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Old 10-03-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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The manual says 4.5q. I've put 10k on my 07 2.5i and for each of it's 3 oil changes, it has taken 6.5 quarts.

When I bought it used from a Subaru dealer, it was underfilled almost 2 quarts. I assume they used the book numbers to fill and never checked the dipstick. ref: avoid Lakeland Subaru in Sheboygan, WI.

My car appears stock with the exception of wheels. Was a high capacity pan an option on these cars? Does anybody have pics, links, or a way to identify these pans? The previous owners' father worked at a Subaru dealership.

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Old 10-03-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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How are you determining that it takes 6.5qts? Unless you have some sort of magic oil pan, you're overfilling it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:52 PM   #3
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Why did you put 6.5 qts in it?
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:54 PM   #4
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6.5 quarts is WAY too much for an OEM pan. Take a peek underneath to see if it's OEM.

It should look like the bottom right one in this pic.

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:18 PM   #5
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How are you determining that it takes 6.5qts? Unless you have some sort of magic oil pan, you're overfilling it.
I use something known as a dipstick. 5 quarts doesn't even wet the tip of it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:19 PM   #6
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Why did you put 6.5 qts in it?
Because that amount put my car into operating range.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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Can I get any intelligent responses on this forum?

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:48 PM   #8
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I posted pictures above... Check your pan!! An OEM pan is filled to the brim with ~5 quarts. You're WAY over that. I wouldn't even start a car with that much oil in it with an OEM pan.

So here are the possibilities:

1) You have an aftermarket pan and it's filled just fine with 6.5 quarts.

2) You have the wrong dipstick.

3) You have the wrong dipstick tube.

What oil are you using and how do you check the oil; hot, cold?
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:13 PM   #9
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Can I get any intelligent responses on this forum?
Can you provide us enough meaningful information so that we can provide you with intelligent responses? KillerB has pretty much laid out the only options. Well, the other option is that you don't know how to read a dipstick.

I have the old style N/A oil pan (top right in the picture KillerB posted). My stock capacity was 4.7qt. I now use a shorter dipstick (from the turbo oil pan that has a big chunk of the sump missing), so that the oil level is higher in the pan. I only use about 6qt.

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:47 PM   #10
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Does anybody have pics, links, or a way to identify these pans? The previous owners' father worked at a Subaru dealership.
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bottom right one in this pic.

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Can I get any intelligent responses on this forum?
First of all, you're an even bigger jerk than I am and that's saying something. Get over yourself and start listening to people like Pat.

Second, you've been shown what an OEM pan looks like. Go look at yours.

Third, the oil requirement for your car is in your owner's manual. It'll say 4.7 quarts.

Fourth, we have an 06 2.5i. It takes exactly 4 quarts to bring it dead center on the dipstick every oil change.

Fifth, you're fracking something up or you have non-stock parts.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:55 PM   #11
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double check all the things you "think" you know for certain. maybe theres something you're missing. assume nothing.

tell us your oil change procedure.

^lol ty, youre not a jerk dude. you dont even have to respond to threads in an attempt to help ppl. nor do you have to answer my calls and share in my misery of receiving incorrect parts, which sucks HARD.

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Old 10-04-2010, 12:14 AM   #12
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Nice going, idiot. Try listening to the advice given to you, and try not to be a bitch who thinks he's entitled to everything.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:12 AM   #13
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The only option you have left is to do some ken block drifts in a school zone during school hours.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:33 PM   #14
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My first post was errant. It takes 5.5, not 6.5q. It's painted black and has the drain plug in similar/if not the same location as bottom left & right on KillerB's post.

I have almost 15k on my Subaru now. Using 5.5-6.0q hasn't seem to affect anything. +the dipstick level is right where it should be.. I check every 500 miles.

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Old 12-26-2010, 08:39 PM   #15
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Still confused + I appreciate everybody's help.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:23 AM   #16
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If I were you I'd post some pics of your oil pan and dip stick/tube. Then measure the length of your dip stick and the dip stick tube. Post those up and maybe somebody with the exact same car will be nice enough to take some measuremnts of theirs.

I remember back when I had my 06 2.5i wagon it took right around 4 qts, maybe 4.2 qts, I forget the exact number, it's been a while.

You're checking the stick with the engine off right?
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:49 PM   #17
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You're checking the stick with the engine off right?

Yep. I've checked it under almost every condition. Sitting a week/ run for 500 miles in a day/ and everything in between.

Measurement of dipstick is next.
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