Pros: "Turbo = fun, AWD = safe, what more could you ask?"
Cons: "bland interior, parts can be hard to find."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
The Subaru Baja is a great vehicle, especially in northern climates, where dealing with ~5 inches of snow is the norm for four months out of the year. In areas like Northern Indiana, where the average snowfall is 66 inches per year, it has never found itself stuck in a ditch - thanks to Subaru All-wheel Drive.
It is also very convenient with having a small bed, especially if you find yourself toting smaller loads around (ie: washer, dryer, etc.) One negative side of this vehicle is the sacrifice of interior cargo space for the bed. I find myself constantly cleaning out the back seat of luggage I use on a daily basis in order to have room for my occasional passengers.
Subaru vehicles in general retain their value decently well, as long as they are regularly maintained and taken care of. In the case of the Baja, it was only made available for four years in the United States, and adds to the rarity aspect, potentially adding to it's retention of value."
Pros: "Fun to drive, best car on bad roads we've had."
Cons: "Considerable oil leaks, gas mileage only okay."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"We bought this car used with about 130K on it. Lots of miles for the age (at the time) but it had been well taken care of and was very clean. Very fun to drive. Handles well, excellent traction on snowy or icy roads, and the mini-pickup concept is very convenient. We've hauled just about everything one can think of with it, including appliances, furniture, gardening soil, etc. The bed extender really helps. Immediately had to replace a CV axle. Also soon found that it was leaking oil in various places. Replaced a cat. converter at ~150K. Replaced a radiator at ~175K. At ~200K had to replace the clutch and rebuild the manual tranny, as well as replace another CV axle. One more CV axle going bad at ~208K. Would have liked to owned the car over its first 130K miles. Road noise fairly considerable due to "coupe" design."
"I have had Subaru's for about 20 years. But this is the absolute best one I have ever owned. I purchased this new and it has just turned 95,000 miles, yet still runs like a new car! I have a 2010 Forester and it's has no where near the power, ride or handling this BAJA has. BEST OF THE BEST!!!"
"I have owned this Baja for six years. It had 187,000 miles on it when purchased. It has given me reliable service and 24-26 miles per gallon. I likes it so much, I purchased another Baja with less than 100.000 miles. I have contacted Subuaru of America several times requesting that they build the Baja again. I would certainly buy a new one if they built it.I have used the "box" to haul everything from garden soil to limb chippers. I built a rack to carry 4x8 sheets of plywood on the roof and have had as many as six sheets of 3/4" plywood on it."
Cons: "Seats become uncomfortable on long drives."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've driven this car for 240,000 miles and have been very pleased by it. Reliablility is great and its ability to handle snow, ice, rain, and mud is fantastic.
If I were to request any changes I would ask for more comfortable seating and a lower 1st gear. Subaru made this model only four years and should consider another run."
"Owned one for ten years with no unexpected problems (just the usual maintenance stuff.) The extendable bed has been invaluable, able to carry kayaks and 12 foot copper plumbing pipes. All wheel drive makes it sure-footed in snow and flood (tested!) The utility of a small truck, combined with the comfort and handling of a well designed auto."