2004 subaru forester

2004 subaru forester DEFAULT

^ Price Guide:

Price When New (EGC): Price shown is a price guide only based on information provided to us by the manufacturer and excludes costs, such as options, dealer delivery, stamp duty, and other government charges that may apply. When purchasing a car, always confirm the single figure price with the seller of the actual vehicle.

** Private Price Guide: Represents what you may expect to buy or sell this vehicle privately. It may vary to a dealer's retail price because the dealer may prepares the vehicle more thoroughly, both mechanically and aesthetically, and may provide a consumer warranty.

Price Range: Refers to an estimated range of prices that the vehicle may be available for sale (utilising both Price When New (EGC) and Private Price Guide prices, where available).

* If the price does not contain the notation that it is "Drive Away No More to Pay", the price may not include additional costs, such as stamp duty and other government charges. Please confirm price and features with the seller of the vehicle. Optional extras may also be subject to additional Stamp Duty costs when there is no Drive Away Price displayed.

# Popular vehicles and their respective rankings based on carsales editorial reviews. Information in the carsales Research section is based on carsales internal data and information from Automotive Data Services Pty Ltd (RedBook). Information may take up to 48 hours after it is available to the carsales Network, before it is reflected in the carsales Research section. While carsales has used its best efforts to provide correct information, it does not and cannot guarantee or make any representation regarding the accuracy or suitability of this information for your needs. To the full extent permitted by law, carsales will not be liable for any loss or damage relating to your use of, or reliance on, any information provided through the carsales Research service.

Click  here  for further information about our  Terms & Conditions.

RedBook has prepared data and valuations from information gathered from a variety of sources. The valuations are estimates based on average odometer readings and the vehicle being in good condition. Whilst all care is taken in producing the data and valuations, RedBook does not and cannot guarantee or make any representations regarding the use of, or reliance, on it. RedBook is not responsible for all the information provided to it and you should not rely on the data or valuations without making your own independent assessment of the vehicle and other sources of information. RedBook is not liable for any loss or damages (other than in respect of any liability which may not lawfully be excluded) relating to your use of, or reliance on, this valuation and data.

Sours: https://www.carsales.com.au/subaru/forester/price//

Subaru Forester

Motor vehicle

The Subaru Forester (Japanese: スバル•フォレスター Subaru Foresutā) is a compactcrossover SUV (sport utility vehicle)[1] that's been manufactured since by Subaru. Available in Japan from , the Forester shares its platform with the Impreza. The current Forester has 5 trims, standard, premium, sport, limited, and touring. The touring has features like brown leather seats, heated seats, navigation, and panoramic sunroof. All wheel drive is standard on every model.

First generation (SF; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Forester was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in November as the Streega concept, and made available for sale in February in Japan, and to the US market in for MY The Forester was one of the first emerging crossover SUVs.[2] It was built in the style of a car, but had a taller stance, higher h-point seating, and an all-wheel drive drivetrain. Subaru advertising employed the slogan "SUV tough, Car Easy". It used the Impreza platform but with the larger liter DOHCEJ25D four-cylinder boxer engine from the Subaru Outback, making &#;kW (&#;hp; &#;PS) at 5,&#;rpm and &#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,&#;rpm.

In Japan, the Forester replaced the Subaru Impreza Gravel Express, known in the US as the Subaru Outback Sport. However, the Outback Sport remained in production for the U.S. market. The Forester appeared after the introduction of the Nissan Rasheen in Japan with a similar appearance, and the Forester's Japanese competitors include the Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi RVR, and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Due to the Forester's low center of gravity, it meets the United States federal safety standards for passenger vehicles, and does not require a "risk of rollover" warning label on the driver's visor. Size and price-wise, it fits between the shared Impreza platform, and the larger Legacy.

The automatic transmissions used on AWD equipped vehicles will normally send 60% of the engine's torque to the front wheels and 40% to the rear wheels, using a computer-controlled, continuously variable, multi-plate transfer clutch. When the transmission detects a speed difference between the front and rear axle sets, the transmission progressively sends power to the rear wheels. Under slip conditions it can achieve an equal split in front and rear axle speeds.[3]

When accelerating or driving uphill, the vehicle's weight shifts rearward, reducing front-wheel traction, causing the transmission to automatically send torque to the rear wheels to compensate. When braking or driving downhill, the vehicle's weight shifts towards the front, reducing rear-wheel traction. The transmission again compensates by sending torque to the front wheels for better steering control and braking performance. If the automatic is placed in reverse or first gear, the transmission divides the torque 50/50 to both front and rear wheels.[citation needed] The manual transmission cars are set up with a near 50/50 torque split as a base setting, and it varies from there. Essentially, manual cars are set up with more bias towards the rear than automatic cars.


There was a change in body styling for all – models, and the / GT spec also had a change in engine management and power output was increased from to &#;kW (&#;hp; &#;PS).

United States[edit]

The U.S. market was offered the car starting in with either the liter DOHC (MY only), and in + models changed to a liter SOHC naturally aspirated engine (no turbocharged engines). In , for MY, Subaru updated the exterior with a modest facelift to the front, rear, sides, and the interior's dashboard.

The trim levels were the basic model "L" and the fully equipped "S" for the USA versions.

Forester L came with a high level of standard equipment, including ABS, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, digital temperature gauge, multi-reflector halogen headlights, fog lights, roof rack, rear window defogger, trailer harness connector, reclining front bucket seats with adjustable lumbar support, tilt steering, tinted glass, AM/FM/cassette stereo with its antenna laminated in the left-rear quarter window. Notably new in were the three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, including force limiters in front and height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors for front and rear outboard positions, plus rear seat headrests for all three seating positions.

