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Old 06-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #3776
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Started an oil consumption tet with my dealer just last week. The low oil light came on at about 1200 miles. This is the second time it happened. The car has a little over 15k now. First time it happened was at 1700 miles. It's weird though, sometimes the light will turn off without any reason after a day or two of driving.
When I had my oil consumption problem the light would turn on, turn off after 30-50 km, come back on again after another 100-200, turn off again after another 30-50, then come back on again after another 100km or so until oil was added. It did that every time I was low on oil. It tricked me a few times when I would be going to Subaru to show theme situation, I would arrive there and then..SORRY! no low oil light.
You will get used to it if nothing is done about it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:39 AM   #3777
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Watch carefully and be sure to have low oil recorded at the dealer. We have a 2012 Impreza that the oil light began coming on shortly after purchase. Long story short, the dealer went through oil consumption tracking over a period of time. Finally agreed they needed to replace the short block. After breaking in the "new" engine found that it was once again down 1 1/2 quarts (1500 Miles). Since then a new oil consumption tracking has begun with regular oil lights and visits to the dealer. We bought a Subaru for reliability. So far it has been at the dealers more times than the used VW we traded in. Very frustrating. Dealer says there are rumors that the cylinders are bored too smooth causing oil to pass by. Not sure where this is going to end.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #3778
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Does this mean the oil level light comes on even when the oil level is good?
It still comes on when low. But disappears, never tried waiting till it comes on again. I usually call my dealer almost immediately and make an appt.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #3779
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I've had my light come on and go off a handful of times before, but mine usually stays on until I add oil.

BTW, still waiting to hear back from the dealership about word from SOA. May try calling SOA myself if I dont hear anything by the end of this coming week.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:45 PM   #3780
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Watch carefully and be sure to have low oil recorded at the dealer. We have a 2012 Impreza that the oil light began coming on shortly after purchase. Long story short, the dealer went through oil consumption tracking over a period of time. Finally agreed they needed to replace the short block. After breaking in the "new" engine found that it was once again down 1 1/2 quarts (1500 Miles). Since then a new oil consumption tracking has begun with regular oil lights and visits to the dealer. We bought a Subaru for reliability. So far it has been at the dealers more times than the used VW we traded in. Very frustrating. Dealer says there are rumors that the cylinders are bored too smooth causing oil to pass by. Not sure where this is going to end.
My new short block burned .7 of a quart after 4000km but hasn't happened since. Which is over 10000km now.
You could be right about cylinders being bored too smooth because when I got my new short block, they also sent the my engine to a machine shop...to gets machined, no sure if it was the pistons or cylinders but that's what they said
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:56 AM   #3781
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I don't understand they can say it could be bored too smooth. After a cylinder is bored, the honing tool is used to rough up the cylinder wall to give it the cross-hashing. This allows a film of oil to remain in the cylinder wall. If the honing is done poorly, that will cause the engine to burn oil, so I thought.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:14 AM   #3782
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Currently down 1/2" in 875 miles.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #3783
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My car has just under 14,000 miles on it and at this point does not look to be consuming oil, and hopefully never will. My biggest worry is that down the road the car will start to consume oil at a high rate and be out of power train warranty. Sucks that they have not been able to pin point the problem from the short blocks that they have replaced. I really feel for you guys who consume oil at high rates!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #3784
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My biggest worry is that down the road the car will start to consume oil at a high rate and be out of power train warranty.
This is HIGHLY unlikely, as long as you change your oil at the recommended interval. Cars that burn oil seem to do so from the start. If yours isn't consuming oil now, it likely never will.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:29 PM   #3785
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Which is why us owners of OIL BURNING SUBARUS feel cheated.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #3786
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^^ I understand that.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:42 PM   #3787
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Youre one of the only ones who does. You actually have been quite helpful, Steve.
The thread hasnt gptten venomous in quite a while!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:12 PM   #3788
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Well, I finally got the call from the dealership to drop my car off July 8th so they can disassemble the engine and find out what's causing the excessive oil consumption. Not sure how long it'll be there but here's hoping that they give me something good for a loaner. Keeping my fingers crossed for a wrx lol.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:53 PM   #3789
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Well, I finally got the call from the dealership to drop my car off July 8th so they can disassemble the engine and find out what's causing the excessive oil consumption. Not sure how long it'll be there but here's hoping that they give me something good for a loaner. Keeping my fingers crossed for a wrx lol.
Keep a log of all the times you had you car at the dealership. Especially including when you drop off your car on the 8th. Good luck man!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:43 AM   #3790
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Well, I finally got the call from the dealership to drop my car off July 8th so they can disassemble the engine and find out what's causing the excessive oil consumption. Not sure how long it'll be there but here's hoping that they give me something good for a loaner. Keeping my fingers crossed for a wrx lol.
So they're going to try a repair rather than going directly to a short block replacement?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:14 AM   #3791
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I wouldnt want a dealership tearing my engine apart. Replace? Yes
As mentioned keep track of all the time your car has been in the shop. A lemon law may help you.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #3792
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So they're going to try a repair rather than going directly to a short block replacement?
I honestly don't know what the procedure is or what they'll end up doing, but at least they admit there is a problem and they are doing something about it.

My guess is that I'll get a replacement engine/short block. A service rep did say something to me before about SOA not willing to just send out a replacement engine without proper documentation of my excessive consumption.

Believe me, I plan to ask plenty of questions the day I drop the car off. I still may end up calling SOA beforehand and see what their comments on the situation are.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #3793
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jr0bb5, I feel confident that you'll be taken care of. I don't see why they wouldn't replace the shortblock.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:12 PM   #3794
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #3795
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Whelp looks like it might happen to more of us. My light came on at 18300 about 3300 miles into the oil change period. 3/4 of a quart made it right again
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #3796
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Whelp looks like it might happen to more of us. My light came on at 18300 about 3300 miles into the oil change period. 3/4 of a quart made it right again
Sorry to hear that. Is this all of a sudden or have you noticed it being below the full mark in previous oil changes?
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Whelp looks like it might happen to more of us. My light came on at 18300 about 3300 miles into the oil change period. 3/4 of a quart made it right again
Was this the first time your oil level light came on in the 18k miles you owned the car?

My car has 16.5k miles on it. No oil level concerns at all. I plan to use a 6.5k oil change interval, and right now with 5.5k miles on the oil, my oil level is perfect.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:32 PM   #3798
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Sorry to hear that. Is this all of a sudden or have you noticed it being below the full mark in previous oil changes?
Nope i believe i actually checked it at the gas station a couple weeks before and didnt notice any difference.

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Was this the first time your oil level light came on in the 18k miles you owned the car?

My car has 16.5k miles on it. No oil level concerns at all. I plan to use a 6.5k oil change interval, and right now with 5.5k miles on the oil, my oil level is perfect.
First time. First oil change at 2991 then at 7604, 14851, Oil light at 18300

Ill check it again tonight just to make sure. Otherwise nothing wrong with the car. It runs great.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:02 PM   #3799
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How in the world did it take me this long to find this thread? I am just about to turn 22k on my sport premium and I have been burning oil since the beginning.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:25 PM   #3800
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How in the world did it take me this long to find this thread? I am just about to turn 22k on my sport premium and I have been burning oil since the beginning.
Sorry to hear about your oil burning issue. You've definitely found the right place to discuss it though.
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