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2004 Subaru Forester Overview

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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2004 Subaru Forester Hatch Won't Always Unlock

if I auto-lock the 2004 forester, the trunk hatch won't always release. I have kept the unlock button pressed for 20/30 seconds- no joy. Something clicks, but the heavier sounding latch release does...

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Tire On Hood And Possible Problems

I'd like to put my spare on my hood, kinda like an old off- road vehicle. Would it have an impact at all on the engine or suspension? Anything else?

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Is It Safe To Drive My Car With A Full Size Spare?

04 Subaru Forester XS. I currently have my full-size spare tired on my rear driver side. My other tires are all season like the spare, and it is the same size. This spare tire is almost new so it ha...

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Spark Plugs & Problems Associated

Would bad/failing spark plugs cause a rattle while accelerating at slow speeds?

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How Often Can I Use Fuel Additives On My Car?

I own an ‘04 Subaru Forester. I just need to know how often, and what fuel additives I should use in my car. I’ve heard horror stories of the additives ruining the fuel system, and would very much l...