Subaru Baja pickup truck in Santa Cruz

First one of these I’ve seen. They were manufactured from 2002-2006, all-wheel drive, Pretty rare these days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Baja

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Subaru Baja pickup truck in Santa Cruz

  1. Anonymous says:

    First time I've read your blog – really interesting – adding you to my favorites – we drive a Subaru Forester – never saw their pick-up – too bad they stopped making them – the cars last forever and ever – zero trouble. Later – Mary Ellen

  2. mauisurfer says:

    Subaru Baja pickups are excellent if you need awd (4wd) for mud/sand/snow. Reliable and cheaper running than any other awd. The awd actually used 2 very different systems on various models, both of which function very well. They actually have a limited slip rear end (as well as fwd), so they get up slippery hills that other 4wd's cannot. The far more common use of electronic slip control is cheaper to manufacture, but does not work anywhere near as well. It brakes the slipping rear wheel, transferring power to the other side. This is OK for getting out of mud/snow rut, but it impedes progress up a slippery hill. True limited slip engages both rear wheels when one side slips.
    They are lighter duty than the Tacoma (which I own, pulls a trailer, has a 3.4 liter v6), but cheaper running, and much more maneuverable.

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