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2011-15 Subaru Oil Consumption Update

1427521217 1431974631606 jpg 2015 Subaru Forester; | photo by Evan Sears

CARS.COM — Vehicles affected by service bulletin:

  • 2013 Subaru Legacy*
  • 2014 Subaru Legacy*
  • 2013 Subaru Outback*
  • 2014 Subaru Outback*
  • 2011 Subaru Forester*
  • 2012 Subaru Forester*
  • 2013 Subaru Forester*
  • 2014 Subaru Forester*
  • 2015 Subaru Forester* (manual transmission)
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza**
  • 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 2014 Subaru Impreza (manual transmission)
  • 2015 Subaru Impreza (manual transmission)
  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek (manual transmission)
  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek (manual transmission)

*With non-turbo 2.5-liter engine
** With 2.0-liter engine

The problem: This revised service bulletin aims to address excessive oil consumption in some Subaru models, including the Forester, Impreza, Outback, Legacy, and Crosstrek. The problem lies within the short block assembly; previously, Subaru dealers were only replacing pistons and rings to address oil consumption.

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Corrective action: Dealers will replace the entire short block assembly.

Warranty info: This service bulletin is being performed free of charge under the Subaru new-car limited, powertrain or extended warranty, whichever applies.

What owners should do: Call your local Subaru dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if it’s involved in this service bulletin. You can also call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236. Reference TSB No. 02-157-14R.

Need to find a dealer for service? Go to Service & Repair to find a local dealer.

Editor’s note: This is only one of dozens of service bulletins issued each month by automakers. Please check your automaker’s website to see if your vehicle has any service bulletins pending.

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