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2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2004 Subaru Forester

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Solid Little SUV
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By heidiincolorado
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Vehicle

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


Review

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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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)


Review

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


Best 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


Worst Features

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)


Review

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.


Best 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!


Worst Features

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)


Review

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.


Best Features

Good power, decent cargo space and gas mileage


Worst Features

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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Fuel Economy
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By VEHarlan
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Vehicle

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


Review

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.


Best Features

Good vision all around. Comfortable seats. Good pickup.


Worst Features

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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