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Subaru owner for life
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By Jim & Di
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2004 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

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!!!


Best Features

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


Worst Features

Include a sunroof on the base model. It was the one "frill" I wanted. but the package put it over budget.


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Love it!
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By wesy
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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


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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!


Best Features

Drive Train! Sunroof!


Worst Features

A little more luxury...I'm getting older power seats and more comfortable seats a la volvo would fit the bill!


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I'll miss my Integra, but LOVE my Subie
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By Frankie and dog.
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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

Love my new 2004 XT beauty/sharp red
color. Bought for a GREAT price. Got
Permaplate paint protect +leather
conditioner pkg. Can't get enough huge
moonroof. Even when open, it's quiet.
The size, perfect for my outdoor
lifestyle, bigger than Rav 4 but
smaller than midsize.
My retriever is getting used to having
jump up+ in 4 " higher. Only added is I
got windows/ mnroof tinted, looks
fabulous! Fun and smooth drive 210
hsepwr is plenty! Turbo euphoria!
In a few moments of clarity I remember
I'm breaking in the engine and slow to
60, I do get 22MPG. Optimistic when
engine is broken in, MPG will improve.
Can't wait to go camping in 2 weeks!


Best Features

Huge moonroof, turbo power. Leather seats w/butt warmers nice but not extravagant so,I don't mind if my dog drools on them a little. Stereo good, not great. Practical, upscale, great SUV! Really best of both worlds! Sweet!


Worst Features

Heard power driver seats standard with 2005 model, wish they came one year earlier. MPG not a surprise.


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GREAT SUV? CAR? WHO CARES!!!
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By magman
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2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I replaced an 02 GMC Envoy with this
little jewel. I have driven it 4000
miles so far. Great blend of SUV and
Car qualities. I think my 02 V8
Explorer (Which is getting 14 mpg) will
be Subaru's next trade in victim. The
only thing I find lacking is
acceleration but I'm getting 28mpg on
the highway with regular gas so I can
live with it. My first Japanese vehicle
won't be my last.


Best Features

XL moonroof, AWD agility and 28mpg. The vehicle lives up to its billing.


Worst Features

Rear privacy glass a must, can't scan songs on CD, Doors don't lock when in drive, moonroof no tilt feature.


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True Performer
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By Peter V
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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

Don't let its looks deceive you - this
car has incredible acceleration and top
end. AWD is awesome-I've owned Subarus
before but this one takes the prize.
Decided on turbo after friend who has
WRX told me that he has 100k on his
with no problems. If you need some
horses, no other SUV except the Porsche
($60K) comes close! Great price for
what you get!


Best Features

TURBO,TURBO,TURBO. AWD, crash test results, quality interior and features for under 25k


Worst Features

Gas mileage-I get 20-22 mpg although for a rocket, that could be considered good. Moonroof would have been a nice option w/o the leather


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