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2013 Subaru Crosstrek

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DennisCTB
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2013-03-22          186448


Just started noticing Subaru's new Crosstrek which is based on the Impreza. Essentially it is an Impreza with increased ground clearance, better off road handling, body cladding, and funky bright colors, and a steeper price tag.

Not crazy about the colors but while last year I was interested in the redesigned Impreza, I found that I was underwhelmed when I saw one of them on the road.

The Crosstrek is an improvement, but I would have liked it to be more than a jacked up Impreza, meaning I want just a smidge more cargo carrying capability.

Looks like a fun car though if you don't need the hauling space.



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2013-03-22          186461


I was looking to replace my Toyota Tacoma and really wanted a Subaru Baja, but they don't make them anymore. Next on the list was a Subaru Crosstrek. While looking at those I mentioned that I really wanted a Baja and the sales guy told me about his friend who was selling a 2003 low mileage one that was like new.

I went to see it and bought it on the spot. 40k miles and babied. It has a small 4x4 bed but it has a very clever tailgate and flip down door that extends that to nearly 8 feet for 2x4s and such. It's also built a lot more rugged than the toy-like Tacoma.

But I would have bought a Crosstrek had I not found the Baja.
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2013-03-23          186463


The bright orange looks almost identical to a bright orange Ford Pinto wagon I bought once for the kids to drive to school. If my memory serves me right, 4K out the door new. Wasn't a bad little car till a storm dropped a big maple tree on it before it was a year old. The insurance fixed it but it drove kinda kitty wampus plus leaked dust on a dry day and water on a rainy day.

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2013-03-23          186466


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Originally Posted by kwschumm | view 186461
..his friend who was selling a 2003 Baja low mileage like new. I went to see it and bought it on the spot. 40k miles and babied. It has a small 4x4 bed but it has a very clever tailgate and flip down door that extends that to nearly 8 feet for 2x4s and such. It's also built a lot more rugged than the toy-like Tacoma.But I would have bought a Crosstrek had I not found the Baja.


http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Subaru/subaru_baja_la_01.jpg

How long did they make those... I think I first saw a vehicle like that in the 80's though might not have been a Subie. The one in the pix looks like it has some sort of cover over the pickup bed. Truly a swiss army knife vehicle. Looks like alot of fun !!!!

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2013-03-23          186468


Dennis, that Baja looks exactly like mine except I haven't been able to find a bed cover. They are hard to find. The Baja was based on the Legacy platform, was made from 2003-2006 and they only sold about 30k of them. They built some extras in 2006 that may have been sold as 2007 models. The car has a loyal following and they are holding their value quite well.
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2014-02-13          188942


Ken,

Soon be a year that you have the Baja, wondering how it worked out for you.

I was looking for a a used Subaru here and it is slim pickings right now. Subaru has a very small share of market here and there are only a hand full of cars within 200 miles. Could be the time of year as we have 3 times the snow this year and Subarus with AWD are popular. ....

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2014-02-13          188947


Hi Dennis,

I love my little Baja. The biggest problem I've had is that the foam in the seats was breaking down and the seats were killing my back so I replaced them with some Recaros. Highly recommended! I can drive for many hours with no back issues at all, the old seats hurt after 20 minutes.

Other than that no real problems. The tailgate stopped latching reliably and the latch pivot was rusted, after 10 years I'll forgive it. A little wire brush work and it's working fine again. The left window squeaks when lowered, maybe the rubber is getting old just needs cleaning and a does of silicone spray. I do wish it had a stick, just not a big fan of automatics. But, really, no issues. The mileage is a little lower than hoped, 22-23, the newer Subie's do better, but it's still 5mpg higher than my Tacoma was. As long as there is ground clearance it's a little billy goat in the snow with winter tires.

My plan is to keep it until it really dies, there's nothing else in the new car market that interests me. I think Nissan is bringing a mid-size diesel pickup but what passes for "mid-size" these days is about as big as a full size from the 60s and 70s so I'm not interested. I want a compact pickup.

BTW, my wifes 08 Subaru Impreza has been totally trouble free through 70k miles so no complaints there either.
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2014-02-16          188958


Yes the days of the small Japanese pickup seem to be over at the moment. Glad the Baja is working out for you.

I am shopping for a AWD car for my son and a used Subaru would be a great choice if I could find one.

Used car prices are so high here that it costs not much more to buy new :-( ....

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