Forester S adds a viscous limited-slip differential for the Model Year, rear disc brakes, 16 × inch alloy wheels with /60R16 tires (the L uses 15 × 6-inch steel wheels), upgraded moquette upholstery, heated front seats with net storage pockets in back, dual vanity mirrors, heated sideview mirrors, heated windshield wipers, and keyless entry. New equipment for included Titanium pearl paint for the bumpers and cladding; six-disc in-dash CD sound system; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake handle; variable intermittent wipers with de-icers and driver's side fin; and the five-spoke alloy wheels. Some models were equipped with the $1, optional premium package on the Forester S, including monotone paint (Sedona Red Pearl), power moonroof, front side-impact airbags, and gold accent wheels. Other options were the $ automatic transmission, $39 chrome tailpipe cover and $ auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass, bringing the sticker price to $25, including $ delivery (U.S. dollars quoted).

  • Pre-facelift Subaru Forester Limited (; Australia9)

  • Facelift Forester S Turbo (Europe)

  • Rear view of facelift model (S Turbo)

  • Subaru Forester (; US market)

Second generation (SG; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (SG)
 Subaru Forester X 1.jpg
Also&#;calledChevrolet Forester (India)[4][5][6]
AssemblyJapan: Ōta, Gunma
  • &#;L EJ20H4
  • &#;L EJ20turbo H4
  • &#;L EJ H4
  • &#;L EJ turbo H4
  • &#;L EJ25 turbo H4 (JDM Forester STi)
Wheelbase2,&#;mm (&#;in)
Length– 4,&#;mm (&#;in)
– 4,&#;mm (&#;in)
Width1,&#;mm (&#;in)
Height1,&#;mm (&#;in)
Sports X: 1,&#;mm (&#;in)
Sports XT: 1,&#;mm (&#;in)
Curb&#;weight&#;L: 1,&#;kg (2,&#;lb)
&#;L turbo: 1,&#;kg (3,&#;lb)
&#;L: 1,&#;kg (3,&#;lb)
&#;L turbo: 1,&#;kg (3,&#;lb)

The second generation was introduced as a model at the Chicago Auto Show, based on the new Impreza platform, featuring several fine-tune improvements over the past model. The Forester features weight-saving refinements such as an aluminum hood, perforated rails, and a hydro-formed front sub-frame. The most noticeable change was the offering of L versions (normally aspirated and turbocharged) and in the U.S. the introduction of the turbocharged liter model.

In the United States, the naturally aspirated X (previously L) and XS (previously S) were released in In , the turbocharged XT trim was released. However, the same model had been available since the late s elsewhere in the world. The X and XS models feature a &#;L SOHCEJ engine, while the XT model features a &#;L turbocharged DOHC engine. Both engines have timing belt (camshaft).[7] The XT model uses the same Mitsubishi Motors TD04 turbocharger used in the Subaru Impreza WRX[citation needed]. All Forester &#;L engines are of the interference engine type.

Starting with the XT, the turbocharged version had Active valve control system cylinder heads. The i-AVLS (active valve lift system) became standard on the naturally aspirated version of the Forester in This increased horsepower and torque figures to HP and &#;ft-lbs. The XT received a higher compression ratio to from This increased the XT's power to HP and &#;ft-lbs.

For the model year, Subaru gave the SG a facelift, using redesigned headlights, tail-lights, bonnet, grille, front bumper and side-moldings.


MY Models has a 4-Star ANCAP safety rating. MY05 Forester Model had a mid-life update, which increased its ANCAP safety rating to 5 Stars.

In , the turbocharged engine (powering the Forester XT) was awarded International Engine of the Year.[8][9] This engine is also used in the Subaru Impreza WRX, as well as the re-badged Saab XAero.


All of the liter 4-cylinder engines for this generation have a timing belt made of rubber and cord. A belt must be replaced at , miles (,&#;km). These engines are interference engines, meaning that if the timing belt breaks or stretches, the pistons will hit the valves, requiring an engine teardown, and a likely rebuild. Also, if this belt is replaced around , miles, it is a good idea to change the water pump, thermostat, belt tensioner and all the idler pulleys for this belt. The water pump and thermostat are behind this belt. In Australia for the Series II (MY06) cars, Subaru changed the recommended service interval for the timing belt replacement from , kilometers to , kilometers. The liter 4-cylinder engine in the first-generation Foresters featured head gaskets which were prone to premature failure. For and later, this problem was addressed with a revised, higher performing design, but is still a problem.[10]

United States[edit]

– Subaru Forester XT Sports

The U.S. Market was offered the car with either the SOHC naturally aspirated engine, or the DOHC turbocharged version added in In , the L.L. Bean edition is added. In , styling is updated, Active valve lift system is added to non-turbo engines to improve power and efficiency, XS model deleted, and Premium model added. In , a bottle holder was added to front door panels, the 'Sports' trim level was added, which changed some interior and exterior features and added the VDT/VDC transmission to the XT Sports turbo Automatic model: In , TPMS was added, L.L. Bean model deletes rear load-leveling suspension, but gains radio upgrade, the XT Turbo Limited models gets the VDT/VDC Auto transmission as well.


