Friday, July 3, 2015

Radio Flyer: 2004 Subaru Forester XT

The Subaru Forester hit the showrooms in 1997 with the marketing slogan "SUV tough, car easy."  It was Subaru's first entry into the (then small, now large) segment known as the crossover SUV, but the Forester was a long way away from being an AMC Eagle.  The Forester was a replacement for the incredibly named Subaru Impreza Gravel Express, but by 2004 it was actually a competent on-road car that shared parts with the GG series Impreza.  Today, a used Forester with a manual gearbox makes a great family hauler for a guy like Doctordel, but is this next one a bit too modified?  Find this 2004 Subaru Forester XT 5-speed offered for $15,000 via NASIOC forums.

 This Radio Flyer themed Forester falls directly into the category of custom cars that I call magazine cars.  They aren't track cars that have been modified for performance, but they are cars that have been modified to look good in pictures and tell a story about the owner.  The Radio Flyer theme starts with the original Subaru Cayenne Red Pearl paint, is augmented with big white ESM racing wheels (17x8 +32mm offset), and finished with a custom wood roof rack.  The entire package actually looks well done, and while I'm not the first to rave about anything with the slammed look, the Forester actually looks good at a lower than stock height. 

Mechanically, much has been done to this car from a performance perspective, starting with the stock 2.5 liter EJ-series flat-4 that has an STi sourced IHI VH39 turbo blowing air into a few other custom parts for a total of 280 horsepower at the wheels (roughly 325 at the crank).  Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, this little red wagon should be quite the flyer. 

Images from the seller via imgurSee another custom modern car you could drive every day?


  1. Engine modded to 280 HP and then put a patio deck on the roof to make it aerodynamic as 3 story building. Pure genius.

  2. Why slam an awd? These are fishin rigs...

  3. I had a forester with a vf39 in it. Soooooo much fun to drive. A little too slammed for me, but they do look better lower than stock.

  4. that poor thing is over the top, or under the bottom, either way its not even an amazing deal, these are so hard to sell when finished to personal tastes as specific as like seen here.

  5. Love these forum sales....they're all the same....poster after poster saying "SICK...wish I had the $$$", or "Don't sell--you'll regret it!", or "I've seen this car, it should sell fast!" leading the seller to believe they should get top dollar, while none of them ever actually put up the $$$ to buy it at the seller's inflated price.

  6. Well done! It's fun to have that hp just to have fun with people who don't think it'll be fast at all. Slightly over inflated price depending on miles but the theme is well done.


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