Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday August 29, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Subaru Models > Forester Forum

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-07-2003, 11:10 AM   #1
mikebike357
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 35008
Join Date: Apr 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Portland, Maine
Vehicle:
2003 Forester XS
2008 Outback 2.5i

Post Maintenance Interval - 3750 miles

My '03 XS is approaching the first official Subaru maintenance window and i'm interested to see what some of you veteran Forester owners think about them!

The 3750 mile interval is just an oil change. Should I use the Dealer or will JiffyLube suffice? I'm looking to go with a synthetic oil so I can run up to 4k or 5k miles between changes.

The next interval around 7500 miles they say to rotate the tires. Any suggestions/recommendations regarding this? My XS is my first AWD ride so i'm interested to see how I burn through the rubber over the miles!

Thanks!
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
mikebike357 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 12:39 PM   #2
DaveM
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 4503
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Southeast PA
Vehicle:
2012 Imp Sport Ltd
Camellia Red

Default

The very first oil change is at 3000, not 3750. At least on a Legacy or Outback. Look in your maintenance guide to confirm the first oil change interval. The intervals are then 7500, 15000, 22500, etc or every 3750 for severe duty.

The order of preference for changing the oil is Do It Yourself or dealer. It's VERY easy to change the oil on a Subaru.

I won't even mention that changing synthetic every 4 or 5k miles is overkill.

Dave
DaveM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 02:02 PM   #3
ducktapeguy
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 24353
Join Date: Sep 2002
Vehicle:
2001 Forester
Silver

Default

I'll try and respond while I still can (before they block my access again)

I'd change it yourself if you can, it's about a 20 minute job. If you cant', I would NOT recommend taking it to those quick lube places. too many horror stories about draining the front diff or transmission, and messing up your car. if you don't have the access or tools to do it yourself, dealers usually have specials for oil changes, I can get mine for $20, and they wash your car too. But sometimes the mechanincs aren't much better than the quick lube places. IF possible, go to a subaru dealership, not one of those subaru/ford/mazda/bmw/rolls royce type ones. The mechanics there probably aren't too familiar with a subaru, so if you want it done right, you'd have to do it yourself. And by changing it yourself, you can be sure they use the oil you specify, rather than something out of a huge barrel.

I usually rotate the tires on every oil change. While my oil is changing, I can usually rotate one side, finish the oil change, the rotate the other side. In general, if you have some mechanical ability, then Subaru's are very easy to work on. Everything was designed to be pretty accessible, unlike a honda.
ducktapeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 03:46 PM   #4
mikebike357
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 35008
Join Date: Apr 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Portland, Maine
Vehicle:
2003 Forester XS
2008 Outback 2.5i

Post '03 XS First interval is 3750

Just checked my "My.Subaru" site and 3750 is the first interval. Second is at 7500.

I may try it myself this round... can't be that hard! I've always wondered what I was really getting from the oil change places when you drop the big bucks on a synthetic oil change and you see 'em filling it up from a pump gun attached to a hose in the ceiling...

Any oil & oil filter recommendations?
mikebike357 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 06:14 PM   #5
Crashton
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 3808
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Westerville, OH , USA
Vehicle:
2005 Forester XT!!!
Crystal Gray Metallic

Default

Well Mike you asked so here it is. I use Mobile 1 10w30 in mine with a Purolator Pure one filter. Being that you only have 3,700 mi on your Forester I'd wait till the next oil change to go synthetic. Just use a high quality oil. I've had very good luck with Valvoline in the past.
Crashton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 12:13 AM   #6
DaveM
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 4503
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Southeast PA
Vehicle:
2012 Imp Sport Ltd
Camellia Red

Default Re: '03 XS First interval is 3750

Quote:
Originally posted by mikebike357
Just checked my "My.Subaru" site and 3750 is the first interval. Second is at 7500.
Per the factory maintenance manual, the FIRST oil change is 3000 miles. It's 3750 or 7500 thereafter.

The "dealer" maintenance schedule at My.subaru.com is wrong, at least for my dealer. This is accessed via the Maintenance Schedule link on the left side of the my.subaru home page. Once in the "dealer" schedule , if you click on "view an online version of this schedule", you are accessing the Manufacturer's Recommended Maintenance Schedule and it correctly displays 3000 miles as the first oil change.

Dave
DaveM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2003, 05:52 PM   #7
Subietonic
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 12588
Join Date: Nov 2001
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Low Country, SC
Vehicle:
Four Count 'em
GF5,BDA,BD5, BP5

Default

You mentioned that this is your first AWD and believe it or not, keeping your Subaru's tires properly inflated (and I know it seems strange that the front tire pressure settings are different from the rear tire pressure settings), rotating your tires, and checking the outside tire diameters as they wear is essential to keeping your AWD system in top operating order. Here's a quote from Subaru's "Car Care Tips" section

"On All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, it is extremely important that the rolling or outer circumferences of the tires be within 1/4 inch of each other. This means that you must physically measure the size of the tire. This is best done with the weight of the vehicle off the tire and at the tread centerline. Also be certain that the tires are properly inflated since this can affect your readings.

If you need to replace just one tire, the same holds true. The measured difference in circumference between the replacement tire and the other tires on the vehicle cannot exceed 1/4 inch.

Depending on the vehicle mileage, it might be better to replace all four tires.

If the vehicle mileage is low and the tires have been rotated and driven at the proper inflation pressures, then you may be within the allowable 1/4-inch difference in circumference.

If the difference between the new/replacement tire and the current tires is within this 1/4-nch maximum, then the tire should be compatible. If it is not, then other tires will need to be replaced to conform to the 1/4-inch rule.

Exceeding this 1/4-inch difference in tire circumference can place unnecessary wear on drivetrain components, possibly causing them to wear out prematurely."

Since your car is so new, you're probably good to go for at least another 10-12K miles or so, as long as you keep them properly inflated and rotated. If your Sube is an automatic, then the front tires will tend to wear slightly faster than the rears (in my experience with 3 autos and 2 MTs) just because most of the drive/motion is done by the front wheels until a slip is detected. That's why rotation intervals are important so you don't get beyond that 1/4" circumferential difference front to rear and cause undue load on your AWD system.

I rotate my tires at 5K intervals, I start checking the outside circumference at the 15K point. I also won't typically mount just one tire, I replace all four at the same time so I avoid the different outside diameter issue between manufacturers. If you want to see the outside diameter differences between mfgs, check Tire Rack's info pages for the size that you want. It's amaging the differences.

Br, Dale
Subietonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2003, 03:56 PM   #8
Chromer
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 20325
Join Date: Jun 2002
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Vehicle:
08 Yamaha WR250R
07 Suzuki DL650

Default

Just one thing to add: Get an oil filter wrench too. The OEM filter is kind of slippery and it could be cranked on pretty tight...
Chromer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Rotor Maintenance Interval? mikehoyer Service & Maintenance 7 03-30-2009 09:42 AM
Maintenance Interval Question for 2008 2.5i c-four Impreza Forum 5 07-11-2008 09:54 PM
Maintenence Intervals/Major Services teriyakisaki Service & Maintenance 1 04-14-2006 11:45 PM
3750 miles/3.5 month service catass Service & Maintenance 5 03-16-2004 11:39 AM
Maintenance Intervals? chuglobal Service & Maintenance 6 02-19-2002 11:34 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.