The Forester had three main models available in Australia until July

  • X - naturally aspirated L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)
  • XS - naturally aspirated L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)
  • XT - turbocharged L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)

The Forester at the time had three main models available in Australia from August Series II:

  • X - naturally aspirated &#;L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)
  • XS - naturally aspirated &#;L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)
  • XT - turbocharged &#;L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp)

The Luxury Pack edition was an option on all models - allowing for leather seats and a sunroof. These options were also included with the Columbia edition. The Weekender edition included fog lights, roof racks and alloy wheels. Standard with the Manufacture Year (MY06) Forester came with larger side mirrors with indicator lights, curtain airbags giving a 5 star safety rating, remodelled centre console and exterior with a new look nose, lights and bumpers and the rear lost the large Subaru badge under the rear window.

  • X - Air conditioning, CD player, power windows, ABS and cruise control.
  • XS - Auto levelling rear suspension, inch Alloy Wheels, Fog lights, Climate Control and Cd Stacker - 6 Disc in Dash.
  • XT - As the XS but with inch Alloy Wheels, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, Momo steering wheel and 7 Speaker Stereo.


The Forester was sold in India as a Chevrolet alongside other unique Chevrolet models sold there. However, since General Motors no longer holds an ownership stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, sales in India of the Chevrolet-badged Forester have ended.


A look-alike was produced by Yema and known as the Yema F99 in China. It was a similar design to the pre-facelifted model. Production ran from to The engine was a l 4 cylinder mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car was not related to the Forester even though they look very similar. The Forester was imported to China from until in the following models:

Version sold in China:

Version (Facelift) sold in China:

  • X Manual
  • X Automatic
  • XT Automatic

Version (Facelift) sold in China:

  • X Manual
  • X Automatic
  • XT Automatic
  • Pre-facelift Subaru Forester

Forester STi (SF and SG; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

In , Subaru launched the Forester STI for the Japanese Market only. A "sportier" version of the standard second-gen (SG) Forester, the Forester STi incorporated most of the running components from the WRX STi, with several other changes. The base price for the Forester STi (new) was about ¥3,, in or about US$28, (equivalent to $37, in )[11] The Forester STi has AWD and a front-mounted engine. The Forester STi was never exported to any other markets. It was only distributed in Japan.

Exterior changes[edit]

Subaru Forester STi Version (SG) front (aftermarket wheels)

The Forester STi exterior was modified with additions such as a redesigned front fascia with new headlights, front bumper, grille and "STi" badged covered fog lights, like those seen on the Impreza WRX STi. The rear fascia was also redesigned with revised taillights, rear bumper and an added rear spoiler.[12]

Engine and mechanical changes[edit]

Multiple changes were made to engine and the mechanical components of the Forester to create the Forester STi. They include:


The Forester STi received the liter turbocharged flat-four from the WRX STi, making &#;PS (&#;kW) and lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox, a larger intercooler, and a low-back-pressure exhaust system were also added. The top three ratios of the gearbox are 14 percent taller to match the engine's torque curve.[12][11]

Mechanical components[edit]

Multiple changes were made to the mechanical components of the Forester to create the Forester STi. They include:


To cope with the extra power made by the new engine, the Forester STi gets many upgraded suspension components including STi sport springs, revised struts at each corner and bigger anti-roll bars and cross-members. These changes result in a inch lower ride height an improved resistance to torsional forces. Rolling resistance is also improved, but the higher center of gravity of the Forester still remains.[11]


The Forester STi has a new rack with quicker ratio that leads to more-deliberate turn-in.[11]

Wheels and tires[edit]

Subaru Forester STi Version (SG) rear (aftermarket wheels)

The Forester STi gets inch, spoke alloy wheels with /45R Bridgestone Potenzas. Four-piston Brembo brakes are employed on the front wheels, and two-piston units are used on the back.[11]


The Forester STi has special STi bucket seats with red inserts, a smaller leather steering wheel and a shift knob with red stitching.[11]


The Forester STi accelerates from ( kph) mph in seconds, mph ( kph) in seconds, and does the quarter mile in seconds @ mph ( kph). The Forester STi can go on to reach a top speed of mph ( kph) The Forester STi has a power to weight ratio of hp per ton.[13][14]

Third generation (SH; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

The third generation Forester began to move away from a traditional wagon design towards becoming a crossover SUV. It was larger in nearly every dimension and featured a sloping roof line with more cargo space. Subaru unveiled the model year Forester in Japan on December 25, The North American version made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Styling was by Subaru Chief Designer Mamoru Ishii.[15] The dimensions derive from engineers using the basic body structure of the Japanese-spec Impreza wagon with the rear platform of the U.S.-spec Impreza sedan.[15] The Forester's wheelbase was increased inches (89&#;mm), with overall increases of inches (76&#;mm) in length, inches (46&#;mm) in width and inches (&#;mm) in height.[15]

The independent double wishbone rear suspension was redesigned for better handling and a smoother ride. A "Sportshift" mode was added to the four-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission. The in-dash, touch-screen satellite navigation system became Bluetooth compatible, and integrated with a premium stereo. A six-speaker surround sound enhancement was optional.

The new model added inches (89&#;mm) to the Forester's wheelbase, improving interior space and cargo room (31&#;cu&#;ft (&#;m3) expandable to 69&#;cu&#;ft (&#;m3)). Ground clearance was inches (&#;mm).


The Forester was available in Europe from with either the liter EJ20 (&#;hp; &#;kW) Nm petrol engine with Active Valve Control System (AVCS) matched to either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox, or an all-new diesel-powered horizontally opposed Subaru EE boxer engine, and six-speed manual gearbox. The new model was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October.[16] The diesel engine produces a power output of &#;PS (&#;kW; &#;hp) and Nm. The EE20 diesel engine in the Euro 4 guise was plagued by crankshaft failure caused by cracks forming when operated in cold climate. Although Subaru never acknowledged this defect, the engine was reworked for the Euro 5 model in to eliminate this issue.

