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Old 05-23-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default It's official, 2011 WRX/STI now on the 7,500 mile oil changer interval

I got a letter from Subaru today with Owner Manual and Warranty & Maintence booklet addendum saying the 2011 WRX/STIs' oil change intervals is 7,500 mile for the 1st and there after oil changes... synthetic required.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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I got a letter from Subaru today with Owner Manual and Warranty & Maintence booklet addendum saying the 2011 WRX/STIs' oil change intervals is 7,500 mile for the 1st and there after oil changes... synthetic required.
Just got mine too. I would have assumed this would have been okay to begin with. I don't do any crazy driving on the WRX so I think 7500 is sufficient for synthetic. Others please chime in and tell us what you think
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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it states 7500 in ideal conditions, but 3750 in "severe conditions" which is defined by pretty much if you start your car and drive it on a daily basis, i feel that doing your oil change at 3k is cheap insurance, i work at a dealer and turbo motors are very moody to there oil changes or they like to go boom!
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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it states 7500 in ideal conditions, but 3750 in "severe conditions" which is defined by pretty much if you start your car and drive it on a daily basis, i feel that doing your oil change at 3k is cheap insurance, i work at a dealer and turbo motors are very moody to there oil changes or they like to go boom!
that is such a crock of ****. quit spewing that on this forum. just driving your car or "having a turbo on the motor" is nowhere near meeting those examples
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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I feel that is still long even with synthetic, that turbo gets hot yo!
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:27 PM   #6
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I chuckled when I was told about 7500 first oil change. I'll do it my self at 500 miles and again at 1000 miles before I start my 3-4k interval.

When motors break in they usually produce very tiny metal flakes, which i would def not want clogging up oil galleys or causing problems.

Every one of my built motors have usually had 75 mile oil change and another at 500 and than have gotten flogged and I have seen zero bearing wear after very hard driving from the ones I have taken apart later on.

To each his own though...
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:58 PM   #7
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I would still change oil and filter every 3750 mi, and at most at 5000 mi intervals for the WRX. Just because the manual says to change every 7500 mi doesn't mean you shouldn't go above and beyond the recommendation.

Example: My first car, a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid, said in the manual to change oil (synthetic 0W20) every 10,000 mi/1 year for ideal conditions. So being naive, I stupidly waited 9,000 mi/11 months to do the first oil change. The condition of the oil truly shocked me.

Now I always follow the "severe condition" oil change interval for my car and recommend others to do so too.

I wish Subaru would put an oil life remaining % indicator in their trip computer; it's been standard on most Honda Civics since 2006!
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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So, we change the oil every 75000 now?
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:02 PM   #9
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Lol, no way in hell I am going to wait 7500 miles to change the oil (especially on the first change)
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:26 PM   #10
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Lol, no way in hell I am going to wait 7500 miles to change the oil (especially on the first change)
+1 That is way too long.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:29 PM   #11
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down almost a quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down almost 2 quarts.
I know its normal to burn oil, but I dont burn any at all between my changes. Maybe, just maybe, I burn a 1/4 quart

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Running Rotella T6 and I'm sticking with my 3k oil changes.
+1, but maybe at like 3500
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:12 PM   #12
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Lol, no way in hell I am going to wait 7500 miles to change the oil (especially on the first change)
Every 3K
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down 1/4 quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down more than a half quart.

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Old 05-24-2011, 07:56 AM   #14
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down almost a quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down almost 2 quarts.

Wow, you ruined your car quick. Better go Honda.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:37 AM   #15
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down almost a quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down almost 2 quarts.
Isn't the color of the oil alone a really bad way to judge the oil's "wear" ?
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:44 AM   #16
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Isn't the color of the oil alone a really bad way to judge the oil's "wear" ?
Yes.

Also they are a fool for not checking their oil for 3,000 miles.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:49 PM   #17
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Isn't the color of the oil alone a really bad way to judge the oil's "wear" ?
correct
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:34 AM   #18
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down almost a quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down almost 2 quarts.
Sounds like you're beating the piss out of your car. I change mine no later than 3500, and don't lose any oil.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:36 AM   #19
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7500 is too long imo. At 3000 mine is down 1/4 quart and almost black. At 7500 I would be down more than a half quart.
sounds like you need to have it looked into. at 3k miles now my oil looks the light shade of brown it is supposed to and the oil level is fine
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:40 AM   #20
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Picked my car up yesterday ('11) and my dealer and I went over oil specifically and I've decided I'll do the change every 3,750 miles. Even the Subaru print out given to me recommended 3,750. Its a small price to pay, and I would rather lean on the cautious side than the other side.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #21
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Picked my car up yesterday ('11) and my dealer and I went over oil specifically and I've decided I'll do the change every 3,750 miles. Even the Subaru print out given to me recommended 3,750. Its a small price to pay, and I would rather lean on the cautious side than the other side.
the info in the old owner's manual, the online maintenance schedule, and some of the info the dealers have is now wrong and in the process of being changed. that's why we are receiving new information in the mail saying to throw away the old manuals. THE NEW STANDARD IS 7500 MILES/7.5 MONTHS OIL CHANGE INTERVALS WITH SUBARU SYNTHETIC OIL AND FILTER FOR CARS WITH NORMAL USE/WEAR
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:17 AM   #22
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the info in the old owner's manual, the online maintenance schedule, and some of the info the dealers have is now wrong and in the process of being changed. that's why we are receiving new information in the mail saying to throw away the old manuals. THE NEW STANDARD IS 7500 MILES/7.5 MONTHS OIL CHANGE INTERVALS WITH SUBARU SYNTHETIC OIL AND FILTER FOR CARS WITH NORMAL USE/WEAR
AHHHHH - Now I see what the fuss is about. If Subaru sends me something saying I only need to change my oil every 7500 miles, then I'm good with that. I'll probably still change mine around the 5k mark.....
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:19 PM   #23
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Running Rotella T6 and I'm sticking with my 3k oil changes.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:05 AM   #24
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Running Rotella T6 and I'm sticking with my 3k oil changes.
this, no more than 4000 for me though. most of my driving is highway with the cruise control on or really heavy stop and go city driving.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:31 PM   #25
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Rotella T5 10w30 every 3k-3500 here, at almost 50k miles. Judging by how the oil looks when I change it at 3500 miles, no way in hell I'd go twice that long....

Also, I don't burn any oil, it is always at full before my changes.
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