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Subaru has settled class action lawsuit over oil consumption

Posted: 8 May 2016 at 06:18:04

In a recent post, I indicated that my 2014 Subaru Forester has a minor problem with oil consumption and in my Googling, I've discovered this isn't exclusive to my car. In fact, many Subaru owners have had this problems in recent years.

Well, a class-action lawsuit was filed and Subaru has settled the lawsuit with the plaintiffs. I received a letter indicating my car now has an 8-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty on it as part of this settlement. It's a shame I'll probably be reaching 100,000 miles in a year or two. I'm already near 80k.

Subaru will also reimburse owners' expenses in topping off their oil levels if they can prove the car's oil levels are falling below the ADD level on the oil dipstick before 4,000 miles after an oil change. Unfortunately, this measurement has to be done by a Subaru service center. All in all, it seems like a lot of work and inconvenience to get any kind of reimbursement out of the deal.

I continue to add a half to a full quart of oil to my engine between oil changes. That's a whopping $6-10. Otherwise, the car runs great.