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Old 11-28-2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Time for an oil change.

I'm running synthetic.

What do you guys suggest,

Having subaru do it?
Small mechanic?
Do it myself?

The only reason I'd want a mechanic to do it is so I'd have the receipt in case I want to sell the car. Should I just keep the receipt for the Oil and write the mileage on it?
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:46 PM   #2
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do it yourself. cheaper & good experience
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:12 PM   #3
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Do it yourself. It is extremely easy and you'll know everything that happens during the change. I wouldn't trust my car to someone else anyway.
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:14 PM   #4
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do it yourself....that way you are SURE that the crush gasket is changed.
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:20 PM   #5
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keep records on my.subaru.com and do it yourself. I use "Q" quaker state 10w-30 fullsynthetic. Since the switch, my oil consumption is negligible. Although, that may also be partially explained by the additional (break-in) mileage... plus, it's cheaper than ams oil lucas, etc.
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:25 PM   #6
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do it yourself....that way you are SURE that the crush gasket is changed.
crush gasket, yeah I know your supposed to changed em, I put a fiber one on there and used it for the last 4 changes and not a drop of oil.
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:30 PM   #7
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Another vote for DIY - it's cheaper, it's easy and it's fun.
Spend some quality time with your Subie!

BTW - I use a new crush washer at every change. It may not be necessary but why take a chance on a leak and having to drain all your brand new oil?
87 cents and I don't have to worry about it.
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:45 PM   #8
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I get my oil change done free at the dealer... so I go to the dealer...


otherwise I would do it myself (do NOT go to jiffy lube or any other quick oil change crap.... they ruin cars)
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:55 PM   #9
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do it yourself.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:43 PM   #10
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I wouldnt trust anyone else to do mine. Its not that big of deal to do....
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:01 PM   #11
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I would, and have, trusted someone else to change my oil (including Jiffy Lube type places). I've never had a problem. That being said, I would still suggest doing it yourself. It's not hard, it's good to know how to do it, and it's dirt cheap, especially if you like to run synth.

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Old 11-28-2005, 10:05 PM   #12
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Ok, so lets say im oing to do it. What do i need to buy, ie how many quarts of what weight oil, oil filter, this gasket thing? anything else?
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:25 PM   #13
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DIY

you will become more confident doing work on you own and will end up saving alot of money by doing your own tune ups, as they are not hard.

Check your manual for oil capacity with filter change.
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:30 PM   #14
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i too havent changed my crush washer in 3 changes, havent noticed any leaks, also my manual says 4.8 quarts but i just put in 5 and it worked fine.
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:45 PM   #15
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njskatchmo,

Check out the section on oil in the unabombers manifestor in the FAQ section. There is a ton of info on all things oil, including links which will take you through the WRX oil change process step by step and explain exactly what equipment you'll need. Good luck, you won't need it. As long as you have opposable thumbs you'll be fine.
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Old 11-29-2005, 02:38 AM   #16
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I found this secret book in my glove box that tells all kinds a neat info, like 4.8 quarts of 5W30 oil. I bet your car has one, take a peak.

You can also hit up the dealership and get all the stuff you need there, like filter and copper washer, barring the oil which you get at a parts store. I haven't changed my copper crush washer in about five oil changes with no ill effects. If all this scares you, and you want it to stop scaring you, change your own oil.

Goodluck
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Old 11-29-2005, 02:50 AM   #17
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another vote for doing it yourself.
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:22 AM   #18
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Do it yourself ! ! Why have some people gone from 5w30 to 10w30 ? ?

Also, I cant seem to find Mobil1 5w30 synthetic ANYWHERE. I checked out the local pepboys AND walmart lol any other brand reccomendations ? ? What about the filter ?
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:29 AM   #19
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a lot of people that were noticing oil consumption switched from 5w to 10w and it all but stopped the dissapearing oil, mobil 1 5w is just too thin for some engines.

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Old 11-29-2005, 03:30 AM   #20
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Do it yourself, if you want to keep record get a small 3x5 notepad and you can write everything down. That's what I do that way you know when the next one is due and if you want to sell the car there are your records right there.
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:23 AM   #21
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you should change your own oil. For the cost of service, you could buy some pretty high end oil and change it yourself. There's nothing hard about it. You just have to dedicate a little bit of time.

I change my oil with 5w-30 Redline. Its a good quality synthetic oil, that sort of spendy. But when I calculated it out. If I changed it myself, its the same price as if I went to Jiffy-lube or other and had them change the oil with whatever generic stuff they use.

And, I know its done right - something that even money can't pay for sometimes.
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:48 AM   #22
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do it yourself..more fun!
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:51 AM   #23
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Def do it yourself and keep reciepts. I used mobil 5w30 full synth...it sheared out noticably after 2k miles. My suggestion is GC (german full synth castrol 0w30) or Redline.
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:17 AM   #24
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Is Synthetic really necessary? I spoke with several Subaru mechanics in Japan when I was living there, and they all said synthetic is a waste of money.
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:04 AM   #25
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a lot of people that were noticing oil consumption switched from 5w to 10w and it all but stopped the dissapearing oil, mobil 1 5w is just too thin for some engines.

josh

ding ding ding! winnar!

I run subaru's castrol synth blend in the RS, 105k miles & going strong

i run a completely different setup in the race car, but it's a bloody race car

synth is NOT necessary
a synth blend will cause less friction, cost 1/3rd as much
and keep your running/performing just fine

fyi... i do my oil changes m'self as well
i like to use that time to inspect the rest of the car

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