In the UK, the petrol-powered Forester was offered in the popular X and XS models, while trim level for the diesel models were X, XC, and XS NavPlus.

In Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and Turbo engines were also available.

In Netherlands the Forester is offered with petrol or diesel engines. The petrol engine can also be fitted with an additional liquefied petroleum gas installation (LPG), usually an aftermarket installation provided directly through dealerships. The available equipment levels are Intro (petrol engine only), Comfort, Luxury, Premium and XT(petrol engine turbo). Maximum towing abilities for the petrol or petrol with LPG are &#;kg (manual) or &#;kg (auto), while the manual-only diesel can tow &#;kg.


There were seven specifications with various trim and performance levels:[17]

  • X: Base model - naturally aspirated L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • XS: Lower luxury non-turbo model - naturally aspirated L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • XS Premium: luxury non-turbo model - naturally aspirated L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • Diesel: turbo-diesel L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • Premium Diesel: Premium - turbo-diesel L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • XT: Lower luxury turbo model - turbocharged L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • XT Premium: luxury turbo model - turbocharged L flat-4, &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)
  • S-Edition: - turbocharged L flat-4 &#;kW (&#;hp) Nm (&#;ft-lbf)

Of note is a serious head gasket issue that remains unresolved by Subaru. Mostly oil and or coolant leaks / cross cylinder failure being the worst.. Can be resolved by aftermarket gaskets, however, this is an expensive engine out job. [18][19]

Summary of standard trim and equipment over different Australian models.

  • Wheels and tyres – The X model came with inch steel wheels, the diesel model with inch alloys, all other models came with inch alloy wheels. The S-Edition comes with STI style wheels.
  • Suspension – The X model came with double wishbone type, independent rear suspension. All other models came with self-levelling double wishbone type, independent suspension on the rear.
  • Miscellaneous – The Premium versions of the diesel, XS and XT models came with leather seating and an electric sunroof. These items were not available as options on other models.
  • Transmission. The X came with either a dual range, five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. Both diesel models come with a six-speed manual transmission only. All other models came with either a single-range, five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The S-Edition has a 5 speed Automatic Transmission.
  • Entertainment – The XT Premium came with a multi-information in-dash satellite navigation system and single CD/DVD player (7-inch touch screen). The X and diesel came with an AM/FM radio, CD player (MP3 and WMA compatible), four-speaker stereo (tweeters and subwoofer optional extra). All other models came with an AM/FM radio, six-stack in-dash CD player (MP3 and WMA compatible), and a six-speaker SRS stereo system with subwoofer. The system from the XT Premium was optional on all other models, but cost A$ (fitted).[20]

United States[edit]

The Forester trim levels were the X, the X Premium, the X Limited and the XT and XT Limited both with turbo. The interior color was either black or light gray, with three upholstery selections, including leather.[21] Nine exterior colors were offered, with four colors in a pearlescent appearance.

Starting July , Subaru no longer offered a special-edition L.L. Bean trim level on the Forester.[22]

The USA X model was certified PZEV emissions (Rated &#;hp (&#;kW) instead &#;hp (&#;kW)), with a badge attached to the rear of the vehicle on the bottom right-hand side of the tailgate. All other USA models were certified LEV2. The PZEV Forester was available for sale in all fifty states, unlike other manufacturers who only sold PZEV-certified vehicles in states that had adopted California emission standards. The engine without the turbo runs on unleaded gasoline rated at 87&#;octane, and the turbo engine (EJ) requires premium fuel rated minimum 91&#;octane.

Safety equipment included front airbags with side curtain airbags and front passenger side airbags (for a total of six airbags) and brake assist that detects panic-braking situations and applies maximum braking force more quickly. The five-speed manual transmission was equipped with Incline Start Assist.

Some of the standard equipment found on the X included Subaru's VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control), 16&#;inch steel wheels, and an auxiliary audio jack for MP3 players. Optional equipment included 17&#;inch alloy wheels, panoramic moonroof, heated front seats and heated side-view mirrors. The L.L. Bean edition added automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an upgraded stereo with six speakers and a six disc in-dash CD changer over the four-speaker stereo with single disc CD player, and an in-dash navigation system, as well as L.L. Bean signature floor mats and rear cargo tray.

The XT came with the premium stereo standard, as well as inch alloy wheels, and the panoramic moonroof. The XT Limited added leather upholstery with heated front seats, in-dash navigation, a rear spoiler, and automatic climate control. For , XT models came only with a four-speed automatic with Sport Shift.

Forester XTI concept[edit]

The Forester XTI concept vehicle used the liter intercooled turbo engine from the Subaru WRX STI, six-speed manual transmission, 18 × 8-inch S forged alloy wheels with Yokohama Advan Neova /40R18 performance tires, adjustable coil-over suspension, Brembo brakes with four-piston front calipers, 2-piston rear calipers, Super Sport ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), leather and Alcantara sport seats, a special instrument cluster, front dash and center console and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Engine is rated &#;hp (&#;kW) and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) torque.

