    Rich
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just a guess, but that's what I'd look at next. Some folks have gone as far as removing them.

    -juice
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    The heat shields sound like a rattling from underneath the front. I can tell you from experience they do have a tendency to get loose. If you bring it in someplace, they will weld the loose parts - this usually lasts awhile (unless you drive in the NYC metro area with all our potholes.).

    Mark
  • dracodraco Posts: 1
    Hey, just wondering if I'm the only one in here whose Baja smells like a sewer. The exhaust that is. At first I was told by the dealer it was due to the cold weather (Dec. in Ohio), but now it's July and it smells just as bad. It's embarassing to pull in somewhere and be followed by a cloud of stench. Also, it kinda "chugs" or "spits and sputters" under accelleration. I've tried using 87 octane (which is what it's supposed to run on) 89 octane, 91 octane and no luck with the smell or sputtering. And this isn't constantly changing gas, this is like using the same gas for 2 or 3 weeks so that it gets plenty ran through it.
    It's an '03 Sport, Baja Yellow, most options except leather, 19K miles, anyone wanna buy it?? I'm in Ohio.
  • mkeirmkeir Posts: 4
    Well.. when your carrying 900K in funds for deposit upon which you have issued checks as well as original deeds and security instruments and are left standing in the middle of a road trying to explain to a roadside assistance employee ( a service included in the purchase price of the car) why its important that you get back to your office instead of 30 miles in the opposite direction , its not exactly the same as an ordinary day when say i might just be taking the dog to the park for a walk.

    Again.. its about a lack of customer service. It took 15 minutes and ME finally asking if it were possible for me to pay the difference before they would even send the tow. The answer for 15 minutes was "we can;t do that "
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sorry, I should have specified, in "netiquette", all caps = shouting.

    Take your time, don't rush them because they'll only be more likely to make more mistakes. Check out the 06 models while you're out there, dealerships can be fun.

    -juice
  • mkeirmkeir Posts: 4
    my apologies too .. ... i got a bit carried away having to think about the is matter ... we'll see how it goes. Off for a wonderful weekend in my loaner Toyota Echo . At least I'm alive, have my health and can by extra treats for the beagle with all the gas money i save this weekend !!!
  • mistervmisterv Posts: 1
    Have you done anything to see if a rodent crawled into the exhaust system where it eventually died? If it did everytime your run your engine you will recook the remains. It could go on for months. Try changing your muffler first. If that doesn't fix it, change the catalytic converter. Ther cat can build up moisture (it's function) which may develop bacteria which will/can replicate the smell of sewage.

    good luck
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    Bob wrote:

    Stopped by the local dealer on the way back from the dentist, and picked up an '06 Baja brochure. Here's are the changes as best I can tell:

    • Center cap on wheels now have the star logo, as per all other '06 Subies.
    • Down to 3 colors: Atlantic Blue Pearl; Brilliant Silver Metallic; and Obsidian Black Pearl, which now appears to be monochromatic with matching black (not gray) cladding.
    • Baja Sport manual has slightly better gas mileage ratings.


    The only other changes I perceive comparing the 05-06 PDF's:

    2006 all models get standard anti-theft.
    Sport and non-premium models go from 6 way adjustable drivers to 4 way adjustable drivers.

    I tried the turbo w/leather power seat, it does not give any additional head room in the two units that were on the lot. My head was still close enough to the power roof bulge that I had good static contact with my hair. Maybe I can fit if I shave it all off? Hmmm.

    Hardbed cover is very nice. Hefty with good seal.

    Dunno, my Forester with a nice utility trailer is looking better all the time.

    John
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I can fit if I shave it all off?

    Guess I would not have much of a problem. :D

    -juice
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    if I hatbitually wore Bob's helmut, all I would need to do is take it off :-).
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,711
    I thought Subaru of Canada had stopped importing the Baja after the 2003 model year, and that all Bajas on sale there were merely leftover '03 models. Apparently that's not true, as there is a 2005 Baja sold in Canada.

    http://www.subaru.ca/

    Bob
  • I'm considering changing plugs at 25K..took a look & it looks like it may not be much fun...looks like maybe special tools? Also may have to remove the windshield washer reservoir & fresh air duct? Any help?

    thanks
    Doug
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That helps. I do the plugs when I do the air filter anyway, so not a big deal.

    There is more room that you think, it's easy on our Legacy. On the Forester it can be a bear, there is much less room to work, and you need to change the extensions on your ratchet as you loosen them.

    -juice
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