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    Question about "breaking-in"

    Hello guys, new to the forums

    anyway, I bought a new 2014 hatchback wrx. A friend of mine is telling me to change my oil at the first 1,000 miles. and then every 3,000 miles after that.
    What is recommended? I want to keep the car in great condition.

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    What's in the manual is recommended. Your friend's advice won't hurt but it's expensive and wastes resources.
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    Owners manual says every 7,500 miles.

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    No it doesn't !! for turbo it say every 3750

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    For the win! That's what mine says anyway...

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    Just remember to check your oil levels, I have to add a quart between changes, which I do every 3k.

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    Well, it also says " It is strongly recommended to do more often than that." re the 7500miles or 7.5 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Formula156 View Post
    No it doesn't !! for turbo it say every 3750
    Check with your dealership, there was a bulliten updating that to 7500 for many models.
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    Kinda funny, the topic of "how often do I change my oil" brings up some strong opinions, obviously it doesn't hurt anything changing the oil every 3000 miles or even sooner if you are so inclined to do so. But ask anyone who is in the auto repair business (who's not trying to sell you something) and they will tell you that the 3000 mile mark is just premature now. Especially with full synthetic oils. But, to each there own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkstarWRX View Post
    Kinda funny, the topic of "how often do I change my oil" brings up some strong opinions, obviously it doesn't hurt anything changing the oil every 3000 miles or even sooner if you are so inclined to do so. But ask anyone who is in the auto repair business (who's not trying to sell you something) and they will tell you that the 3000 mile mark is just premature now. Especially with full synthetic oils. But, to each there own.
    Certainly doesn't hurt anything except the wallet.

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    every 4k miles......I plan on keeping it for a long time. Might be overkill.....but it's mine and I'll do what gives me peace of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Well, it also says " It is strongly recommended to do more often than that." re the 7500miles or 7.5 months.
    Yup.

    If you look in the oil and filter box on that chart, at the end there's a "*1". Look at the key below and it says, "Under severe driving replace oil and filter every 3750 miles." Just above that it explains what Subaru consider "severe driving";

    "Repeated short trips, stop-and-go, extensive idling (basically any urban driving)
    Rough, muddy, dusty, wet, humid, cold, mountainous, salty conditions (basically any country or winter driving)
    Towing a trailer.
    Racing
    Driving whilst breathing.
    "

    Ok, the last part may not be a direct quote. But, they're basically saying it should be changed every 3750 miles and if you fail to read the small print, they'll have good grounds to wriggle out of a warranty claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball View Post
    Certainly doesn't hurt anything except the wallet.

    Fun fact, my new car the interval is 10k. 10k!
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    Question about "breaking-in"

    There have been several cars that use 10K or even 15K intervals for years now.

    Typically those cars call for an oil that exceeds ACEA A3. For example see the MB229.x standards or the VW50x standards, or LL-01 or newer etc.

    Frequently the sumps are larger, but sometimes they are not. Sometimes the filters are canisters, but others they are fully enclosed cartridges.

    Subaru have dropped the ball on oil changes. It's embarrassing and is incompatible with any sort of environmental sensitivity, whether real or even simply part of an ad campaign.
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