So MySubaru's 2011-2012 Oil Chart says every 7500 miles but in "severe" driving conditions it goes down to 3750 miles. On my maintenance schedule, the recommendation is an oil change every 3750 miles or 3.75 months. Also, it says to use 5W-30 but my dealer said the recommended is 0W-20.
As of now, I am planning on using Mobil 5W-30 at 3750 miles for my first one. Not sure what to do for subsequent oil changes. I may continue to do it at every 3750 or maybe 5000. I don't drive much so I will most likely reach the 3.75 month mark first. Does it really matter so much about the time limit? I've had the car for a little over 4 months but am not even at 3000 miles. Consolidating all this info, what is your recommendation for my first oil change? Wait til 3750 (which might be another month or longer) or go ahead do it at my earliest convenience because it is already past the 3.75 month mark? Or something completely different altogether?
This is my first car and will be the first oil change so please bear with me. Thanks so much, I really appreciate all the help!!
The FB25 non-turbo engine in the 2012
Forester X has somewhat different maintenance requirements than those for the EJ25 turbo engine in the 2012
Forester XT. Additonally, Subaru's maintenance schedules have evolved a bit in the last year or so.
In general, the 2012 FB25
non-turbo engine "requires" 0W-20
synthetic engine oil. The initial oil change is now scheduled for 7,500 miles or 7.5 months, whichever comes first. Subsequent oil and filter change intervals (OCI) are 7.5K miles / 7.5K months. When the car is driven in "severe driving conditions", the engine oil (an sometimes the filter) should be changed at 3.75K miles / 3.75 months.
The FB25 non-turbo engine was introduced in the U.S. Forester X for the 2011 model year. The original initial oil change requirement was at 3K miles / 3 months, but Subaru has relaxed that in late 2011 / early 2012.
In general, the 2012
EJ25 turbo engine "requires" 5W-30
synthetic engine oil. The initial oil change is now scheduled for 7,500 miles or 7.5 months, whichever comes first. Subsequent oil and filter change intervals (OCI) are 7.5K miles / 7.5K months. When the car is driven in "severe driving conditions", the engine oil (and sometimes the filter) should be changed at 3.75K miles / 3.75 months.
Subaru used to consider turbo-engine as a severe duty application. For example, see Note 1 on the second page of this 2009 Maintenance Schedule
. However, the "turbo engine severe duty
" notation has been deleted from this note in the 2012 Maintenance Schedule. Check the Warranty and Maintenance Booklet that came with your car. Additionally, cars101.com
, an unofficial Subaru website run bu a Subaru salesman, lists the 2012 Turbo engine's OCI as 7.5K miles / 7,5 months.
The above is my interpretation of published Subaru material. I hope that it answer some of your questions and help you decide how to best maintain your car. Personally, I wouldn't wait for 7.5 K miles / 7.5 months to do the first engine oil and filter change; I did that on my car at 3K miles, and even that was a stretch for me. I'm also still struggling with the notion of long OCI's, so, instead of two OCI's every 15K miles, I'll probably work my way to three.
JIm / crewzer