2004 Subaru Forester 2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Pass on Subaru not worth

2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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

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Pass on Subaru not worth trouble
By JeffD. on


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


Purchased the car based on Consumer reviews. Car has lived in the shop: valves, clutch, brakes, radio, etc. The car handles well but no power and no room for kids. Most expensive car I've ever owned based on days in shop and dollars in repairs. I keep cars for 10+ years but looking forward to parking this one under a tree and walking away from it. Subaru dealerships have a lot of swagger about the belief of what they read in consumer reports. Unfortunately this attitude makes it "your fault" that the valves fail after 60 k miles and be prepared for very long waits for parts. Took 3 weeks to get in a new rear windshield wiper arm. None of the needed work has been under warranty.

Favorite Features

Tight steering and control on the road

Suggested Improvements

Warranty is too short. Needs more space and power. Subject to major engine problems
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By juanmafxt
on 08/06/13 11:17 AM (PDT)

Turbo cars need to be maintained. Guess you didn't know that. As for parts, no car in the world has more aftermarket support that STI's; and this is the same engine and platform. Guess you didn't know that either. 2004 cars will need the same parts all 2004 cars will need. A little common sense goes a long way. Bushings, brakes, thermostat, A/C, alternator, etc are all consumables. You need to change them in any car, period. Its not a Subaru thing, its a you thing.

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