The vehicle was unveiled in the SEMA Show.[23]

Mountain Rescue Vehicle[edit]

Subaru produced a specialized vehicle for the National Ski Patrol based on the XT turbo.[24] It includes diamond plate floor, rear steel walls, a 9,pound winch and a roof-mounted toboggan. The vehicle was unveiled in the SEMA Show.[25][26]


In , USA model year , the Subaru Forester received a minor facelift featuring a new grille insert and several small changes in various trim levels. A new X Touring trim level was also introduced above the X Limited. The X Touring trim added HID lighting, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, and silver roof rails. XT models got a slightly larger rear roof spoiler.[27]

Subaru also quietly switched to the all new L DOHC FB25 third generation boxer engine in naturally aspirated Forester models. The new engine made the same hp ( kW) as the outgoing EJ, but torque increased by 4 lb⋅ft to lb⋅ft ( N⋅m). Fuel economy improved by 1 mpg EPA city/highway to 21/ XT models retained the L DOHC EJ turbo engine.[28]


Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling

Fourth generation (SJ; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (SJ)
Subaru Forester XT AWD Platinum (IV) – Frontansicht, 1. März , Wuppertal.jpg
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)[30]
Curb&#;weight1, to 1,&#;kg (3, to 3,&#;lb)

The fourth-generation Forester was unveiled in the Guangzhou Motor Show,[31] followed by the New York International Auto Show.[32]

Changes to the line-up include:

  • Continuously Variable Transmission and decreased towing capacity. Maximum towing capacity was reduced to 1,&#;lb (&#;kg) across all trim lines (in the United States; overseas the towing capacity is double that). Turbocharged variants use a high-torque CVT with steering wheel paddle shifter controls.
  • Revised, sport-oriented suspension, wheels (inch) and chassis bracing for XT (turbo) variant, providing flatter cornering in turns and better handling overall with little impact on ride.
  • Increased fuel economy, up to 32 mpg ( L/&#;km) highway (EPA rated)
  • inches longer, inches wider, 1 inch longer wheelbase
  • Increased interior volume: rear seat legroom is inches (1,&#;mm) and rear cargo volume (with seats folded down) is cubic feet (&#;m3).[33]
  • New option on higher end CVT models is "X-MODE" AWD control system, which was developed for driving on uneven or slippery road conditions. Engine, Transmission and VDC are controlled cooperatively.[34][35]
  • New option on top of the line i and XT Touring models only: EyeSight Driver Assist System

Japan models went on sale in November Early model includes i, i-L, i-L EyeSight, i-S EyeSight, XT ( PS), XT EyeSight ( PS).[36] i engine models include six-speed manual (i, i-L) or Lineartronic CVT transmission; XT ( PS) engine models include Lineartronic CVT transmission.[37]

Asian models went on sale in March as model year. Early model includes i-L, i Premium and XT. Association of Southeast Asian Nations production of the Subaru Forester began in February Malaysia-based Tan Chong Motor Assemblies assembled approximately 10, Forester units annually for Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia respectively.[29]

US models went on sale in March as model year vehicles. Early models include i in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions, and performance-oriented turbocharged XT ( PS) in Premium and Touring versions. Base and Premium model Foresters can be equipped with the manual six-speed transmission or the Lineartronic CVT. All other models are equipped with the Lineartronic CVT. An option on Limited/Touring i and Premium/Touring XT is new X-Mode control and Hill Descent Control (HDC) features. These are not available on other models.

It has been awarded Motor Trend's and SUV of the Year and The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy [38]


According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) the Forester achieved Good crash test ratings in Small Overlap Front, Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, and Head Restraining & Seats categories. The Forester had not been rated Good in the Small Overlap Front test until modifications were made for the model year. The small overlap test, introduced in by the IIHS, simulates a frontal collision on 25 percent of the driver's side front corner. Since its adoption, the IIHS has noticed several automakers making non-symmetrical modifications to their vehicles. Another small overlap test was conducted on a number of vehicles, including a Forester, but was conducted on the passenger side instead. The crash test showed substantially more intrusion into the passenger side than into the driver's side of the Forester, it would have been rated Marginal[39][40]

X Mode[edit]

The Forester has a new feature called X Mode that allows owners to go through more extreme conditions both on the road and off. The concept is that any driver, regardless of skill level, can drive safely on wet roads or muddy areas. It works by monitoring wheel-slip on all four wheels; should one or more wheels begin to slip, X Mode kicks in and applies the brakes to the affected wheel which results in a transfer of power to the opposite wheel. After it is engaged by a simple push button, X Mode stays engaged up until the vehicle's speed is about 25&#;mph (40&#;km/h) then disengages itself.[41]

EyeSight Driver Assist System[42][edit]

The top-of-the-line Touring model Forester offers Subaru's EyeSight[43] driver assist technology that uses stereoscopicCCD cameras mounted on either side of the rearview mirror. Eyesight offers several driver assist technologies/features which include:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning

The system can be manually turned on or off. Being an optical, instead of radar, based system, it has limitations in limited visibility situations; driving into the sun, fog, or where the windshield is not cleared (snow, mud, etc.) may cause the system to disengage.


