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Offline RedOxRu

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2011 WRX Oil
« on: February 06, 2012, 09:01:28 PM »
Okay.

I've done a bunch of reading (to the point where my brain hurts) all of which is, of course, filtered through the internet where everyone is full of opinions that might or might not be worth the electrons that are used to transmit the 'facts.'

The facts, as far as I know are that as a 2011 turbo Subaru owner, I'm 'allowed' to run 7,500 miles on full synthetic. More importantly, however, as far as I can tell from 'talking' with SOA and reading my manual, I have to run fully synthetic 5w30 lest I chance the wrath of warranty denial.

What are people running around here in terms of fully synth 5w30? I'm open to opinions, suggestions, threats?

Offline arau

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 09:07:25 PM »
I ran Valvoline full Syn 5w30 in my 03 wrx, I only run my oil for 2k miles or so, i just like to be safe. I didnt like how Valvoline was coming out when i drained it though, it looked like water..  :-\   I now run Rotella T6 5w40 and love it, warms up so much faster to  ;D
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 10:21:27 PM »
This has been discussed and debated ad nauseum on national forums.  You probably won't find a solid answer one way or the other.  Years ago I used Mobil 1 in all of my performance cars.    Apparently Mobil 1 changed their full synthetic and when that happened I started using Castrol Syntec.  I trusted it in my 06 EVO IX RS and that car ran like a rockstar. 

You might want to check out http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 11:43:54 PM »
These have some decent info, too: http://www.carbibles.com/index.html

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 07:38:17 AM »
I usually run Rotella T6 5W-40.  It's a tough oil built for the turbo diesel motors.
If I don't use Rotella I use Castrol Syntec 5W-30...the gold bottle (whatever that's called now)
I change mine every 3,500-4,000 and the oil looks fine...normal for that mileage and I'm driving an 09 with almost 50K on the odometer.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2012, 07:40:27 AM by kevinmfb »

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 09:36:42 AM »
I usually run Rotella T6 5W-40.  It's a tough oil built for the turbo diesel motors.
If I don't use Rotella I use Castrol Syntec 5W-30...the gold bottle (whatever that's called now)
I change mine every 3,500-4,000 and the oil looks fine...normal for that mileage and I'm driving an 09 with almost 50K on the odometer.

gezz kevin, you got 50k on that already? lol you past mine up 03 with 42k  ^_^   

either one of those oils above would work great. Ive talked with mike at Beardmore bout the new Subaru oil. He didnt say who made it, but im sure one of these oil company's make it. It goes for $6 a quart though what i heard. a little on the expensive side.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2012, 10:05:54 AM »
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 10:57:39 AM »
I used Rotella T6 for a while, it looks like a great oil, but it is too rich for me now. I wish they would sell it in 5 qt jugs instead of the gallon ones. Buying that 5th qt puts it up to nearly $30 per oil change. I'll stick with Pennzoil Platinum 5w30 for $23 for 5 qt.

What about oil filters? I'm running the Purolater PureOne filters for the 06+ Civic Si. They're a bit bigger than the size spec'd for the Legacy.

Oh, and I'm at nearly 70k on my 08.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2012, 11:05:34 AM »
I also was curious what type of oil filters everyone was using....oem Subaru or aftermarket ones?
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2012, 12:11:54 PM »
Walmart sells quarts. Its cheaper to buy the gallon of t6 at menards then buy a quart at wal mart.  For oil filters. I like the OEM subaru ones. I've never had an issue with them.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2012, 01:24:03 PM »
I use Subaru blue filters with new crush gaskets everytime
If you purchase online you can usually get a year's worth of filters and gaskets for a good price.
With Rotella I started off with 2 gallons.  And every once in a while some local parts stores have it for dirt cheap.  WRXNFX picked some up last year for around $14/gallon!!

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2012, 04:29:39 PM »
I used to use new crush washers every time, but no more. I installed this two weekends ago. http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=F105N I can't wait to do my next change. With the hose on the nipple draining directly into the recycle jug, no more splashing in and out of the pan, and no more crush washers. Just need to find a better solution for the filter. Now that I know about Menards gallons for T6, I might go back to it.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2012, 05:00:48 PM »
They sell it for $21 a gallon. Which is cheaper then $30 at wal mart. Or $29 at advance.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2012, 07:38:52 PM »
I've used valvoline synpower or whatever 5w/30, usually about $30/ 5+ quart oil change jug.

When I can find deals I'll get VR1 Synthetic 10w/30 but only in the summer. 

As for intervals, well I'm anal so 3k miles.
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Offline RedOxRu

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2012, 07:45:30 PM »
I've spent a ton of time on BITOG and the various national boards, and I've quickly realized there is no such thing as a consensus as far as oil goes in these engines.

I'd run T6, but that falls outside of the things SOA requires. Also, if you think T6 is pricey, you should price out Motul 8100 that some guys swear by...

Was curious to take a more 'local' poll, as it were, and I'm pleased with the answers so far.

Thanks.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2012, 08:55:27 AM »
I run T6 in Dusty and my SV650n.

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2012, 10:32:37 PM »
So the only consensus is that on any oil change past 60k I'll use T6.

Just a matter of waiting it out... ;)

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2012, 08:30:00 AM »
waiting out 60k? i don't get it. if you have decided on a "best" oil for your car, wouldn't you want to run it all the time?
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2012, 10:32:41 AM »
Sadly 5w-30 full synth is the only thing that meets warranty requirements.

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2012, 11:21:21 AM »
They'll never know.

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2012, 02:32:49 PM »
I've used Rotella T6 and PureONE Purolator oil filter since I bought my car at 34,000 miles.  now has about 42,000 and still running strong.  I went with recommendations (and non-recommendations) from bobtheoilguy.com and LegacyGT.com.

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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2012, 12:48:19 PM »
Sadly 5w-30 full synth is the only thing that meets warranty requirements.
If you do your own oil changes make sure to document them on mysubaru.com.  It's a service log for your car.  Anything a dealer does is automatically logged but the stuff you do should be added. It's based off the VIN number.  It's by no means necessary but is a good rule of thumb.
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2012, 10:02:45 PM »
Rotella T6 and a PureONE Purolator Filter every 4,000 miles I switch to a 5w30  Pennzoil Platinum  Dec-Feb,  Tried Mobile 1 when I first got the car, didnt like that it would drink a QT every 3,000 miles,  Dosen't drink T6 at all :)
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2012, 11:16:53 PM »
Rotella T6 and a PureONE Purolator Filter every 4,000 miles I switch to a 5w30  Pennzoil Platinum  Dec-Feb,  Tried Mobile 1 when I first got the car, didnt like that it would drink a QT every 3,000 miles,  Dosen't drink T6 at all :)


why switch in dec-feb?
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Re: 2011 WRX Oil
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2012, 05:34:51 AM »
the subaru oil is made by idemitsu lubricants america. don't know anything about them...

anyway, synthetic is synthetic for a daily driver. it seems this topic comes up once or twice a year, and I say the same thing. synthetic is better than convensional and the cheaper the better. i'll tell you what I do. i go to walmart and see wich 5qt jug is on sale for around 20 bucks. pay for it, dump it in my car, then change it after 3,000 miles.

that is for a daily driver that is not a mod-a-holic. if you are running a rotated turbo with 35 pounds of boost and complain that awd doesnt really help you hook up, then i would say you can be more picky.

or if you are like alot of the guys on the forum and play around on the interstate or go to track days, the rotella t6 seems pretty damn tough to beat.

but, that's just my 2 cents....
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