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Subaru settles in oil consumption lawsuit

Subaru has agreed to settle in the oil consumption lawsuit filed against them in 2014. What will Forester, Outback and Crosstrek owners get in return?

Owners of Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Impreza and Legacy are getting compensation from Subaru from the oil consumption lawsuit filed against them. According to Law360, Subaru of America (SOA) has agreed to compensate the drivers who filed the class action suit. SOA agreed to extend warranties and reimburse drivers for certain out-of-pocket costs from the alleged defect that is causing their vehicle’s engines to use excessive amounts of oil.

Last week, the drivers in the lawsuit told Law360, Subaru has agreed to extend its 5 year, 60,000-mile warranty in respect to the alleged defect to an 8 year, 100,000-mile warranty. SOA will also reimburse certain expenses for vehicle repairs, rental cars, towing and the purchase of up to six quarts of oil per vehicle with appropriate proof. According to the report, the drivers urged the court to grant preliminary approval of the settlement and schedule a final approval hearing.

Subaru owners are happy with the settlement

The Subaru owners appear to be happy with the settlement and said the agreement will provide most proposed class members with the same amount of compensation they would have obtained if the case went to trial. Subaru also agreed not to oppose up to $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees and costs associated with the case. They will also pay the nine named plaintiffs $3,500 each in incentive awards. Matthew D. Schelkopf, an attorney for the drivers, told Law360 in an email sent last week, “We are very pleased with the terms of the proposed relief for class members under the settlement agreement.”

Subaru makes it right with these nine named plaintiffs

Subaru knew there was a problem with certain Subaru engines and they needed to make things right with these customers. This settlement shows they are doing that. The report says, Subaru believes “the settlement is in the best interests of their respective clients.” What will this mean for Subaru owners who are still experiencing excessive oil consumption?

In the report by Law360, according to the proposed settlement of the lawsuit, Subaru also agreed to offer a free oil consumption test for all current owners and lessees and perform any technical service bulletin repairs connected to the alleged defect. Yet this is not anything more than Subaru has already been doing. Current owners who are having this issue will continue to deal with their Subaru dealer to get their individual problem addressed. This settlement will not help those still dealing with excessive oil consumption. The vehicles affected most seem to be 2011-2014 Forester (2.5-liter engine), 2013 Legacy (2.5-liter engine) 2013 Outback (2.5-liter engine) 2012-2013 Impreza (2.0-liter engine) and 2013 XV Crosstrek (2.0-liter engine). Check with your Subaru dealer for any new technical service bulletin repairs connected to the “alleged” defect.

