I have a 2011, so not clear on the specifics of the 2013 Outback, but not sure oil can evaporate. If oil did evaporate, when it rained Exxon Valdez would happen everywhere. You would definitely notice 2 quarts of oil in the catalytic converter as well...the smoke and smell would be MAJOR to say the least something you would see in the rear view mirror for sure. Dealer is probably trying to answer the question to see if it (you) goes away. Probably time for a new dealer or someone else at that dealership for good answers.Changed the oil at 8177 miles. At 12,477 miles it was 2 quarts low and check oil light came on. The dealer said new engines run very hot and oil "evaporates" and trapped in the catalytic converter. Anyone heard this explanation?
^ what he said - you have no idea if you have oil burning till you know what goes in and comes out. Every case I thought I had excessive oil use - the next change I did my self and documented what was put in - turned out the prior change the service guys shorted me oil. Beyond what my cars tend to burn. All engines burn oil only some of them burn little enough that the crude dip stick measuring device doesn't give you any indication they are. Other engines like my VW and toyotas burn enough oil that you need to check and add oil by the 2000 mile mark or yes the engine will consume enough by 3000 miles that it will be short on oil. Not a big deal the toyotas run forever they simply like their oil. The VW is what it is a poorly designed and assembled vehicle that leaks various fluids since day one and the engine likes to burn oil which case all the fluids need topping off and to be checked on a fairly regular basis.
I have owned 5 Toyotas, 4 of them for over 200k each. None of them ever used oil, at least that you could see on a dipstick. 5k changes, and all of them full up when it was time to change. I still have 2 of them......The 4runner has 240k+, and has yet to use any discernable oil.then you would be a very rare case given toyota engines are famous for liking their oil
Rolls eyes.. I've had plenty of cars which used very little oil - and yes Toyota engines are well known for liking their oil regardless of your experience or mine given its well known that they are not shy about using a little oil.I have owned 5 Toyotas, 4 of them for over 200k each. None of them ever used oil, at least that you could see on a dipstick. 5k changes, and all of them full up when it was time to change. I still have 2 of them......The 4runner has 240k+, and has yet to use any discernable oil.
Maybe you need a primer on properly seating rings.
Interesting. I have a 2007 Civic with 140 K and I have NEVER had to add oil between oil changes. On the other hand, I purchased a 2008 Impreza for my daughter (22K) that is using oil at a rate of a quart every 1500 miles. As far as I am concerned, the Impreza's oil use is beyond excessive. My 1998 Outback with 225k didn't use that much when it had an oil pump gasket leak.then you would be a very rare case given toyota engines are famous for liking their oil
I agree 100% with everything you said. How many clicks do you have on your Outback? What are you using as an oil change interval and do you have any oil consumption problems? It's really hard to tell how big of a problem this really is as there is only a very small percentage of Subaru owners that participate on this website. Like I stated before, for potential Subaru buyers, not the type of news you want to hear.I really cannot fathom with today's environmental concerns and restrictions this would be acceptable. A car with 12000 miles on it? I'd bring it back to the dealer, be NICE to them and be patient!
That's a qt every two gas fill ups. Might as well be an air cooled two stroke. Today's vehicle engines are not designed to be adding oil just to keep them running unless either they are abused, worn or out of tolerance.
I'm an old man of sorts and what's being stated is you better carry a couple qts of oil in your car at all times. Last time I had to do that I bought cars for $200 bucks with a gazillion miles on them and run them till they dropped, then by another.
Do the math...if you add a qt every 1000 miles you never need an oil change, just a filter every 7500 miles. You've changed the oil almost twice in that 7500 miles already.
A bit OT but cars101 lists the 2014 Forester XT as specifiying 0W-20.:gasp: Gotta love CAFE! I guess that will be the first thread in the 2.0DIT forum at subaruforester.org. Oil consumption threads seem to be more popular in the forums where 0W-20 is recommended, including the BRZ/FR-S and the 2.0i Impreza.If you go on subaruforester.org, you will find Forester owners with the FB engine complaining of excessive oil consumption as well. Nobody seems to know if there is a manufacturing problem, use of 0W-20 oil or a combination of the two. How widespread this problem is unknown at this time. Only thing I know from different forums on the Forester site is that a number of people including myself who really like the new 2014 Forester and are potential first time Subaru owners are going to wait for awhile and see if this is a widespread problem which will be rectified quickly.