2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Paint problems

2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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By John S on


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


A great car in most aspects except paint. Have commuted 110 miles round trip for years with Hondas. The Subaru paint on the front plastic components has become heavily pitted from bugs in spite of frequent washings. Looks trashy on the front. Now I am getting a milky residue on the entire exterior. No known exposure to air borne pollutants. Waxed regularly. Washed predominantly by hand with proper washing materials. The black pearl paint looks great except it shows both of these blemishes rather dramatically. Subaru only offered to pay 1/2 cost of bumper repainting. A real disappointment.
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