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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Mike writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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Fun.

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Premium Fuel.

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A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing?? — Its an STI in disguise, case in point why would an ordinary Forester have ceramic brake pads?? Plus it has more room to haul around all of your stuff and who doesn't need that?? Turbo need I say more?? and ground clearance.

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

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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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walth writes:
2004 Subaru Forester XS Review
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4

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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.

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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 so 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

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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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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:
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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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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:
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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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Julie writes:
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easy to drive

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its ugly

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Subaru Forester — like it as a practical family car with a bit of grunt. the car severely lacks good looks but i really like driving it around the city and would recommend it over any stupid MPV (apart from the Ford S-Max..)

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