2004 Subaru Forester 2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Reviews 2
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Not as good as they use to be.
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By lemonade
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car thinking it would be as reliable and trouble free as my '95 Legacy. I was wrong! Numerous rattles, squeaks and creaks developed in the dash, console, and front passenger door. The auto transmissionwas rough and jerky shifting. The front end would grind and rattle when pulling into a parking space. Two dealers were unable to fix even a single problem. The dealer also always overfilled the engine by half a quart of oil during oil changes. Lousy service, warranty, and car. NEVER WILL BUY ONE AGAIN!


Favorite Features

Very comfortable seats for tall drivers. Great handling and steering feel. Excellent all around visibility. Great sounding 6 speaker stereo.


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of the rattles! Smooth out the auto transmission. Fix the wheel bearing problems inherent with the car. Mine began leaking grease immediately. Train dealer mechanics to actually fix the cars and train them to check the oil level after they change it.


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Safe and Fun To Drive
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By Asa Packer
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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2004 2.5X has been a good, but not great car. Great fun to drive, economical and very safe, but the engine sips coolant and there's a light, intermittent engine knock. Subaru dealers can't or won't diagnose either problem. Time will tell how long our Subaru lasts.


Favorite Features

Acceleration, shifting and handling is terrific -- and ours is the NON-turbo!


Suggested Improvements

Get the coolant consumption problem fixed!


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Perfect for our Needs
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By Mowine4me
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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We needed a car that could haul stuff for our home improvement projects, got great mileage, was reliable and under $20,000. Final purchase price was $19,800 new, and the car has been everything we wanted. The engine could use a little more power when merging onto a highway, but otherwise we love the car and highly recommend it.


Favorite Features

It can haul a lot of stuff. We have moved lumber, glass block and office furniture. It's great.


Suggested Improvements

A bigger engine would be nice. To get the 6 cylinder required buying a different model and a lot more money we were not able to spend.


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2004 Forester X
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By Neal
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The Forester X is a wonderfully affordable, versatile everyday driver that is fun to drive. The gas mileage beats almost any other SUV, with the trade off being less power. If power is important, get the XT version. I took this car into foot-deep snow here without snow tires or chains and the X just plowed through it as stable and positive as you could want it. The handling is superb. What I really liked about this car was the price - for what you get, they practically give it away. With rear seats folded down, it handled 2 adults and their luggage for a vacation just fine. With a pet barrier, it takes my 70-lb. dog everywhere. In a nutshell: practical, reliable, versatile, fun, cheap.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive. Handling. Exterior styling. Headrests. Fold flat rear seats. Roof rack Handling .Parking. Oh yes, did I mention the price? Dirt cheap for what you get. You can't price a RAV4 anywhere near a Forester X for the same features.


Suggested Improvements

Tinted windows from the factory, like other SUV's.


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I want a sunroof and a real armrest
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By jlch
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I want a sunroof and a real armrest. Good, reliable but no frills.


Favorite Features

safety and reliability


Suggested Improvements

more frills on the base model


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Solid Little SUV
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By heidiincolorado
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had this car 7 months and have 13,000 miles. It has been a very functional car and has good handling. I thought the gas mileage would be better but I guess I notice the gas mileage more when gas is $2 or more a gallon these days! My main complaint is the "rough" engine feel and highway noise at highway speeds. I would like a quieter and smoother ride.


Favorite Features

AWD, excellent brakes, lots of storage space, safety features, fog lights, simple styling


Suggested Improvements

quieter engine, smoother ride, more comfortable armrest, better quality seat upholstery, larger side mirrors, power driver's seat, moonroof option for the X model, more leg room in the backseats, more power without the Turbo option.


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solid, pleasant, fun vehicle
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By dinosaur
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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A unique blend of car and SUV with the best characteristics of both. A very smooth ride, great handling, comfortable seats and the best front legroom by far in its class. Excellent safety features and crash test results. Base model is well equipped. Fuel economy very good for size of vehicle and AWD. A conservative but not boring vehicle


Favorite Features

very comforatble seats, flexible driving position, stable handling, outside temp guage nice to have, lots of storage, keyless entry standard even on X model, attractive functional interior with generally very good materials


Suggested Improvements

stereo is not good even by OEM standards, low end torque could be better, shifter somewhat rubbery but improving nicely with break-in, defeatable hill-holder would be better, brake pedal feels spongy


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Solid, no-nonsense vehicle. Good value.
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By wolfie2
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I'm six months and 13,000 miles into this subaru, and I can't say enough good things. It handles very well in all weather, the vehicle is well balanced, feels sturdy, has very natural interior controls, and good headlights. All the essentials are standard - ABS, cruise, power. If you want a no-nonsense vehicle, this is it. It does what it's supposed to do, nothing more, and does it well. If you're sick of features that do nothing but cost you money down the road (VOLKSWAGEN! ARG!) then this is it.


Favorite Features

The gas mileage! I do a lot of highway driving, and I get 30 mpg in an AWD vehicle. I consider that pretty impressive, since any other vehicle with a 4WD option usually gets less than 20. The AWD is great, the fog lights are a great for dark roads, and get the heavy rubber floor mats!


Suggested Improvements

Make the hill-holder clutch on manual models optional. It's easily adjusted, but some drivers won't like it. I'd make the interior fabric more stain resistant. Also faster cruise control response. Nothing really big. Sick of not getting your money's worth? I was. Subaru fixed that.


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Bag the Hill Holder!
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By sabregirl
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a manual 2.5 X bought in February. The dealer did not show me the "hill holder" feature until after I had signed all the paperwork. I didn't see any reference to it in the literature beforehand either. I HATE this feature! Other than that, the car is brilliant, and I was really excited to begin with. But everytime I have to race the engine to get it to move forward on a hill, or it sticks when I try to reverse (even not on a hill!) my enthusiasm decreases. Has anyone else had problems with this feature? I would not have bought this car if I had known it would act like this at stops. I have a complaint in to subaru now about this.


Favorite Features

Good power, decent cargo space and gas mileage


Suggested Improvements

Do away with the Hill Holder, and force the salespeople to tell potential buyers about it in advance. I feel like I have been cheated!


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Excellent Drive
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By VEHarlan
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had my Subaru Forester for about 6 weeks and I am so impressed with its performance. I don't see many on the road in El Paso and I think that everyone should own one.


Favorite Features

Good vision all around. Comfortable seats. Good pickup.


Suggested Improvements

The cruise control is sometimes difficult to find when you have to keep your eyes on the road. Maybe placing it on top of the steering wheel might be an option.


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