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2003 Baja: new Subaru 4 door truck available September 2002
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2004 model introduction expected in app. January 04 or later
Sept 2003- new Mystic Blue Pearl monotone color available on Sport model only
Jan 2003- new lower priced Baja Sport model available and the first original Baja becomes known as the Baja 'Classic'.

Baja, new for 03
2003 Regatta Red Baja Classic w/ Silver Stone Metallic lower accent

Silver Stone Metallic monotone 03 Baja Classic
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2003 Baja steering wheel with original 2 tone leather
the orginal 2003 Baja steering wheel was 2 tone leather (not Sport model)
2003 Subaru Baja 2 tone leather front seat
all original 03 Subaru Bajas have 2 tone leather seats (not Sport model)
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front grill of a 2003 Baja with optional hood protector
front grill of a 2003 Baja with optional hood protector

About the Baja

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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 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.

2003 Baja

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2003 Baja Prices
MSRP: Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price including destination ($525)
Note: Delivery to Alaska add +$150. Prices and delivery charges may vary in CT, HI, ME, NH, NJ, RI, VT 
2003 Baja Model
prices include $525 destination
Manual transmission
includes $525 destination
MSRP, list price
Manual transmission
includes $525 destination
Automatic trans 
includes $525 destination
MSRP list price
Automatic trans 
includes $525 destination
Baja (Classic)
Baja Sport

Oil: 1st oil change 3months/3,000 miles. 
3,750 oil change, or 7,500 under easy drving conditions
7,500 miles: rotate tires
15,000 miles: replace filters check hoses, belts, brakes etc
30-60-90,000 miles: 15k service plus replace plugs, fluids etc
105,000 miles: timing belt except on 6 cyl (has chain)
Bumper-to-bumper warranty: 3yr/36,000 miles, covers all defects
  • Includes service adjustment, adjustment performed one time 
  • Wear Item: brake pad/shoe, clutch lining, wiper blades. 
  • Roadside assistance: lock-out, flats, out of gas.. 800 261-2155 

  • Powertrain warranty: 5 year/ 60,000 miles
    Corrosion warranty: 5 year/100,000 miles

    information subject to change, correction
  • Engine: Phase II, 2.5L  SOHC 4 cylinder boxer 

  • Horsepower: 165 hp at 5600 rpm, 
    Torgue: 166 ft. lbs at 4000 rpm 
    Fuel system: multi-port sequential fuel injection with distributorless electronic ignition
    California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV), all models
  • All Wheel Drive 

  • Manual transmission: Center differential that splits and constantly varies power, usually 50/50 front to back 
    Automatic transmission: electronically controlled, mostly front but constantly varies front-to-back power split.

    Truck: this is classed as a truck- gross vehicle weight = 4,555 


  • Fuel economy city/highway: regular unleaded gas 

  • Manual trans: 20/25
    Automatic trans: 21/26
    Gas Tank capacity: 16.9 U.S. gallons, low fuel warning light
  • Emissions: All 2003 Subarus are 'LEV' Low Emission Vehicles that meet California standards. Drive a clean car! 

  •  Brakes: 4 channel Anti-lock abs - Heavy duty, dual caliper piston, 11.4" front disk, 11.3" rear disc. 

  • Steering: engine speed controlled variable assist rack and pinion 

  • Wheels and tires : 16" alloy with225/60R-16 M+S Bridgestone Potenza  (mud and snow tires), 
  • Temporary spare tire 

  • Seating seats four 
  • Suspension:  heavy duty raised, front and rear stabilizers. 

  • Front: MacPherson struts
    Rear: single upper, dual lower links, coil springs, shock absorbers
  • Towing capacity: 2400 pounds with trailer brakes, 1000# without; 200# tongue weight.

  • Safety 

  • Daytime running lights
    Dual front airbags
    Dual stage deployment front passenger airbag
    LATCH system Child seat anchors
    LATCH system Child seat tethers
    Rear seat shoulder harnesses,
    Rear seat headrests
    Height adj. seatbelts with electrical pre-tensioners, force limiters
    Double front door impact beams
    Rear door impact beam 
    5 MPH Impact bumpers
    Crumple zones front and rear, drop down motor design.

    Ground clearance: 8.4"
    Wheelbase: 104.3"
    Overall length: 193.3"
    Overall width:  70.1
    Overall height: 64.2"
    Head room front/rear: 38.3/37.3"
    Leg Room front/rear: 43.3/37.3
    Curb weight: plus options 3,550#
    Turning radius: 36.7ft
    Cargo bed measurements (measured by Joe Spitz)
    Bed length: 41", Tailgate down adds: 19", Rear seat folded flat adds: 30"
    Longest length with tailgate down and rear seat pass-through open: 90"
    Bed Width: 49"
    Bed Wall Height: 19"
    Cargo wall Pass-Through opening: height 13", width 30.5"

    Offical measurements:
    Cargo bed: weight capacity 1050#, 17.7CF
    Tailgate holds 661#
    Cargo bed is recycled rubber compound

