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Very reliable car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

AWD. This vehicle cannot be stopped.


Worst Features

Center console armrest is cheap. But I am living with it.


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Excellent Car
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By Excellent Car
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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Worst Features

Add a third row.


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Don't Buy a Forester
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By mike
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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Gas mileage, front seat comfort, looks, winter traction.


Worst Features

Build quality is not there, I have had this car for 5 years and I'm just waiting for a catastrophic failure to occur. Can't wait to trade it in.


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Great allround vehicle
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By sneaux
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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this in October of 2008. Pretty fun to drive. Handles great on the road. Plenty of cargo space. Works great with rack on top. Leather feels good. Solid car inside with no squeaks despite all the compartments. I've heard some people complain about the back seat. I don't think it's that bad considering it's a car. Have yet to really test the all wheel drive at my lake house. Can't wait.


Best Features

All wheel drive great in rain. Cargo space. Easy mount of roof rack.


Worst Features

Transmission takes a long time to shift back after going up hill with cruise. WIND NOISE!!!!!!!


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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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My '04 Sabaru is noisy, had to replace rear tire ball bearings, had accident because of a sticky throttle 4 days after a mechanic check, lacked sufficient room for passengers.


Best Features

reliable and handled well


Worst Features

More comfortable interior, better mileage, higher off ground


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