Exterior photo of 2003 Subaru Baja Classic

2003 Subaru Baja Classic

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 120,500 Miles

Engine: 2.5 Liter Normally Aspirated EJ251Boxter Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Regatta Red Pearl Exterior / Silver Stone Metallic Baseline Trim

Interior: Black / Silver Leather Interior

Clean Carfax / No Accidents

Daytime Running Lights

Sport Lights

Front Fog Lights

Keyless Entry

Factory Alarm

Auto-Dimming Compass Mirror  

Active Lifestyle Package:

  • Bed Extender
  • Splash Guard Kit
  • Trailer Hitch
  • 6 Disc CD Changer, Upgraded Speakers, Front Tweeters, Subwoofer

2003 was the first year of the 33,132 Subaru Bajas produced through the 2006 model year. This Baja “Classic”, named after the Baja Sport was released with fewer options, found its way to us from a friend I race Chump Car with in WY. It has all of the right Baja-specific bits including logo embossed two-tone black and silver perforated leather seats, working factory sport lights, bed extender making up to 7.5 feet of cargo room the hatch open, and most importantly a 5-speed manual gearbox. The aggressive design chance that Subaru took on developing the ST-X Concept into the Baja didn’t work out as planned (BMW M Coupe comparisons come to mind), but time has been good to the Baja. It may not be as iconic as the Brat, but the Baja has come to be appreciated by die-hard group of enthusiasts ever since. There is no better combination of versatility, utility, and that quintessential Subaru experience. As the supply has dwindled, finding a Baja in this condition and mileage has become increasingly hard. We love unique models like this at Glen Shelly, and it is our pleasure to offer it to you.


2003 Subaru Baja Classic exterior photo

The exterior of this Baja is in excellent condition. I am very critical of the cars that I sell. It presents like a much younger, lower mileage car than it is. It has spent its life in Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming, so it is rust free. It has never been in an accident and has a clean Carfax. When it came to me the front bumper cover had some pitting, so I pulled it and had it refinished. I also replaced the front fog lights with OEM quality units and the grill (not a cheap part) with a good OEM one (the original is included if you like). To finished it off I polished the headlight covers and replaced the windshield for excellent visibility day and night. The roof mounted factory Hella sport lights add to the Baja look. The factory tinted rear windows do an excellent job of keeping the interior cool. The Silverstone Metallic lower trim bits have been protected by the color-matched splash guards - every Baja should have this option. The only remaining imperfections are a few small door dings, some pitting on the lower part of the hood (best addressed by a clear bra), and the black-work in the cargo area is slightly faded. The wheels are all straight with minimal curb rash and the Kumho Solus tires have 75% tread remaining.


 interior photo

The interior is equally good. The two-tone black and silver Baja specific interior defines the inside experience. The black and perforated silver leather seats are a much better option than the cloth seats offered on the sport model. They wonderfully match the leather covered steering wheel and shifter, which are both excellent condition. The first thing I did was remove the seats and steam clean the carpets. I had a kick panel installed on the driver’s side floor. The Baja specific floor mats are in good shape, although the driver’s side is slightly faded. While it was out I had the driver’s seat bolster and center section recovered with perfectly matched material and replaced the driver’s seat power switch to allow full 6-way adjustability (the plastic connectors fail, but have since been redesigned by Subaru). All of the leather bits are all soft and supple. The auto-dimming rear view mirror is a nice convenience. All controls, buttons, and functions work as they should. The heat is warm and the AC is cold. The rear seats fold flat with ease and the rear hatch is watertight. The factory keyless entry and alarm work perfectly.

Mechanical / Maintenance

 engine photo

The friend that I bought this from completed extensive repairs and preventative maintenance during his ownership. Mechanically it needs nothing. It’s a turn-key car ready for another 100,000 miles of adventure. At 102,570 miles the following items were replaced:

  • Head Gaskets and Resurface Heads (minor HG leaks are a common issue for the EJ251 engine)
  • Valve Cover Gaskets
  • Intake and Exhaust Gaskets
  • Timing Belt
  • Timing Belt Tensioner
  • Water Pump
  • Thermostat
  • Coolant Flush
  • Right Front CV Ax Shaft Assembly
  • Drive Belts
  • Front and Rear Brake Pads and Rotors
  • Front and Rear Shocks

I just gave it a fresh oil change at 120,375 miles.


2003 Subaru Baja Classic exterior photo

Finding a Baja in this condition is getting harder and harder; overall it is excellent!