ModelYearsType/codePower/rpm, Torque/rpm
i2,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) H4 (FB25)&#;PS (&#;kW; &#;hp) at 5,, &#;kg⋅m (&#;N⋅m; &#;lbf⋅ft) at 4,
XT ( PS)1,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) H4 (FA20F)&#;PS (&#;kW; &#;hp) at 5,, &#;kg⋅m (&#;N⋅m; &#;lbf⋅ft) at 2,,
XT ( PS)1,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) H4 (FA20F)&#;PS (&#;kW; &#;hp) at 5,, &#;kg⋅m (&#;N⋅m; &#;lbf⋅ft) at 2,,

The and models had a major revamp of interior comfort. The passenger seat is higher, the sound system has been upgraded, the rear bench seats are higher and the console is re-positioned for the person riding in the center. The manual transmission models were also upgraded to a six-speed transmission instead of the previous generation's five-speed transmission. Engines during these year models did o have an issue, this is related predominantly to USA manufactured vehicles and USA manufactured porous engine blocks, Subaru Australia have had no significant issues with excess oil consumption in Australia with the Japanese manufactured vehicles.(Source Subaru Australia Head Office and extensive research prior to purchase by Australian customer (KRH))[original research?] with oil consumption. Numerous other automotive manufactures at the time have had oil consumption issues. Subaru had its settlement of a lawsuit approved by a US Court in August [44] The US complainants experienced over quarts ( liters) of oil consumed between change intervals with low-level dash lights coming on. The settlement provided for such complainants to receive an extended eight year warranty on the engine, allowing for an engine rebuild for that excessive oil consumption. Some speculation on this is the use of different style piston rings on the engine style change and synthetic oil.[according to whom?]

Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling (–)[45]

  • Rear (i-L EyeSight X-BREAK)

Fifth generation (SK; )[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (SK)
 Subaru Forester (SK MY19) i AWD wagon () jpg
PlatformSubaru Global Platform
TransmissionLineartronic CVT
Hybrid drivetraine-Boxer MHEV
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)[46][47]
Curb&#;weight1, to 1,&#;kg (3, to 3,&#;lb)

The Subaru Forester was revealed on March 28, at the New York International Auto Show.[47] Like contemporary Subaru models, the model year moved the Forester to the Subaru Global Platform.

Mechanical features[edit]

All Subaru Foresters have one of three versions of Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The trim level determines which system is installed. All provide a nominal torque split biased 60 front to 40 rear.

  • Base: Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) utilizing electronically controlled clutches to control torque split.
  • Premium: enhanced "X-Mode" which is a Single Mode System that optimizes engine output and transmission ratio. It enhances control of the VDC system to further control wheelspin and incorporates Hill Descent Control (HDC).
  • Sport, Limited and Touring: further enhanced "Dual Function X-Mode" System that adds specific, user engaged, settings for Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes.

For the first time, all trim levels of Forester are only available with one engine: Subaru's new FB25 DI. The engine is a non-turbo, direct injection flat (boxer) 4 cylinder producing &#;hp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm.[48] There is also only a single transmission option: the Lineartronic CVT.[49]


All Foresters come standard with Subaru's Eyesight Driver Assist Technology.[48]

For the first time Subaru DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System comes standard on the Touring trim, which provides an alert when it detects the driver is distracted or is drowsy. In addition, the DriverFocus system is able to recognize five different drivers and will set seat and mirror positions and climate control settings accordingly.[48]

In , the Start/Stop feature was added to all Forester models. This feature turns off the engine when the brake pedal is pressed. The engine restarts when the brake pedal is released. This feature comes on by default every time the engine is turned on but may be disabled after the engine is on.


Subaru introduced the e-BOXER hybrid powertrain for the European-market Forester and XV at Geneva in March ; the e-BOXER integrates an electric motor into the Lineartronic CVT to improve fuel economy and increase power.[50] The e-BOXER powertrain features a modified FB20 rated at &#;kW (&#;hp; &#;PS) at 5,–6,&#;rpm and &#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,&#;rpm. Like the first-generation XV Crosstrek Hybrid, the Forester e-BOXER adds a single electric motor rated at &#;kW (&#;hp; &#;PS) maximum output.[51] The battery for the traction motor is placed above the rear axle, improving the front/rear weight balance.[52]

Forester Sport (JDM)[edit]

A Forester Sport with an all new L direct injection turbocharged flat-4 engine was introduced in October for the Japanese domestic market. Codenamed CB18, the engine produces &#;kW (&#;hp; &#;PS) at 5,, rpm and &#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) at 1,, rpm.[53] This engine is also present in the JDM-only Subaru Levorg.[54] With the introduction of the Sport, the FB20D e-BOXER became the standard engine across the rest of the Forester line in Japan.[53] As of July [update], there are no reports whether other markets will receive the CB18.[55]

From the outside, the Forester Sport is identified by its black grille as well as grey-painted fog lamps covers, side mirrors and rocker panels. The Sport also is equipped with a set of dark inch wheels, while the rear fascia adds additional trim around the tailgate window. Externally, the most obvious change is the dual exhaust outlets, which are part of a redesigned and sportier lower apron.


The Forester will be facelifted in North America for , it receives a new front end as well as a slightly tweaked rear bumper. The powertrain remains unchanged. All Forester models get Subaru's updated fourth generation eyesight driver-assist system. The biggest news for the facelift is the introduction of a more off-road focused Wilderness model.[56]

Forester Wilderness[edit]

The Forester Wilderness is intended to be a more off-road oriented version of the Forester and slots between the Limited and Touring trim levels in the Forester lineup. It features a inches (13&#;mm) lift for a total of inches of ground clearance, the Wilderness also gets all-terrain tires, a modified final drive ratio, and a stronger roof rack. Subaru's StarTex water-repellent seats are also standard. The Wilderness is powered by the same L FBD naturally-aspirated 4 cylinder engine powering other North American market Foresters. Visually, the Forester receives more body cladding, and on the inside, gets copper-colored accents.[57]

  • Subaru Forester Sport (Japan)

  • Subaru Forester Sport AWD (international, rear)

  • Subaru Forester (base, rear)



