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Old 10-27-2013, 03:15 PM   #4276
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I've been changing 3K - 3500K miles using RP and Roki filters. The cars been on the road a lot last couple months traveling, and had 2200 miles on change before trip to Denver. Decided not to change oil, but did change filter ( thanks to the ingenious location of our filters) and now I'm changing at 7286 miles on this oil change ( with filter change at 2200) and I'm not a drip below it was before driving to Denver. I drive it hard sometimes, and elevation runs it harder than I'd normally drive everyday at 1200'. I'm either lucky my car seals well, or fairly hard driving allowed it to really break in. Either way, at 16,XXX miles I've not seen a bit of oil loss.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #4277
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5.3 is full
And when the light come on I believe it's 3.2
So maybe 2qts.
I did do some heavy mountain driving with about 1,000lbs of extra weight.
So maybe it burned a little more oil.
Just gonna refill it with 2qts and change it in about 1500k
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:17 PM   #4278
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Well my low oil light just came on
2013 Impreza sport cvt.
13005k to be exact

I use Mobil 1 and a wix filter, I changed my last one at 7500k so not sure why it would consume that much oil.
What's your driving style? Lots of wide-open throttle acceleration? Lots of engine braking? Lots of short trips that don't let the engine reach full temp?
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #4279
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Well my wife drives the car m-f about 70miles a day round trip.

She is getting about 27.8mpg.
I guess she does have a heavy foot,
We broke the car in the right way,first oil change at 3k,then did the last one at 7,500k

Manufactured date
1/13

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Old 10-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #4280
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5.3 is full
And when the light come on I believe it's 3.2
So maybe 2qts.
I did do some heavy mountain driving with about 1,000lbs of extra weight.
So maybe it burned a little more oil.
Just gonna refill it with 2qts and change it in about 1500k
My low oil light comes on when about a 3/4 to 1 quart low.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:41 PM   #4281
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1qt in 5500 miles? That seems reasonable
I agree. Especially considering the threshold is 1qt in 1200 miles. I have been doing my oil changes every 5k and it works out pretty well.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #4282
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5.3 is full
And when the light come on I believe it's 3.2
So maybe 2qts.
I did do some heavy mountain driving with about 1,000lbs of extra weight.
So maybe it burned a little more oil.
Just gonna refill it with 2qts and change it in about 1500k
Did you even check the oil? 2qts should be 1qt too much as the light is supposed to come on 1.1qts low
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:16 PM   #4283
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My theory is that all the people that babied their cars from the start are burning oil because the engine did not seal propertly. I bought the car with 47 miles on it and by 50 miles I was already shifting at 6500 first 3 gears on the highway and even took the car up to 100+ a few times on an empty highway and guess what.... my car has not burned any oil for the 1250 miles that I have on it so far. Also I dont have issues with my transmission taking a long time to shift from R to D like some people complain they do. Also my engine is very quiet and no knocks due to fuel injectors or anything else. I have also noticed the car already is starting to feel stronger then any 148 hp car I ever drove. IDK maybe I am also just lucky.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:37 PM   #4284
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I agree with you on this. These boxer engines need to be broke in to seal up I think. Then they just like to run after that.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #4285
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My theory is that all the people that babied their cars from the start are burning oil because the engine did not seal propertly. I bought the car with 47 miles on it and by 50 miles I was already shifting at 6500 first 3 gears on the highway and even took the car up to 100+ a few times on an empty highway and guess what.... my car has not burned any oil for the 1250 miles that I have on it so far. Also I dont have issues with my transmission taking a long time to shift from R to D like some people complain they do. Also my engine is very quiet and no knocks due to fuel injectors or anything else. I have also noticed the car already is starting to feel stronger then any 148 hp car I ever drove. IDK maybe I am also just lucky.
Still on stock fill and they overfill from the factory. 1250 isnt alot of miles for people that arnt serious oil burners.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #4286
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Still on stock fill and they overfill from the factory. 1250 isnt alot of miles for people that arnt serious oil burners.
I don't think they overfill at the factory, if it is over filled at acceptance, I would blame the dealer because they are supposed to check it. I don't remember mine being much over the level on my dipstick for 5.3qts.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #4287
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I don't think they overfill at the factory, if it is over filled at acceptance, I would blame the dealer because they are supposed to check it. I don't remember mine being much over the level on my dipstick for 5.3qts.
mine was not overfilled thats the first thing I checked when I got the car home.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #4288
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My theory is that all the people that babied their cars from the start are burning oil because the engine did not seal propertly. I bought the car with 47 miles on it and by 50 miles I was already shifting at 6500 first 3 gears on the highway and even took the car up to 100+ a few times on an empty highway and guess what.... my car has not burned any oil for the 1250 miles that I have on it so far. Also I dont have issues with my transmission taking a long time to shift from R to D like some people complain they do. Also my engine is very quiet and no knocks due to fuel injectors or anything else. I have also noticed the car already is starting to feel stronger then any 148 hp car I ever drove. IDK maybe I am also just lucky.
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I agree with you on this. These boxer engines need to be broke in to seal up I think. Then they just like to run after that.
The thing is that they often don't start to burn oil until 10-15k km. Mine was broken in somewhere beteween nascar and oem recommendation. Got plenty of full throttle to redline but mostly just drove normally after the first few hundred km.

