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2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2004 Subaru Forester

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Fun, Frisky Forester
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By Martin Roberts
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Vehicle

2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

After considerable research among
VW's Passat, Volvo wagons, Saabs
even Audi we settled on the 04
Forester XT with the Premium
Package. The performance reviews and
the numbers were so compelling that
we didn't even test ride the car
prior to purchase. When we drove it
off the lot we were all smiles. The
turbo is awesome, the moonroof
expansive, the ride feels Teutonic
in its quality damping and feedback,
and it's just a blast to drive.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with
"Fighting Chance" before you fork
over your hard-earned cash. We saved
hundreds by doing the deale


Best Features

The turbo-charged engine, the huge moonroof, heated seats, and the obvious build quality. This was our first Subaru and we are impressed by its fit and finish. Even if we had unlimited funds there's not another car on the road that we would be happier with. It is such a solid p


Worst Features

A little better fuel economy, remapped turbo boost in 4th gear, and HID lights. More options on interior would be nice.But overall it is a wonderful. The bottom line: I basically loathe cars, but I get a bit giddy driving this Forest


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Could not have made a better choice
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By Jeffrey Lubeck
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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

Three months and 2,300 miles in and
the choice of this vehicle feel better
and better with each driving session.

This vehicle gives the you power of a
turbo, without a huge lag time. As a
driver you are afforded the ability to
pass with speed, safety and feeling of
control.

The Fit and finsh of the leather
package and the clean lines of the
interior make driving easy and
comfortable.


Best Features

Turbo Wide Wheel Base Handling Head room Cargo configuration and options


Worst Features

XM Radio Audio/speaker package.


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Love it!
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By wesy
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Vehicle

2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

I just traded in my 98 Volvo S70T5A
for the 04 XT PP. The XT wallows less
around curves and has less lag. The
XT just wants to go. The auto is well
matched with the engine. It's a blast
to drive and has tons of utility that
my Volvo didn't have. Another plus is
that the insurance is just a touch
more than I was paying on my 6 year
old Volvo! Go figure. I gave up a
touch of luxury for way more grins!


Best Features

Drive Train! Sunroof!


Worst Features

A little more luxury...I'm getting older power seats and more comfortable seats a la volvo would fit the bill!


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Subaru owner for life
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By Jim & Di
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

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!!!


Best Features

Haven't found anything I don't like. Love the storage trays above the wheel, and it's not a doughnut either. Love the way it handles


Worst Features

Include a sunroof on the base model. It was the one "frill" I wanted. but the package put it over budget.


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I'll miss my Integra, but LOVE my Subie
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By Frankie and dog.
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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

Love my new 2004 XT beauty/sharp red
color. Bought for a GREAT price. Got
Permaplate paint protect +leather
conditioner pkg. Can't get enough huge
moonroof. Even when open, it's quiet.
The size, perfect for my outdoor
lifestyle, bigger than Rav 4 but
smaller than midsize.
My retriever is getting used to having
jump up+ in 4 " higher. Only added is I
got windows/ mnroof tinted, looks
fabulous! Fun and smooth drive 210
hsepwr is plenty! Turbo euphoria!
In a few moments of clarity I remember
I'm breaking in the engine and slow to
60, I do get 22MPG. Optimistic when
engine is broken in, MPG will improve.
Can't wait to go camping in 2 weeks!


Best Features

Huge moonroof, turbo power. Leather seats w/butt warmers nice but not extravagant so,I don't mind if my dog drools on them a little. Stereo good, not great. Practical, upscale, great SUV! Really best of both worlds! Sweet!


Worst Features

Heard power driver seats standard with 2005 model, wish they came one year earlier. MPG not a surprise.


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