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#2322618 - 07/20/11 11:58 PM 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change
5Toes Offline


Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 13
Loc: Bremerton, WA
Okay so we have had this car for a year now, but last time the oil was changed was at an Oil Can Henry's.. we were busy and it NEEDED done.

So now it's my turn. The car has 5W30 castrol in it... no clue which castrol though. Im guessing GTX.

Now the vehicle, even though it is a 2003 model, has only 19,500 miles. We bought from an old woman who had gotten alzheimers shortly after her purchase. Either way.. I want a good 5W30 oil for this thing. I was thinking SHELL ROTELLA T5 5W30... as I know all rotella oils are excellent and that they will give a long OCI... which is want my Mom wants.

SO Rotella 5W30 is what I am thinking. Local Autozone has 5 quaarts and a filter for $30 on PP... but I dont know.

As far as filter, I think I will just go with a Wix or Bosch Distance plus. Thoughts? I personally run a OEM Mann (black can) on my BMW. I better stock up on them actually... before they are NLA!

- Andrew

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#2322648 - 07/21/11 12:59 AM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
electrolover Offline


Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 3192
Loc: TEXAS
i would take PP over T5 any day!! its about the best you can get for the money, accept maybe QSUD
if cost is an issue any good dino would do well. i like the qs alot, good price and a stout add pac!

sounds like you got things figured out on what filters are good. bosch, wix, napa gold, fram extended guard and purolator are my favs.

btw T5 is 10/30
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#2322650 - 07/21/11 01:20 AM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
5Toes Offline


Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 13
Loc: Bremerton, WA
What if I find Mobil 1 on sale? We have about 3000 miles on the last change (last change was overdue so stupid place set next OC much sooner).

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#2322669 - 07/21/11 03:14 AM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
Xstang Offline


Registered: 04/13/11
Posts: 244
Loc: Kansas
First off, Rotella T5 comes in a 10w-30. Should not be a problem though. Was about $16 a gallon at wally world last time I checked. Yes, it's excellent. Just remember it takes 4.2 quarts though.

Mobil synthetics seems to cause bearing failure in turbo'd subaru engines. My friend has run Mobil clean 5000 in a '96 legacy from 150k-220k, so you be the judge. UOA's of M1 in subaru EJ engines show pretty high iron levels.....

Wix? I like their filters, but the bypass pressure is not high enough-I'd stick with OEM (Honeywell) or purolator. No experience with Bosch.

electro-I think I saw a UOA on a 2.5x forester on here that ran PP and gave good results, so that's not a bad pic either.
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#2322730 - 07/21/11 08:11 AM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
electrolover Offline


Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 3192
Loc: TEXAS
Originally Posted By: 5Toes
What if I find Mobil 1 on sale? We have about 3000 miles on the last change (last change was overdue so stupid place set next OC much sooner).


mobil 1 is a good oil and it has many oem on its side, very respected here. the iron levels are a little high sometimes on the UOAs.....

And in my opinion a couple short (3k) ocis would not be a bad idea with this car. just in case it has some kind of build up from short trips and missed oil changes.
if it were mine i would run PP with two 3k ocis and then move up to 5k and then a little higher if thats what your looking for. i wouldnt push it past 7k with out a UOA

T5 should have no problem going 5k or farther either, it is a very good oil. Im just a PP fan. smile
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#2323117 - 07/21/11 02:50 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
5Toes Offline


Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 13
Loc: Bremerton, WA
The forester is the xs model, so not turbo.

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#2323129 - 07/21/11 03:00 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6005
Loc: Easton, PA
Originally Posted By: 5Toes
Okay so we have had this car for a year now, but last time the oil was changed was at an Oil Can Henry's.. we were busy and it NEEDED done.

So now it's my turn. The car has 5W30 castrol in it... no clue which castrol though. Im guessing GTX.

Now the vehicle, even though it is a 2003 model, has only 19,500 miles. We bought from an old woman who had gotten alzheimers shortly after her purchase. Either way.. I want a good 5W30 oil for this thing. I was thinking SHELL ROTELLA T5 5W30... as I know all rotella oils are excellent and that they will give a long OCI... which is want my Mom wants.

SO Rotella 5W30 is what I am thinking. Local Autozone has 5 quaarts and a filter for $30 on PP... but I dont know.

As far as filter, I think I will just go with a Wix or Bosch Distance plus. Thoughts? I personally run a OEM Mann (black can) on my BMW. I better stock up on them actually... before they are NLA!

