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Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport #4506910
09/04/17 02:49 AM
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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This our first Subaru. Currently has 153k mi. Will be used for a little mixed driving. Mostly short trips from schools, errands, & maybe weekly long drives thru the foothills. What oil & filter would y'all recommend? I know 5W-30 is what's on the cap, but aren't most of the manufacturers running 0W oil nowadays? I plan on changing the oil every 5k mi. Also, would like to run a longer oil filter if possible.


2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4506913
09/04/17 03:03 AM
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In California no need for 0W, follow Subaru's advice and get a 5W30.

I would buy any Dexos1 5W30 oil that you like or that is on sale, and you're fine. All Dexos oil is made to a high standard and is a quality product.

If you want me to pick a particular oil, then Castrol Magnatec 5W30 full synthetic. The Magnatec oils are producing excellent UOA's (used oil analysis) right now.


Penrite Vantage 10W40 SN & A3/B4 + Wesfil-Cooper Z154
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4506919
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Mobil 1 0w40 is cheap and readily available in NA. Castrol Edge 0w40 also. Subaru likes little more substantial oils.


02 Nissan Terrano 2.7.TDi Motul 15w40
06 FIAT Stilo MW 1.9 Multijet SHU 5w40
07 Opel Vectra SW 1.9 CDTI 150 MST 5w40
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4506950
09/04/17 06:01 AM
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York, Pa
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I second the Mobil 1 0w40, Castrol Edge 0w40 oil and you can get 3 OEM Subaru filters with the crush washers for around $20 shipped from eBay. I hope your head gaskets have been checked or replaced. This mileage is when they start to fail. Enjoy your Subie...I love mine.


2001 Subaru Forester S
Replaced with a 2006 Forester

2004 Subaru Forester XT
Death by deer. Replaced with 2003 Impreza Outback Sport (beater)
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4506992
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No need for xW40 in a naturally aspirated Subaru and really no need for synthetic unless you intend to extend your intervals beyond 7,500 miles. I'd probably run a High Mileage 5W30 or 10W30.


'04 Subaru Forester 2.5XT
Castrol Edge High Mileage
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507016
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Vienna, VA
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That's head gasket territory. If they have not been done, expect to have to do them soon.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507060
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I second bluesubie on the no need for 40wt oils on NAs. My 01 Forester actually used quite a bit of the M1 0w40, compared to none on RT6 before and after, so I vote no on that as well. I currently run Harvest King synthetic 5W-30 ($9/5qts!) and clearance Bosch Distance+ filters. About 3600 miles into this OCI, will change before snow hits this year.

I don't know if I agree on the HG doomsdayers, mine is at 215k on original HGs. Change the coolant and be sure to use the Subaru Coolant Conditioner. It should be fine as long as timing Belt and pulleys were done around 100k.

Share the Love! It's no barnstormer, but it is solid transportation.

Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507116
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Family has a 07 Impreza sedan with over 160,000 miles. Zero problems. I believe the HG problem was solved by 07. Still I change coolant as specified and use the Subaru additive just in case. I live in So Cal and now use 10W-30 year round. I have used Subaru and also aftermarket filters that do not have the recommended by pass setting. Have not heard/seen a difference, but with OEM filters so cheap these days..I would stick with OEM ENJOY!

Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507154
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NorCal
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I agree with bluesubie, 40wt oil isn't necessary for your application.

And I also agree with SR5 on the magnatec 5w30. It is probably the best bang for the buck oil available right now (aside from super sale/clearance opportunities).

I wouldn't worry about running a bigger filter for 5-7.5k ocis. I've always used factory filters for all my Subaru vehicles.

Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507160
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And a bottle of this



2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: TinyVoices] #4507164
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
That's head gasket territory. If they have not been done, expect to have to do them soon.


Yes they were done at 102k mi. Head gaskets, timing belt, water pump, oil pump, & tune up. Bill was around $3k-Geezuz! frown

Last edited by Nicasio; 09/04/17 11:23 AM.

2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507167
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Vienna, VA
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Originally Posted By: Nicasio
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
That's head gasket territory. If they have not been done, expect to have to do them soon.


Yes they were done at 102k mi. Head gaskets, timing belt, water pump, oil pump, & tune up. Bill was around $3k 😬


Excellent. Should be a great vehicle.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507181
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Originally Posted By: Nicasio
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
That's head gasket territory. If they have not been done, expect to have to do them soon.


Yes they were done at 102k mi. Head gaskets, timing belt, water pump, oil pump, & tune up. Bill was around $3k-Geezuz! frown
Whaaa...t!

Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507435
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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I see the Magnatec for like $17.xx/gal. from Walmart. So I think I will go with that 1st. How about running high mileage synthetic. Would that be better since I'm at over 150k. I see all the bottles stating anything over 75k should be considered for HM oil


2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio] #4507484
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Crawfordville FL
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Do you have leaks or excessive consumption? If not then a high mileage oil isn't needed. If you want to run one it won't hurt anything.


2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 178k miles M1 HM 10w-30
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