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Old 04-12-2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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Question Newbie About to Hit 60k miles

I'll try my best to make this short and to the point. I have been reading and searching about what oil to use in my wife's 04 WRX Sport Wagon. The owner before always used 5w30 Fully Synthetic (Penzoil). I never was a big fan of that type of oil and I would like to use the "right" oil. What does everyone recomend? The car is bone stock and is about to hit the 60k mark.

Anyone have a list on what I need to do for a 60k service? I can change plugs, change oil, all of the normal common things I have no problems doing myself. It saves cash and I'm all for it. She does not use the car to race around, but I have to admit from time to time she steps on it and so do I. Can someone who knows exactly what there doing post a list of what I should do.

Also keep in mind the owner before told us he always took it to the dealer for work. Is there a way I could call a dealership with the cars vin to find out more information about the car? Thanks again.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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you should be able to call the dealer that the car was serviced at and get all the history from them about it. 60k service is usually plugs, air filter, and all fluid change (engine oil, coolant, front dif oil and tranny fluid if auto or just tranny oil if manual, rear dif fluid.) check the brakes and stuff and make sure all other fluids are topped up. you can flush your brake fluid if it looks dark but its not always necessary.

im not getting into oil, everyone on here argues about what oil is "best" to use. i drive a 2.5rs, i use 5w30 dino crap. it works
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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"what oil" drives some of us nuts for no reason. Checking and keeping your oil level full is very important on any vehicle and even more important on a turbo subaru.

Pennzoil Platinum is better then most will give credit for. It's add pack is better then mobil1 and is proven by UOA's on www.bobistheoilguy.com, if my memory serves me right. Example here:http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...29#Post1126629

What makes you think pennzoil is bad?
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:21 PM   #4
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"what oil" drives some of us nuts for no reason. Checking and keeping your oil level full is very important on any vehicle and even more important on a turbo subaru.

Pennzoil Platinum is better then most will give credit for. It's add pack is better then mobil1 and is proven by UOA's on www.bobistheoilguy.com, if my memory serves me right. Example here:http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...29#Post1126629

What makes you think pennzoil is bad?
I don't think Pennzoil is bad, I just meant it is not a preference of mine. My only reason would be because I always used M1 in all of my "performance vehicles". That doesn't mean M1 is the best, just always had good luck with it. Anyways, I think I'll just keep using what the previous owner used. It seems to be running fine since we have had the car.

As far as spark plugs, what type should I run in a stock 04 WRX Sport Wagon? Also, how hard is it to change the tranny oil (it is a manual) and the diff. fluids. Thanks for the fast replys.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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I guess you missed the Maintenance FAQ stickied at the top of this forum? Sticky threads provide immediate answers....read them.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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I guess you missed the Maintenance FAQ stickied at the top of this forum? Sticky threads provide immediate answers....read them.

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Old 04-12-2008, 07:47 PM   #7
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As far as spark plugs, what type should I run in a stock 04 WRX Sport Wagon?
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:29 AM   #8
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Hey R&C_rallySS,

yeah first take a look at this site for the OEM scheduled maintenance for 2004: http://www.subaru.com/owners/schedules/index.jsp

and......consider yourself verrrrrry lucky on the fuel filter replacement on your car...05+ got screwed

Replacement for 60K is as follows:

Oil and Filter
Fuel Filter
Spark Plugs.....don't get cute with the spark plugs...go oem: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518633
....and no....one step colder plugs will not get you 100+hp like all the noobs claim
Brake Fluid
Engine Coolant...don't forget to add the Subaru conditioner to this

good luck
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:41 PM   #9
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I don't get on here alot but everyone is very helpful. I was going to sell the WRX because you have to run higher octance then regular and it gets expensive. At this point I decided to keep it. Great in the snow and honestly gives me 0 problems. Changing the oil is a little bit a pain in the ass but once you know the car it gets better. I love my 04 Wagon and look forward to driving in the snow.

BTW, all of thye above has been completed. Thanks. I'm glad I did it myself and did not waste cash at the stealership.
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