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Old 07-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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First ever WRX and Subie owner (2015 WRX Galaxy blue). Upgraded from a Mazda3 and am looking forward to this car for the long haul!

I have tried searching some threads but I was just wondering if there is any advice that you can give me about daily up keep, or just things in general that I can do to make sure this lasts as long as possible.

Thank you for any advice!
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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Make sure your gas door works. Sounds stupid but plenty of us have had the issue. Change the oil, run the best gas possible and enjoy the next 100K plus miles of fun!
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:56 PM   #3
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- The best advice, is to change the oil on regular 5k and change the oil filter every 10k (if not 5k).
- Don't ignore any unusual symptoms, noise, etc.
- Read the owner's manual and do as suggested in it.
- Since AWD, keep all same tires (even size), don't mix different sizes and rotate them regularly.
- There will be some problems in long run (every machinery wears with time) but consider them just as few bump in the long journey.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:11 PM   #4
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- The best advice, is to change the oil on regular 5k and change the oil filter every 10k (if not 5k).
- Don't ignore any unusual symptoms, noise, etc.
- Read the owner's manual and do as suggested in it.
- Since AWD, keep all same tires (even size), don't mix different sizes and rotate them regularly.
- There will be some problems in long run (every machinery wears with time) but consider them just as few bump in the long journey.
i know, I know, 5k is the new standard and 3K miles is the old way of thinking. I would just say do it at 3K and change your oil filter with it as well. I have heard to do the STi at 3K even though the manual says 6900 is the first oil change. *ring land* but you probably don't have to worry about this issue. Rotate your tires every 2 oil changes or 6K.

I might be on the old way of thinking when it comes to oil changes.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:57 PM   #5
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i know, I know, 5k is the new standard and 3K miles is the old way of thinking. I would just say do it at 3K and change your oil filter with it as well. I have heard to do the STi at 3K even though the manual says 6900 is the first oil change. *ring land* but you probably don't have to worry about this issue. Rotate your tires every 2 oil changes or 6K.

I might be on the old way of thinking when it comes to oil changes.
I agree to you, the sooner the better. It also depends on what kind of driving you do, If you drive mostly on high rpms than normal, stick to 3k schedule. I live in bit hilly area and so I replace the oil every 5k, and I used to do it every 6k before when I was in plains. Also, I use full synthetic on a impreza 2.5i which is not a performance car as opposed to WRX/STi so its better to stick with 3k I guess.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:03 AM   #6
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I agree to you, the sooner the better. It also depends on what kind of driving you do, If you drive mostly on high rpms than normal, stick to 3k schedule. I live in bit hilly area and so I replace the oil every 5k, and I used to do it every 6k before when I was in plains. Also, I use full synthetic on a impreza 2.5i which is not a performance car as opposed to WRX/STi so its better to stick with 3k I guess.
I agree with this. Safe bet is to do it at 3K no matter what the driving habit is but the more aggressive you run the car, the sooner the change prior to recommended changes. I will change mine at 3K, including oil filter with every oil change...like it has been stated, might be an old way of thinking but I baby my car, it's what I do.

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:44 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys. Kind of wondering if I should stick to schedule that Subaru stated, I've changed my oil before on previous cars but really don't want to mess with the WRX until I have to.

Would the dealership do the change at around 5k or no?
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:29 AM   #8
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Just bought my first and literally everyone has ground into me the importance of oil changes every 3-5 on my 2011. So I'm with everyone above!
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:45 AM   #9
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i know, I know, 5k is the new standard and 3K miles is the old way of thinking. I would just say do it at 3K and change your oil filter with it as well. I have heard to do the STi at 3K even though the manual says 6900 is the first oil change. *ring land* but you probably don't have to worry about this issue. Rotate your tires every 2 oil changes or 6K.

I might be on the old way of thinking when it comes to oil changes.

Changing syn oil @3k is silly. That's really for the people who forget to change their oil routinely. So when they are 2k overdue it's not an issue.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #10
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Don't have any advice for you but I'm new to the Houston area and wondering if you've found any local groups to meet up with. Going to check the TXIC pages again, but the last few times I've been on there I haven't really found anything around Houston.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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Houston Subaru Club is what I hear is the group around Houston. Not too sure though as I am a newbie to Subaru's
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:42 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice guys. Kind of wondering if I should stick to schedule that Subaru stated, I've changed my oil before on previous cars but really don't want to mess with the WRX until I have to.

Would the dealership do the change at around 5k or no?
Who holds your warranty? Answer: Subaru.

What does Subaru say about the recommended oil change interval? Answer: It's in the owner's manual.

That's all you need to know.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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Congrats on the works
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