by subaru enthusiast on Sep 23, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Great car. Currently at 120,000 miles. The only major problem was leaky head gaskets which I think is an inherent defect in the engine. But easily fixed for less than $1000. Otherwise the best car I have ever owned. On my way to 200,000 miles and beyond.
by Excellent Car on Jul 11, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
After 10 years with my Hyundai excel 1994, having many problems I bought my forester in year 2003. I love this car. No problem. It's very comfortable. After 90,000 miles I'm still in love with my Subaru. The 4WD is excellent.
by mike on Apr 30, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I have had my 04 XS for 5 years now, generally speaking, it's a good car. It is reliable and gets 28-30 mpg highway, front seats are comfortable, back seats are tight, car is sporty and stylish, great traction in bad weather, massive sunroof, BUT...this car has problems. From day 1, car bucks after filling with gas (dealer can't explain), wind noise on highway is horrendous, check engine light goes on and off at will, moving drivers seat causes airbag light to go on, sunroof track broken-they want $1500 bucks to replace, vibration from engine Y-pipe drives us crazy (dealer again can't fix), now the rear end has a very loud humming noise as if its about to go. Car only has 62k miles.