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Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Subaru Forester

  • Practical, well-built and enjoyable to drive, the Forester offers an excellent balance of upscale features and all-weather drivability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard all-wheel drive, two engine choices, availability of upscale features, class-leading crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Price can be higher than most of the competition, tight on legroom in the backseat.

  • What's New for 2004

    Noting Forester fans' desire for more power, Subaru adds a turbocharged XT model to the lineup. The XT is essentially a loaded XS with a 210-hp engine replacing the 165-hp motor.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


12 of 29 people found this review helpful

Too many other choices to

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This car is well thought of for some people. I don't understand why. There are too many good alternatives to this car to buy another one. Normal recommended maintenance is expensive and add in wheel bearings and head gaskets and it's like buying another car. The car is marketed for harsh weather and service, but it doesn't seem to be built for it. Before buying search on head gaskets and wheel bearings and see if you still want one.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Premature wheel bearing failure

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I bought the car new and liked it with respect to driving and its AWD feature. What owners should be aware of is that this is a high maintenance vehicle. Parts like the wheel bearing fail prematurely (<60,000 miles) and can go on undetected for months and years and mistaken as just tire noise. Repair cost is >$450 per wheel.




Class leader

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This is one well designed, carefully engineered vehicle. For those who don't need a truck or a sports car, the Forester does everything well. In bad weather, there is nothing safer or more stable under 3 tons! It tracks smoothly in slush, when big SUVs are fishtailing. Reliability is outstanding. Storage compartments are abundant. The seats are comfortable because they are shaped right. The only credible competitors are in the Outback line.




Subaru owner for life

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Looking to get a new truck til my nephew showed up with a Forester, we read the review in Comsummer Report and took one for a ride. That was it. We couldn't find anything we didn't like. I was set on a 5 spd. but the auto with the 4 cyl was so quick and steady I was sold. Hard part was which color to get. There is plenty of room in the back to haul things and it doesn't seem to balk at a load of a few hundred pounds like some 4 cyl will. Great height for getting into and good head space and leg room in the back seat. Seats have good support. Handled great in heavy rain w/ flooded road. Love my car!!!




Fun car with lots of

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

We needed a car with power locks and windows since we have small children. We love the safety rating and side impact airbags We went with the Base X and then added on leather and heated seats aftermarket at the local seat shop. much cheaper this way and better quality materials.The pickup is great for a 4cyl and the car sits up much higher than the old Accord which this replaced. Don't hesitate to buy the base model.




Great car

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

After riding in a Forester with my partner for the last four years, I decided to buy my own. I love it for its comfort and driving nature, but also for its fuel efficiency. I actually got 32mpg on my last tank. This is really a smartly designed car!



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Full 2004 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2004

Noting Forester fans' desire for more power, Subaru adds a turbocharged XT model to the lineup. The XT is essentially a loaded XS with a 210-hp engine replacing the 165-hp motor.

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Talk About The 2004 Forester

2004 Subaru Forester Discussions See all Started By

aka57
aka57
06-15-2014
My short take after test dive of 2015 XT Premium. Background: I have 2004 XT - still runs great - and I love it - also have a 2011 MDX....


figsys
figsys
09-15-2013
My 2004 X Forester with 136,000 miles has a problem when starting and the engine is warm. Typically, driven at least 20-30 minutes then off for 10-20 minutes, on approximately 30% of the starts the en...


rickh563
rickh563
08-17-2014
* Very close to, if not my problem: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f88/no-codes-engine-wont-put-down-power-turbo-86893/...



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