Used 2004 Subaru Forester Pricing

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2004 Highlights

Noting Forester fans' desire for more power, Subaru adds a turbocharged XT model to the lineup. The XT is essentially a loaded XS with a 210-hp engine replacing the 165-hp motor.

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  • Standard all-wheel drive, two engine choices, availability of upscale features, class-leading crash test scores.


  • Price can be higher than most of the competition, tight on legroom in the backseat.

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Used 2004 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2004 X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Pacifica Blue Pearl/Textured Gray Grey100,290 miles
Used 2004Subaru ForesterX
Est.Loan: $143/mo
Subaru Forester 2004 XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Java Black Pearl Grey65,373 miles
Used 2004Subaru ForesterXS
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Subaru Forester 2004 XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Platinum Silver Metallic/Steel Gray Metallic 119,842 miles
Used 2004Subaru ForesterXS
Est.Loan: $92/mo
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

This car served me well for 10 years 11 months and 174,000 miles. Reliable from start to "finish". Routine maintenance is a bit expensive. Only mechanical failure was a U joint in drive shaft at 153,000 miles. When timing belt was originally replaced at 82,500 miles also replaced head gaskets. Did not do so when timing belt was replaced at 165,000 miles and at 168,000 miles a very slight oil leakage began (to the tune of 1 quart per 3,000 miles.) Decided to trade in at 174,000 miles. This car went to 28 of our 50 states.
A niche car, but fits perfectly in it.
I've owned my Forester XT for 6 years now, and it has been a very fun car. The only repair I've had is the alternator. It's far faster than it looks and I love being able to floor it on the highway in 5th and it just goes. It looks good, carries a fair amount of stuff when I go camping, and is great in the snow.
Excellent winter vehicle, though slightly underpowered
Generally speaking, it is a great small utility vehicle that that drives like a car. It is an excellent winter vehicle, but it is not best for highway driving. It lacks power for comfortable passing, and down-shift is on the slow side. And, highway wind and road noise are on the noisier side. I took it for a 4000mile/6000km drive from Canada to California. It handled nicely when it was +24C and during winter blizzard when I-15 got closed for hours. I haven't had major problems with the vehicle, except sunroof does no longer work. And, parts and service are a bit expensive, especially in Canada.