Thanks Folks for your speedy replies!
I did more research through an RV forum in which another individual posted a similar question regarding AWD / Subaru towing. According to a Subaru link provided there, as long as the vehicle has a manual transmission and is in neutral with the key on 'accessory', it can be towed without concern to the AWD system - at least for the Outback... http://www.subaruout...-outback-2.html
I certainly don't wish to contest advisement against towing from Subaru Master, but was consideration given to a manual tranny? Would be interested in learning more...
So - Turbo vs. non-turbo... advantages / dis-advantages - does one get better MPG than the other? Cost to maintain? I'm not a lead foot, rabbit jump starter or gearhead by any means... nor do I typically drive in heavy traffic needing quick acceleration for on ramps, but there may be occasion when I do really need to scoot... My '99 Saab is turbo-charged, and the only advantage I see is when I'm in a spot that needs quick acceleration... ?
I appreciate the shared knowledge that the Baja is similar to an Outback - had no idea. I'll certainly seek one out for the purpose of doing a test drive, it'll certainly be easier to find! Thanks for the chuckle at the nip/tuck comparison... maybe I'll check into that too while I'm out!
And yes, the Baja seems rather pricey, in demand I suppose because of limited production, fuel costs rising and lack of other 4 cylinder 'mini-trucks' out there....
Having never owned a Subaru before, that may soon change after reading other reviews - I appreciate the input / feedback regarding any and all experiences / knowledge from seasoned owners.
Oh... will share another link I came across today regarding Subaru makes/models, options and standard costs... hopefully it can serve someone in the future? http://www.cars101.c...a/baja2005.html
Thanks again - Make your day a Great one!