2004 Subaru Forester User Reviews

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    2004 Subaru Forester XS Review
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    95

    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

    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.

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

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    2004 Subaru Forester X Review
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    50

    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

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

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

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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    125

    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

    Pros: It's fast, Its comfortable and can go almost anywhere.

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

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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    45

    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

    Pros: AWD Manual Turbo

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

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    2004 Subaru Forester X Review
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    35

    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

    Pros: 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.

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

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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    45

    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.)

    Pros: it does everything

    Cons: A/T gearbox

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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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

    Pros: If you enjoy driving, then this car is for you.

    Cons: It's not for show-offs or status.

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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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

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing.

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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    Sporty, Yet Functional — I love the ability to go anywhere, do anything, and get there in a hurry. It can go off-roading with the SUV's, then get back on the road and smoke Mustang GT's all day long. It is a great all around car. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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

    Pros: Performance

    Cons: Looks

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    2004 Subaru Forester XT Review
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    45

    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.)

    Pros: Fun.

    Cons: Premium Fuel.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Overall, I Love The Car But Very Disappointed With The Oil Issue. By Patti

    I bought this car after having my last car for nine years - I was excited about having a new car; my first Subaru. That excitement was diminished very quickly when I had to add oil to it with only 1... Read More

    Fun, Efficient, And Surprisingly Sporty Family/multi-use Car. By akrohn2010

    This is a recent purchase, so will update with new impressions once we have them. So far impressed with the car's comfort, space, handling, visibility, and efficiency. Comparable MPG and practicality ... Read More

    2014 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Crap By migration_bobdavis73

    I like everything about the car but the engine and it's oil consumption problem. It is crap!!!! Subaru is ignoring its customers oil consumption problems. DO NOT BUY A SUBARU!!! I don't know how to... Read More

    Perfect Commuter Car That Is Great For Those Off-road Weekends. By coloradosubaru

    Loved the comfort, roominess, great gas mileage, rugged upholstery and dash, great sound. Performs great in snow, off-road, freeway, commuting. Amazing what you can fit when you lay down the backsea... Read More

    2013 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Great Family Car By pilotstevek

    This is a great family car with AWD capability. It handles well in the snow or on dry pavement. The engine is designed with color-coded items for people to self-maintain the car. The towing capacity i... Read More

    2012 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Wonderful Car! By Alfred520

    This car has been very reliable and fun to drive. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a comfy car with room for kids and groceries. I love the way that it runs in the winter it kept us sa... Read More

    2012 Forester 2.5 By JPSaleeby

    Have managed to put 15K on it in less than a year. No maintenance issues, but did have to replace the rear brake light lens as it was fogged up. Overall is a great daily driver and people hauler. U... Read More

    2011 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Good Car By olepolar

    Like most in this car. Personally, I have taken for a test drive a few Subarus at the dealership. The new 2014 are great feel but NOT at all different from 2011 and I like the interior accessories MUC... Read More

    Love My Subaru By moverover

    First time Subaru owner and loved it; we received great advice/support from Associated Sales in Marshfield and Kocourek in Schofield. This car was used for daily commuting and we never had a backache.... Read More

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