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Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? #4620935
01/01/18 06:48 PM
01/01/18 06:48 PM
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NJ
klxdrt Offline OP
klxdrt  Offline OP
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NJ
Hi,

Wht's the best motor oil for below car:

1. What kind of vehicle you have> 2018 Subaru 2.5 Legacy, 1500 mi.

2. What your owner's manual says> 0-20W, XW-XX, API SVC SN, Resource Conserving or ILSAC GF5. No mileage interval listed 7 operating manuals. Dealer said 6000 mi.
3. Where you live> NJ, that alone should indicate my new driving style. I've already put in for a fully armed STRYKER VEHICLE for next yr.
4. How you drive (easy? hard? fast? slow?> smart
5. What your daily drive is like> 50% city? 50% highway?)
6. Whether your car has any known problems> No


Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4620943
01/01/18 06:56 PM
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Cincinnati
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Cincinnati
Any name brand 0w20 will be great. The important thing here is we all want to see pictures!


2008 Silverado Z71 LT 90k Maxlife FS 5w30
2010 Ford Escape 172k QSUD 5w20
2016 Yamaha XSR900 12k, Rotella 15w40 Yamaha Filter.
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4620951
01/01/18 07:04 PM
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Idaho
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Idaho
Any oil that meets the specs in the manual.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4620958
01/01/18 07:08 PM
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Northern Ontario, Canada
Danno Offline
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I would look for 0W-20 Pennzoil Platinum, Mobil 1 or QSUD if it were my car.


2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
2015 KIA RIO SX
2010 Mazda 3 2.0L
2009 Venza V6 AWD
2013 Sonata 2.4L RIP in write-off crash
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4620987
01/01/18 07:29 PM
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New England
jdavis Offline
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New England
Does it need head gaskets yet?

Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4620989
01/01/18 07:30 PM
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OH
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Our newer Forester has the same drivetrain.
Subaru does call for 6K drains on these, down from the 7.5K that was originally recommended for this engine. This may have been intended to reduce timing chain wear.
Anyway, in order of preference, I'd use M1 EP or AFE, PP, QSUD or Synpower in the recommended 0W-20 grade. There are also good choices in this grade from Castrol but it's been years since I've used any Syntec or Edge and I've never tried Magnatec so I can't speak on them personally. There are also some very sharply priced store brand oils in this grade and if cost is a concern you could use one of them. While you'd give up some CCV/MRV performance, these oils still qualify as 0Ws and any one of them would be fine on a 6K drain interval.
Just my two cents.
You'll love the Subie in the snow and they also deliver heat quickly, a real plus in the current absurd cold.


17 Forester 18K VME 0W-20
12 Accord LX 92K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: jdavis] #4621016
01/01/18 07:53 PM
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Outer Banks, NC
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Originally Posted By: jdavis
Does it need head gaskets yet?


That was four years ago.


2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 15K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 87K
2007 Infiniti M35, 106K
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621021
01/01/18 07:56 PM
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West Michigan
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West Michigan
Idemitsu 0w20, ~$3.50 for 5 quarts in clearance


19 Ridgeline RTL-E >1K factory fill, A01
08 CRV 275K+ VSyn w/ML, A01
04 JD L130 740H, Mobil S 5w30
13 JD 2032r 325H, JD Plus 50 ii 15w40
M1Delvac 5w40 in OPE
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621031
01/01/18 08:03 PM
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Rockwall, Texas
Old Mustang Guy Offline
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Rockwall, Texas
I bought a 17 Avalon in July, my first 0w20 car. I'm going to do M1 AFE because it's easily available at Walmart or when on sale at Costco. I'm doing 5k oci instead of the recommended 10k. I did a change myself at 5k. I will get a free change from Toyota at 10k and 20k.

Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621113
01/01/18 09:06 PM
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Congrats on your new Legacy. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

The Subaru 2.5 FE isn't particular. Stay with a name brand 0W-20 synthetic that meets the specs in the manual. My Outback has gotten Castrol Edge, Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy, Pennzoil Platinum, and Royal Purple High Performance. My preference is the M1 AFE and the PP. The only one I wouldn't recommend is the RP HP. My Outback uses about 1 quart of oil between 7.5k mile oil changes, but it seems to go through it a little faster when it has RP HP in the crankcase.

But that may not matter to you, as Subaru is supposed to have addressed the oil consumption issue starting with the MY '15 2.5 FE engines.


2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i - Idemitsu 0W-20 & Mobil 1 filter
2003 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 - M1 5W-30 & NAPA Gold filter
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621135
01/01/18 09:28 PM
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Atlantic Beach, FL
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M1 EP is overkill for 7500 miles.

I'd run M1 AFE 0w20 till the warranty expires. While it'll be a waste of half the life of a filter, I'd run Fram Ultra with it and change each time. Not sure your warranty will stay intact if you don't change both. For me the $3 extra dollars each change for the Ultra is worth it, its one of the best out there right now.


'18 Cadillac ATS AWD, 2.0L T-GDI, 5500, Factory Fill/Filter, his (lease)
'17 Elantra, 2.0L, 22,500, QS Ult. 0w20 w/ FU, hers (lease)
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: jdavis] #4621331
01/02/18 06:11 AM
01/02/18 06:11 AM
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Gebo Offline
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Originally Posted By: jdavis
Does it need head gaskets yet?


LOL. Good one grin


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 58K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621333
01/02/18 06:27 AM
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High Country of Western NC
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Lot's of Subaru FB engine experience here: I have used Pennzoil Platinum, QSUD, M1 AFE, Valvoline SynPower & NAPA Syn in 0W-20 flavors in different cars over the years. No issues with any of these, and I doubt you'd find any problem with any of these as well. Subaru has a unique high bypass on their filters, so either run the OEM filter or use the WIX 57055 or Napa 7055 which are spec'd to the high bypass setting.

You are going to love your car.


Last edited by sopususer; 01/02/18 06:27 AM.

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0
QSUD 0W-20/Wix 57055
2017 GMC Sierra Denali 5.3
QSUD 0W-20/NAPA Gold 100255
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5
QSUD 0W-20/NAPA Gold 7055
Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621337
01/02/18 06:35 AM
01/02/18 06:35 AM
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I use Amsoil and Schaeffer products. If I we're you, I'd just pick a brand name of oil you feel good about. It's hard not to like Pennzoil (Arnold Palmer used Pennzoil and who doesn't love him?), Valvoline, Quaker State. Some people make a big deal about buying what's cheapest, on sale, etc. and that is important to them. When "I" think about trying to save $10 an oil change 4 times a year it doesn't make sense to me. Maybe I just make too much money and am able to come up with $40 extra in a year/car. After all, that would buy me 3/4 tank of gas, right? Hey, I have a hard time buying generic aspirin. I hope I am being clear in saying, it probably won't amount to a hill of beans which oil you choose. Buy what you have confidence in. You may find some brands of oils are quieter at idle. I tend to like those. A quieter engine at start up just makes me feel good. Remember, perception is reality. shocked

I change every 5K even with Amsoil SS and Schaeffer 9000 synthetic. Makes it nice an easy to remember by the odometer. I'd use OEM filters.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 58K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Best oil for 2018 2.5 Subaru Legacy? [Re: klxdrt] #4621376
01/02/18 08:04 AM
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Fall River, MA
Wick Offline
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Fall River, MA
I usually run The Eneos 0w20 with a wix filter. Iím running Amsoil Signiture series in it now just because i had it. Will go back to Eneos next change at 6000 miles .


2016 Ford F150 5.0
Mobil 1 EP 5w20
With 150 ML of Archoil 9100

2016 Subaru Outback 2.5
Amsoil Signature Series 0W20
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