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Picked up my 2005 Outback XT yesterday, following the timing-belt replacement and an oil change.

The guy at the front who took the payment (not the mechanic) said they used 5qts of oil.

My recollection is that it only requires 4.5qts.

Checked the oil-level this morning, and it SEEMS a little high, although I'm never sure I'm getting a totally accurate reading.

Should I be concerned if there's ~.5qt too much in there?
 

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4.25 US quarts is my measure. I wouldn't worry about a half a quart. 3/4? I dunno.

Dipstick accuracy is improved by longer dwell time with the clean stick planted- give the oil a few seconds to find its way up the stick before you pull for reading.
 

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No worries unless you see evidence of the oil foaming. Which you shouldn't with that minor of an overfill.

Kaylee lists taking 4.2 quarts by the manual. Always has taken 4.5 to get to the right spot on the dipstick, and a full 5 puts only slightly above the F line when warm. No issues in 60k miles of this habit.
 

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I got a hit from Google that says 4.2 if you don't change the oil filter, and / or 4.8 including the oil filter.
 
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