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This is a discussion on Oil Changes - What Is Bad? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I am currently looking at a 2011 WRX with 22,000 miles on it. The owner might only have changed the ...

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    I am currently looking at a 2011 WRX with 22,000 miles on it. The owner might only have changed the oil once in that time, and I don't know when that would have been. It will have had no other servicing during this time. Is this a car I should be avoiding or could it be okay?

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    I would avoid any car that's being sold by a negligent owner.
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    That's my first instinct, but if the price is appropriate and the chance of damage is low is it worth considering? What is the worst that can happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    That's my first instinct, but if the price is appropriate and the chance of damage is low is it worth considering?
    Not in my opinion.

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    you would pay a decent price for your new car and then have to put 8k into a new motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    What is the worst that can happen?
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    find another one. You dont want that car. If they didn't change the oil.. what else did or didn't they do? let em sell it to someone who wants a headache.
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    Could have changed it himself. I do my own oil changes and don't let the dealer rape me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starkall View Post
    Could have changed it himself.
    Key phrase right there. I also change my own oil, but I document each one (along with all services/repairs/mods/fuel fills) in the car's logbook. Without any documentation, you have no clue what was (or wasn't) done to car.
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    Yeah how do you know it was only changed once?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Yeah how do you know it was only changed once?
    The owner presented the information that he had the oil changed once (he appeared to think that was a good thing). I doubt there was much else he would have needed to do on an 2011 with low mileage for regular maintenance.

    I am guessing by the replies that no Subaru inspection would tell me if there is any damage? Hmph.

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    The odo is in miles? Is the car imported? Changing the oil once in 22,000 km is not unreasonable actually, though the car would need an oil change now. Changing the oil once in 22,000 mi is not reasonable since the car is under warranty and the manufacturer specifies much shorter intervals.

    Buy a car with a full service history.

    I do my own oil changes too but I have dated receipts for all oil changes (In fact I have the old oil filters too, but that's due to mental illness). A conscientious owner will be able to document regular service even if the owner does it herself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    The odo is in miles? Is the car imported? Changing the oil once in 22,000 km is not unreasonable actually, though the car would need an oil change now. Changing the oil once in 22,000 mi is not reasonable since the car is under warranty and the manufacturer specifies much shorter intervals.

    Buy a car with a full service history.

    I do my own oil changes too but I have dated receipts for all oil changes (In fact I have the old oil filters too, but that's due to mental illness). A conscientious owner will be able to document regular service even if the owner does it herself.
    Agreed...its possible there's some wear and tear on that that you may never know until it's too late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    The odo is in miles? Is the car imported?
    Yes, it's a US car brought new into Canada. I have no problem with a guy showing me a logbook with receipts, but he doesn't have that.

    My basic problem is that the budget I agreed with my wife only gets me a high km 2009. This one has the potential to go for a reasonable price which is why it appeals to me. Given that no one has suggested that it might be okay it sounds like I should just let it go. Thanks for your help guys, it really is appreciated.

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    yeah i change mine regularly and keep up on all maintenance. so i would look for another one
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    There are lots of WRX's out there. Be patient. I looked for 3 months to find one I liked in my price range.

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