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    Question New STI. A quart low after 3000mi road trip

    Anybody have any similar issues?
    I have a 09 STI. I Broke it in and had the oil changed to synthetic at 1400 miles. Then I went on a 3000 mile road trip. I checked it half way and it was a touch under full, a filling error margin I thought. Nothing major. I just checked it a few days after the trip and I was a full quart low at 4500 miles. I had it topped off at the place that changed it and made an appointment with the dealership. They are open the same hours I work so I had to get it done at a quickie lube. I guess I'm going to make time to get it done at the dealership from now on so they can see what's going on and I'll have documentation on it. Any thoughts?

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    After you have it changed, park the car overnight on level ground. Check the oil in the morning. Repeat once a week.

    1L used in 3k+ miles is not considered abnormal, regardless of whether it's abnormal or not, but the reading can vary a lot if done inconsistently.
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    1 quart in 3k is actually considered normal to Subaru. In fact a quart every 1k miles is normal to Subaru. Although I personally dont like that...

    If you want to have your oil done by someone other then your dealer save your receipts and place the mileage and date on them. This way you have a record that it was done. In fact if you want to do it yourself on the receipt that has your oil and filter form your local store put the date and mileage that it was changed at.

    I keep all my service records in a book/ binder with receipts...
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    at my first oil change I asked at the dealer about full synthetic, the service writer mentioned that Subaru recommends letting the engine fully bed in for 10k on a blend before going to a full synthetic oil.
    Not surprising news considering the performance nature of these engines.
    Now this was on my 2010' standard wrx. Not sure about the sti, you'll have to ask your dealer.. but if the rings aren't quite settled in its going to consume oil. Since full synthetic is a good bit more slick than a blend.. its possible that the rings just haven't fully broken in. I've built a few high hp engines using cromoly rings and all of them consumed oil until the rings fully broken in. The harder the ring the longer they take to break in. That slight bit of extra friction from using a dino or blended oil actually helps break in.

    Best to check with the dealer though. Keep us posted, I'm very curious to see what they say about it.
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    what kind of oil did you use? i use to burn up about two quarts in 3,000 miles when i used mobil 1 synthetic. I switched to castrol synthetic and i haven't lost any oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwrx04 View Post
    what kind of oil did you use? i use to burn up about two quarts in 3,000 miles when i used mobil 1 synthetic. I switched to castrol synthetic and i haven't lost any oil
    I used Valvoline synpower. The dealer said they would do a full synthetic change for $55 so I will see what they use. I know they use castrol for conventional changes.

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    A quart in 2-3k miles is perfectly normal in any car.

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    Rotella T 5-40 should bring it down 50-75%.... used nothing but the stuff for years
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwrx04 View Post
    what kind of oil did you use? i use to burn up about two quarts in 3,000 miles when i used mobil 1 synthetic. I switched to castrol synthetic and i haven't lost any oil
    Same thing happened to me. But i would only burn up about 1/2 to 1 quart every 3k miles of mobil 1. Then i changed to castrol syn and everything is good no oil burnin. I have heard bad things about mobil 1 and subarus so i changed right away. Only used mobil for about 2 oil changes.
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    Ok, so I asked the service writer at the dealershiplast night if a quart every 3000 is normal and he said Subaru states that it is acceptable to burn up to 1 1/2 quarts every 1000 miles. I thought that was nuts and he said he agreed. But thats the facts I guess. It just shocked me at first because I have owned 5 brand new cars and never had to add oil between changes. I went with castrol synthetic this time. We will see how it works

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    I bought a 04 new back in early 05 that had a 1000 miles on it. The dealer said that it was a demo and that I would get a screamin deal on it. The price was too good to refuse so i bought it. It used a quart to 2 quarts every 3000 miles. I could smell it burning the oil off too. After taking it to the dealer 3 times, they finally noticed oil all over the bottom of the driver side cylinder head. Aparently as I found out, the car had been priviously sold to a punk ass kid who blew the engine. He took it back and they replaced the head and sold the car to me as "new". I got a lawyer and the next week walked out the door with a 06 with 3 miles on it.

    So just make sure that your "new" car is actually new. Because my 06 hasnt used a drop and its got 65 tho on it now. I also change my own oil because of this too. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmatthew80 View Post
    I bought a 04 new back in early 05 that had a 1000 miles on it. The dealer said that it was a demo and that I would get a screamin deal on it. The price was too good to refuse so i bought it. It used a quart to 2 quarts every 3000 miles. I could smell it burning the oil off too. After taking it to the dealer 3 times, they finally noticed oil all over the bottom of the driver side cylinder head. Aparently as I found out, the car had been priviously sold to a punk ass kid who blew the engine. He took it back and they replaced the head and sold the car to me as "new". I got a lawyer and the next week walked out the door with a 06 with 3 miles on it.

    So just make sure that your "new" car is actually new. Because my 06 hasnt used a drop and its got 65 tho on it now. I also change my own oil because of this too. Just my 2 cents.
    My 07 doesn't use a drop either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    A quart in 2-3k miles is perfectly normal in any car.
    I wouldnt even like to have one quart low on my new car after 3k... Maybe once the car had 30k on the ticker or so I would see that as normal...

    I wonder why Subaru states its normal to burn 1qt every 1k... That just seems like way to much to me.. maybe just to cover their butts?
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    i use royal purple and hardly burn any on my 06 sti

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