2000/01 Outback excessive oil consumption

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 09:57
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I have a friend whos Subaru is using excessive amounts oil. I think it was about 1 - 1.5 litres every 4000km. It’s almost out of warranty with 94k kms.

The dealership reckons this is normal and had a statement from Subaru saying this was normal, but it lacked any technical detail.

Personally I think it’s a big load of BS, when your sump only holds about 3L oil change is every 10K kms. This is way to much.

My HJ60 with 550K Kms on the clock would only use about half a litre.

What can he do? It sounds like to engine has excessive blow-by or something, valves stems, pcv valve is dodgy? either way they should fix it no?

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Reply By: sdc - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:07

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:07
My 89 Forester with 80K's uses no oil between services

SDC
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Reply By: sdc - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:09

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:09
Sorry read 98 Forester. I think they are the same engine

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Reply By: sdc - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:09

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:09
Sorry read 98 Forester. I think they are the same engine

SDC
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Reply By: crfan - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:32

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:32
If you have no luck with warrenty try changing the brand of oil.
We had to swap from GTX2 to BP Coarse plus on the subaru`s to stop them burning oil when I worked there.
And had to swap from BP Visco 2000 to GTX2 to stop the VL Commodores burning oil When I worked there.
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Reply By: The Banjo - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:55

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 10:55
All car makers say it is normal to burn some oil, BUT how come we never have to top it up between services ? Because it is an escape clause for them (though fuel and moisture etc can boost volume a little I think). If the motor runs and performs well AND your mate has in writing that he has raised the issue, then warranty backup should be assured if something comes of it. As said, a more suitable oil grade might be the trick - oils aint never oils.I need red sand under me.
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 11:49

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 11:49
My'98 Forester uses no oil at 140 000kms - none of the Subarus I have owned used any oil and I haven't heard a story like this before. Subaru motors are generally bullet proof - I would expect to do probably 400 000kms before experiencing any problems with the motor.

It may be the type of oil being used - try changing types - I use standard gold label Valvoline which is available at Woolies. I keep well clear of the 'high tech' stuff.

If the problem persists contact Subaru Aus - N O T T H E D E A L E R !!!!
Subaru fixed a gearbox problem for me after the warranty had run out - the dealer was giving me the run round!
I sent them an Email from the Subaru Aus Web site - they phoned me within 24hours and advised me to inform the dealer to fix the problem - the dealer rang Subaru for confirmation, ordered the parts and fixed the problem ASAP.Subaru Forester
"size isn't everything"
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Follow Up By: ross - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 13:21

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 13:21
I agree with Colin and the other posts but it is far better to 1st get the engine fixed BEFORE changing oils and mucking about while the warranty runs out.
Those figures mean it is losing nearly half its oil which is way too much.
Personally I dont think thicker oil will plug that gap.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 13:42

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 13:42
simple rule..... good oil rings and round holes allow almost zero oil past.....

crap rings or out of round holes lets oil past....

i think some manufacturers say that 1litre per 1000kms is ok..which is horsecrap...___________________________________
Simpson trip 05/04 then turn left at Birdsville to Darwin via Lawn Hill etc
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Reply By: Phil G - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 20:51

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 20:51
Sump capacity is 4.5 litres and its supposed to have 10W30. My guess is that they are using cheap oil of the wrong grade.
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Reply By: Tuddy - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:35

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:35
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i cannot tell you the name of the motor oil i use and recommend

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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:52

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:52
Very poetic but it is still a plug!Playdoe GXL TD Manual
It's on order, Delivery in April '04.
This pic will have to do till then. Can't wait!!!
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 10:40

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 10:40
a friend of mine had this same prob on his outback, contacted subaru aus after stuffing around with dealers, after a few months of pain subaru replaced his engine and provided him an exchange subie no charge. It is a problem that subie aus will be aware of, just that you have to bang your head on the wall for a while..Just killin time till easter...............go and play in the dirt, instead of workin in it......
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