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Old 12-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #2185
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Originally Posted by ALafya View Post
While only SOA could know the real numbers, I believe only a small fraction of owners have a problem with oil burning. 'problem' meaning that they need to monitor their dip-stick and add oil before their scheduled oil-change.
However, I do think that a larger (don't know how much larger, could be small or could be large) set of owners have oil-burning in an acceptable level, where they don't need to add oil. Since some owners change their oil every 3K miles or 3 months, acceptable is pretty liberal.
I believe the vast majority of owners don't check their dip-stick regularly, definitely don't know and don't complain. Dealerships might not even record oil levels for vehicles coming for service.

Anyway, after almost getting a 2012 Impreza, with my luck I've decided to look elsewhere. The oil burning issue was the 'last cement block' to break the camel's back, so to speak. The slew of other defects / quality control issues and lacklustre avg MPG now dipping just below 28MPG on fuelly, peculiarities of the CVT control program (no manual for my commute), overall slowness and being a tad small for me were making this vehicle less desirable to me. Shame, because I really prefer the wagon style.

Had Subaru been helping owners fix the small percentage of vehicles with this issue, such that nobody needs to add oil on a new car before scheduled oil change (except for break-in), I would probably be getting an Impreza.
I probably be getting a CX-5 2.5L pretty soon instead.
If I was considering buying the new Impreza now I can guarantee that I would have found this thread, if you google "2012 Impreza problems" that will get you here, even if you never heard of NASIOC.

That being said, Consumer Reports lists the Impreza, along with other Subaru's, as one of the most reliable cars you can buy. If less than third of 1% have oil consumption problems, that is still a better track record than many other auto manufacturers -- and some (VW TDI comes to mind) are worse, much worse.
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Last edited by Zeeper; 12-19-2012 at 05:34 PM.
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