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Subaru Baja, Truck
Apr 12, 2004 (10:18 am)
Saw an update, coincidentally, and yes, Forester won the owner loyalty award again for 2003. They had won it in 2000 and 2001 as well.
Forester was tied for 3rd in the JD Power Initial Quality study, CR-V was 1st, then RAV4, then Forester and Santa Fe (tied). That's not bad.
Besides, though, that's only looking at 90 days when everthing is under warranty and fixed for free. I say "who cares?". IQ is just a forecast, really.
JDP's own Durability Study is much more significant. It looks at 5 year old models that are out of warranty.
CR also looks at longer term numbers. Subaru tends to score better on longer term studies.
Unless you lease a new car every 2 years...
Back to Baja, AN says Subaru might discontinue it, but only after the 2006 model year. Wonder if it'll continue on the current chassis until then?
#1693 of 2213 Give me a longer cargo bed...
Apr 12, 2004 (11:30 am)
...and I'd consider one. The turbo has given it the personality it should have had to start off with. The content is all there and the price is pretty darn good for what you get--especially on the base model turbo. But it just is not too good in the hauling department.
Till then I guess I will stick with my 1992 Toyota Red Neck Pick Up.
PS, just got to thinking, has anybody seen an Element in that olive green? Reminds me of a baby Hummer. Maybe the military should save about $90000 and get army green Elements!
Apr 12, 2004 (12:04 pm)
Yep, popular color. I always thought they should have a yellow one, that's a popular H2 color.
Baja hasn't met sales expectation, but Element has exceeded them by nearly double. Price is probably a big part of that.
#1695 of 2213 Re: [ateixeira #1692]
Apr 15, 2004 (1:26 pm)
I hope that rumor about discontinuing is wrong. I really like my Baja and it would really stink if I couldn't get another. I'm starting to see alot more on the roads. Does anyone have the link to the sales numbers to see if they are selling better?
Apr 15, 2004 (1:42 pm)
Autoweek has an article on that this week. Subaru is saying it's 50/50 right now, cancel or update. It would go on until at least MY2006, they say, which is strange since the 2005 Legacy is already on the new platform.
Baja was projected to sell 20k per year but they're on pace for 9k this year, even after the turbo was intro'd.
#1697 of 2213 Re: [ateixeira #1696]
Apr 15, 2004 (2:05 pm)
Thanks for the update. Hopefully, as more get on the road the sales will increase. I still meet alot of people who've never seen or heard of the Baja. I rarely see it mentioned in the Subaru commercials.
Off topic, does anyone know where I can get ventshades for the Baja? I've been to a bunch of places and no one can find it in the catalogs.
Apr 15, 2004 (2:37 pm)
the concept of a Baja vehicle is very solid, it is just that many men, including myself at 6'3", just can't fit into it (sob). I would trade my Forester in if Subaru had a Baja with the same size interior as the Forester. Note, the main problem is the head room.
Apr 16, 2004 (8:18 am)
It's odd, you can't get one without a moonroof, at all.
Apr 16, 2004 (9:34 am)
the moonroof is the issue--it takes away about one and a half to two inches. Also, it creates a maintenance issue, and has little value in central CA where it is either 30 degrees or 100 degrees with only a few days in between in which the moonroof might be enjoyable.
Apr 19, 2004 (7:38 am)
I just went to take our Forester XT for its 7,500 mile service. Wandering around the dealership, I counted 5 brand new 2003 Bajas on the lot.