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Mar 15, 2004 (3:57 pm)
First and Foremost. A Big Thank You! to Patti. The engine noise that I was hearing was piston slap. You were truly the only person that offered any kind of assistance in correcting my Baja's engine noise, and wanted to say a sincere Thank You! This noise has been corrected. I will and am planning on posting a notice of what was replaced along with an over all review of the Baja as a vehicle and my experiences with Customer Service from Subaru and it's representatives. Just have not have the time as of late.
And now to a comment for Yooper.
Yooper, I can attest to the Seal Problems. All four window seals and the sun / moon roof on my 2003 Baja have air leaks. The noise is not very noticeable when driving in town under 35 mph, but on the highway at 55 - 70 mph the leaky seals around the windows is very noticeable in normal weather conditions. If the day is a breezy or windy day, watch out, they actually squeal, and I swear that I can see the glass moving in and out. I was rolling down the windows and then rolling them back up to have a better seal, but this does not even work now.
I have not contacted the dealer on this as of yet. I have not had the time, just got the Baja back after having the pistons replaced, and am not sure if I am ready to do battle with their service department again. As long as they don't leak with water, I'll have to ignore the noise for now, until I have more time.
Comment for Tooth2.
I too hear the sloshing of the gas on the in side the Baja. It's nice to know that I have gas, but isn't that what the gas gauge is for? It is un-nerving hearing the slosh of the gas as I turn corners, stop etc. The noise kind of creeps me out.
#1674 of 2213 Buy a Baja Turbo 5-spd for MN?
Mar 15, 2004 (10:26 am)
Looking for some help on a purchase. First a little background:
I live in MN a little ways north of Minneapolis. I currently drive a '96 Chevy 1/2 ton V8. I am single and mid-20s (no kids or family). I am considering an '04 Baja Turbo 5-speed for the much (!!) increased mileage, comfortable ride, reliability, and versatility. I am looking to current Suby/Baja owners for their experiences and advice.
Trailering: I have a 14 ft aluminum fishing boat (about 1200 lbs fully loaded), usually pull it short distances, occasionally up to 2-3 hours. Will the Baja Turbo 5-spd handle this? This boat or a small utility trailer will be the max of my towing.
I love my current truck for its hauling capacity, but the most I ever really haul is a small ice fishing shelter, a canoe, a portable tree stand and bow, or a dozen duck decoys. All of my duck hunting is from a canoe, which I presume will fit on top of the Subaru (again, 99% short distances).
I would like to change to a Suby (will be my first) as my driving mileage is greatly increasing. Along with the fishing and hunting, it will be a daily driver and for mtn biking/backpacking/camping/skiing trips. With high miles almost anywhere I drive, the 13-14 mpg of my pickup isn't cutting it anymore.
I can count on one hand the number of times I have really needed the 4X4 in two years. I don't think switching to AWD/lower ride will get in the way. Even with the 4X4, I still usually choose to hike it rather than risk anything that would probably out-do the AWD Subaru. If it can take 3-4" of muddy road/two-track, I'm set.
I considered a Forester/Outback, but for the muddy/dirty stuff would really prefer even the small pickup bed.
I would love to hear from people esp in cold climes and their experiences/thoughts on this use of the Baja Turbo. Also, any drawbacks/negatives/alternatives. I'm new to Subaru!!
Mar 15, 2004 (2:43 pm)
subies in general are a great vehicle. I purchased an '03 Forester 5 speed, and had been looking closely at the Baja Turbo. The Forester followed an F-150. I have been very pleased with the non-turbo Forester, especially the great gas mileage (27 or 28 usually).
The Baja did not suit me because I am 6'3", and my head was in the roof both front and back. The Forester is quite spacious, head and leg room in the drivers seat are adequate. I think for towing, the Baja would handle your boat very well.
Mar 16, 2004 (2:25 pm)
I've towed about 1500 lbs with my normally aspirated Forester. I'm sure the Baja can handle 1200 lbs given the turbo power, longer wheelbase, extra curb weight, and bigger brakes. I have no question about that.
Subaru does recommend you get trailer brakes for a load over 1000 lbs, but so does everyone else, including Chevy trucks I believe.
I think you're on the right track. Demand is slow to deal hard, you should be able to get a deal.
My worst mileage ever was 17.3mpg during a towing trip, but I was towing the entire time. I normally average 25mpg. My (educated) guess is the turbo will average 20-22 mpg and get about 17mpg towing that kind of load.
#1677 of 2213 To: Miller - on that Baja
Mar 17, 2004 (11:30 am)
The Baja might be a little tricky with the canoe, unless you had a special rack built. I'm guessing you put the canoe on the Baja? or do you have a trailer?
I enjoy my base OB Wagon for lots of hunting and fishing. The AWD is great for wet dirt roads and grass fields. Navigates well on the lakes with and without snow.
Both the Forester and OB Wagons have a big heavy floor mat for wet and muddy items in the back. Hauls my ice shack (38"x 54") without problem. Baja might be to short unless you have the gate extention?
I average 23mpg in winter and 27-28 in the summer.
For towing it should be OK. Chevy trucks will pull 2000lbs without brakes. That is what our Tahoe is rated for. We use the Tahoe for the camper and 3 kids. (15 to 18mpg)
Fun factor...Baja turbo, Forest XT or 2005 Outbacks... lots of choices.
Lower cost: plain Baja, Forester or base OB.
All good choices.
I bought mine at Rudy Luther Subaru/Isuzu/Accura in White Bear Lake MN.
note: Yes I said drives on the lake. For the rest of you, it is a common practive in MN and WI during the winter months. Lake Millacs even plows and puts up road signs.
#1678 of 2213 2000lbs unbraked?
Mar 17, 2004 (3:38 pm)
Must be an older one, I believe most of the new Chevy trucks are restricted to 1000 or 1500lbs.
Mar 17, 2004 (4:47 pm)
Full-size Chevy trucks (pickups and SUVs) are rated at 2000 lb for unbraked towing. Mid-size Chevy TrailBlazer is rated at 1500 lbs., and the old style small Blazer is rated at 1000 lbs unbraked towing. I have the brochures to prove it.
BTW, Chevy is one of the few vehicle makers to list unbraked towing in their brochures.
Mar 17, 2004 (7:35 pm)
I though YOU had posted they were 1000 or 1500 bob. My Isuzu is also rated at like 1500 or 2000 un-braked and NYS only requires them on 3000 or over trailers.
Mar 17, 2004 (7:56 pm)
#1682 of 2213 Manual tranny towing?
Mar 18, 2004 (10:13 am)
Any problems/history with towing on the 5-spd manual? I usually hear to go with an auto for towing, but have heard only good things/higher rating for towing with the 5-spd. I'm sure there is enough power, but can the clutch/trans take it?