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Old 09-25-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default 3000 mile service?

Hey all. I got a call that my sti is due for 3k mile service. Is this just an oil change, or something else? I had the oil changed at 1k, so I was going to wait til 4k for the next one unless it's something more.

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Old 09-25-2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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oil and filter change...take it in at 3k...i did my RS's oil at 1k and also at 3k
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Old 09-27-2004, 11:10 AM   #3
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Do it yourself. Save money and do it correctly

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Old 09-27-2004, 11:43 AM   #4
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There is a manual in your glove compartment that contains your answer. If you are at work and are just posting because you are bored, www.subaru.com contains the same manual in .pdf format.
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Old 09-27-2004, 12:24 PM   #5
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oil changes are every 7500 miles... you're good for awhile.
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:38 PM   #6
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^^ Only under ideal conditions such as highway cruising at moderate temperatures. Otherwise its 3750. For most people 4000 or 5000 should be OK.
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:40 PM   #7
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where do you get oil change every 7500 miles from? I remember the manual said something like 3750 or every 3 months.

Change it often, it doesn't hurt.
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:41 PM   #8
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manual says 7500... has for the past two model years. Subaru's webpage also states the same and they've recommended this change for all prior model years as well.


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Old 09-27-2004, 02:45 PM   #9
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Man, I didn't think to get an oil change at 1K. What's the reasoning behind it? Something to do with the breakin period?

I'm at 1.6K right now, should I change the oil ASAP?
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:57 PM   #10
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oops... first 2 oil changes are on 3750.
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Old 09-27-2004, 03:05 PM   #11
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lol...

as for why we change the oil at 1k miles...well I think its mostly due to the fact that we think its better for the car. You can almost fine metal shavings on your first oil change. We wanted to get rid of the little metal stuff that's in the engine oil as soon as we want.

With that said...following the owner's manual would not hurt either....

I guess it all comes down to personal opinion.

but its really not a big deal to change oil...15, 20 mins of your time buys peace of mind.
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Old 09-27-2004, 03:09 PM   #12
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Old 09-27-2004, 03:46 PM   #13
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Do it yourself. Save money and do it correctly

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I'd rather not mess with it to be honest...I'm too lazy. I check my tire pressures when I get gas, and keep the car clean, but I'll pay someone to do the rest.

I know and trust the service manager personally, so correct really isnt an issue for me. I suppose if I didn't then I might look at doing changes myself. Still, I barely have time to mow my lawn...kids just eat up weekends!

And yeah, I'm at work. Thanks for the tip about online manuals.

Thanks for the input folks.
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Old 09-27-2004, 05:05 PM   #14
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register yourself at my.subaru.com ... makes recording everything easy. That's where my screenshots above are from.
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Old 09-27-2004, 06:51 PM   #15
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Ya that site is a god send
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:27 AM   #16
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I'd rather not mess with it to be honest...I'm too lazy. I check my tire pressures when I get gas, and keep the car clean, but I'll pay someone to do the rest.

I know and trust the service manager personally, so correct really isnt an issue for me. I suppose if I didn't then I might look at doing changes myself. Still, I barely have time to mow my lawn...kids just eat up weekends!

And yeah, I'm at work. Thanks for the tip about online manuals.

Thanks for the input folks.
I would just highly suggest doing it yourself. Why? Well, anytime you are anywhere and you say the word "synthetic", you just see service manager's eyes light up as he rubs his hands together letting you know it will 'only' cost 60+ dollars.

That is the biggest rip off/profit maker service shops have. Regular oil, 30? Synthetic, 60?

Boo. I would rather take the 5 mins and do it right so my drain plug isnt preset to 900 ft/lbs.


I understand your point though. However, if you wont let anyone drive your STi, why would you let someone else mess up your car? Master mechanics don't change oil, you know...

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Old 09-28-2004, 12:52 PM   #17
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I usually do All my own maintance but, I did let the dealer do the first two at(2000 and 5000) because; I get to talk to the service people and mechanics to get some repore with them in case of issues later. I feel it's money well spent, sort of like insurance. At the 5,000 mile I switched to Mobil1 5w30 and then oil/filter changes every5-6,000 miles. Now have 75,000 miles and runs sweet with no oil useage or problems. ed
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:37 PM   #18
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I would just highly suggest doing it yourself. Why? Well, anytime you are anywhere and you say the word "synthetic", you just see service manager's eyes light up as he rubs his hands together letting you know it will 'only' cost 60+ dollars.

That is the biggest rip off/profit maker service shops have. Regular oil, 30? Synthetic, 60?

Boo. I would rather take the 5 mins and do it right so my drain plug isnt preset to 900 ft/lbs.


I understand your point though. However, if you wont let anyone drive your STi, why would you let someone else mess up your car? Master mechanics don't change oil, you know...

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I've been considering switching to synthetic. I suppose if I did I may do the changes myself. It's 22 bucks at the local dealer for regular oil, which isn't too bad. What about service records if you do it yourself? Do you just keep the reciepts for the oil? I haven't changed it myself on anything but a boat; will I need ramps? Any guides anywhere?

Oh, and most of my family/friends have driven my STi :P I really don't mind. Of course, I don't let them park it anywhere public because I'm anal about that. I hate door dings. They all drive stick pretty well though.

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Old 09-28-2004, 04:24 PM   #19
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i read that if you change out the break in oil too soon, its not good because, your engine wont wear well with the non-break in oil. Thats why its recommended to run the break in oil until 3k and then change.
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Old 09-28-2004, 04:43 PM   #20
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I was thinking the same thing. Please don't go on strike again though...
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:46 PM   #21
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For just an oil and filter change I don't even break out the ramps, but I have a fumotovalve. I also say you save a lot of $ doing the work yourself, shops make a lot of money of things like oil changes, windshield wipers, etc. It's wise to keep your receipts, plus I'm also a mysubaru.com user. I put down ever little detail and make sure the dealer post entries on it too.
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:08 PM   #22
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my 05 wrx manual says no service until 7k something, it says 3k service is only for 3.0L hmmmm.....
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:16 PM   #23
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Also buy your own oil. 5 quarts of 5w-30(synthetic,Mobil 1) is $19.89 at your local Walmart, at least for Mass. it is.
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:24 PM   #24
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^^ Only under ideal conditions such as highway cruising at moderate temperatures. Otherwise its 3750. For most people 4000 or 5000 should be OK.
You should be good for a lot longer then that if you are using synthetic, my oil almost came out clean at about 4K miles last time I changed it.
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:44 PM   #25
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i have 1,800 mi on my 05 WRX 2.0 and wondering if it is true about using the original Jap. factory oil for the break in and going up to 3k. (here is fl the heat turns engine oil in 4 cylinger engine to water consistency after 3- 5k mi). Do you all think it really is necessary to do a change at 1k or should I run till 3k or am I over . Maybe the factory oil has a breakin additive of some sort that they don't tell everyone about? I have only run the car hard like 4-5 times (smoked by buddies new G35... ahem....$$$$..?? coupe and a guy in a 350 recentley who tried to show off next to me in right lane).
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