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What do you think about dealerships oils
Are they good as Mobil 1 ? Or they using chippest one (even sinthetic) ?
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It will probably vary from dealer to dealer. It does here. But dealers are an expensive way of getting a car serviced- especially when you don't even know what oil they are using.
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I think if you had a good dealership, it would be OK, but remember, from what I have heard most Subaru dealerships dont even use Subaru Upper Engine Cleaner (SUEC) which is part of the recommended service! So who knows what they do?

I dont think mine had until I got my hands on it!

If you're able, do your own oil & filter change. Its very easy & not messy if you get a $5 oil change tray. It'll save you lots of $$$ plus you can use a good fully synthetic oil.

The only thing to be careful of is not to overtighten the drain plug...another reason to do it yourself as dealerships have been known to even stuff this up
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I remember calling on a dealership and the apprentice had used a rattle gun to tighten the sump plug. And for a brief moment it was indeed very tight.
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ask to go into the work shop and look at the oil drums. most would use quality
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The only thing to be careful of is not to overtighten the drain plug...another reason to do it yourself as dealerships have been known to even stuff this up
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I remember calling on a dealership and the apprentice had used a rattle gun to tighten the sump plug.
Thats scary
Just another reason I do as much as I can myself.
That way you know its been done right.

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HI!
What do you think about dealerships oils
Are they good as Mobil 1 ? Or they using chippest one (even sinthetic) ?
I was just reading in Drive magazine that 2011+ Foresters it is recommended that you use Subaru Synthetic oil, so hopefully that is what your dealer would be using.
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Assuming you have the correct viscosity, it is probably more important you have fresh oil in your engine than anything else (within limits). I run Castrol Magnatec 10W-40 in the Forrie, Penrite Synthetic 10W-50 in the WRX, each changed at 5,000km intervals. It seems to get a lot colder in the US and Europe, so in those conditions you would use a different viscosity. Similarly, if I left my cars out in the open in winter here, I would also run a different viscosity. The difference between being in the garage and outside can be as much as 10 degrees C
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Do you use a lighter oil in winter? I use Penrite 10W40/50, is 5W30 too light?
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No it is not too light, and certainly not in winter in normal driving. I would probably not run it in summer, especially in a turbo and even more so if driving the turbo hard. Depends a bit on how you drive, towing and other loads on the engine. It really does not get that cold where my car is stored overnight for me to worry about. But if I parked it outside or where the temperature got down to freezing, I would use a different viscosity.
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