- Andrew



oil can henry`s?? what the [censored] is that?
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#2323221 - 07/21/11 05:12 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: lexus114]
merdog Offline


Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 72
Loc: Washington
Oil can Henrys is a oil quicky lube that carries castrol as their main oil. They are all around here in WA and they are expensive. 45 bucks for a gtx oil change. And of course they will try to up sale you to a syntec oil change for 100 dollars. Not a good place to do business.
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#2323229 - 07/21/11 05:23 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
JRed Offline


Registered: 06/01/09
Posts: 1633
Loc: Virginia
Rotella T5 only comes a 0w-30, 0w-40, 10w-30, and 10w-40. I haven't seen the 0w varieties around here.

Use whichever oil is cheaper. I use T5 in my WRX during the winter. Works great.
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#2323231 - 07/21/11 05:24 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 8984
Loc: OH
An NA Subaru is not a BMW.
It doesn't need any special oil.
Any oil will do, and Subaru even allows the owner a wide selection of grades.
Anyway, our Forester seems fine on any oil I've had in it, while the Impreza seems fine on PP and would be just as fine on anything else.
PP or M1 would be good choices in either 5W or 10W-30, although any synthetic would be okay, if that's what you prefer.
The Subaru probably doesn't need it.
I would probably go at least 5K on a change with either oil.
For a filter, there are good deals after MIR on Purolator Classics, P1s and Bosch D+ oil filters.
Any of them would be fine for the car.
Finally, if you've never changed the oil in a Subie, you're in for a treat.
You can probably change it yourself in less time than it took for you to drive to and wait for the job to get done at Oil Can Henry's.
You may need a special wrench to get to the oil filter.
You don't with the Impreza, but you sure do with the Forester.
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#2323256 - 07/21/11 05:57 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: 5Toes]
sandy_d Offline


Registered: 07/19/11
Posts: 60
Loc: The Hills, CA
I'd go with the Shell Rotella T5, it is a excellent HDEO oil, perfect for a car that might need a little more than average cleaning due to some severe service operation or slight neglect.

Maybe do a couple of OC with the Shell Rotella then go back to a regular oil, any major brand on sale will do perfectly.

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#2323265 - 07/21/11 06:05 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: fdcg27]
nepadriver Offline


Registered: 07/20/11
Posts: 215
Loc: Northeast PA
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
An NA Subaru is not a BMW.
It doesn't need any special oil.
Any oil will do, and Subaru even allows the owner a wide selection of grades.
Anyway, our Forester seems fine on any oil I've had in it, while the Impreza seems fine on PP and would be just as fine on anything else.
PP or M1 would be good choices in either 5W or 10W-30, although any synthetic would be okay, if that's what you prefer.
The Subaru probably doesn't need it.
I would probably go at least 5K on a change with either oil.
For a filter, there are good deals after MIR on Purolator Classics, P1s and
Bosch D+ oil filters.
Any of them would be fine for the car.
Finally, if you've never changed the oil in a Subie, you're in for a treat.
You can probably change it yourself in less time than it took for you to drive to and wait for the job to get done at Oil Can Henry's.
You may need a special wrench to get to the oil filter.
You don't with the Impreza, but you sure do with the Forester.


I have a 2010 Forester X no special wrench needed to expose filter, perhaps on turbos only?

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#2323276 - 07/21/11 06:14 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: nepadriver]
nepadriver Offline


Registered: 07/20/11
Posts: 215
Loc: Northeast PA
Oh and the change is a piece of cake, you can get subaru filters by the case online 5.75 shipped. Good filters, made by Honeywell in Canada.

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#2323297 - 07/21/11 06:31 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: nepadriver]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 8984
Loc: OH
You can get your hand up between the exhaust headers to remove the filter?
I know I can't, especially when the thing has been run and is ready for a drain.
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12 Accord LX 22K HGMO 0W-20
09 Forester 64K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 127K G-Oil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 98K Synpower 10W-30
95 BMW 318iC 146K Defy 10W-40

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#2323358 - 07/21/11 07:31 PM Re: 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change [Re: fdcg27]
nepadriver Offline


Registered: 07/20/11
Posts: 215
Loc: Northeast PA
Oh yeah I can reach but I get it loose first with a wrench, wear gloves to hand turn it, avoided that burn...and be quick to turn! I thought you meant a cover over it of some sort.

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