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1996 Outback: Seeking opinions on 2.5 motor
Posted 13 April 2004 - 09:55 AM
I am having to add about a quart oil between 3,000 mile oil changes, which casuses me concern (My previously owned '87 4-Runner, with 235,000k used only 1/2 quart between oil changes...). A mechanic friend of mine says that I should not be conerned with the oil consumption as long as it stays within one to two quarts between oil changes. That seems to be excessive consumption to me. Is this sort of consumption characteristic of the 2.5 motor?
Finally, what is it with the 2.5 motors? In reading the forums, I am coming across some discontent with the 2.5 motor in general (and praise for the 2.2). Does the 2.5 (and specifically the 1996 2.5) not have the legendary reputation of earlier Subaru motors? Thanks for any insights... Len
Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:07 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 12:32 PM
Do a search on Blitz if he does not chime in here.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 12:36 PM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 12:41 PM
Posted 14 April 2004 - 03:59 PM
However, I have 175K and still going strong (the engine that is, other things not so much). 1996 was the first year of the 2.5 and I think they have corrected some of the problems we are having including the premium requirement (later 2.5's don't require), poor engine seals and gaskets. As for adding oil, I think we should probably consider ourselves lucky that it is all we have to do between oil changes, adding 1-2 quarts is quite common and doesn't necessarily speak to other problems. If there aren't leaks underneath the engine I wouldn't sweat it. I had to have all the seals replaced which wasn't great, but it has helped with the oil consumption.
Hope that sheds some light.
Posted 14 April 2004 - 04:55 PM
I have cut the consumption in my other car to about a third by switching from Pennzoil 10w-30 at 10.5 cSt to Pennzoil High Mileage 10w-30 at 12 cSt. Next oil change I am going to go back to the regular Pennzoil Multi Grade (cheaper)but mix 10w-30 and 10w-40 50:50 to achieve 12 cSt kinematic viscosity @ 100°C. Believe it or not those two oils mixed in that ratio still make a 30 weight oil.
Posted 14 April 2004 - 10:11 PM
Posted 01 May 2004 - 02:49 PM
I' ve used Valvoline in the the past, and still think it is a fine product, Castrol just seemed to make the engine a bit quieter...
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