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Old 11-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Synthetic Oil Required in 2013 Forester?


My sister recently bought a 2013 Subaru Forester, four cylinder. When she
brought it in for its first oil change she was surprised to be charged
$75 for the job, which included oil and filter. When she questioned this rather high price for an oil change, which usually costs about $30 or so, she was told that synthetic oil is mandatory in her Forester. I have a 2012 Outback and I have never been required to use synthetic oil. Is it possible that the new Forester really must have synthetic oil? Or was the dealer's shop just taking advantage of her inexperience? I told her I would ask
some more experienced guys and get back to her. Thanks!

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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Check your owners manual, it will tell you. Plus a lot of engine oil filler caps will tell you what it takes.

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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I have not checked her owner's manual, but my 2012 Outback'a manual
tells me I can use either regular oil or synthetic oil. I find it hard to believe that the Forester engine is so different from mine that it actually requires synthetic oil. In fact, I have never heard of any car that makes synthetic oil a must. I guess I could call and ask a dealer, and I will, unless someone
here can help with this question. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/695...03ASTIS_18.pdf

Quote:
NOTE
Synthetic oil of the grade and viscosity
noted in chapter 12 is the recommended engine oil for optimum engine
performance. Conventional oil may be
used if synthetic oil is unavailable.
And from section 12 : http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/695...03ASTIS_19.pdf

Quote:
0W-20 synthetic oil is the required oil
for optimum engine performance and
protection. Conventional oil may be
used if synthetic oil is unavailable.
*: If 0W-20 synthetic oil is not available,
5W-30 or 5W-40 conventional oil may
be used if replenishment is needed but
should be changed to 0W-20 synthetic
oil at the next oil change
Recommended, not required.
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Yet another reason I won't buy a Subaru. I know its better to use synthetics, but its nice to throw the cheap stuff in there if you're a bit short until payday.
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They probably shipped it with synthetic, but did not list synthetic as required (only recommended it) because having that requirement would be ammunition a competitor could use as a cost detriment for selling purposes. - At least the person doing the change used what was recommended in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.

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My 1999 GMC Jimmy was delivered with synthetic to the owners. In my case, the owner was GM corporate offices and every service record for 2 years showed synthetic was used. When it was transferred to me it also had a fresh change of synthetic in it. When I moved and found a local mechanic and required Mobil 1, he said "Just do what I do on my 2 Corvettes ('58 and '82) and go to Walmart and get a big jug and toss in the trunk. My customers are too cheap, so I do not stock it."

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Yet another reason I won't buy a Subaru. I know its better to use synthetics, but its nice to throw the cheap stuff in there if you're a bit short until payday.
"Yet another"? I love my Subaru. It's been an extremely reliable, capable and efficient little car.

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