2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Nice but needs improvements
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2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XT Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Nice but needs improvements
By Sean D on

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

Review

Performance great, but 1st gear ratio too low; shift to 2nd is sometimes clumsy with best efforts. Clutch pedal range much too long. Outside styling is weird. Looks good in some lighting and some angles (e.g. rear), in others it looks pathetic. Wheels too small and stupid looking for top-of-the-line Forester. Suspension is too soft for performance. Seats and position are not comfortable for me. Seems the ergonomics are for shorter people. Gas mileage fair; seems to be the same whether driven hard or easy. Premium fuel is not a plus, but its a turbo. I've driven the '07. Much improved appearance, nicer wheels, nicer interior design / features.

Favorite Features

Quickness, reliability, AWD.

Suggested Improvements

See 2007 Forester XT.
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