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Old 10-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default 2013 Outback Owners: Thoughts on oil?

So we recently got my wife a 2013 outback, and I just got off the phone with the service department about oil consumption and how unbelievable thin the recommended oil is. I was also told that the sensor very touchy.

The conversation was sparked by the oil light coming out. We are about 1200 miles from the next oil change with 6300 on the clock. I added 1 quart to it and brought the level up to the middle point on the dip stick, so it was THAT low.

Has anyone else had this experience? Or did I get a special one?

After the "service contract" is completed who is thinking about switching to a 5w30 synthetic? or will you be keeping the 0w20 that is about as thick water?
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:07 AM   #2
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I'm almost to 15k on our 2013, and all I can tell you is that we have had 0 issues with our 2.5i on anything. It does seem that in this late 2011-now time period Subarus have been hit/miss when it comes to oil consumption.

My extremely unofficial guess is that maybe 5-10 out of every 100 or so Subarus will have some quirky oil habit. For some it could be a big quirk, for some very small. No idea why tho. If you don't see any smoke out the tailpipe or smell burning oil, then chances are you have one of the rare-ish quirky oil thirsty Subarus. All it means is you will need to keep a closer eye on your dip stick than most. Annoying, yes, but not catastrophic. You will need to decide if that will become too much of a hassle or not.

Most people say their oil quirks have never been solved throughout the various Subaru forums. Dealerships, on the whole, will be less than helpful. They too know it's a situation that they have no idea how to fix, and typically wait for info/orders to be passed down anyway. The common dealership response amongst forum posters is "this is typical behavior for this car, nothing is wrong" or "the consumption is within the parameters given/found in the owners manual". For those out there with imprezas and outbacks that consume an eyebrow-raising amount of oil, the forum posts have been written in mostly caps. Once again this can be more annoying and a greater issue for some over others. This means the problem is not exactly the same for every thirsty boxer engine, thus making everything more confusing.

Hope something in the great babbling response helps in some way.

Best of luck,
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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I had a similar experience on my new 2013 Outback H4. After my first oil change, I got to 8500 miles and the oil level light came on. Sure enough, I was 1/4 of a quart low. However, I'm now almost 2K past due and the level has barely dropped from the top off. Doing a change this weekend and will keep an eye it.
What oil are you using; I'm using Mobil 1 0w20.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:11 AM   #4
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i was a qt low at around 4k since my first change. Replensed the quart and did a full change last week and it seemed to be fine. I have used pennzoil platinum 0w20 both changes. Just seems that no matter turbo or not, you have to always be checking the oil. I really want to switch my wrx and my outback to german castrol 0w30, but have too much warranty to do that yet.

Note: i had a 2006 chevy impala i beat the crap out of, never checked the oil once. Wierd that these cars have so many oil issues.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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I have a 2002 ob Na, and it seemed to burn a quart or so per change till it got close to 150xxx, and now it doesn't...

Seemed weird, but hey it stopped, and it still drives great. Btw, I'm almost at 160,000 so it's been a while, but I still keep an eye on it
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:17 AM   #6
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Thats burning alot. Seems as tho the rings havent seated yet
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:31 PM   #7
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I'm debating buying a 14 2.5i Premium and this is definitely something that is conflicting my decision.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:05 AM   #8
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There are still cars burning oil even after the updated rings.
It definitely is something to consider when shopping.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:29 AM   #9
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Sounds like you either have something loose or need thicker oil
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