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Brat vs. Baja
Posted 09 September 2003 - 08:06 AM
When i was last on the bored there was a rumor that Subaru might build the new brat. People were very excited about it and I think that a group of folks sent Subaru a letter expressing interest in the "new brat."
I was just wondering what your reactions were to the new vehicle.
I was a bit underwhelmed. It sucks that it only has a 4 cylander and that just like the outbacks, it has too much plastic where there should be metal. I still think the baja is kind of cool though.
If there is an old thread discussing this, I would love to see it if someone could direct me.
Posted 09 September 2003 - 08:46 AM
I would take an old BRAT over a new BAJA any day.
Posted 09 September 2003 - 10:11 AM
Posted 09 September 2003 - 10:17 AM
As for the new Baha. . .
I hated it at first, but they're slowly growing on me. Not like I'd run out and shell out 20k for one, but I'm getting used to it. Kind of like when they changed the body styles on the camaro and corvette in the 80's. I thought I'd never get used to them either when they were new.
Baha needs a dual range and better tires. Wouldn't necessarily be the baddest rump roast ride off road, but would probably be fairly formidable in the Sooby off road world.
The plastic crap can be ripped right off and tossed first thing. Maybe "bob" the rear. (and the front too for that matter)
10 years we can pick one up for 3k. . . PK oughtta have the lift perfected by then. Eh, Patrick? LOL
Posted 09 September 2003 - 02:49 PM
Posted 09 September 2003 - 07:52 PM
Posted 10 September 2003 - 12:15 AM
version 1: 2door (of course) using wrx platform with turbo/or not
lowered with 18's and body kit,hard cover on back,no rollbar. I CALL IT STREET BRAT
VERSION 2: 2door again (duh) same platform 2" lift (aftermarket could have fun with this) Fender flares 15" or 16" tires ( for more versatility) rollbar with big spotters and a couple in the front with small pushbar I CALL IT RALLEY BRAT
THATS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE!! THEY WOULD BE SELLING THE CRAP OUT THEM
Posted 10 September 2003 - 02:24 AM
Posted 10 September 2003 - 04:53 AM
Now - having said all that. If they offered a D/R tranny, factory lift kits, factory brush guards, and maybe a winch, I could get into it. But as it sits, it's an outback with no roof. BIG DEAL!
Not trying to offend anyone - if you like it, good - buy one. I'll keep my Brat thanks very much.
Posted 10 September 2003 - 08:01 AM
Posted 10 September 2003 - 02:22 PM
It would be awesome to be able to buy a trail ready subaru in 2003. But regretably car manufacturers are moving further and further away from niche cars. The Jeep Rubicon is a good exception, but again, subaru already has one status car, the WRX, and that is a lot for a company that has just overcome its quirky, reliable, oddball image in the eyes of the mainstream. And now that GM has an interest, you can bet that they wont be letting any Jap trap steal thier thunder in the truck market on these shores.
Its unfortunate, and I think that making a subaru with more off road capability than gold trim would be cool, but I cant blame them for selling what they sell. Don't blame SOA, blame your suburb dwelling, status symbol addicted, yuppie fellow country men.
Who knows, if this Bush recession continues people may need more economical status symbols and the Baja may one day see its full potential.
*Disclaimer- sorry if I offended anyone who has a 4wd with no good reason to own it, soccer moms who drive big huge trucks while talking on the phone too much at the wheel, anyone who spends more on a car than they made last year, people with those cell phone headsets, people that like paying $8.00 for coffee, people who like gold trim on thier "off road" vehicles, suburb dwellers, yuppies, or anyone else.
these are just my sick, twisted opinions.
Posted 10 September 2003 - 07:59 PM
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