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2004 Subaru Forester

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 25/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 343 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

High maintenance costs

By on Sunday, September 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Handles well, looks good in the parking lot."

Cons: "Very Expensive to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have driven many types of cars over the years and this is by far the most expensive to maintain. The recommended routine maintenance for the 60K milestone is more than I've spent on my Camry in years (it has 130K on it)."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

GREAT vehicle

By on Friday, August 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable; cost efficient"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had car 9 years this October. Have always done required routine maintenance, had oil changed and tires rotated regularly. Never any major work required... just what one would expect ... replaced battery once. Bought new tires due to a nail in a tire. It's been a really good vehicle."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great, spacious vehicle that is reliable.

By on Monday, August 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Spacious and comfy!"

Cons: "Not the fastest pick-up but good for a 4-cylinder."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"So I'm a mom of two and this car works great for us. Strollers, bikes, luggage all fits. Spacious enough that I'm not worried about anyone being crammed anywhere. I like a little bit faster pick-up in a car but it's probably better this way ;) Overall I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a moderate, low-profile car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This car WAILS

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great to drive"

Cons: "don't like the security system to sensitive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our first subie and it is the best car we have ever owned. It drives smooth and handles well.Plenty of space for the family and cargo.Can't wait to drive in snow. Rock on Forester"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great vehicle

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Never says never. Great in snow, sure footed in rain and bad weather. Always looks small to me when I see other Foresters of same vintage on the road but has amazing carrying capacity. Like a clown car! Great engineering. The car has never let me down. Wish it were zippier...than again...wish I were driving a Porche SUV."

Safest and best value car I've owned.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Foul weather roadability, versatile, value"

Cons: "AWD is full time"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Outstanding handling in snow and rain, quiet too. Never had to use air bags but it gets the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute. Only repairs needed in 10 years and 61k miles are new front brakes & rotors at 61k miles and new sway bar links at 50k miles. Just wish the AWD could be locked out at times it is not needed, that way gas mileage might be one or two mpg better. But 26 mpg average is still pretty good."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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