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View Poll Results: does your subie burn oil?
yes 79 52.32%
no 73 48.34%
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default does your subaru burn oil?

hit the poll. I will be picking up a 2011 WRX soon. i am new to the boxer engine and just curious what the concensus on this engine characteristics. if your motor do burn/use oil, how much?
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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Less that a qt every 3500
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:37 PM   #3
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Less that a qt every 3500
do you know how much oil it takes from the bottom line to the top line of the dipstick?
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for reminding me I have to add oil to my scoob!
I was 1/4" from the low mark on my dip stick. I added a little under a quart and it was just a bit below the full dot (remember my car is very cold as is the oil. Maybe it would have read higher if the oil were more viscous)

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Old 02-03-2011, 11:39 PM   #5
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I have no idea how much oil that is exactly. I normally just put in 4qts when I do a change and I am right at the top line
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:58 AM   #6
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I have no idea how much oil that is exactly. I normally just put in 4qts when I do a change and I am right at the top line
Your capacity should be 4.7...
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:52 AM   #7
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I have no idea how much oil that is exactly. I normally just put in 4qts when I do a change and I am right at the top line
Don't take any turns to hard then...Your car takes 4.7, and at 4 quarts you are low.

To answer the original question, yes i burn oil. The amount depends on what brand...upto a quart every 1,500 miles.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:54 AM   #8
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My 02 doesn't burn a drop, 95k and strong.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:59 AM   #9
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I have an 2000 Impreza with EJ22 - 185,000km - no oil burn
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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I bought my 02 wrx in 2001, for cash, out of the showroom, and it has never burned oil (allways synthetic after the factory fill); not even M1 5w-30 when I was using it; tried many brands; starting last year with T6 5w-40). No problems with synthetic oil.

I started running a TXS utec stg 3 in 2002. Very early used 93+ fuel (now 95-97 octane with utec tuning).

No oil burning. Bounced off fuel cuts beginning with the factory fill. I have run with an estimated 26 psi (past the sti gauge scale) on a closed wastegate. Still no oil burning.

Strange, isn't it.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:51 PM   #11
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4.2 qt for the new ones and I haven't noticed any oil burn but I'm not yet to my second change on the 11
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:21 PM   #12
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thanks guys, looks like its a 50/50 chance of getting an oil burner. I will be leasing one instead of buying. so that If I get the oil burner, I am not stuck with it . if I get the non burner one, I can opt to buy it in the end . thanks
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:26 PM   #13
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Mine does, but only because I need new Valve Cover Gaskets
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:32 PM   #14
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Mine does, but only because I need new Valve Cover Gaskets
Ha, mine too. It's at the bottom of a list of maintenance issues for a 93 wagon with 262k miles.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:39 PM   #15
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the 2.5 motor takes abour 4.5 quarts...and i highly recomend going synthetic! not only do u burn less oil but it saves the wear and tear in nur engine and u already know. I use mobil 1 synth.

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:53 PM   #16
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I burn a tiny bit, but thats probably due to the fact that I run forged pistons. I don't mean to bring this up again, but try not to run Mobil1. I had nothing but problems with it when i ran it in my last short block, and I know many others have experienced the same.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:56 PM   #17
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the 2.5 motor takes abour 4.5 quarts...and i highly recomend going synthetic! not only do u burn less oil but it saves the wear and tear in nur engine and u already know. I use mobil 1 synth.
hooo boy.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:58 PM   #18
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hooo boy.
I couldn't agree more.... And now it begins haha. I have no idea why people defend Mobil1 when its been proven again and again to be a terrible oil.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:02 PM   #19
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I'd broken in all my subaru's the right way and none have ever burned a drop.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #20
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Your capacity should be 4.7...
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*goes out to re re check oil*

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Don't take any turns to hard then...Your car takes 4.7, and at 4 quarts you are low.

To answer the original question, yes i burn oil. The amount depends on what brand...upto a quart every 1,500 miles.
*triple checks oil level*
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:11 PM   #21
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I dont really know how subarus run with mobil1 but i had an RSX and only used mobil1 and never had no problmes....would royal purple be better for the boxer engine??
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I dont really know how subarus run with mobil1 but i had an RSX and only used mobil1 and never had no problmes....would royal purple be better for the boxer engine??
no, that's the only oil that's worse.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #23
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lets keep this topic on track guys, there are already alot of "which oil to use" threads. thanks
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #24
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I dont really know how subarus run with mobil1 but i had an RSX and only used mobil1 and never had no problmes....would royal purple be better for the boxer engine??
Oh boy.... Not at all. Try running Castrol Syntech or Shell Rotella.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #25
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my car hasnt burned any YET...but i will try Castrol Synthtech since u recomment it but yeah, thanks
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