Source: Law360


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Comments

If you weren't part of the suit what do you do? Will you still be reimbursed for repairs or am I completely out of luck?
First, you have to bring it to the dealership for service. Then you have to bring it back every 1,000 miles, until such time as they are satisfied that the car is actually burning oil. No charge for this. Tgen, if it is found that your vehicle is burning oil, they will replace the engine.
Not quite correct. They will not necessarily replace your engine even if you are burning oil. You have to burn "enough" oil to make it so they replace their engine. I own a 2013 Legacy that burns 1.5 quarts every 3000 miles which started after 20,000 miles. They now overfill the oil instead of giving me 6 quarts (as the subaru owner's manual recommends) they give me 6.9 quarts (the most it will hold). I burn through those 1.5 quarts after 3000 miles and they want to change the oil then - not the recommended 7500 miles or the 5000 miles most say it should be changed. So according to the dealership, there is no problem. What I do now is carry a quart of oil in my garage, and check the oil level every 1000 miles. If it it needs oil (like it usually does after 3000 miles), I add a quart to it to make it to 5000 miles and the next oil change. So I use about 2.5 quarts every 5000 miles - not enough to warrant a new engine. I just keep oil around. Ironically, my older 2006 Saab 9-3 with the GM ecotec engine only now starting burning oil very slightly - it burns about 0.1 quarts every 5000 miles, but I have over 150,000 on that car now and it is normal - and I don't have to keep a quart of oil around. That car has been FAR more reliable than the Subaru I own.
I use 4 to 5 quarts at 5000 miles with synthetic oil. I believe that is burning a little oil. But the bad thing is that I can't find any leaks. I have a 2012 Forester. And the oil light doesn't come on, I heard that they don't have one but not sure
That is a LOT of oil to go through. If you have less than 100,000 a dealership test should get you a new engine. Far more than me. Synthetic can accelerate the burning in some cases (makes little difference in mine as I have tried it).
Just today we picked up our 2013 Forester from the dealer after they had replaced the short block. You are not likely to find leaks. We had none, but wondered why the engine was ticking. The local mechanic found that it was 5 qrts low. We took it to the dealer, did their 1200 mile oil consumption test, and got the new block, no charge. You are correct about no oil light. That is rather odd, don't you think? Their is a warning light for low oil pressure, but it didn't come on.
Sam S is correct @ 3000 miles after the oil is changed I see a reduction on the dipstick. I add 1/2 quart, then another @ 4200. That gets me to 5000 miles.Subaru has also told me to use Super Unleaded fuel to reduce the engine knock I have. It does help BUT the manual says use 83 octane. Big Disappointment with this company, every time I bring my car( 2015 Legacy) in and tell them to test drive it without doing any service (to hear the knock) they go ahead and mask the problem by patching in an update or doing something else. Trust nothing. The customer does not come first.
Very true statement-with the new engine a case of 0W20 oil and a storage box for the trunk-so you don't ever run out between oil changes!
Now what for me? 2012 Forester with ~50K miles and engine is basically shot! Biggest mistake of my life buying a Subaru.
Your dealership should have replaced your block if you have had this issue. Also what makes your think your engine is shot and why havn't you used your warranty. Boxer engines burn oil. If you have to put MORE then a quart over your 6kmi? oil cycle then you have a problem but 1 quart spread out over 6kmi does not hurt your engine and is usual caused by engine breaking and is normal. Contact your dealer.
I have a 2012 Forester. Took it in last Friday. They are going to replace the engine block. After about 3k miles from last oil change, the car had consumed 5 quarts of oil. It was basically empty. They are going to replace the engine block. I have a loaner car for about 2 months.
I have a 2014 WRX that has a rod knock after an impeccable service record (which I faxed to Subaru Customer Care) after towing the car to the dealer 165mi out of pocket. Cust Care agreed I took great care of the car and I'm now awaiting results of the tear down. Dealer has had the car 2 weeks and I'm told until they report the diagnosis to Cust Care (which could be upwards of $10k per the service manger) I'm on my own and have been denied a loaner car. Did Subaru at any time attempt to insist you pay for some/ all of repairs or just accept its an epidemic w/ Subies and offer to cover it all from the onset?
If the comment is to me, the first time I took it in in July 2015 when they replaces the head and gasket, I would have had to pay $2900 for it...BUT i bought an extended warranty when I purchased the car used in August 2014 so it was covered. I guess I'm lucky.
My "brand new" POS 2013 wrx premium suffered catastrophic engine failure after only 4k miles of operation. Before the flamers hop in - I refrained from indulging the turbo until after 2k miles per the owners manual and also changed the oil/filter at 1.8k miles with subaru spec oil and filter. Long story short, SOA covered the claim under warranty without much whimpering....because this is a known issue to them (ringland or cast piston failure) that is covered under the express bumper to bumper warranty of 3 year 36k miles. Do some research before buying any EJ series boxer engine, the lean AFR coupled with the unequal length header heating up cylinder #4 is a recipe for disaster that is not an "if" but a "when" for engine failure. That's a big reason for the switch to the FA20 series that sounds like a civic with a fart can....just like Metallica said, sad but true! Unfortunately, the STI is still fitted with a 12 year old dinosaur (EJ257 series) that is also plagued with the same issues - subaru is really losing their position as a sector leader from the perspective of AWD and rally oriented, turboed road machines. Ditch the barkelys and give me a reliable, functional and yes....a quirky styled hatchback that fits my needs but sets you and the kids back in the seat on the way home from soccer practice!
