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#949 of 2213 Baja Hard Cover
Jan 26, 2003 (3:56 pm)
Here's the note I received from Subaru:
"I apologize for the delay in getting back to you regarding a hard bed cover for the 2003 Baja. Your patience is appreciated.
I have been advised that two aftermarket companies should soon be offering hard bed covers for the 2003 Baja. These lockable hard top covers are not genuine Subaru accessories and Subaru is not in a position to endorse or recommend them. Therefore, it is up to potential purchasers to satisfy themselves that the covers meet their quality, safety, performance and other needs. Subaru cannot assume responsibility for any failure of these covers to perform properly or to meet purchasers' expectations.
The first is a lockable hard bed cover manufactured by Penda. It is a stylish way to protect your gear. Gas filled struts allow for easy opening and trouble-free loading. This one-piece cover is easily removed to carry tall or oversized items. The other lockable hard bed cover is manufactured by SNUGTOP. It features a two-piece removable design. Gas struts raise the rear section for easy access. This cover is color coded to the Baja exterior for a custom look.
The vendors will only sell the covers directly to dealers. They will not sell direct to customers. Potential customers must go to the Subaru dealer of their choice. The dealer can then order the cover for them. Since these are not genuine Subaru products, Subaru dealers are not obligated to stock or order these and some may choose not to do so. Pricing is strictly between the dealer and the customer. Subaru of America has no recommended retail price on these covers as they are not Subaru of America items and are not purchased by Subaru of America.
I have been advised that these companies should soon begin to manufacture and offer these covers. Please contact your local Subaru dealer sometime towards the end of next month for updated information.
While we cannot endorse these products, we hope that they will fulfill the needs of some of our Baja owners. I hope that this information is helpful."
#950 of 2213 Can't say for sure but
Jan 26, 2003 (9:11 pm)
It might be worth the trouble to contact a SNUGTOP or Penda dealer too.
Jan 26, 2003 (9:21 pm)
Subaru will soon offer their own version too. As far as I'm concerned, a hard locking cover is the only way to go.
Jan 27, 2003 (9:17 am)
Is it, though? The Lincoln Blackwood had one standard, and it sold so poorly they cancelled it within a year.
It does look neat, but I'd like to have some way of removing it and storing it while still being able to carry tall cargo.
Jan 27, 2003 (9:21 am)
failed for lots of reasons. The cargo cap wasn't one of them, IMO.
What I meant by that was, if you are going to have a cargo cap, by all means make it a hard locking cap, and not a soft tonneau cover that offers little in the way of security.
Jan 27, 2003 (9:24 am)
Actually, there was a lot of criticism regarding how much that cap limited cargo capacity. Lincoln tried to pitch it as a luxury sedan with a trunk, but people thought it killed the utility.
It basically has to be easy to remove, preferably with a place to store it (on board).
#955 of 2213 Like the Avalanche's cap
Jan 27, 2003 (9:37 am)
Jan 27, 2003 (9:42 am)
Yes, sort of. My old neighbor Pete has one, and those are a little cumbersome, but worth the hassle. I'd like to see an even more elegant solution.
How 'bout a semi-rigid cover that rolled out and over the bed? They should be creative.
Jan 27, 2003 (9:49 am)
a cap that could easily be stored on the roof. Talk about the ultimate "wing!"
#958 of 2213 Roll-top
Jan 27, 2003 (10:01 am)
I'd like to see a roll-top desk-like setup, or a folding/accordian setup.