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Old 01-16-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default 2011 WRX long road trip burned a lot of oil

Hey all,

Just moved from NJ to Dallas. I have 10k on the car and had an oil and tranny fluid change right before the trip with Amsoil synth. I arrived in Dallas and noticed a very noisy tranny. I checked the oil and was low on both tranny and motor. I averaged about 90 mph for 3 days at 8hrs a day. I'm not sure if being in boost at 3k rpm for the majority of the driving made it worse?

I added some tranny oil and it sounds a bit better. The motor oil is pretty dark.

Is this normal? Or could the be another underlying problem?

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Old 01-17-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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Which weight and flavor Amsoil? I had a problem with the SSO 0w-30 when it first came out, high consumption on 3 different engines it was used in. But also running 90mph for 3 days can indeed show some consumption. As long as it's not 1qt in 1K miles, you're probably ok. Check level regularly.

The gearbox can be tough to get a good level indicator. When I had the gearbox oil changed on my '11 WRX, they filled it to spec, but it ended up being nearly 1/3qt low on the stick after 1K miles. No leaks, just not filled/checked correctly. YMMV.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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Is this fairly typical in the new WRX's. Im planning a road trip with the fam to NC and wondering if Im going to need to keep an eye out for this.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:57 AM   #4
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It's completely normal, especially if you ran Amsoil 0W-30 or 5W-30 and may continue.

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Old 01-17-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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How low are you talking? Down more than a quart in 2160 miles?
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, I use 5w30 Amsoil synth and 75-90 severe gear tranny oil. The level stated was on the low mark on the dip stick for both.

Thanks for the confirmation guys. I'm gonna do an oil change today. I'm going to try the Motul this time.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:40 PM   #7
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I wanna know on what highways in the USA you can drive "about 90 mph for 3 days at 8hrs a day" and not get a speeding ticket.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
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SubLGT, I'm with you on that. Up here in the Pac NW, that just doesn't work, not with all the lazer units being used these days.

At 3K in flat and level cruise, you're probably close to zero boost. Regardless, it shouldn't burn a drop of either fluid at cruise - there's very little load on the motor, even at 90. We've taken 2 trips to SFO in the past month in my wife's WRX, roughly 2300 miles, almost all of it at a steady 70-80 in cruise, and the car burned nothing, nada, ziop.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:43 PM   #9
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SubLGT, I'm with you on that. Up here in the Pac NW, that just doesn't work, not with all the lazer units being used these days.

At 3K in flat and level cruise, you're probably close to zero boost. Regardless, it shouldn't burn a drop of either fluid at cruise - there's very little load on the motor, even at 90. We've taken 2 trips to SFO in the past month in my wife's WRX, roughly 2300 miles, almost all of it at a steady 70-80 in cruise, and the car burned nothing, nada, ziop.
I usually burn oil on trips and I'm at 3500 rpm's at 80 mph. When I drive to SC, that's the speed in the RIGHT lane on I95 through NC.

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #10
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ive driven a few 3-4 hour trips in my 08. never had to add oil in 40 k miles so far.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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Ha, I saw 3 state troopers the entire trip and they were in Virginia and Arkansas. I would say 85mph is the average for most of the drivers I've seen on the road so I'm lucky.

Anyways, I'm taking it to a local subaru performance shop in Fort Worth for an oil change and they'll send the oil to get analyzed and see whats up from there.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:35 PM   #12
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In boost for that long, and you didnt check your oil along the way?
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I wanna know on what highways in the USA you can drive "about 90 mph for 3 days at 8hrs a day" and not get a speeding ticket.
I drove from Charlotte, NC to Portland, OR last summer. The answer to your question is any highway b/w about Nebraska & the Oregon border. I averaged 85-90 mph that whole stretch, but keep in mind the speed limit is 75 out that way, making 85-90mph fairly commonplace. At one point I did 90mph for 16 straight hours...in one long, long, long straight line :/
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I usually burn oil on trips and I'm at 3500rpm's at 80 mph...
New motor, old motor?
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.........I averaged 85-90 mph that whole stretch, but keep in mind the speed limit is 75 out that way, making 85-90mph fairly commonplace. At one point I did 90mph for 16 straight hours...in one long, long, long straight line :/
I tried to average 85 mph on my last trip through the "middle of nowhere" in southeast Idaho, in winter. I would literally see another car only every 15 minutes. Came over a crest, and there was the Idaho State Police waiting for me.
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Anyways, I'm taking it to a local subaru performance shop in Fort Worth for an oil change and they'll send the oil to get analyzed and see whats up from there.
Oil analysis is good but may not be helpful when trying to figure out consumption. I've been doing them since I had 7,500 miles on the odo, consumption started at 60k, and now I'm at 115k.

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Dennis, so it burned little/no oil until 60K? That's pretty good. I've had 4 of these cars now and 2 burned @ a qt every 3K from off the lot to over 80K miles; the other 2 never burned anything until they hit 90K, and then only when i pushed them hard, never at cruise. Regardless, it never bothered me either way; oil's relatively cheap.

Some are tighter than others, I guess. Same's been true of most of my other cars too.
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Dennis, so it burned little/no oil until 60K? That's pretty good. I've had 4 of these cars now and 2 burned @ a qt every 3K from off the lot to over 80K miles; the other 2 never burned anything until they hit 90K, and then only when i pushed them hard, never at cruise. Regardless, it never bothered me either way; oil's relatively cheap.

Some are tighter than others, I guess. Same's been true of most of my other cars too.
Right, and I always ran GC for the first 60k.

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I'm not sure if the manual says anything different for '11's as far as changing weights. Earlier years gives an acceptable range of weights/viscousities etc.

Anyways, to combat consumption many owners will jump up to 5w40. If your're sold on Amsoil they make 5w40 Euro formula that some guys run and love. Check with Amsoil to see if it meets specifications for an '11 engine.

I run either 5w40 Rotella or Motul 8100 5w40. My car doesn't consume a drop and it has over 100k.
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Anyways, I'm taking it to a local subaru performance shop in Fort Worth for an oil change
What shop in Ft Worth? I am in Ft Worth and I saw a few shops in Dallas, but someplace closer would be nice.
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