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2004 Subaru Forester Wagon

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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 Yes

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Regular kitchen appliance

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

This is a great little car for people who think that driving is as exciting as homework. It is not that expensive, reliability on major parts are good, can take a beating reasonably well. It is a completely forgettable car that takes you from point A to point B with no complaints.




Try adding a bilge blower

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

This is my 3rd Subaru. They are great and will never leave you stranded, that is including the 1-800 help number. If you want a little more kick, add an inline bilge blower for 25 bucks...take out the air box near the fender and simply add the electric bilge blower with 220 cfm and feel the power increase in the mid range...it's a kick in the pants and you'll notice the difference immediately. Improves gas mileage too/slightly. Lots of good things to say about my Forester and prior Outback. Do yourself a favor and just buy a Subaru and you'll be happy that you did...I love their safety and have seen them after accidents that would have stopped a train in it's tracks. These are safe cars!




Excellent, but pricey and small

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

Reliable, handles well, fun to drive, decent fuel economy, excellent use of cargo space. Unfortunately, it's too small (i realize it's a "small suv"), and too expensive.




Forester

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

fairly quiet ride especially compared to the CR-V. nice smooth acceleration uphill. doesn't mind "high speed!" lots of nice extras come standard. SO FAR SO GOOD...ONLY 600 MILES!




My forester subaru

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

First time owner of an SUV/4WD vehicle. Selected the Subaru Forester for its looks and safety record. Really am impressed with the way it handles and the way it hugs the road. Love the way it drives.




'04 forester xs-all purpose fun

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

This SUV/car drives and handles like it has a lower center of gravity than you would first expect. The 4 wheel disc brakes are a necessity. The non- turbo engine tends to lug a bit with the automatic transmission at speeds just under 40 mph, unless you manually downshift to 3rd gear, otherwise a very smooth transmission. Fuel economy is OK, but could be better. The tires are just adequate. There is good cargo space. Overall a fun vehicle to drive around town or on the highway.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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