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2004 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by derrekforreal



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Reviewed: 2004 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Why the 2004 Subaru Forester?


Amazing handling, this car feels like it's bolted to the road at all times.

Reliability & durability

Bought it with 174k, runs like a new one. My mechanic said it will run to 300k without any issues. Just change the oil & timing belt (every 100k).

Driving position & visibility

One great feature is this car really doesn't have a blind spot, very easy to see all around while driving.

Brand reputation & image

I have numerous friends with Subarus, all of them have had amazing great reliability with few, if any problems.

Why Not the 2004 Subaru Forester?

Powertrain performance

I can see where having a turbo version would be a bit more fun to drive.


Some wind noise at high speeds on the interstate.

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