About Subaru Baja
Subaru Baja is a pickup truck manufactured by Japanese automaker Subaru division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) from 2002 to 2006. As an all-wheel drive, four-door, open-bed pickup truck that could accommodate four passengers pickup truck, the first Subaru Baja was introduced in market in 2003. Though as a vehicle with about four-year history, Subaru Baja is still very prevalent and has won J.D. Power's APEAL (for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study) Award for 2003 and 2004, Consumer Reports' 2006 highest score for reliability in the pickup trick category.
The first Subaru Baja entered into production on July 18, 2002 as a 2003 model. And its design ideas were based on the Subaru's ST-X (Sport Truck X-perimental) concept vehicle that was introduced at the 2000 Los Angeles International Auto Show. In United States and Canada, Subaru Baja was also known as a multiple-choice vehicle for its unique design and versatility. It offered Sport and turbocharged models. From 2003 to 2005, Subaru Baja was powered by a 2.5 L EJ251 H4 engine, and then from 2005 to 2006, it got power from the 2.5 L EJ253 H4 engine. As for turbocharged model, Subaru Baja was equipped with a 2.5 L EJ255 H4 turbo engine. All these engines were attached to either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission.
Subaru Baja Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a pickup truck, Subaru Baja is very popular among families, loggers or any people who need to haul heavy items. However, just because of its function, Subaru Baja is easy to go wear if being loaded too much for long time. In this way, problems would come for it:
First, engine feels rough at idle and stalls. Many Subaru Baja owners complained this problem at the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com a lot. They described the engine performance also decreased a lot. Complete loss of power while accelerating, excessive fuel consumption, dirty exhaust and knocking sound from the engine as well as the illuminated Check Engine Light are all the obvious warnings that you should check if your Baja oil filter, Baja timing cover or the Baja air filter is faulty.
Second, clutch pedal is very hard to press and the suspension system encounters failure. Experienced Subaru Baja drivers told that clutch pedal problem may be caused by transmission system failure, so you can try checking the Baja release bearing, Baja clutch fork, and Baja clutch disc for confirmation. As for suspension failure in Subaru Baja, it would manifest as abnormal tire wear, grinding or roaring noises coming from the tire area, vibrating steering wheel and excessive play in the wheels, you can basically solve this problem by replacing the old Baja wheel bearing.
However, in order to keep the top-notch performance of your Subaru Baja, you need to pay more attention to some more vulnerable parts that used usually. Wiper blade is one of them, though it is not a part that is used in daily basis, it is used mostly under adverse weather conditions. So you should replace the wiper blade at least once a year in sunny areas and half a year in humid areas. Other parts such as headlight, fog light or some electrical parts including power window switch, brake light switch and so on also should be maintained well and get replaced in time.
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