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Old 05-11-2001, 10:08 PM   #1
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Post Does your properly broken-in Subaru burn oil?

Hi. Just curious if Subarus burn oil or not.
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Old 05-11-2001, 10:21 PM   #2
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Well, my car did begin burning oil at about 60k miles when some of the engine seals went bad (I was losing quarts!). The mechanic said faulty seals were commom on 1995 2.2L engines. However, these problems were fixed for 1996+ models.

Ever since I had the seals repaired, the engine never seems to burn a drop of oil. I've never have to add any oil between oil changes, and my car has 90k miles on it. I guess some model years are better than others.
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Old 05-13-2001, 11:23 AM   #3
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I just did my 6000 mile oil change (went to synthetics) no oil problem here. Burned a little during break in though, but I think that is normal.

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Old 05-13-2001, 12:19 PM   #4
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That really hasnt been a problem with the 2.5L Imprezas. From what I understand and from what I have read (articles & tehnical guides), the Legacy's and Outbacks have had a problem with the faulty oil seals. My father had this problem with his Outback wagon as well. Consult your dealership and check out SOA's website for more info regarding this problem. It may fall as a recall item and you wont pay for the fix.
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Old 05-13-2001, 09:11 PM   #5
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No oil burning here yet, and I'm about at 10K miles...I know, I need to drive more
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Old 05-13-2001, 11:44 PM   #6
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haha just did my 3000 mile oil change and that stuff ended up all over my driveway...
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Old 05-14-2001, 01:55 AM   #7
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hehehehe, And he has the guts to admit it! Live and learn.

BTW, I ALMOST did that. The oil pan that I have is huge, and is a container style. Well on my first oil change, I un-pluged the center hole and shoved the pan underneath. Good thing I laid there to wathc it drain. The oil level was rising fast. I realized what I had done. I did not pop the top off the air release on the edge of the container! The shallow of the pan was filling rapidly. I was very close to haveing a tarmac driveway! And that is when I was still living on base houseing. They would have killed me if I had made a mess there. Like I said. Live and learn.

Oh and I have gone from dino to synthetics and do not burn a drop with 11,000 miles. Not that my young car is that great a test case anyway.....
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Old 05-14-2001, 06:55 AM   #8
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49,000 miles. No oil burning. No leaks. No oil on the engine. Ran synthetic from 9,000 miles on.
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Old 05-14-2001, 08:42 AM   #9
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61,000 miles on a 1999 RS. No oil leaks or burning.
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Old 05-14-2001, 10:32 AM   #10
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I've got almost 80,000 miles, including two years of racing on my 98 2.5RS and it doesn't burn a drop. Not even at track events where the engine is running up to redline constantly.
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Old 05-14-2001, 10:54 AM   #11
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I've got a '98 RS that burns over 1 qt every 1000mi. I had the dealership do a consumption test that proved it. Then they did a leak-down test, nothing wrong with compression. Instead of trying to replace the small block, the decided to try a heavier-weight oil, but the problem is still there. I'm taking the car in tomorrow for my 45,000mi service, so I'll address the problem again. You guys are lucky to have no consumption problems!

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