2004 Forester XS 5 spd. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Grolsch, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Grolsch

    Grolsch Guest

    I AM DISSAPOINTED SUBARU!!!

    I've had my 2004 Forester for 4 years now. 87,000km.
    I've driven Subarus since 1986. Here's my experiences with
    the Forester to date:

    -Mileage - steady at 8.8litres/100km (32mpg imperial)

    -Drivers Seat bolster showing cracking from 2 years on, getting worse
    -Doors seem surprisingly thin and subject to dings
    - The climate control system is awful, difficult to get even temperature
    in cabin. Worst I've ever had to use.
    -Beginning to develop stiff downshift into 1st (Synchro going?)
    -OEM Geolandar tires are terrible.
    -Wind noise coming from front window gusssets
    -Front windscreen - On my third already and its got cracks too,
    is it the position of it or poor body stiffness that makes it prone to
    cracking? Driven my other cars in same conditions with no such problems.
    -Even the front Subaru emblem is showing water intrusion between the
    layers...

    I AM DISSAPOINTED SUBARU!!!

    On the whole, I would *maybe* buy this vehicle again. BUT
    I would surely look at the competition more closely. This 2004
    HAS NOT performed up to what I have come to expect of a Subaru.
    It is showing wear and tear in excess of its actual use. The light coloured
    fabric door handle upholstery is a really bad choice Subaru, as is the
    material used in the seat bolsters (vinyl bolsters on XS model).
    Fit and finish is not to the level I have come to expect from Subaru.

    This will probably be the first Subaru I don't keep. I still have my 1990
    Legacy which is running well at 19 years on the road. Thats what I expect
    from Subaru. The 1986 GL I bought new (my first new car) is still on the
    road
    although I gave it to my son.

    I AM DISSAPOINTED SUBARU!!!
     
    Grolsch, Feb 10, 2008
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    Dano58 Guest

    I AM DISAPPOINTED WITH YOUR SPELLING! ;-)

    I'm not sure 'Subaru' reads this forum. Thanks for visiting, though!

    Dan D
    '99 Impreza 2.5 RS (son's)
    Central NJ USA
     
    Dano58, Feb 11, 2008
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