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Old 04-02-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default High Oil Consumption Subaru TSB 02-115-11

From today's New York Times:
SUBARU - Owners of some 2010-11 models may complain of high oil consumption or see smoke coming from the exhaust. In T.S.B. 02-115-11 issued on Jan. 20, Subaru said the problem in 2010 Foresters and 2011 Legacy, Outback and Impreza models probably stems from faulty machining of the holes for the intake-valve guides. The cure requires replacement of the cylinder head.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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Ouch... replace the entire head.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:13 PM   #3
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I already saw in the last year, 2 current gen Legacies blowing quite a bit of blue smoke out of the exhaust on acceleration. So I guess there really is a problem after all. My mother's 2011 Impreza isn't using any oil thankfully.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:07 AM   #4
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Dayyuummm. That sucks.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:01 AM   #6
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My Tribeca's been in the dealer shop for two months now for warped cyclinder heads and it turns out the whole engine is now shot and is being replaced by the dealer with a brand-new one albeit very SLOWLY under warranty as a pre-existing condition since I had issues with the heads before! I wonder if this is part of the same issue the recall is all about?
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:52 AM   #7
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My Tribeca's been in the dealer shop for two months now for warped cyclinder heads and it turns out the whole engine is now shot and is being replaced by the dealer with a brand-new one albeit very SLOWLY under warranty as a pre-existing condition since I had issues with the heads before! I wonder if this is part of the same issue the recall is all about?
Doubtful, EZ's have a different assembly line not to mention a completely different design.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:09 PM   #8
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:51 PM   #9
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Great now everyone and their mother will come in claiming their car has oil consumption trying to get a free head when they aren't in the affected range. lol
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:00 PM   #10
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It's true.
Thanks for posting this (and the other one too)... It will be easy to talk to ***hats at the dealerships.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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My Tribeca's been in the dealer shop for two months now for warped cyclinder heads and it turns out the whole engine is now shot and is being replaced by the dealer with a brand-new one albeit very SLOWLY under warranty as a pre-existing condition since I had issues with the heads before! I wonder if this is part of the same issue the recall is all about?
That's odd. That engine is pretty damn stout. Only problem is sometimes you'll get misfires from carbon build up in the valves then they won't seat properly. I can tell you replacing valves or taking off the heads suck and techs loose their ass on them.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting this (and the other one too)... It will be easy to talk to ***hats at the dealerships.
You're welcome. It's important to see the real TSB in order to prevent internet rumors and fear mongering.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:39 AM   #13
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My Legacy is outside the VIN range by 4 units. This is good that my car may not experience this oil burning or bad if it does burn oil and they wont fix it because it falls outside the range.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:46 AM   #14
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Mine is within the VIN range. But 2.5k since my last service and the oil level is within spec. I planned on getting a change win 1k more, so I'll monitor it until then.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:57 AM   #15
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Thanks for posting this, mine's not in the VIN range, but had a nice cloud of smoke this morning....
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #16
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The way I interpret the TSB, you must have a cylinder head within the serial # range. They go by the head serial #, not the VIN. Also, I'm not positive but I think that would only include non turbo engines. Look under "applicability" on page 1. Then the tech is going to inspect for excessive carbon deposits. Only if you have the head serial # and the excessive carbon deposits will you receive the warranty work.

I'm not sure how this will play out on the individual dealership level though.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:33 PM   #17
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It's looking like only n/a models are affected which is good for me. Still sucks though

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Thanks for posting this, mine's not in the VIN range, but had a nice cloud of smoke this morning....
Your car was smoking this morning? While idling or driving? Was the motor warm or cold?
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:39 PM   #18
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It's looking like only n/a models are affected which is good for me. Still sucks though



Your car was smoking this morning? While idling or driving? Was the motor warm or cold?
Motor was warm / hot. Came home, did some stuff (15 min or so), fired it back up and I saw some nice clouds of smoke come out the pipes. Also my exhaust tips have tons of carbon on them.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:51 PM   #19
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Mine is within the VIN range but not within the cylinder head serial range... weird.
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Mine is within the VIN range but not within the cylinder head serial range... weird.
They probably narrowed it down to a certain production batch of heads, hence the head serial # range. There may have been a couple different batches that could have been used in the VIN range. So even if you are in the affected VIN range, you may have gotten heads from a batch that didn't have the problem (hopefully).
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:49 PM   #21
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Great now everyone and their mother will come in claiming their car has oil consumption trying to get a free head when they aren't in the affected range. lol
If you don't have oil consumption why would you want a 'free' head? I would much rather nobody open up the engine if it's running fine.
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People do that all the time. They want everything fixed before its broken / out of warranty.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:15 PM   #24
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If you don't have oil consumption why would you want a 'free' head? I would much rather nobody open up the engine if it's running fine.
really.. Then the head gasket will go later on, from them messing with it.
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If you don't have oil consumption why would you want a 'free' head? I would much rather nobody open up the engine if it's running fine.
Because even though people are not having consumption problems they will say they are. This way they dont have issues down the road. That is how it works.
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