Has anyone any idea of whether the 2016 Foresters are afffected by the oil consumption problem?

Asked by Oct 12, 2015 at 07:32 PM about the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Has anyone any idea of whether the 2016 Foresters are affected by the oil consumption problem as I was considering trading my '04?  I noticed in the owners manual online that it is stated as normal to use a quart every 1200 miles, e.g. replace all the oil before the scheduled oil change. This would seem to be institutionalizing the problem to avoid liability? I also noticed the official Subaru site FAQ says the Forester comes from the factory with dino oil and 5W-grade  is recommmended, yet the manual specifies 0W20 synthetic?  What gives with this inconsistency, local dealers will not respond?  The manual and dealers give a list of conditions  of vehicle which could cause high oil consumption, and if this is generally the case, a new car would have to stay parked in the garage.

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0W-20 synthetic oil is the required oil for optimum engine performance and protection. Conventional oil may be used if synthetic oil is unavailable. If 0W-20 synthetic oil is not available, 5W-30 or 5W-40 conventional oil may be used if replenishment is needed but should be changed to 0W-20 synthetic oil at the next oil change. AND TO BE KIND TO THE ENGINE CHANGE IT EVERY 6000 MILES...SO > IN A COLD CLIMATE...5- 30...HOT...5-40 W.....THATS IF IT WERE MINE !

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The 2015's burn oil like you are a Saudi prince! Since the 2016's use the same engine and water thin oil I would say there is a good chance you will get an oil burner.

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What about changing oil right away? I wanted to buy one too...

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Perhaps the original poster can provide a link to their claim that Subaru uses dino 5w oil?

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