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Subaru Baja Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 101
    I never see Bajas on the road here in AZ, and the incentives & rebates never are as good as they are on Foresters for example.

    But if Subaru needs to move the poor-selling Baja, why aren't there better incentives? If I could get one below invoice I'd think about it. Getting a Forester $2k below invoice is easy with current rebates.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They had incentives in the first year, but then they just lowered the sticker price dramatically instead.

    The turbo model costs about what the old base model was. The Sport is much cheaper now.

    So in the end it all works out about the same.

  • opimaxopimax Posts: 73
    please post prices as i am looking to buy this weekend, non turbo. I want to verify what I should be paying the Wash DC area.


  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    we have incentives here in central CA. $1000 for the sport, $500 for the turbo. Purchase before March 31. Go to and "special offers" for your zip code.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just check out

    Search for Subaru Baja, you can even sort by Internet Price.

  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    > The 03 had a single model that came loaded up, I believe leather was standard.

    No, I'm pretty certain in 03 there were two models as well -- Sport & Base. With Sport being the cheaper one. The main difference I think was the seat upgrade. The research section at lists the specs.
  • chip5chip5 Posts: 5
    I just bought a black '04 Turbo MT with 2,500 miles for $20,000. It was a factory demo and is in perfect shape. Not a nick, scratch, dent, or ding on it.

    I traded in a '96 Dodge Avenger 4-cyl, and didn't realize what a difference the turbo would make. It hasn't quite been a week, but I couldn't be happier with it.

    I've got about 10,000 miles to decide if I want to pick up the dealer's offer of a 3rd party extended warranty for about $1,900. My fear is that anything that may break in the next 7 years will probably not be on the list of covered parts.

    Anyone have experience with a broken Baja, or know what's likely to give out in the first 7 years?
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    I've got about 10,000 miles to decide if I want to pick up the dealer's offer of a 3rd party extended warranty for about $1,900. My fear is that anything that may break in the next 7 years will probably not be on the list of covered parts.

    You can buy the Subaru Added Security new car extended warranty up until 3 years / 36k miles from initial in-service date.

    You should be able to get the 7 yr / 100k mile bumper to bumper Gold Plus warranty for a lot less than $1900. :)

  • chip5chip5 Posts: 5
    This vehicle went into service in Nov. 03, so I've got about a year & 4 months left on the 3-year warranty. The warranty the dealer offered me looks like it's with a company called Vehicle Protection Plus L.L.C., not Subaru.

    They offer different levels of coverage
    -Basic 'powertrain' coverage
    -Classic coverage
    -Superior coverage
    -Extreme coverage
    -Extreme Turbo Wrap coverage (which oddly enough doesn't include the turbo)

    Then there's a section with excluded parts which include, but are not limited to:
    Battery, shocks, clutch assembly, friction clutch disc & pressure plate, seatbelts & airbags, glass, lenses, sealed beams, light bulbs, several emmission components, frame and structural body parts, paint, metal panels, body sheet metal....

    And if I don't maintain the vehicle according to manufacturer's specifications the contract is invalid. So if I'm late with an oil change, or tire rotation they may not pay for an failed air conditioner compressor.

    I don't know if they'd do that or not, but the clause is in the contract.

    What is the Gold Plus warranty, and how much less than $1,900 is it?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Or even less, I think the retail markup is something like 40%. Ask them to see their cost book and offer then $100 over their true cost for the Gold warranty.

    Keep something in mind - an aftermarket warranty is not a warranty at all, it is repair "insurance", full of disclaimers. These companies go out of business all the time, and have no vested interest in keeping your car reliable (Subaru does).

    I have the Subaru Gold, 7/100, you also get free roadside assistance and mine has no deductible.

  • beebee13beebee13 Posts: 38
    I live in SoCal and I REALLY like the husband and I were just wondering about dealerships, and what kind of service you all get? There are very many dealerships around so we are a bit wary. ">
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Actually, having many around you gives you leverage, and you can always change if you're not happy.

    Generally dealers are hit or miss, but SoA is pretty good about it. 800-SUBARU3 in case you have issues, but having a choice in dealers is a big plus.

  • acceleratoraccelerator Posts: 136
    I'm glad to see that the Baja will be around for 2006. Here in Dallas, TX, there doesn't seem to be that many Baja's running around (I think I see more Lamborghini's running around actually).

    Question 1) When will the dealerships start expecting to get in the 2006 models (or better yet, when will Subaru start trying to clear out their 2005's? But then again, the dealerships here don't have that many to begin with.

    Question 2) Any significant changes in store for 2006 model (for example, reading these forums, I learned that the 2004's sat 1inch higher than the 2003)?

    -Accelerator (can you tell which model I want?) :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Turbo? :D

  • My local dealer is advertising an automatic 2005 Subaru Baja Baja Turbo for $22,795. Installed options include:


    The Invoice Price $24,195. The MSRP is $26,209. You think I can get it lower than $22,795?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    There's not a whole lot of margin there for them to deal with. I think the price is fair.

  • Looking at a '04 Turbo with 53000 miles, automatic, no leather, alloy wheels--16,900 :confuse: good deal?? please let me know... Really like the car (other than mpg :cry: ) beautiful color White Frost pearl with Silverstone-- looks GREAT -- hopefully you all will tell me it's a AWESOME deal and I'm stupid if I haven't bought it already!!!

    look forward to your responses... :shades:

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's almost new, wow, great price. Miles are high but they MUST be highway miles if they piled on 53k in a year or so.

    Jump on it.

    Shoot, I'm tempted and I wasn't really shopping for a Baja!

  • Ended up getting it-- Very happy with it so far-- runs great-- 60k service about 325 here at the dealer-- I live on post and post can do it for about 25% less... not too bad-- drove it hom (280 miles) on pass and got 23 mpg one way, 21 the other so not too shabby there-- so far averaging 18 around town-- will keep you all posted!! So far I am a happy camper!!! :D :D

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool, congrats. Also join the Subaru Crew threads under Owners Clubs. Plus we have a live chat every Thursday night.

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