Now that Subaru has settled their oil consumption lawsuit, what should you do if you own a Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Impreza or Legacy that burns excessive oil? It could be covered under warranty. In some cases, Subaru will replace the short block assembly to rectify the problem.
What vehicles are effected?
Some Subaru owners are experiencing excessive oil consumption in certain vehicles. The vehicles that seem to be affected are the 2011-2014 Forester (2.5-liter engines), 2013-2014 Outback (2.5-liter engines), 2013 XV Crosstrek (2.0-liter engines), 2012-2013 Impreza (2.0-liter engines) and 2013-2014 Legacy (2.5-liter engines).
Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said, "more than 98 percent of the settlement class vehicles (Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Impreza and Legacy models) have not experienced, and will not experience, any oil consumption concerns.” What if you are one of the 2 percent?
What should you do if your vehicle is using excessive oil?
Owners can contact their Subaru dealer and go in for an oil consumption test. If the dealer determines the oil consumption is found to exceed normal levels, dealers will replace the shortblock assembly.
Repairs will be made under the new vehicle warranty or powertrain warranty, whichever applies. If your vehicle is out of the new vehicle warranty coverage, and you have an extended warranty, the repairs may be covered, but the Subaru dealer will have to confirm this with the extended warranty company.
Owners should call their local dealer with their vehicle identification number (VIN) on their 2011-2014 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Impreza or Legacy to determine vehicle eligibility for this repair. Owners can also call Subaru Support at 800-782-2783 and reference Technical Service Bulletin # 02-157-14R.