Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington State, USA
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: "L" - 231,000 mi.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Warning, old school comments below:
Well, if you're going to do the oil changes yourself and it's a pain, look to:
1 - the aftermarket oil drain valves, what's the name?, forget - Fumoto?. I've had them on 2 cars, not Forester, and they makes draining oil a breeze. You can drain the oil in a nice clothes and not get dirty.
2 - use a high quality oil filter and change it just once a year, even though you drain/fill oil 3x. Was my approach.
My CEL has been on for about 40,000 miles now; still runs OK. Little square of black electrician's tape could cover it up nicely, BTW. In my low mileage years, wiping the gas cap rubber seal and the mating tank tube surface with a damp cloth would clear CEL's 50% of the time after couple/three days.