    Cargo bed measurements (hand measured by J Spitz)
    new Subaru Baja cargo bed dimensions and measurements
    There are 2 models: Baja Classic and lower priced Baja Sport
    Baja 'Classic' available August 2002, the lower priced Sport model first available mid-January 2003
    Baja Sport
  • All-wheel-drive 
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) 
  • Sunroof, power tilt up and retract glass
  • Air conditioning 
  • Cloth interior 
  • Power windows (driver's auto down, child safety lock-out) 
  • Power door locks 
  • Power large-size outside mirrors (fold in, not painted) 
  • Tinted Privacy safety glass 
  • Keyless entry system 
  • Cruise control 
  • Fog lights 
  • Limited Slip rear axle 
  • Variable delay interval front wipers 
  • Rear defroster 
  • Tilt steering column 
  • Brushed silver trimmed dash and door panel 
  • Tachometer 
  • Outside temperature guage 
  • Dual mode trip odometers 
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors 
  • AM/FM/Weatherband/CD player, 4 speakers
  • Baja Sport
  • Daytime running lights, Auto-off headlights 
  • Cargo bed to interior Pass-Through 
  • Cargo bed: full bedliner (recycled rubber) 
  • Cargo bed: water drain holes (2) 
  • Cargo bed: tie down hooks (4) 
  • Cargo bed: 2 tier loading w/ slot for 1x2 support 
  • Cargo bed: light 
  • Roof Rack with cross bars 
  • Rear bumper step pad 
  • Fold flat rear seats, headrests 
  • Front console with 2 cupholders, armrest, and storage 
  • Rear console with 2 cupholders, and storage 
  • Door map pockets 
  • Overhead map lights 
  • Delay off dome light 
  • Floor mats 
  • 2 tone paint with lower titanium color body-side cladding (exc monotone silver) 
  • Wheel well fender flares
  • Chromed bars by cargo/passenger are 
  • Fold down rear license plate is visible with the tailgate down.
  • Temporary spare tire mounted under the bed 
    Leather trimmed interior with Baja insignia, 2 tone
    Leather steering wheel, 2 tone
    Leather wrapped shift knob
    Power driver's seat, 6-way
    Body colored door handles and outside mirrors
    Front doors courtesy-puddle lights
    Illuminated ignition key ring
    Headlights: 4 Beam
    (no heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors or front wiper deicers)
    end 03 Baja std features
    start 03 options  

    2003 Baja options
    Bed Cargo Group (L37) Bed extender, cargo net $299 ($185)
    Protection Group (L38) N\Mud flaps, rear differential protector, Hood deflector $310 ($183)
    Popular Equipment Group 8 (L39) Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, Alarm upgrade, rear cargo net, cargo bed flat net $443 ($275)
    Utility Group (L40) Cargo bed flat net, trailer hitch $344 ($207)
    Active Lifestyle Pkg #1 (L41) Bed extender, mud flaps, upgraded speakers, tweeters, subwoofer/amp 
    $973 (-) $478 discount= $495 ($421) note: limited availability on the package and price subject to change
    Active Lifestyle Pkg #2 (L42)  Bed extender, mud flaps, trailer hitch, upgraded speakers, tweeters, subwoofer/amp $1,268 (-) $573 discount= $695 ($590) 
    note: limited availability on the package and price subject to change
    Automatic transmission, 4speed $800 ($722)
    Net: Cargo bed flat net (M3L) $49 ($32)
    Net: Verticle (M3H) $35 ($23)
    Lighter element - cigarette lighter (NYB) $8 ($5)
    Bed extender (M3K) $250 ($163)
    Air filtration (KYA) $62 ($41)
    Auto dimming mirror / compass (KYE) $!83 ($119)
    Security Alarm upgrade (R3B) $190 ($124)
    Trailer hitch 1-1/2" (Q3M) $295 ($192)
    Rear differential protector (PYA) $82 ($54)
    Hood deflector (P3I) $78 ($41)
    Mud flaps (Q3N) $150 $98)
    Rubber floor mats (B3B) $55 ($33)
    Wheel locks (MSV) $39 ($26)
    CD changer, 6 disc in dash (EYC) $520 ($390)
    Upgraded speakers (DYA) $206 ($134)
    Tweeters (DYB) $100 ($65)
    Subwoofer/amplifier (DYC) $267 ($174)
    DEALER INSTALLED OPTIONS (prices coming)
    Sport activity fog lights (roof rack mounted fog lights) Part # H410LS000
    Bed cover, soft (tonneau cover) Part #L0010LS000 
    end 03 options
    start 03 colors

    2003 Baja Colors
    Sport: gray cloth
    Baja: gray leather trimmed
    Silver Stone Metallic monotone Regatta Red w/ Silver Stone Metallic lower accent
    Baja Yellow w/ Silver Stone Metallic lower accent Black Granite Pearl, w/ SilverStone Metallic lower accent
    Mystic Blue Pearl / monotone, available after 9/10/03, on Sport only
    end 2003 Baja

    Subaru keyless & alarm remoteUsing the Subaru keyless entry, with optional alarm

    1. Locking. Larger, orange button.
            Push the lock button. This locks all the doors and will set the alarm (if equipped and in 'setable' mode). The CHIRP will sound multiple times is a door is ajar.

    2. Unlocking. Smaller, blue button
            Driver's door only: Push the unlock button once to unlock the driver's door and also disarm alarm if set.
           All doors: Push the small button *firmly* a second time within a few seconds to unlock all the doors.

    3. Alarm.
            Valet mode or alarm off: alarm light (red dot center dashboard dispay) rapidly flashing 3 times/pause means the alarm is
                in "Valet" mode and is not setable. This light will stop flashing when you start the car.

            Arming the alarm: to re-enable an alarm in valet mode,
                Unlock all the doors and hold the small button down on the remote  until the light stops flashing.
                Now when you lock the doors the alarm will be set and the light will slowly flash on and off, on and off.

    4. Alarm goes off? Push the small button on the remote or if you don't have the remote put the key in the ignition and turn it on and off three times.

    5. Reset? Unlock all doors, cycle key on-off 10 times until horn honks, leave key in ignition, open/close door, push any button on remote, open/close door and push button on 2nd remote.

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