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Low oil level on new Subaru

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We purchased a 2013 Outback 2 weeks ago and have driven mostly interstate miles on 2 trips. With only 2500 miles, the low level oil sensor light came on 4 separate times approximately half an hour a part and went off a minute or two later by itself. It was flat interstate at slightly over 75 mph. When checking the oil levels, they appeared normal the best we could tell. Two days later, the local Subaru dealer checked out the car. They could find nothing wrong and indicated it was low a half quart and topped it off. They say it is normal for the car to burn a half quart every 1000 miles and nothing is wrong. The answer does not make sense and leads me to the conclusion that during a 7500 mile oil change interval recommended that I will be 3 1/2 quarts low. This is a brand new car, not a car with 100,000 miles. Does this make sense? Regardless, it doesn't paint a good picture for Subaru quality in my mind. I sincerely hope this is not a lemon or a sign of things to come.
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My wife has experienced this problem. I found this information on the newer Subaru models: Newer Subaru vehicles with longer maintenance intervals have an additional warning light to alert drivers when there is a need to check the engine oil. In this way, its function is very similar to the low tire pressure warning or TPMS light. The low oil-level warning light illuminates when engine oil may need to be added. It should be noted that certain driving conditions may cause the light to illuminate when the oil level is not low or is only slightly low. These include driving on certain inclines, on undulating road surfaces, during extended periods of acceleration or deceleration, or during continuous turning. Due to its appearance, this new light is sometimes confused with another light that has been around for a very long time, the low oil-pressure warning light.
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