2004 Subaru Forester Overview

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Avg. Price: $7,053
XS
Avg. Price: $7,586
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Avg. Price: $8,796

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Average User Score

4.65 stars

Based on 20 reviews

This Car Is Absolutely Fun! by Stephan
 — Acceleration from 0-100kph was about 6.7 seconds maybe faster. Note that this was the JDM model so it was actually faster than the import model. Braking was pretty good and handling was sweet (AWD).... Read More
Awesome Car. Hope It's Not My Last. by tr1athlete
 — Great car. The interior has nicely thought-out styling and design, with curves and circles that all tie together. With seats up and a wash, it's presentable for work. With seats down it's an excell... Read More
It Is Everything I Expected. I Love My Forester by Vicki422
 — I always wanted a Forester ever since they first came out. I finally purchased one just a couple of weeks ago and love it! I love driving it, being in it, looking at it. It is everything I had hoped f... Read More

2004 Subaru Forester Overview

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Based on 20 reviews

2004 Subaru Forester

Making fathers happy everywhere, the 2004 Subaru Forester adds a turbocharged model, easing the pain of of owning a safe, reliable suburban family car.  The 2004 Forester now comes in 2.5X, 2.5XS, and 2.5XT.  The XT hits 210-hp with the turbocharged 2.5-liter H4, which normally gets 165-hp.  A 5-speed manual and 4-speed auto tran are available transmissions.

The AWD Forester is praised for its performance in bad weather and road conditions, though low ground clearance and lack of low range gearing prohibit serious off-roading.  It also earns 5 stars from the NHTSA in front and side crash tests, thanks to dual front and side impact air bags, ABS brakes, 16-inch tires, and active head restraints.  Other nice features include a Hill Hold (which also can be turned off) to prevent rollback.  The base X comes with foglights, power features, folding mirrors, roof rack, intermittent front and rear wipers, cruise control, and keyless entry.  The XS and XT add on automatic climate control, heated seats, a 6-CD player, and leather-wrapped wheel.  On both the XS and XT, a Premium Package adds a nearly roof-length power sunroof and leather seats.

Rear seats split-fold 60/40 for 64 cubic feet of cargo room, which is still below the 2004 Forester's closest competitors, such as the RAV4 and CR-V.  But the turbo power is what makes the latest Forester fun to drive, with little turbo lag and lots of pickup thanks to the light weight of the compact SUV.  Drivers also like the car-like handling, quiet engine, visibility, and the reliable AWD performance.  Families like the high safety ratings.  Downsides include limited rear legroom, limited off-roading capability, and a non-intuitive climate control system.

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My 2004 Subaru Forester Needs The Rear Hatch Door Replaced, What Other Mode...

'04 forester, X (base model),

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pjpman
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How Do I Relist My Subaru For Sale

How do I relist my car for sale that expired?

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2004 Forester Timing Belt Gear Locked Up When I Was Driving. It Stopped Run...

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2004 Forester Warms Up Starts Hard Throws Crank And Cam Sensor Codes

changed crank and cam sensor also Subaru factory temp sensor new plugs and coil pack new spark plug wires. Checked timing belt and timing marks. Pulled exhaust down checked valve seats and cat.

33 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
Dick73
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Speedo And Odometer Not Working

Hi Im looking at buying an 2004 Forester and apparently the speedo and the odometer are not working. I realise that this is not a particularly difficult fix in other cars but my main question is if th...

273 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)