If it weren't for the turbo and GDI I might be comfortable with longer intervals. Those two factors push me to accept frequent oil changes.The more I have researched this subject the more I have come to assess that the reason for the 6000 mile oil change interval is because of Subaru's OEM oil filter.
Back when this thread was started I think the question at hand had mostly to do with the oil filter. Now with the direct injection engines Subaru has adopted it has much to do with the engine as much as the oil filter. I would not push an oil change interval much beyond 6000 miles on a direct inject engine if even going as far as 6000 to begin with.If it weren't for the turbo and GDI I might be comfortable with longer intervals. Those two factors push me to accept frequent oil changes.
I know this is an old thread, but I can't believe this line of thinking. Extended oil change intervals are largely a marketing tool to sell vehicles. We're paying 25,000+ for the vehicle and worrying whether the cost of oil changes over the first 60,000 miles is $800 or $960 (assuming you pay someone to do it)????Am I the only one that thinks Subaru might be specifying a 6000 mile interval merely to make more money on oil changes and ancillary services?
Feels like it should be 7,500 using a full synthetic. But I suppose if I'd like my warranty to stay in effect :frown2:
Of course I understand I can change the oil myself. But it still will have to be done at every 6000 miles.
I have never seen Subaru deny a warranty claim on the basis of an oil change not being completed within a certain time frame. I see the six month figure as a recommendation based on the fact that the average Subaru customer drives 1000 miles per month.Appreciate some advice. Do consider to be immune suppressed so have to be cautious.
Recently came up on first oil change time for our Outback 2.5 base with 5400 kms or 3355 miles. So oil change based on time [about 6 months] and not on mileage since only half way there.
Oil checked regularly and looks just like first day.
BUT dealerships in area are closed for service so that leaves options:
1. Do nothing yet since low mileage and wait for 1 year or when have another couple of thousand kms/miles BUT effect on warranty??
2. Go to independent garage that is open BUT not comfortable going to new never used garage [yeah bit OCD]
3. DIY. Not concerned with oil change or checking fluid levels or inspect tires BUT how do other Service A items like inspect/adjust drive belt tension, inspect axle boot condition, servicebattery
Probably won't reach 10000 kms or 6000 miles even by 12 months.I have never seen Subaru deny a warranty claim on the basis of an oil change not being completed within a certain time frame. I see the six month figure as a recommendation based on the fact that the average Subaru customer drives 1000 miles per month.
You can wait until 6000 miles to have an oil change done and if anyone gives you a hard time let us know here.