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March 2005 Consumer Reports, April auto issue: Subaru is highest-quality manufacturer In the US with fewest repairs per new car; Baja is a 'Recommended Buy'
Subaru 4 door all wheel drive truck made for 4 model years, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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Baja production stopped April 2006.
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September 2005: The hard tonneau that is standard on the turbo is now available
The Baja was introduced in 2003 as a multi-purpose 4cylinder vehicle with room for four passengers and a cargo bed for occasional home and sport use. The introduction of an optional turbo in 2004 was hoped to widen the appeal. Based on the Legacy-Outback platform, some people call it the 'Outbrat'. In 2005 the turbo model with leather included a new hard bed cover (more below)
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7/21/2009 Baja recall Subaru is recalling 15,633 20095-2006 Bajas for possible cracks in the fuel hose connection on the outlet pressure side of the fuel pump. Dealers will replace the fuel pump bracket including all nipples with a new and stronger design part. The recall is expected to begin during September 2009. Owners may contact Subaru at 800-782-2782 or the NHTSA safety hotline at 888-327-4236 . Recall #WVJ-20 from safercar.gov
2006 The 2006 Baja is expected at dealer in August. A new remote keyless entry system and security system is now standard, very few other changes. Prices, options, colors added July 2005. Only 3 colors for 06. Production stopped April 2006.
2005 available June 04. All models get power outlet in center console, rear seatback net pocket in center armrest. Turbo with Leather comes standard with new hard tonneau bed cover available November 2004. New optional Homelink available with the auto dimming mirror/compass available Novermeber 2004. New colors.
2004, available December 2003.new 2.5L Turbo model replaces the Baja with 2 models: a manual or automatic SportShift with cloth interior, and automatic SportShift transmission with leather, Heated front seats (no defrosting mirrors or front deicer were ever available on the Baja, see photo page) and more. The Baja Sport remains much the same with a few changes incl. medium gray interior trim, new exterior colors etc.
2003 Available in
late August 2002, the all new 2003 Subaru Baja is designed to combine the
practicality of a truck and comfort of a 4 door car with high-riding "rugged
road" all-wheel-drive capability.
Many folks compare it to other similar but now gone car-truck combinations like the Subaru Brat, Ford Ranchero, Chevy El Camino etc. The front of a car and the back of a truck...
The concept vehicle shown
in 2000 was called the ST-X ("Subaru truck xperimental") and had a SPT
supercharged 230hp 6 cylinder engine, 8.5" ground clearance, dual range
high/low 4x4 system, a canvas manually retractable sunroof, and the ability
to carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood. The bed opened into the passenger area
like the Chev Avalanche.
Many of these features did not make it into production.
The Baja production vehicle
is based on the Legacy platform with the 165hp 4 cylinder 2.5L engine,
and the running gear, brakes, interior, dashboard and high-riding suspension
of the Legacy Outback, and of course the rear bed of a pick-up truck.
The rear seats and rear wall fold flat creating almost 7.5 feet of cargo bed length.
The Baja has 4 passenger seating with the most of the standard power, comfort and safety features found the 2003 Outback.
The first original 2003
Bajas all had leather interiors- 2 tone leather steering wheel and
seating surfaces, power driver seat etc. When the lower priced Sport was
introduced 5 months later in January 2003 with a cloth interior, no power
seat etc, the Baja became known as the Baja Classic.
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seen on the highway July 2011
original 2003 Baja had a 2 tone steering wheel