Excuses Subaru Gives for cars using too much oil


Asked by Aug 13, 2015 at 03:05 PM about the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1) It is a flat four
2) Mountain driving.
3) Manual transmissions
4) 5-20 oil

If Subaru makes cars that cannot handle these driving conditions why don't the warn
people and stop making cars that have manual transmission, use 5-20 oil and have flat
four engines?

What excuses have you been given for excessive oil consumption?

6 Answers


I have heard all the above as well, the engine is just not good with oil, there are other cars with the same problem so don't feel bad, please hit helpful if you found this information useful, thanks...

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I should have said 0-20 oil as a excuse given.

Tom Demyan

Either way, Subaru's are known for oil consumption and head gasket issues. Like joemom mentioned, other cars have their issues too. At least you know what they are going into a purchase. If you didn't, sorry. Always research what you purchase.

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I've been given EVERY excuse in the book and then some. My first complaint to SOA was in 2011. I bought a 2012 Impreza when they first became available. Special ordered, first one sold at the dealership in my town. Very soon after the low oil lights started. Constantly had to add quarts and subaru of america (desire' and grant) told me that it was perfectly normal to use up to 1.1 quart per 1200 miles. I told them it was pretty ridiculous that my brand new car burns more oil than my diesel engines or my 2002 Focus with 175k miles. I was offered a deal by a different dealer in another town to trade my headache 2012 impreza. They offered me a really good deal on a 13 XV and I decided maybe I'd just gotten really unlucky with an early lemon with that 12'. I hated the imreza' oil problem really badly, and after inquiring at lots of different dealers and getting really low trade in offers I realized the deal on the 13 was the "best" by far.i was being offered 12k -13k for an almost new car! I did the deal and 3000 miles later in my brand new 13' Xv I had the dreaded low oil light. The dealers attitude immediately changed as soon as I returned to the service dept. They started a consumption test finally, and before leaving I asked the manager to check my oil level with me so we could agree on how far above or below the full mark it was. When checked, it was an 1.35 inches ABOVE the full mark. He said that only 5.1 quarts were used, but we were on level ground. They put over 6 quarts in on this consuption test. The guy just denied anything was wrong. He REALLY stood on his stance, too. Looked me in the eye with that " I wanna fight" look and said loudly "THATS THE PROPER AMOUNT OF OIL"... SOA and its dealer network are a joke. I've got the xv sitting in the carport and I drive the more comfortable, more reliable, 14 year old Focus with 175k on it.

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By design - it will use oil. Partly blame gravity. The vacuum created by the piston strokes pull oil past the piston ring gap. So will more oil be sucked past the piston ring if the piston is above the oil pan such as a typical inline 4 cyl. or V6 or will more be sucked past the piston rings if the oil pan is Horizontal to the piston rings ?

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You obviously either know nothing about the subaru oil burning issue or you're one of Subaru's online apologists.

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