2004 Subaru Forester User Reviews

2004 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 20 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"awd" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"exterior" 2 reviews

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John writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XS Review
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Johndoe's Forester — Like: Well built, optioned up (sunroof, leather etc). Reliable & versatile. Dislike: too practical, got no balls when you step on the gas. Handles like the Titanic.

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Stephan writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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It's fast, Its comfortable and can go almost anywhere.

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The exterior looks aren't great but that can be modified somewhat.

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This Car Is Absolutely Fun! — 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). Extremely low maintenance, highly durable but maybe having to always buy octane boost and stuff for the turbo would add up. The Forester isn't really known for it's looks. The exterior was okay but definitely not good while the interior was pretty normal except for the momo steering and shifter as well as the bucket seats with a mix of leather and cloth upholstery which added a sportier feel to the Forester. By far the most fun car I have ever driven although, I haven't driven much cars that were built for speed but hey the 03' Subaru Forester XT JDM model is truly a sweet ride.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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walth writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XS Review
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4

Pros

Has a ton of options, especially since we're used to basic cars in general.

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Whistling by mirrors/windows on highway. Slightly cramped back seat, but at least it is bucket style and a comfortable angle.

walth
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We Like It.. — As far as the pros/cons go, I'm not very picky in that department. We like it s much that I went ahead and bought a second one just like it. It is a decently efficient daily and rather-to-highly efficient since it is a full time- AWD car. Most imports are known for high reliability, this is no different. With low-medium rated snow tires, I've not had any loss of control with snow, even trying to slide in a parking lot. Ice is obvious, regardless of your vehicle or experience, be careful as you can slide and/or lose control.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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boydm writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XS Review
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5

Pros

Bought it with over 180,000 miles on it, but runs like it were only 25,000 miles!   Very fun to drive, shifts great (5 speed manual) and more powerful than I was expecting for a four cylinder.

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Paid a little more than I wanted to for the mileage and year, but overall, in this area (Colorado), this is a prime vehicle.

boydm
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Perfect! — Not much to dislike about this car! I looked down at the middle divider and found seat heating switches! I didn't know it had that! For a 186,000 mile car, you would have thought it was only 25,000 miles, power, speed, even looks!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RADL5772 writes:
2004 Subaru Forester X Review
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3

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Solid car, safe car.   Handles well.  Requires little or not maintenance except for oil changes and regular services by the dealer

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It is a basic model.  It has good air conditioning and a good cd/radio.  Not much else.

RADL5772
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An Excellent, Solid, Well Maintained Car That Needs Some Minor Body Work — The car is basic car. We bought it for family needs. It has been very reliable. Wonderful in bad weather because of its all wheel drive. It is the older model compared to the larger and higher upgraded new models of this car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Sean writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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AWD Manual Turbo

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Suspension is too soft/ too much body roll.  Brakes could be better.

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Turbo Forester — Pros: Awesome AWD, 2.5 Turbo motor is the same found in the STI of the same year (but smaller turbo and intercooler), 4.44 Final drive 5 speed transmission, heated seats, and the ridiculously good sound that comes out of the exhaust pipe. Cons: Suspension is too soft, body roll, brakes could be better, the back of the car is anything but pretty, and below average noise insulation throughout.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Vicki422 writes:
2004 Subaru Forester X Review
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Easy and excellent handling in all road conditions. Fun to drive, Great quality inside and out. Love the look. Chose it over newer sleaker model. So far costs are low. Was well maintained and garaged.

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Seats a bit too hard...using a pillow.

Vicki422
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It Is Everything I Expected. I Love My Forester — 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 for. It has reduced my stress of commuting to work, and is fun and comfortable for recreational driving. I am an artist and it has plenty of space for all my equipment with easy access. No more knee aches and pains....access and seating are just the right height.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Greg writes:
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it does everything

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A/T gearbox

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Yes It Would — the forester is a wild beast does 0-100kn/h in about 6 seconds flat awesome all-wheel drive capability and with those heavy duty sway bars it has no body role which is very good for a car with 16cm ground clearance. its terrible on fuel it looks like its a sleeper and it is great fun to drive especially on moist dirt roads out in the brindy's.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Zaid writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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If you enjoy driving, then this car is for you.

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It's not for show-offs or status.

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Fun, Practicle, Affordable! — Handling fantastic. Most fun I've had in car... that's for the last four years. I enjoy driving to work in the mornings & back in the evening. Reliability is legendary. Subaru only use genuine parts, so make sure you have a maintenance plan. It's also less attractive to thieves.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
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everything

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nothing.

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God. — performace: the car accelerates like crazy, its faster than a wrx. and it also handles amazing. build: perfect. thank you subaru appearance: more beautiful than anything ever. cost: 10k for a car worth 16k? yes. fun factor?: on a scale of 1-10... 40.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2014 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2013 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2012 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2011 Subaru Forester Reviews

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