After considerable research among
VW's Passat, Volvo wagons, Saabs
even Audi we settled on the 04
Forester XT with the Premium
Package. The performance reviews and
the numbers were so compelling that
we didn't even test ride the car
prior to purchase. When we drove it
off the lot we were all smiles. The
turbo is awesome, the moonroof
expansive, the ride feels Teutonic
in its quality damping and feedback,
and it's just a blast to drive.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with
"Fighting Chance" before you fork
over your hard-earned cash. We saved
hundreds by doing the deale
The turbo-charged engine, the huge
moonroof, heated seats, and the
obvious build quality. This was our
first Subaru and we are impressed by
its fit and finish. Even if we had
unlimited funds there's not another
car on the road that we would be
happier with. It is such a solid
A little better fuel economy,
remapped turbo boost in 4th gear,
and HID lights. More options on
interior would be nice.But overall
it is a wonderful. The bottom line:
I basically loathe cars, but I get a
bit giddy driving this Forest
Looking to get a new truck til my nephew
showed up with a Forester, we read the
review in Comsummer Report and took one
for a ride. That was it. We couldn't
find anything we didn't like. I was set
on a 5 spd. but the auto with the 4 cyl
was so quick and steady I was sold.
Hard part was which color to get. There
is plenty of room in the back to haul
things and it doesn't seem to balk at a
load of a few hundred pounds like some 4
cyl will. Great height for getting into
and good head space and leg room in the
back seat. Seats have good support.
Handled great in heavy rain w/ flooded
road. Love my car!!!
Haven't found anything I don't like.
Love the storage trays above the wheel,
and it's not a doughnut either. Love the
way it handles
Include a sunroof on the base model. It
was the one "frill" I wanted. but the
package put it over budget.
I just traded in my 98 Volvo S70T5A
for the 04 XT PP. The XT wallows less
around curves and has less lag. The
XT just wants to go. The auto is well
matched with the engine. It's a blast
to drive and has tons of utility that
my Volvo didn't have. Another plus is
that the insurance is just a touch
more than I was paying on my 6 year
old Volvo! Go figure. I gave up a
touch of luxury for way more grins!
Drive Train! Sunroof!
A little more luxury...I'm getting
older power seats and more comfortable
seats a la volvo would fit the bill!