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I am not near my vehicle due to traveling for work... So I don't have exact mileage numbers...

I purchased my forester from a Subaru dealership. It was leased and recently returned due to end of the lease when I picked it up.(27k miles) A few months later I moved across the country for college. Towards the end of that trip the check oil came on about 250 miles away from my final destination. I finished my trip and got an oil change the next day. I believe I was 6500 miles from the last oil change. The dealership I got the oil change at informed me that I need to pay more attention to my oil levels because it was almost empty. The next time around I made sure to bring in my vehicle at the recommended miles. Once again the low oil light came on about 75 miles before my destination(I was visiting a friend planning to get an oil change the next morning). I finished traveling to my destination and got my oil change the next day.(nothing was said by the mechanic. just noting the check oil light came on again) The last oil change I did was once again at 5000. This time I drove back across the country because i finished college. prior to this oil change, the low oil light came on again. I've heard that with the new synthetic oil you dont need to perform an oil change every 5000 but can push it to 10k+. Obviously I dont have this option due to my oil levels becoming low around the 5000 mark. My question is for the community. Is it normal for the check oil light to come on for my foresters engine around 5000 miles after an oil change? Is it programmed to come on automatically once you hit that mark? Do I potentially have an oil burning or leaking issue? Thanks for the input. I am currently sitting at 48,500 miles on my car. next oil change is due to happen around 53000. I am keeping an eye on this to see if it happens again.
 

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It is your responsibility to keep an eye on the oil level via the engine oil dipstick. Do not wait for the low oil level light to come on.
Stab that oil pan weekly.

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It’s common for these engines to burn oil. I try to check the oil level every 500-1000 miles and top off as needed. I did have the valve cover gaskets leak around 60k miles.

You may be able to have an oil consumption test performed to see if yours is eligible for the short block replacement to help remedy the oil consumption. Definitely keep an eye on the oil levels before you do damage to your engine.
 

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Our 2015 Premium Ti didn't burn any oil that we noticed. We traded it in last year on a 2019 and that too isn't burning any oil that we can notice. OCI for both vehicles was/is 6k miles or 6 months. Subaru oil is synthetic going 10k miles between oil changes is a buyer beware issue.

Looks like you have a oil consumption issue and, as others have said, you should monitor it better than waiting for the low oil light to turn on. The only way to determine if it's covered under the oil consumption warranty from Subaru is to go to a dealer and ask.
 

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Take a look at the attached link which identifies the terms of the oil use settlement.
Subaru Oil Use Class Action Lawsuit
With your car being a 2015, it would be covered under that litigation if it is a MANUAL transmission 2015 with a VIN under 543650.
If the above does not apply, and even without an extended warranty, the car may be covered under the 50K powertrain warranty.
While it's debatable whether a couple of quarts in 6500 miles is "excessive" (there are some cars worse, like BMW's) in any case, as others have mentioned, you are responsible for ensuring your engine doesn't run out of oil, and it's a better idea to verify it yourself than counting on an idiot light..
As far as what to do, you can discuss the issue with a dealer or call Subie Corporate.
 
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