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4.6 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 20 reviews
2004 Subaru Forester Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 20 reviews
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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Subaru Forester Questions
Car Died While Driving
Was driving doing 35 car suddenly shut off. Tried to start again and nothing no crank no tick nothing completly quiet. ALL electrical is fine and working fine and has been tested any thoughts wou...
Cd Player Stuck
I went to change CD's its stuck won't move says "CDin" blinking on CD 3, will not eject or load a CD, no other buttons respond, when hold down eject to "eject all" nothing happens. Suggestions?
My 2004 Subaru Forester Needs The Rear Hatch Door Replaced, What Other Mode...
'04 forester, X (base model),
2004 Forester Timing Belt Gear Locked Up When I Was Driving. It Stopped Run...
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.