SOLD 2003 Subaru Baja - Expedition Ready - Lifted with Dual Range MT


For Sale: 2003 Subaru Baja
Odometer: 173,000 miles
VIN: 4S4BT61C136109480
Location: Washington, DC

My 2003 Subaru Baja is up for sale. It’s highly modified and includes a 3” lift and a dual range manual transmission. I’ve owned the vehicle since 2007 and I am the second owner. This vehicle has been my pride and joy for the last 12 years but it’s come time to sell my beloved Subie. Family is getting bigger and I scored an incredible deal on a 2011 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X crew cab 6 speed.

It’s been through so many adventures including an epic 30,000 mile overland expedition to Patagonia from Washington, DC in 2014. It’s also completed the southern Utah traverse in 2017.

The head gaskets and timing belt were replaced a couple years ago so there is no concern with any future head gasket failure.

In the past, I’ve had issues with the rear suspension with the weight I carry during many overland trips. Subiefish provided me with a great solution by utilizing Tundra Bilstein 5100 front struts in the rear of the Baja. The heavy duty struts and springs in the rear has been a game changer on providing the additional load capacity.

In addition, the Baja has a dual range manual transmission that came from a JDM 2000 Subaru Forester (Transmission code: TY755XS1AA). The transmission comes with a 1.447 gear reduction which gives the Subaru a crawl ratio of 28:1. The dual range proved very capable on a 2017 trip through southern Utah.

The only issues with the vehicle are purely cosmetic. There are some scratches, dents, scrapes that the vehicle accumulated through the 12 years I’ve owned it. The ABS light is on and it's been like that over the past 5 years. I haven't had any issues with this, so I haven't gotten around to troubleshooting it. There are some rips in the driver side seat. There is no rust to minimal surface rust in the undercarriage. The Mudrat offroad bumper is in poor cosmetic shape and could use a refresh or replacement. The vehicle also goes through a quart of oil every 3,000 miles. I usually check the engine oil every 1,000 miles.

NOTE: I am not interested in parting the vehicle or selling individual items. This is a complete packaged deal. I plan on keeping the ARB 2500 awning for my next vehicle, but I will leave the awning mounts on the Subaru.

Below is a list of items that have been replaced or upgraded with the year it was replaced in parenthesis.

  • Fel-Pro head gaskets (2017)
  • New cylinder head valves (2017)
  • Gates timing belt & water pump (2017)
  • Short ram intake with reusable K&N filter (2010)
  • ADF adjustable engine pitchstop (2015)
  • Custom built catback exhaust with Magnaflow muffler (2015)
  • UEL header (2019)
  • Fumoto oil drain valve (2015)
  • Dual range transmission JDM 2000 Subaru Forester w/ 1.447 reduction (2016)
  • Dorman driveshaft (2018)
  • New front CV axles (2018)
  • New rear right CV axle (2018)
  • 3” ADF front strut spacers (2017)
  • Front Sensen struts and springs (2018)
  • 2” Scorpion body lift (2009)
  • 3” Subiefish Tacoma strut adapter (2018)
  • 1st gen Toyota Tacoma Bilstein 5100 struts (2018)
  • 1st gen Toyota Tacoma Moog coil springs - 465 lbs/in (2018)
  • Megan Racing adjustable rear front lateral links (2015)
  • Whiteline adjustable rear rear lateral links (2018)
  • Whiteline line bushings - rear upper control arms (2018)
  • Moog Inner and outer tie rods (2014)
Wheels & Tires:
  • Sparco Terras - Silver - 16” (2016)
  • Hankook ATMs - 225/70r16 (2016)
  • Mudrat front off-road bumper (2009)
  • Custom skid plate (2010)
  • ARE truck cap (2012)
  • Yakima crossbars (2015)
  • Vantech J1000 50” truck topper racking system (2013)
  • Customer side mounts by Wits End Fabrication (2016)
    • Passenger side - Rotopax 4 gallon gas mount
    • Driver side - Recovery boards mount
  • KC HiLites 130W halogen off road lights (2009)
  • Generic LED offroad lights (2019)
  • ROLA roof basket
  • Tepui Ayer roof top tent (2014) - $500 to purchase
  • Firestick MURS antenna
PRICE: $11,500 OBO $10,000 OBO (rooftop tent is $500 extra)

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