2004 Forester XT Premium vs. 2005 Forester XT Premium

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by ejw, Nov 23, 2004.

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    ejw Guest

    i am thinking of purchasing a 2004 Forester with about 500 miles on
    it, from a dealer. What are the differences between the 2004 and 2005

    ejw, Nov 23, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    So you are considering a used vehicle. Unless the price difference is
    outstanding I would surly go for the 05.
    Edward Hayes, Nov 23, 2004
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    ejw Guest

    The price I am looking at for the 04 is $22,300. Best I can get for
    the 05 is $27,500
    ejw, Nov 23, 2004
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    Alan Guest

    I would take the '04.
    Alan, Nov 23, 2004
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    Ian Brown Guest

    i am thinking of purchasing a 2004 Forester with about 500 miles on
    Be wary in case the dealer loaned it out for test drives, you wouldn't want
    a Forester that had been repeatedly redlined in its first 500 miles.

    04 Forester XT AT
    Ian Brown, Nov 23, 2004
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    Hal Whelply Guest

    '05 has different (3 rather than 4 spoke) steering wheel; power driver's
    seat; maybe a few other minor cosmetic touches.
    Hal Whelply, Nov 24, 2004
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    BlueSTi Guest

    I would go for the '04. With only 500 miles they will sell it to you
    as a new vehicle with a full warranty. And you don't have to take the
    hit in depriciation.
    BlueSTi, Nov 24, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    2005 as the 500 miles on the 04 was probably a lets-see-how-fast-it-is
    vehicle for wantabe race car drivers.
    Edward Hayes, Nov 24, 2004
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    Bonehenge Guest

    Remember this car is technically a year old with 500 miles on it. 500
    miles is not new, it's a DEMO, and technically used.

    According to Edmunds a '04 Forester X with 500 miles, automatic
    tranny, auto dimming mirror, and alloy wheels should retail at 20785
    in my 06xxx zip code.

    The XS with the same equipment is $21935.

    I don't know the exact equipage, but the OP can find that out easily

    AFAIK, the warranty is transferable, not matter who you buy an '04
    Forester from.

    Bonehenge, Nov 24, 2004
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    BlueSTi Guest

    In my case, my STi had right under 864 miles on it. So, the dealer
    sold it to me as new. Including the 90 day warranty. I was told that
    any car with less than a 1000 miles was sold "as new". My STi was
    actually purchased by someone else who changed their mind about the
    car. Or should I say his wife changed his mind about the car.
    It saved me $40000. And I can tell you for a fact the dealer babied
    the car. The car never left the lot without a guarded escort.
    As a matter of fact when we were test driving it with the salesman in
    the back seat the lot called him twice to make sure everything was OK.
    He wouldn't let me get it about 4K when shifting and had the shift
    light set at 4000 rpm.
    BlueSTi, Nov 25, 2004
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    Bonehenge Guest

    Where are you? I can't figure out what 90 day warranty you're talking
    about. The OP is probably in the USA. Most US Subaru's are covered
    by a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty, that is transferable to other
    people. Buying it new has nothing to do with warranty coverage. From
    Subaru's US web site:

    "When These Warranties Apply
    These warranties are made by Subaru of America, Inc. (except in
    Hawaii) and apply only if the car was imported or distributed by
    Subaru of America, Inc. and sold to the first retail purchaser by an
    Authorized Subaru Dealer in the United States. Any and all repairs
    must be performed by an Authorized Subaru Dealer located in the United
    States. Every owner of the car during the warranty period shall be
    entitled to the benefits of these warranties. If the car is sold or
    otherwise transferred during the warranty period, it is recommended
    and requested that the new owner promptly send written notice of the
    transfer of ownership to:

    Subaru of America, Inc."
    Purchased by someone else first, and then by you with 864 miles, is
    known as "used" where I come from, hence the $4000 discount. I'll
    bet the dealer didn't give the original purchaser all of his money
    What about the guy who brought it back?

    Bonehenge, Nov 25, 2004
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    BlueSTi Guest

    The 90-day warranty was for any cosmetic damage. Scratches in the
    dash, door panels, seats, ect. Basically, it covered anything that
    was a factory defect in manufacture or installation. This was in
    addition to the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty. My sales details showed
    the car as a New sale not a Used sale. Everything was indicated as
    new on all my contract information. Apparently the original owner had
    it for less than a month. I still had all the original owners
    information and contacted him. He had only driven the Sti
    approximately 500 miles.
    I'm located in the USA. My credit union loaned me the money towards a
    New vehicle not a Used vehicle. It makes a difference on how much
    money they will loan you.
    I would have to agree that it was a used vehicle because someone else
    owned it. But the dealership sold it to me under a new vehicle
    contract due to the mileage. I don't know what the legal
    ramifications of this are, but I was more than happy to take the
    I drove both the WRX and the Sti and with the discount it was only a
    few thousand difference between the two. I opted for the Sti. I
    still think it was the best choice for the money.

    BlueSTi, Nov 25, 2004
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