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The Subaru Baja (2003 – 2006)

In mid 2002 Subaru began production of the Baja sport utility vehicle in Lafayette, Indiana for the North American market. The design was based on a concept vehicle, the ST-X (Sport Truck X-perimental), introduced at the 2000 North American International Auto Show. The Baja was the the answer to US auto makers push into the “four-door wagon/SUV with a shortbed pickup” market as it was very similar to the Chevrolet Avalanche. Subaru Baja sales were lower than overall expectations and topped out at only 11K models sold in the United States in 2003. Subaru finally discontinued the Baja model at the end of 2006. Some of the vehicles were kept by dealerships, by request of Subaru, in order to continue their sales up into early 2008.

Baja Drivetrain

Subaru chose its reliable 2.5L EJ25 Series engine for the Baja which had been a proven seller in models like the Subaru Legacy, Forester, Impreza, and Outback for many years. Although Subaru produced both the single and dual overhead cam engines, the Baja was sold with the Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) Engine as standard and a 2.5L EJ255 DOHC Turbo. There were two variations of the EJ25 series engines offered:

  • 2.5 L EJ251 H4

    Sold in the 2003 – 2005 models with both a 4-Speed Automatic Transmission and a 5-Speed Manual Transmission

  • 2.5 L EJ253 H4

    Sold from 2005 to 2007 with both automatic and manual transmissions

The EJ255 DOHC Turbo engine only came in the Subaru Baja XT which was sold from 2004 – 2006.