2006 Subaru Baja
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06 Subaru Baja

by from Baton Rouge on July 16, 2012

This car is close to perfect. The open bed means you can do most the work that any pick-up can do but it hugely more comfortable whether it's commuter driving around town or cross country. It's also a...
This car is close to perfect. The open bed means you can do most the work that any pick-up can do but it hugely more comfortable whether it's commuter driving around town or cross country. It's also amazing where the AWD can get you without getting all scratched out like the big-beast pickup trucks would get. Also, highway is 28 mpg. My combined has been around 25mpg. Other than a limited towing capacity, a Subaru Baja is the best all round, do-anything truck there is. If you could have only one vehicle, this would be it. It is a 4door sedan, a truck, an all wheel drive go anywhere utility vehicle and it is one of the most reliable vehicles made, perhaps the most reliable vehicle made.
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Will never let you down!

by from Morgantown, WV on October 6, 2006

I'm a loyal Subaru owner, and the Baja hasn't let me down. It's a small truck, with seating for five, which is great if you don't want a large pickup. Subaru has really outdone themselves...Hopefull...
I'm a loyal Subaru owner, and the Baja hasn't let me down. It's a small truck, with seating for five, which is great if you don't want a large pickup. Subaru has really outdone themselves...Hopefully, they will start making them again, so I can trade it in for a new one when I'm ready.
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My Dream Car

by from Kansas on January 4, 2007

When I found out 2006 would be the final model year for the Baja, I was crushed. I'd finally found my dream car and wouldn't you know, it was being discontinued! My husband had our 2003 Baja at the ...
When I found out 2006 would be the final model year for the Baja, I was crushed. I'd finally found my dream car and wouldn't you know, it was being discontinued! My husband had our 2003 Baja at the dealership for routine service and saw a blue 2006 there. Sigh. What to do, what to do? Externally, there was no difference between the shape of the two cars. But inside, the 2006 was even more fabulous than our 2003. Vinyl door panels rather than velour--much better for dog-owning Midwesterners who have lots of snow, ice, and mud in the forecast! The seats (also vinyl, but with a tweedy seat surface) have even cushier, snugger lumbar support. We caved and bought the Bluebaru. Quite simply, this is my dream car--powerful enough without being ridiculous, handles like a dream, looks great, quiet, nice stereo. (Subaru loads its cars so the moonroof is standard.) Now that it's discontinued, I'll be driving it a LOOOONG time. Because the Baja is a niche ride, the owners are a bit culty. We always receive a cheerful wave when we meet another Baja on the road, and it seems there are more of them in town each month.
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So Far, So Good

by from Crawfordville, FL on May 7, 2011

I bought the vehicle used with 58K miles, so far, I'm pleased especially with the 27 mpg. The comfort is ok, a little tight for an older person, but easy to get in and out of. Performance suitable for...
I bought the vehicle used with 58K miles, so far, I'm pleased especially with the 27 mpg. The comfort is ok, a little tight for an older person, but easy to get in and out of. Performance suitable for me, but you will not win a race. Does not have great excelleration. Exterior is really cute, I get a lot of comments. Interior is a little tight for me and I'm 5"1" and the cup holders are a little odd for comfort. I do feel I got a good deal for the money. The reliability has been great. I've hauled a number of things now and that has been great unloading at waist high level and you can a suprising amount of "stuff" in the bed.
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My first SUV that didn't look like one!

by from Helix, OR on December 13, 2010

I love the mix of station wagon and pickup truck. It reminds me of the El Camino I always wanted, but it runs better and is AWD. Already the AWD has gotten me though some nast weather! The back is gre...
I love the mix of station wagon and pickup truck. It reminds me of the El Camino I always wanted, but it runs better and is AWD. Already the AWD has gotten me though some nast weather! The back is great as I live on a small hobby farm and can haul smaller farm items without needing a large (and gas sucking) pickup. I also love the outdoors, so gear fits great in the back! The only problem I've encountered is a touchy front headlight that keeps going out. I've heard this is a common issue with Subarus. Overall, love the zippy little thing. I've been driving Jeep Wagoneers and Cherokees, so while I'm still getting used to the lower seat, I'm enjoying the better gas mileage!
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Bring back the Baja!

by from Wny on February 10, 2009

Just like Subie groupie, we had an 03 Baja. We hung on to it longer, just trading it in 09 for a used 06 with low miles. We just couldn't find anything else that was as useful and comfortable (not to ...
Just like Subie groupie, we had an 03 Baja. We hung on to it longer, just trading it in 09 for a used 06 with low miles. We just couldn't find anything else that was as useful and comfortable (not to mention safe) as the Baja. If SOA advertised them, they would have sold a ton! They are great off road, can haul all sorts of home improvement and gardening items, are amazing in the snow (who needs to shovel?) and have very unique looks. If I had to describe the Baja in 3 words or less, it would be Swiss Army Knife! I wish they had offered heated seats and the hard tonneau on more than the Baja turbo with leather, but even without those options I love my Baja. I don't know what we're going to do when we have to buy a replacement for the 06, I'm just glad we have a few years before we have to worry about that!
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I can't imagine a more useful vehicle.

by from TX on August 16, 2006

For 95% of what I used to use a truck for, this little truck/car is perfect. Easy to park and drive around the city and very capable where the roads aren't paved; this is about as well-executed as a m...
For 95% of what I used to use a truck for, this little truck/car is perfect. Easy to park and drive around the city and very capable where the roads aren't paved; this is about as well-executed as a mid-size truck/car combination can get. Plus, it's just fun to drive in the turbo model.
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Brilliant Aesomeness!

by from Colorado on March 15, 2009

I love these things. I've owned three of these, I will never own anything else ever again! Power, versatility, reliability, sports car handling, and style. You can't go wrong. JCRG
I love these things. I've owned three of these, I will never own anything else ever again! Power, versatility, reliability, sports car handling, and style. You can't go wrong. JCRG
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Best for snowy roads

by from WNC on August 8, 2011

I LOVE THIS 06 TURBO and would own no other. When my neighbors are snowed in, waiting for the roads to clear, I have freedom to explore the beautiful snowy countryside. This car/truck hugs the road li...
I LOVE THIS 06 TURBO and would own no other. When my neighbors are snowed in, waiting for the roads to clear, I have freedom to explore the beautiful snowy countryside. This car/truck hugs the road like a sports car. Well...to me it is a sports car, it handles these mtn curves beautifully, with plenty of power to pass slow pokes on the road. I also love not having a huge gas bill like with a truck. Another big bonus is being able to haul things for the garden, lumber and other large items that would dirty up the interior or wouldn't fit in a regular car. I have had no problems with this car, I only have to do regular maintenance.
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Versatility!!

by from Houston on April 26, 2011

The most practical car I have ever owned!! Everything is engineered perfectly! It is quiet, comfortable, spacious, and handles like a car even though some would call it a truck. The turbo is fantastic...
The most practical car I have ever owned!! Everything is engineered perfectly! It is quiet, comfortable, spacious, and handles like a car even though some would call it a truck. The turbo is fantastic!!! The downside is the gas mileage suffers a bit and takes premium. I average 22mpg, which is not horrible. I would buy this vehicle again without hesitation. The AWD system is great in the rain and snow too. While the rear wheel drive trucks are spinning out, I keep on truckin'.
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