2004 Subaru Forester Overview


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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 Forester 2.5xs Won't Start Properly

    So most of the time this car will turn over perfectly fine. However, if I drive it for a short period of time, turn it off and walk away for a little bit, it will have a hard time turning over. The ...

    9 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 days ago)

    Could My Fansnot Be Turning Making My Car Run Hot

    My fans are not turning in my 2004 subaru forester xs. Do you know what could be causing this.

    15 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

    Installing Egr On A Non-egr Engine Ej251 Ej253

    So, I bought this EJ253 from an 01 OB and it's non-EGR but it has the hole in the casting. Both my 03 and 04 weep oil or coolant from one/both HG's and so I'm to the point of doing the work myself. ...

    51 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 months ago)
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    I did my transmission oil change but the oil doesnt go down to the pan, why does it stay on the too and how can i fix that?

    10 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

    The Cruise Control Has Stopped Working

    working, the check engine light is one, cruise light is flashing. I have had the codding error cleared but the light continues to come on. Suggestions? Does anyone have any advice?

    3,358 views with 10 answers (last answer 5 months ago)