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Old 01-04-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default Is the EJ253 is on oil?

I'm a bit confused as to if the 2.5 NA engine is hard on oil. I have read verious threads on BITOG "bobistheoilguy" that include comments from many people to use the cheapest oil as long as it's in the proper grade. I have read on here that the 2.5 gets a lot hotter than a standard inline 4. What's right?
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:02 AM   #2
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Cheap is fine, just stay on top of your intervals.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:43 AM   #3
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Cheap is fine, just stay on top of your intervals.
What about using the weird oil brands at a Dollar Store? I think it's called Accel?
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:12 AM   #4
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Generally speaking, subies consume oil more than most cars. There's nothing wrong it's just the nature of the beast. A lot of people will rant and rave about what brand oil "works best"...for them. However the general concensus is Rotella seems to burn off less than other brands do. Personally, I found Castrol 0W-30 runs best in my car. However I'm also running an air/oil separator so that helps a bit as well. My advice is to try a few of the perfered oil brands for our cars and see what your motor likes best. It's also a very good idea to keep an extra quart in the car.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:47 AM   #5
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I would probably stay away from Dollar Store engine oil. You can get a good brand oil for about $2-$3 per quart. Pennzoil is only $2.59 a quart at Target. 0W-XX is probably the best for cold weather. It flows better when cold.

As far as oil consumption, until I started getting some valve cover gasket leaks, I never used any oil. It doesnt burn any oil since I had all my engine seals replaced. I always put 4 quarts in and get 4 quarts out when i change it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #6
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Walmart FTW.... 5quart Mobil clean 5000 5w30 $11.50

Inexpensive oil makes me more likely to short change intervals. I start thinking about it around 3000 and it is usually changed by 3300
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:58 AM   #7
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Yeah Walmart is pretty cheap on brand name oil.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #8
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I'm talking Pennzoil yellow bottle cheap. As far as synthetics go, you're not dealing with real synthetics until you get to the $12 a quart ****.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:00 PM   #9
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I use Quaker State High Mileage from Walmart... $13.50.. gets the job done.
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I used 5w-40 only b/c ive got 76K on my 2008 before that I used Quaker State 5w-30 (for 50K miles)
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ROYAL PURPLE+K&N filter FTW. cost an arm and a leg but put my mind at ease.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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Subaru's don't necessarily nor have to burn oil. Random manufacturing tolerances sort of makes it hit or miss. However, a good builder and a rebuilt motor to tight tolerances can make it burn virtually nothing, even the turbo cars.
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