How Much Weight Will a Baja Hold?

Last week I bought 14 buckets of driveway sealer and loaded them into the back of my 2003 Baja (good thing I got the extender for it). It
was a 10 mile drive to my home and I noticed right away the back was way lower than I had ever seen it. My headlights were lighting up the trees! When I got home, even my wife noticed how lopsided the vehicle was. So, my question is does anyone know what the carrying weight of the Baja is? I have misplaced the manual and cannot see if it is listed.
Jay M Virginia, USA 2003 Subaru Baja
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snipped-for-privacy@JayMontero.com wrote:

A little to be asking that, isn't it?
As for weights, look inside the drivers door panel. There should be a little tag there telling you such things.
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snipped-for-privacy@JayMontero.com wrote:

Check this thread: http://www.scoobytruck.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t70
Jist is: some people have loaded the heck out of their Bajas! (1300 lbs!)
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Don't know but does not sound like a lot of weight. My Forester calls for higher rear tire pressure when fully loaded. Maybe that was part of problem.
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On 8 Jul 2005 08:13:19 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@JayMontero.com wrote:

Part of the problem may have been your extender. Figure 5 gal buckets at ~50 lbs ea (maybe more) so at least 700 lbs. Doesn't seem high but almost all that weight was behind the rear axle. The rear axle is the fulcrum of the lever. The car body is the beam. You were balancing the weight on the rear against the everything forward of the rear axle. The leverage of the extender increased the lever arm. If you loaded it with the same weight in the cab area you would not have had the problem. If yu had a regular pickup you would have had less of a problem because more of the bed is forward of the rear axle. If it was me I would have at least double stacked the buckets at the rear of the cab and forgot the extender. (Actually I would have put buckets in the seats.)
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Yes, but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having bought the Baja? You may as well have bought an OBW. Clearly a personal pref. issue. Anyhow, if you're shocks weren't bottomed out, BFD, if you'd been bringing the load home during the day, would you have noticed? Maybe. The Baja's bed capacity is 1050 lbs, bed extender or no. I've hauled a couple of fridge's, a recliner, and routinely haul mowing equipment in my Baja. I'm always interested to see what others are accomplishing with in theirs', as it reinforces how good I feel about buying mine.
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I put a washer in my OBW and got a locking gas cover and didnt have to spend $1k to have secure secure area. Loaded the wagon quite heavily during my move and after a few trips to the feed store.
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snipped-for-privacy@backpacker.com wrote:

Again...personal prefs. The argument is not whether ot not the Baja can out-carry the OBW, but, why load cans of driveway sealant in the cab when you have a bed?
What do you mean "spend 1k to have secure secure area"? My open bed isn't secure? Oh crap, I have to go check on the Christmas presents I left in the back of my Baja. Gotta go.......
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A cap or hard tonneau is quite expensive. That's why I picked the wagon.
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Because you are distributing the load more evenly. Part of the reason he had the front end so high was he had so much weight out past the rear axle. You have to figure the position of a load as well as the weight. It's basic physics.
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nothermark wrote:

I understand that. So you are saying risk a bucket of driveway sealant leaking inside your car, in order to make a slight difference in load distribution, right? Wouldn't that then nullify all of the reasons for buying the vehicle with a bed? God Bless the Super Duty owners (they need all the love and support they can get) but you don't see them loading their cabs with bark mulch, gravel, concrete mix, lumber, and so on as that is what the bed is for. Seriously, isn't that what the bed is for? Isn't that why one would buy a vehicle with a bed?...to keep from carrying crap that can make a huge mess in the area where you, and your family ride comfortably. That's all. Point is:
a)the Baja made it home, and presumably still drives today despite the uneven load distribution, and hopefully exhibits no lingering effects from the basic physics defying feat of carrying 10 buckets of sealant in the bed. b)the answer to the original question: the cargo capacity for the bed is 1050 pounds. c)people who don't want to buy expensive shells, tonneaus, hard covers, etc. for a Baja are still smart enough to buy a Subie, and go with the OBW. It's a personal preference issue. Even if they try to downplay the versatility of the Baja by making negative comments in regards to the lack of a secured rear cargo area unless expensive accessories are added to the Baja. What's more, I paid 16k for my Baja with 2,000 miles on it, with a soft tonneau. 16k for crying out loud! for a Baja with 2,000 miles on it! A $1,000 lockable cover doesn't concern me, it'd put me at what, $17,000. What kind of deal did you get on your OBW? What's the resale looking like, my car hasn't begun to depreciate in the time I've owned it? You bought your OBW for your reasons, and might of gotten a smokin deal on it. Do ou really need to throw your two cents in the pot about the open bed...that bucket is already full of pennies. Don't be dismissive of the Baja, RESPECT THE BAJA OR PERISH! just kidding, it sounded cool. :) d)the only thing making a mess in the cab of my Baja is my kid, not driveway sealant, not feed, not grease or anything thing else that might leak from an appliance. Seats are for people to sit in.
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Right, it's basic physics, I get that.>snip< People buy the Baja for the bed, despite the inability to secure the cargo area without purchasing expensive add-on equipment.>snip< To answer the age old question of Baja vs. OBW...buy whichever you want.>snip< If you want to risk driveway sealant, or feed, or whatever leaking on the seats of your car in order to more evenly distribute to the load...right on, that's your call.>snip< The seats in my car (Baja) are for sitting in, the only mess will be made by my kid, even though his OCD Dad won't leave the mess for long.>snip< The answer to the original question was 1,050 pounds, and even though the tailgate will support ~660 pounds, the max load is still 1,050 pounds, and if not centered over the rear axle, the Baja may look to the stars that fill the night sky and take flight.>snap<
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j wrote:

LOL. I've seen this before. Every time somebody posts about a Baja in this ng, a few people maon and groan about "lockable storage" and how they should have bought an OBW instead of a Baja. yadda yadda yadda Nevermind that there are specific reasons one would want a truck instead of a wagon. Besides, new OBW's are hella more expensive than a Baja at this point. Sigh...
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I wouldnt really call the Baja a "truck" any more than an El Camino is a truck. True they may be cheaper now and I'd probably get the Baja if they didnt ruin the interior like they did on the legacy/outback
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I carried a VERY full-sized fridge in my Baja for close to 75 miles. I wouldn't try that in an Outback wagon. However, I have to go check on the Christmas presents I left in the back of my Baja. Gotta go....... ;oP
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replying to jabario, Cinnamon wrote: The insurance company calls them a truck.
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Googler wrote:

is? I have >misplaced the manual and cannot see if it is

Well no, we don't get it in Oz, although I would guess it's a bit over the total for an Outback, BUT my irresponsible alter ego pointed out that if you inflate the tyres to 45psi and then load it up until either the tyres pop or the struts explode, then that's a couple of pounds too much! Cheers
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