2004 Subaru Forester Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2004 Subaru Forester X 2.5

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carMazda B2600

Summary:

A good car, not a brilliant one

Faults:

Some of the plastic in the interior had bent with normal use, and no longer sat in place properly. Otherwise nothing.

The cruise control has trouble holding a steady speed. It ebbs up and down. Apparently something all Foresters do. It's not all that bad, but irritates the other drivers on the freeway a bit.

General Comments:

For a cross-over 4wd, this car has brilliant road holding.

The engine, while not having heaps of power, revs freely and is quite fun to drive. It makes a great sound with the boxer engine.

The car had great flexibility. Fold the seats down for a huge load, take the kids fishing, tow a big load, then will happily drive nanny to church.

The interior felt quite modern and trendy. The car looked great in general.

Felt very solid mechanically.

Servicing in Australia is outrageously expensive.

Parts are well overpriced (fortunately they don't break often).

Quite thirsty for the size and power (one of the down sides of the AWD system).

These are a good car overall, though I feel it was a bit overrated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2010

2004 Subaru Forester X Series 2.5

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired105 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

Good car. 5 star safety rating

Faults:

We still own it from new.

* 2nd service done from Subaru. The brake rotor needs to changed or polished. They told me that it is due to bad driving habits. But, after we have done 68000km... no problem. So I am guessing maybe it was faulty from the beginning.

* Changed the radiator cap. It was faulty. We were driving up to Sydney. Noticed the temp was starting to go up.

Changed the radiator cap; after that no problem.

General Comments:

Good car. Solid and reliable car.

Recommend to small families.

Parts are expensive.

General service most of the time costs us $300.

I heard the Toyota Camry costs $88. (same year model)

Car is not big. If you have a big family or four or five adults, it might be bit crowded. Or if you are tall... no one can sit in the back.

We bought it because of our kids. I wanted a 5 star safety rating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2009

2004 Subaru Forester XS 2.5 petrol

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable and the handling is quite good.

However, the paintwork is below average and very prone to scratching. Seats are uncomfortable and bumpers are quite weak. This is the reason why I'll considering Honda or Toyota next time. Seeing new scratches every now and then is very annoying.

My Forester is quite good, but sorry Subaru I think the new CR-V and RAV-6 are better now!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th November, 2007

19th Dec 2008, 07:44

Don't get me wrong, Rav4 and CRV are great cars but...

The "All Wheel Drive" of a CRV or Rav4 is... not the AWD of a subaru...

It's some Gizmotronic thing that gives power to wheels when others slip or something... Not impressed by it.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews