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Old 05-28-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Well, its now time the first oil change for me in my Subie. Just looking for any recommendations on what oil/filter I should use. I will be doing it myself. 45k on the odo. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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I use a purolator pureone (the gold grippy one) and Rotella T 5w-40. I'm gonna try German Castrol 0w-30 for my next change.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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Well, its now time the first oil change for me in my Subie.
Lets hope it's not the very first one Probably the first for you doing it yourself.

Oil changes are easy, btw. I use Quaker State High Mileage Conventional (90K on odom for me) 10w-30 with an OEM Subaru filter. I'd recommend using OEM oil filters. I've used Fram for a number of years and had no problems even though people here 'hate' them. The new Subaru filters (blue) are made by Honeywell in Canada I do believe, the same people who make Fram. The black OEM filters are from Japan I think. Those are the best. All work fine for daily driving in my opinion.

Even different oils aren't all that much different. Just get something name brand. I've read many times on the forum here that Mobil 1 is bad, but I've had no experience with it.

Biggest difference is conventional vs. synthetic. People say if you switch to synthetic at a high mileage you can loosen seals and cracks naturally filled by conventional oil used in your previous mileage, making leaks. This is why I stay with convention and just change it ever 3K. You could probably go more, but why chance it? I don't drive all that much anyways, so only one change per year for me.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:33 PM   #4
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Valvoline SynPower & OEM filter every 5k
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:01 PM   #5
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OEM filters are fine, purolator pure-one and WIX filters are also very good.

i've been running pennzoil platinum 10W-30 for a while with good results (77k miles).

if you are curious how your engine is doing you can always do an oil analysis as well.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:30 PM   #6
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Forgot to update this when I finished. Penzoil Platnium 5w-30 and a WIX filter...
Whoever put the last oil filter on at the dealer... put the SOB on tight... Had to buy a 3 prong adjustable filter wrench to get it off after countless hours...
But now all said and done, I think my car is a lot happier.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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I use a purolator pureone (the gold grippy one) and Rotella T 5w-40. I'm gonna try German Castrol 0w-30 for my next change.
I use that filter and the german castrol.

Is this your first oil change you have ever done, or just on this car?
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:52 PM   #8
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I use that filter and the german castrol.

Is this your first oil change you have ever done, or just on this car?
+1 in fact I get the oil at Autozone and filter at advance
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:58 PM   #9
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I was gonna consider German Castrol but it's kind of expensive So this will be my first time trying Pennzoil Platinum 5w-30 (moving away from Rotella, don't believe I need a w40 oil).
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I was gonna consider German Castrol but it's kind of expensive So this will be my first time trying Pennzoil Platinum 5w-30 (moving away from Rotella, don't believe I need a w40 oil).
true but from Autozone awards zone the 5th one is $20.00 off
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #11
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Forgot to update this when I finished. Penzoil Platnium 5w-30 and a WIX filter...
Whoever put the last oil filter on at the dealer... put the SOB on tight... Had to buy a 3 prong adjustable filter wrench to get it off after countless hours...
But now all said and done, I think my car is a lot happier.
When I got my new 'used' Subie from the dealer, they had the fliter on so damn tight I had to do the same thing. They should not be on that tight at all. You don't want it to fall off, but this was ridiculous.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:44 AM   #12
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When I got my new 'used' Subie from the dealer, they had the fliter on so damn tight I had to do the same thing. They should not be on that tight at all. You don't want it to fall off, but this was ridiculous.
I think its a factory thing. Both my Impreza(07) and Forester(09) the first oil change after buying them brand new, the filter was on so tight I had to use a strap wrench to get the damn factory filter off. It must be a robot that puts those things on at assembly or something.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:57 AM   #13
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:22 PM   #14
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I use that filter and the german castrol.

Is this your first oil change you have ever done, or just on this car?
First oil change with this car. I have to say, the filter right in between the headers is awkward... Only reason it took so long, the first time I tried I didn't have the right tools to get the filter off. Tried just about everything.


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When I got my new 'used' Subie from the dealer, they had the fliter on so damn tight I had to do the same thing. They should not be on that tight at all. You don't want it to fall off, but this was ridiculous.
Tell me about it.. I've read from some places, it should be hand tight with like an extra 1/4 or a 1/2 turn.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:44 AM   #15
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crush gasket amsoil 5w 40 napa gold filter and your good to go.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:00 AM   #16
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crush gasket amsoil 5w 40 napa gold filter and your good to go.
If you are going to spend the coin on AmsOil, get their synthetic element filter. it's usually $10 and it does a very good job cleaning the oil.
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amsoil filters are the best but hard to come across for me.
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i have work for valvoline instant oil change for the past 5 years so i know what works and what doesn't. amsoil is the way to go.
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I use Shell Rotella T 5w-40 with a Bosch Distance Plus Filter, Advance Auto Parts has that, they are a bit pricey though, but the purolator ones I heard works really well too.
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i usually pick up 6 oil filters and crush washers everytime i go to the dealership (its 40 miles away). as for oil i go with shell rotella t or german castrol for the wrx and either castrol non-synthetic or valvoline for the volvo
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Wow 40 miles for oil filters, you are a crazy man ha. There are plenty of aftermarket options which some declare are better then oem which should be closer to you.
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Doesnt doing your oil changes yourself void the warranty?
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Doesnt doing your oil changes yourself void the warranty?
no, though you will need to keep your receipts of the oil and filters you purchase.
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Wow 40 miles for oil filters, you are a crazy man ha. There are plenty of aftermarket options which some declare are better then oem which should be closer to you.
well its not like i go there just to get filters. its the closest best buy too. so whenever i go to best buy i try to make it a point to swing by the stealership
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:42 AM   #25
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Damn and I thought I lived far away from stuff, my hats off to you Sir.

For the warranty question it is a very touchy subject. Technically yes they can try and deny a claim, having your records do help BUT if you do them yourself they will claim a non certified tech did the job etc etc.

Mainly depends on the dealer, it is very hard to mess up an oil change so do not fear doing it yourself.
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