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Autotrader Find: Ultra-Rare Manual Subaru Baja Turbo

Here’s the most unusual — and most desirable — version of a rather weird car. The vehicle you see here is a 2005 Subaru Baja — but it’s not just any old Subaru Baja, it’s a Baja Turbo, making it the desirable high-performance version of the Baja. Better yet, this is a Baja Turbo with a manual transmission, making it the most desirable version of all.

We’ll start with the basics: in case you’re uninitiated to the Subaru Baja world, the Baja is a car-based all-wheel drive pickup truck offered by Subaru in North America from 2003 to 2006. Unsurprisingly, the Baja wasn’t popular — and most car enthusiasts are shocked it ever existed at all.

But it did exist, and it came in two flavors: you could get the regular one, with a 165-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the high-performance one, which used a turbocharged version of that engine with 210 horses and 235 lb-ft of torque. Both were offered with automatic or manual transmissions, but the vast majority of buyers chose an automatic in both cases.

And yet, here’s the holy grail: a Baja, which is already rare, with the optional turbocharged engine, which is even rarer, and with a manual transmission, which is the rarest of all. In fact, this is the only manual Baja Turbo on all of Autotrader right now — and it’s offered with 141,000 miles, finished in gray with a silver lower half.

If you’re interested in the most unusual — and most desirable — version of a rather odd car, this Baja is offered by KAS Auto Sales in Sacramento, California, with a list price of $10,995. These Baja models have developed a cult following on the used market, and they hold their value reasonably well — but none is more exciting, and more interesting, than this version.

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  1. I just totally refurbished a 2006 Subaru Baja Turbo Manual. Nobody gets how cool it is, I’m so glad to see this post! Perfect timing!

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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