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#4506910 - 09/04/17 02:49 AM Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
Nicasio Offline


Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 76
Loc: Rocklin, CA USA
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.
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#4506913 - 09/04/17 03:03 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
SR5 Offline


Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 4517
Loc: Down Under
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.
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#4506919 - 09/04/17 03:45 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
chrisri Offline


Registered: 06/01/14
Posts: 1746
Loc: Rijeka, EU
Mobil 1 0w40 is cheap and readily available in NA. Castrol Edge 0w40 also. Subaru likes little more substantial oils.
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#4506950 - 09/04/17 06:01 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
fozzdesy2001 Offline


Registered: 11/22/13
Posts: 62
Loc: York, Pa
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.
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#4506992 - 09/04/17 07:47 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
bluesubie Offline


Registered: 08/04/03
Posts: 2288
Loc: NJ
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.
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#4507016 - 09/04/17 08:43 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 494
Loc: Vienna, VA
That's head gasket territory. If they have not been done, expect to have to do them soon.
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#4507060 - 09/04/17 09:42 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1232
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
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.

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#4507116 - 09/04/17 10:21 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
tenderloin Offline


Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 6536
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
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!

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#4507154 - 09/04/17 11:11 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
Seventh Offline


Registered: 11/11/12
Posts: 234
Loc: NorCal
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.

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#4507160 - 09/04/17 11:15 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10289
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
And a bottle of this

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#4507164 - 09/04/17 11:22 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: TinyVoices]
Nicasio Offline


Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 76
Loc: Rocklin, CA USA
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


Edited by Nicasio (09/04/17 11:23 AM)
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#4507167 - 09/04/17 11:23 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 494
Loc: Vienna, VA
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.
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#4507181 - 09/04/17 11:42 AM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
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Registered: 07/03/17
Posts: 1291
Loc: Douglas County, Colorado
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!

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#4507435 - 09/04/17 05:48 PM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
Nicasio Offline


Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 76
Loc: Rocklin, CA USA
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
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#4507484 - 09/04/17 06:51 PM Re: Just picked up a 2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport [Re: Nicasio]
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1670
Loc: Crawfordville FL
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.
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