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Old 10-18-2010, 02:50 PM   #274
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Will update the main post sometime, but here is the REAL deal:

From the horse's mouth:

Dear Ron:

Thank you for contacting Subaru of America, Inc. and for your inquiry.

First, please keep in mind that Our Technical Services Department advised that
if you do decide to use synthetic oil, that you always use it because your
engine will become accustomed to it. The same goes if you decide to use
'regular' oil.

As of Summer 2010, Subaru of America Inc. is now offering Subaru Synthetic 5W-30
Motor Oil.

This oil offers increased performance to your customers who want added
protection for their
vehicle.

Subaru Synthetic 5W-30 Motor offers:

 Superior protection against oil breakdown for a cleaner running engine and
long engine
life
 Increased protection against varnishing and deposits
 Superior lubrication reduces engine wear across the operating temperature
range and
optimizes fuel economy
 Reduces oil loss due to evaporation and burn off
 Recommended for (2010 and prior) Turbo-charged engines but is required for all 2011 Turbo charged engine.
 This oil is also excellent for all non-turbo vehicles with the exception of
the new 2011 Forester. The new Forester engine requires Genuine Subaru 0W-20 Synthetic Oil,
which will be available through Subaru in late August 2010.
(Always refer to the owner’s manual for proper oil recommendation)

The 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil is currently being offered in quart and gallon
bottles.
Quart Bottle (Part Number: SOA868V9280) 12-bottles per case
Gallon Bottle (Part Number: SOA868V9285) 6-bottles per case

Engine Oil Guidelines: - only use engine oil that meets or exceeds the API
classification designated in the Owner's Manual for the vehicle - only use
engine oil that meets the VISCOSITY requirements for the ambient temperatures
under which the vehicle will be operated as outlined in the Owner's Manual - THE
ENGINE OIL MUST BE CHANGED AT THE INTERVALS SPECIFIED IN THE WARRANTY AND
MAINTENANCE BOOKLET FOR THE VEHICLE. SOME SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERS RECOMMEND
EXTENDED OIL CHANGE INTERVALS. SUBARU DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANY DEVIATION FROM THE
SPECIFIED INTERVALS IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

Per 2010 and older Warranty and Maintenance Booklets page 29 or 42, depending on
the publish date of the booklet, you will see our recommended schedule of
maintenance where we recommend changing your oil every 3,750 miles for turbo
vehicles or vehicles operated under severe driving conditions. Otherwise we
suggest changing your engine oil and filter every 7,500 miles. Changing your oil
more frequently will NOT harm your vehicle and should actually help it. But, it
is not necessary to change it so frequently. Subaru of America, Inc. recommends
that you at least adhere to our recommendations for servicing your Subaru!

Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance. If you need any more
information, please feel free to contact us again.

Best wishes,
Kerry Ann Miller
Subaru of America, Inc.
Customer/Dealer Services





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-----Original Message-----

From: XXXXXXXX@cox.net
Sent: 10/14/2010 11:25:47 AM
To: CustDlrServices@subaru.com
Subject: (SR #:1-1110970955) Product Information

Would like to know if any Subaru models, regardless of model year, are REQUIRED
to use synthetic oil. Not recommended...but REQUIRED as in warranty coverage
can/will be denied if one does not use synthetic oil.

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