Canada[66]Thailand United States[66]Australia
N/A 2,[67]
4, 6, 11,[70]
3, 53, 12,[71]
3, 51, 13,[71]
3, 44, 12,[72]
6, 60, 14,[72]
8, 77, 13,[73]
8, 85, 14,[73]
8, 76, 13,[74]
7, 80, 11,[74]
11, , 13,[75]
12, [76], 13,[77]
12, [78],
13, 1,[79],
13, [80], 12,[81]
14, , 12,[82]
13, 2,[83],[84]15,[85]
13, 1,[86],


  1. ^"Subaru Forester Prices, Reviews, and Pictures | Edmunds". Edmunds.com. October 8,
  2. ^"Subaru Forester". Edmunds.com. August 11, Retrieved May 5,
  3. ^"Symmetrical AWD" SUBARU GLOBALArchived December 10, , at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^"Subaru Forester SUV - Subaru Forester India - Subaru Forester Features & Specifications". Iloveindia.com. Retrieved July 29,
  5. ^"I Chevrolet. I Chevrolet In India". Car-cat.com. Retrieved July 29,
  6. ^"Chevrolet Forester Review - Chevrolet Forester India, Chevrolet Forester Features & Specifications". India-server.com. Retrieved July 29,
  7. ^"Subaru Forester problems, fuel economy, powertrain, AWD system". Samarins.com. Retrieved October 25,
  8. ^"International Engine of the Year Award - L to L category". Archived from the original on March 18,
  9. ^"Subaru Australia's announcement of winning the International Engine of the Year award".
  10. ^"Subaru Head Gasket Problems Explained Part II". All Wheel Drive Auto Repair. Archived from the original on November 12, Retrieved November 21,
  11. ^ abcdefLyon, Peter (August 1, ). " Subaru Forester STi". Car and Driver. Retrieved February 18,
  12. ^ ab"Autotrader - page unavailable". www.autotrader.com. Retrieved February 18,
  13. ^"Subaru Forester STi L Turbo - [] Performance Figures, Specs and Technical Information". www.autosnout.com. Retrieved February 18,
  14. ^"Top Speed Subaru Forester STi L Turbo - [] Max Speed, mph, kph, performance figures, specs and more". www.autosnout.com. Retrieved February 18,
  15. ^ abc"First Drive: Subaru Forester: Now It's a Crossover, Not a Wagon". Edmunds.com, Peter Lyon, January 20, Archived from the original on May 14,
  16. ^"Paris Preview: Subaru debuts boxer diesel Forester and Impreza". autoblog.com. Retrieved April 3,
  17. ^Prices as of December [citation needed]
  18. ^"4-cylinder l engines have a known issue with the head gasket".
  19. ^"Subaru Forester - Subaru Australia". Subaru.com.au. February 9, Retrieved December 10,
  20. ^"Subaru Forester X Wagon - Accessories - Subaru Australia". Subaru.com.au. Retrieved December 10,
  21. ^Subaru of America Forester sales brochure, printed March
  22. ^"Subaru and L.L.Bean Part Company". blogs.cars.com. Retrieved April 3,
  23. ^Korzeniewski, Jeremy (October 31, ). "SEMA Preview: Subaru to show off Forester XTI and Mountain Rescue Vehicle". Autoblog.com. Retrieved December 10,
  24. ^"AfterMarket Mayhem: SEMA Show Photos & Coverage Part 1". Trucktrend.com. February 26, Archived from the original on June 4, Retrieved December 10,
  25. ^Ramsey, Jonathon (November 5, ). "SEMA: Save us Subaru Mountain Rescue Vehicle!". Autoblog.com. Retrieved December 10,
  26. ^"Subaru Forester Mountain Rescue Concept Ascending To SEMA". jalopnik.com. Retrieved April 3,
  27. ^" Subaru Forester Gets New Base Engine, Equipment Changes". July 6,
  28. ^"Tested: Subaru Forester X Touring". April 13,
  29. ^ abGerard Lye (February 26, ). " Subaru Forester CKD production begins in Malaysia – two variants scheduled for Q2 launch". Driven Communications. Archived from the original on March 27, Retrieved March 27,
  30. ^"The Subaru Forester". Subaru.com. Retrieved March 30,
  31. ^"富士重工業株式会社 ニュースリリース". FHI.co.jp. Retrieved March 30,
  32. ^Ross, Jeffrey N. " Subaru Forester finally steps in front of the camera". Autoblog.com. Retrieved March 30,
  33. ^"Review: Subaru Forester". Automoblog.net. Retrieved May 13,
  34. ^"Subaru Forester () - Netcarshow".
  35. ^"スバル、新型フォレスターを発表".
  36. ^"富士重工業株式会社 ニュースリリース". FHI.co.jp. Retrieved March 30,
  37. ^"富士重工業株式会社 ニュースリリース". FHI.co.jp. Retrieved March 30,
  38. ^" Subaru Forester". TheCarConnection.com. Retrieved March 30,
  39. ^"Vehicles with good driver-side protection may leave passengers at risk". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  40. ^Jensen, Cheryl (June 23, ). "Risks Higher for Front-Seat Passengers in Some S.U.V. Crashes, Tests Show". The New York Times.
  41. ^"Subaru Lab Episode 5 - X Mode". Byers Dublin Subaru.org. April 8,
  42. ^"Subaru Eyesight Overview". Subaru.com. June 27,
  43. ^"Spotlight On: Subaru Eyesight". leftlanenews.com. February 14,
  44. ^"Subaru Oil Consumption Class Action Lawsuit".
  45. ^" Subaru Forester Gets Minor Updates – News – Car and Driver". Caranddriver.com. April 14, Retrieved June 20,
  46. ^" Forester Specifications". US Media Center. Retrieved January 10,
  47. ^ ab"World Premier of All-New Forester at New York International Auto Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. March 29, Retrieved April 3,
  48. ^ abc" Forester: Features". Subaru of America. Retrieved April 5,
  49. ^"Choose Your Forester". Subaru of America. Retrieved April 5,
  50. ^"Subaru unveiled European-spec "e-BOXER" equipped models at Geneva International Motor Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. March 5, Retrieved April 3,
  51. ^"Specifications – Subaru Forester e-BOXER (European specs.)"(PDF). Subaru of Europe. Retrieved April 4,
  52. ^"Hybrid, the Subaru way: Introducing our all-new all-powerful e-BOXER range". Subaru of Europe. Retrieved April 3,
  53. ^ ab"SUBARU 「フォレスター」改良モデルを発表" [SUBARU 'Forester' improved model announced] (Press release) (in Japanese). Subaru Global Media. October 22, Retrieved April 6,
  54. ^Stocksdale, Joel (August 20, ). "Subaru Levorg, also known as the WRX's wagon cousin, revealed in production form". Autoblog. Retrieved September 2,
  55. ^Kierstein, Alex (October 26, ). "The Subaru Forester Is Getting a New Liter Turbo Engine". Motor Trend. Retrieved April 6,
  56. ^Miller, Caleb (September 2, ). " Subaru Forester Revealed, Adds Safety Features and New Wilderness Edition". Car and Driver. Retrieved September 6,
  57. ^Ewing, Steven. "Subaru Forester Wilderness headlines model year refresh". Roadshow. Retrieved September 6,
  58. ^" 5Best Trucks". Car and Driver. March
  59. ^" 5Best Trucks". Car and Driver. March
  60. ^" 5Best Trucks". Car and Driver. March
  61. ^"Forester is Gold Star Car - Wheels Magazine Review". Jarvis Subaru.
  62. ^" Motor Trend Sport/Utility Of The Year: Subaru Forester". Motor Trend. December
  63. ^"Chicago MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Best of the Year Award goes to VW Jetta TDI". Autoblog. February 11,
  64. ^" Motor Trend SUV of the Year: Subaru Forester". Motor Trend. December
  65. ^"Subaru Forester". iihs.org. November 5,
  66. ^ abCain, Timothy. "Subaru Forester Sales Figures". goodcarbadcar. Retrieved April 5,
  67. ^ abAustralia Commodore hits highest ever volume, Hyundai Excel #1 in June, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 24, Retrieved 25 October
  68. ^ abAustralia Holden Commodore enjoys 5th year in a row at #1, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 24, Retrieved 25 October
  69. ^ abAustralia Commodore in command, breaks monthly record, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 4, Retrieved 25 October
  70. ^ abAustralia Commodore undisputed leader, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 3, Retrieved 25 October
  71. ^ abAustralia Commodore limits fall thanks to new gen, Falcon down to #3!, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 2, Retrieved 25 October
  72. ^ abAustralia Corolla ahead until July, Commodore saved by Sportwagon version, Toyota Hilux #1 twice, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 9, Retrieved 25 October
  73. ^ abAustralia Full Year Commodore #1 for 15th year in a row, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 9, Retrieved 25 October
  74. ^ abAustralia Full Year Mazda3 leads again in record market, no local model on podium for the first time since s!, BestSellingCarsBlog, January 5, Retrieved 25 October
  75. ^Australian vehicle sales for December – best of the year, PerformanceDrive, January 7, Retrieved 25 October
  76. ^"Thailand cars sales report ". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved
Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Forester
  1. Steam spotify
  2. Diy wall cross
  3. Monroe engineering products

