1st Generation (2003—2006) Baja Problems

This generations ranks 6th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (28%), interior (14%), and the clutch (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Feels Rough at Idle 1 complaints at an average of 3,975 miles in the 2005 Subaru Baja.
  2. Clutch Pedal Very Hard to Press 1 complaints at an average of 90,226 miles in the 2005 Subaru Baja.
  3. Stalls/loosing Steering & Brakes 1 complaints at an average of 50,000 miles in the 2004 Subaru Baja.

What Baja Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 1 7 9 0.41
2005 4 8 27 1.85
2004 1 7 54 0.42
2003 1 7 73 0.29

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