2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Subaru 2.5 XT
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2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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

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I think this is an AWESOME vehicle. It has great handling characteristics for a "wagon" b/c of the WRX underpinnings. The motor is, frankly, stronger than the WRX in all meaningful measures. (It's a 2.5 vs. the 2.0 for the WRX.) Subaru gets 300 HP from this basic setup in the STi, and if you want to, for $4K more you can duplicate that performance with bolt-on stuff. Very solidly built.Shifting is smooth, interior fit and finish great. Drive by wire makes a real difference.

Favorite Features

Power, handling, versatility, size. Hill holding feature is also a great feature. Small external "footprint" coupled w/ relatively roomy interior, and 4-wheel drive "stickiness" in all weather.

Suggested Improvements

Provide power seats, leather, and a sunroof in the manual transmission version. Also would like a cassette in the stereo to "plug-in" stuff like mp3 players and XM radios.
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