I'm in the same position, did subaru pay for this or was it out of pocket?
one quart x 360000 + and counting being pumped into the air. Did we NOT have a campaign in the past to erradicate the old in-efficient autos which they scrapped out so people would buy the new and improved autos?? Would differ with you on hurting your engine-how about all the yellowish baked-on oil if you pull your oxygen sensors and look into your CAT converter!! Why do they install EGR valves for? How much should be acceptable oil loss in a newer vehicle-as much as the car companies tell us? How much "Break-In" do you need-carry a 6 pack in the truck so you don't run out?? Read your owners manual and see what they tell you about ruining your cat converter!
What is this "Boxer engines burn oil" nonsense? Tell that to Volkswagen, Porsche, Corvair, Honda, BMW as well as the many thousands of aircraft owners flying "Boxer" engines. Boxer engines don't burn oil. Subaru Boxer engines burn oil. In spite of the lawsuit and the $ Millions in repairs the 2017's still burn oil.Stay away from this beast!
2011 Forester, I knew it was burning excessive oil, about 2-3 quarts between oil changes, then the consumption increased dramatically and I have a kaput motor. Dealer says $6,400 to replace with used engine. Is this reasonable? (I know I'm getting screwed, but is this at least a reasonable one?) Thanks,
Am surprised to hear the frequency of the oil consumption issue. I own a 2006 Subaru Legacy GTLTD with the 2.5 turbo. Just passed 116k mi and at most I've burned 1/2 qt of oils between 4 k mi oil change intervals( the turbo needs more frequent oil changes). It's not uncommon in general for Subaru 2.5 boxers to burn some oil but 4-5 was is crazy. I would think you'd almost see burnt oil exiting the tailpipe at that consumption rate.
SAME! Did they end up doing anything for you?
You have until June 2016 to get your name included in the lawsuit. The law firm litigating the case is Girard-Gibbs and they are located in New Jersey. Contact them for more info.
My 2010 Forester has the same problem. Anything I can do?
My Forester 2010 just ran out of oil. We had to spend $6000 to replace the engine back in January 2016. The "new" refurbished engine is burning oil at the same rate. Will Subaru cover our cost for the replacement?
How could anyone be happy with this. All they have done is extended the warranty. There is no fix for the problem. Oil consumption test will just mean them telling you that there is nothing wrong with your car (which I have done already, and you will see that many others have also online). My 2013 Outback still has this issue and will continue to have this.
So I brought my 2013 Outback to the dealer for an oil consumption test, I know my car needs a quart of oil every 2500miles. They changed the oil, and I returned after 1000 miles. It did not burn 1/3 quart in the 1000 mile interval, so they said nothing would be done by Subaru. Basically, Subaru is saying that it's OK to burn oil as long as it is no more that a quart every 3000 miles! How many decades has it been since this was a fair bar to set for a modern engine?
I have a 2014 hyundai elantra gt with 59500 mi on it. did an oil consumption test and it burns 1 qt every 3000 mi as well. The tech told me it was burning oil but the car was still in spec because it does not consume more than 1qt every 1000 miles. So i followed up with asking him if it is okay to run my car around with only 2 qts of oil since it was in spec (5qts - 3 qt) 1qt every 1000 miles assuming you change at 3000 miles. He then told me of course not you need to make sure it has 5 qts in it all the time. How is the engine in spec if running the engine at that spec will cause engine failure.
I am having oil consumption tests done on our 2011 Subaru Forester, after 2000km it was using 0.8L of oil (way above the limit of .3L for 2000 km) two tests were the same (completed at different Subaru dealerships) the third came in at 0.2L of oil down. now i am having a 4th test done after another 2000km. The class action law suit said ALL Subaru Foresters from 2011-2014 are affected then why are they doing all this unnecessary testing. Change the motors and be done with it SUBARU!!! I will keep you posted of what happens.
I bought a Subaru forest. what a pile of junk. It burned a quart of oil the first 2000 miles. I advise everyone I know about how Subaru refused to fix the problem. DON'T EVER BUY A SUBARU.......It's like Pearl Harbor all over again. Fuking JAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2013 Subaru Forester 2.5 auto. Problem with oil consumption mainly on longer trips where the engine is hot for a longer period. Not dripping so must be burning it when oil is pushed past the rings. Had the same problem with my 2007 Forester. Wishing that I hadn't touched Subaru again. Was assured that the problem had been fixed. What a load of BS.
Consumer Reports continues to give Subaru top ratings. Maybe don't buy Subaru or Consumer Reports. The lack of satisfactory response from Subaru reminds me of my days with GM – they did everything – including sicking their lawyers on me – other than fixing the problem. Thanks to these responses I won't be buying Subaru and stopped buying "Government Motors" long ago. Haven't had any issues with Toyota.

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