SubaruForester Pricing and Specs

Compare 3 Forester trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.

Trim Family Comparison


View 1 Trims


  • L H-4 Engine
  • 5-spd man w/OD Transmission
  • @ 5, rpm Horsepower
  • @ 4, rpm Torque
  • all wheel Drive type
  • 16" silver styled steel Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • front Fog/driving lights
  • cloth/vinyl Seat trim
  • driver Lumbar support


View 1 Trims

Additional or replacing features on X

  • 16" silver aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, automatic
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
Show More
Please consider allowing Autoblog.

Hi! We notice you're using an ad blocker. Please consider allowing Autoblog.

We get it. Ads can be annoying. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. And free is good, right? If you'd be so kind as to allow our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Thanks for that. And thanks for reading Autoblog.

Here's how to disable adblocking on our site.

  • Click on the icon for your Adblocker in your browser. A drop down menu will appear.
  • Select the option to run ads for autoblog.com, by clicking either "turn off for this site", "don't run on pages on this domain", "allow this site" or similar. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running.
  • Refresh the Autoblog page you were viewing. Done!

Hey again!

You still haven't turned off your adblocker or allowed our site. It only takes a few seconds.

You must be logged in to perform that action.

Sours: https://www.autoblog.com/buy/Subaru-Forester/specs/
Subaru Forester (2002-2008) - used car review - ReDriven

This cannot be with me !. Shower urgently. I stand under hot streams of water and, no matter how I forbid myself, my thoughts constantly return me to a nightmare.

Subaru forester 2004

Several days passed. Irina stood at the bench. The girl Julia was sitting at the table.

4K Review 2004 Subaru Forester Virtual Test-Drive \u0026 Walk-around

He then became fabulously rich. Well, off you go. Her fingers curled into fists. Strong. The knuckles were already whitened.

You will also like:

You probably cheat on her all the time. Dog. And she, by the way, continues to cuddle up to me, already with her whole body.

102 103 104 105 106