For me the oil light has come on twice now. Both times needed less than a full liter or quart to top up. The car blew blue smoke on cold start for about a week, at 13000km. Then it stopped. I am not certain I'll get anything from the dealer, the tsb doesn't seem to be on record with SOC.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #4289
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mine was not overfilled thats the first thing I checked when I got the car home.
Both recent Subarus I have purchased were overfilled from the factory and the tires were at like 48 PSI leaving the lot
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #4290
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Both recent Subarus I have purchased were overfilled from the factory and the tires were at like 48 PSI leaving the lot
guess they wanted to show the best MPG on the test drive
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:04 PM   #4291
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Both recent Subarus I have purchased were overfilled from the factory and the tires were at like 48 PSI leaving the lot
Sounds like you need to find a new dealership.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #4292
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It honestly wouldn't surprise me to learn that Subaru was purposely overfilling at the factory and telling the dealers to overfill in order to try and stop or delay the low oil light from coming on between OCIs. Thus reducing the number of complaints and trips back to the dealership for tests and to top off the oil. I'm sure there are still a ton of complaints out there about oil consumption from people who have cars that don't quite meet the threshold for short block replacement.

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:15 AM   #4293
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Driving style has much less to do with it than manufacture date imo.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:21 AM   #4294
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Talked to the dealer service mgr while my car was in. To qualify for the ring replacement you still have to meet the threshold of consumption.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #4295
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Wonder what will happen to people who's cars have some consumption now, but gets worse later on, like 60k or 70k? Conveniently out of warranty then
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Wonder what will happen to people who's cars have some consumption now, but gets worse later on, like 60k or 70k? Conveniently out of warranty then
Good thing with my dealer is, as long as I do my oil changes with them I get life time warranty on the engine. I was suprised they would offer me this, the only bad thing is I can't put my own oil it has to be theirs, but subaru oil is not bad either!
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #4297
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Good thing with my dealer is, as long as I do my oil changes with them I get life time warranty on the engine. I was suprised they would offer me this, the only bad thing is I can't put my own oil it has to be theirs, but subaru oil is not bad either!
That would be a good trade off though. I should have searched for that. Next time I'll find a dealer offering such.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:04 PM   #4298
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Good thing with my dealer is, as long as I do my oil changes with them I get life time warranty on the engine. I was suprised they would offer me this, the only bad thing is I can't put my own oil it has to be theirs, but subaru oil is not bad either!
Did they put that in writing? Did they list things that aren't included in the warranty? I could imagine a shady dealer having exclusions like, "Sorry, the water pump and alternator aren't included; when we said 'engine', we meant the pistons and camshafts and internal parts, but the water pump is hanging off of the engine and therefore isn't covered under warranty."

I could also imagine a shady dealer putting a deductible on claims. "You pay the first $200 of a repair, and we'll pay the rest. But only for the covered parts."

Sorry for being cynical. But I've seen too many ways for warranties/insurance to not be honored, much to the customer's surprise.
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Did they put that in writing? Did they list things that aren't included in the warranty? I could imagine a shady dealer having exclusions like, "Sorry, the water pump and alternator aren't included; when we said 'engine', we meant the pistons and camshafts and internal parts, but the water pump is hanging off of the engine and therefore isn't covered under warranty."

I could also imagine a shady dealer putting a deductible on claims. "You pay the first $200 of a repair, and we'll pay the rest. But only for the covered parts."

Sorry for being cynical. But I've seen too many ways for warranties/insurance to not be honored, much to the customer's surprise.
I do have it in writing. Its for the engine only and deductible is $50. They know chances are people will sell the car before the engine gives out I am sure otherwise they would not offer it. I plan to keep this car for a very long time so we will see what happens if my engine ever pops
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Wonder what will happen to people who's cars have some consumption now, but gets worse later on, like 60k or 70k? Conveniently out of warranty then
I have wondered about this a lot. If an engine chugs a quart in 2000mi from day one, imagine that engine after 100k, as well as the cats and sensors...
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