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View Poll Results: Please report your oil consuption here for the vehicle you own(ed)
2011-14 Forester - Excessive Consumption 12 13.19%
2011-14 Forester - Normal/No Consumption 8 8.79%
2013 Legacy - Excessive Consumption 2 2.20%
2013 Legacy - Normal/No Consumption 4 4.40%
2012-13 Outback - Excessive Consumption 4 4.40%
2012-13 Outback - Normal/No Consumption 5 5.49%
2012-13 Impreza - Excessive Consumption 33 36.26%
2012-13 Impreza - Normal/No Consumption 28 30.77%
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:53 PM   #326
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The dealer told me that they resolved the short block issue, but manuals drink some oil between changes, just not enough to be considered "excessive" by Subaru (about a quart every 4k). My excessive consumption may have been brought about by some recent abuse, I pulled a Saturn out of the mud a couple weeks ago. We will see how it turns out, but I don't expect to fail the consumption test.
how the hell does your dealer think that a manual transmission has remotely anything to do with motor oil consumption? did you laugh at them after that response?
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:22 PM   #327
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how the hell does your dealer think that a manual transmission has remotely anything to do with motor oil consumption? did you laugh at them after that response?
No, I didn't, because it makes sense. With a CVT, the revs stay low when you aren't on the throttle. In a manual they stay wherever they are when you let off. If you engine break or downshift at all, it creates negative pressure in the combustion chamber during the intake cycle and, in cases with thinner oil like 0w20, can pull oil vapor up into the combustion chamber. Over time, this burns more oil than a CVT that keeps revs as low as possible when you're not heavy on the throttle and almost never engine brakes. The CVT can still burn about 3/4 of a quart between changes and varies from engine to engine. Their explanation makes sense and is consistent with what I have read elsewhere about both Subaru and other manufacturers that use 0w20.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:05 PM   #328
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is there such a thing as normal oil consumption for our cars?
mine is a 2010 subaru STI and been consuming oil despite good leakdown test and compression test.
Installed crawford V3 AOS and it helped a lot but during trackdays would still consume oil
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:33 AM   #329
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Well, with the 2013 outback the issue was bad rings.

I had a 1997 Honda prelude and I was getting compression of about 240 PSI per cylinder. The car had no performance issues, but I was burning a quart of oil every 2000 miles.

Eventually I decided to replace the engine with a JDM version. When I took the engine apart I noticed unbelievably light scoring on the number 1 cylinder wall. You could easily miss it if you didn’t have a high-intensity light.

I guess my point is that it doesn’t take much.
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