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Old 05-26-2000, 03:19 PM   #1
Gorio
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Post RS Engine Break-in

I'm still babying my RS (500 miles to go before 1000). My question is when do you change the oil? A friend of mine told me to change it with conventional motor oil and not synthetic after the first 1000 miles. After 3000 miles then I can use synthetic oil. But I saw a thread from a forum that Subaru recommends changing oil after the first 3000 miles. Any comments to this?
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Old 05-26-2000, 03:54 PM   #2
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I think everybody's got their own opinion. I am going to wait till my 9000 mile oil change before I switch to synthetic. Some people change it right away. I feel the engine needs a little wearing in before I switch, but a lot of luxury cars come with synthetics from the dealer. With modern engine, I don't think it's that big of an issue, other than cost. If you are worried about debris in the oil from wear, the oil filter should clean that up. Obviously it will be cheaper to wait.
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Old 05-26-2000, 03:58 PM   #3
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gorio,

You FIRST change the oil at 3000 miles. Thats what the maintinence schedule instructs to do in the manual provided by Subaru. Look at the subaru website and it should show the schedule. Nonetheless, it should be @3000mi.

Little off topic.. But, I did baby the engine. I started off easy and shifted at 3000 RPM.. Now I usually shift at 3500-4000 RPM. I'm still not sure it has totally broken in yet, so I'm shifting a little higher on the RPM range, but I'm still not gunning the engine or anything.. My car has ~1200 miles on it.

Edit..
In terms of Synthetic Oil, go through a couple of oil changes before switching to synthetic. "cleanse the engine" first. Then you can start using this oil!

Tim

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Old 05-26-2000, 05:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I'm glad we have this forum!
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