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Yasmine Dixon ASKED THE GUIDE

High oil consumption in Subaru XV

I recently purchased a used 2013 Subaru XV from a Toyota dealership, and after three months and 3000km the oil light came on. We have complied with all consumption tests with Toyota and are now having to redo this same process with Subaru, but no one can give me an answer as to how much is 'normal' oil consumption? Do you know what the standards are if there are any?

There are no standards as such, and each carmaker determines how much oil consumption is acceptable for their own engines. There are reports of excessive oil consumption on Subaru models, including the XV. American owners have launched civil action against the company alleging problems with piston rings are causing the problem. Subaru is replacing piston rings on affected vehicles in that country. Do the tests they request and then work out a solution once the results are known.

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