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Old 12-12-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
protivakid
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I read the FAQ but did not find my answer. I have a 2001 legacy w/ 124,000 miles on it. I use it as a winter car and it does have the soft ticking noise from the engine upon start that I read other owners having and Subaru saying isn't a big deal.

My questions are what oil do you guys like and weight? Conventional or Synthetic? Thanks!!
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:19 PM   #2
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Your Legacy (as well as mine) requires periodic valve adjustments to stay in spec. Mine have never been adjusted, and with nearly 210K miles on my '00 Legacy (same engine as yours). Subaru "piston slap" is common and well-known on startup, but I have never heard it with my Legacy, only valve tick. My WRX, on the other hand, definitely has piston slap and it is very pronounced on cold startup.

I wouldn't sweat it.

I use a full-synthetic oil, Pennzoil Ultra 10w-30, with the blue Subaru OEM filter. Here is a pic of my engine at 208K miles when I changed the valve cover gaskets/spark plug tube seals--


Clean as a whistle, but you can see the nuts and screw slots for where you adjust the valves.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:46 AM   #3
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Nice picture! Would 5W-30 be better for the winter though? Think a NAPA filter would work just as well, the closest dealership is 40 mins . Also how hard is it to do the adjustments?
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:27 PM   #4
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Nice picture! Would 5W-30 be better for the winter though? Think a NAPA filter would work just as well, the closest dealership is 40 mins . Also how hard is it to do the adjustments?
I use synthec since car was new

I use 5w-30 mostly on winter. subarus don't like thick oil
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:46 PM   #5
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protivakid - It depends largely on where you live, and how cold your Subaru is when you start it. Do you keep your Subaru in an insulated and/or heated garage ?

James can get away with a synthetic 10W-30 because he lives in Houston, Texas where as VIC/SE lives way up in the Great White North region of Montreal, Canada.
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