Subaru wants you to know that adding a quart of oil to your new engine every 1,, miles is perfectly normal. It's not.
The Consumer Reports … Report?
Subaru is one of a handful of automakers accused of making new engines that excessively burn through oil. In its annual survey of car owners, Consumer Reports found that a significant number of - owners needed to add an extra quart or two of oil in between changes.
The magazine focused on survey data from , owners of to models, finding that 98 percent did not have to add oil between changes. Of course, that 2 percent represents 1.
These oil-guzzling engines should be covered under most new vehicle warranties, but owners who brough it up to Subaru said the company shields itself behind fine print, technical specs and diversions.
You shouldn't need to "carry a quart of oil with you in case you need to add it to your engine on the side of the road.
In July, a class action lawsuit was filed against Subaru saying some its most popular models burn oil at an excessive and expensive rate.
Specifically the lawsuit points to an alleged problem with the piston rings which can wear out early and lead to engine failure.
Oil Consumption Test for 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5
Subaru dealers were told to replace the piston rings for any customer complaining about burning through oil. The case is not without precendent. In September, , Audi agreed to settle an oil consumption class action lawsuit.
But the judge in that case did side with the automaker on many key points:. As part of the settlement, owners and lessees were reimbursed for any free repairs and an extended warranty. Something I think most Subaru owners would be happy with. In a lot of cases, the rings were wearing prematurely, so maybe they were wearing the cylinder walls as well?
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