Last post on Sep 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Subaru Forester, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#1287 of 1296 Re: Already over 20,000 miles in 15 months [timadams]
Mar 07, 2011 (4:51 pm)
Tim, not sure how many miles you've got on yours, but I tend to be around 28-30 on freeway/in town split tanks. I've gotten well above 30 a few times but generally 30+/- on highway tanks. Jump down a few pages and read the thread I started titled "Real world mileage with 2.5 and CVT".
Mine has definitely been off the last few in town tanks as we've been getting snow every week or two.
Mar 08, 2011 (7:50 am)
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#1289 of 1296 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Mar 08, 2011 (8:53 am)
C'mon folks, we need *both* of the Subaru owners in Florida to respond ASAP.
#1290 of 1296 What Kind of Oil is Usd in the 2010 Legacy?
Apr 20, 2011 (9:05 am)
Does anyone know if the oil is a "blended" synthetic, pure synthetic or regular oil. according to the manual it's 5W-30? Thanks for the responses.
#1291 of 1296 Re: What Kind of Oil is Usd in the 2010 Legacy? [almatti]
Apr 20, 2011 (9:24 am)
It means just use the REGULAR 5W-30. If oil is changed regularly, don't bother wasting money on the Synthetics.
#1292 of 1296 Re: What Kind of Oil is Usd in the 2010 Legacy? [etan797733]
Apr 20, 2011 (9:59 am)
Yes, the standard oil for Legacy/Outback is non-synthetic. I imagine it will go to standard synthetic when the model adopts the new FB engine, as with the 2011 Forester requirements.
#1293 of 1296 What Kind of Oil is Used in the 2010
Apr 20, 2011 (12:12 pm)
Thanks for the quick responses. Theory has it: that the synthetics give better protection and can yield better MPGs? I really don't have any official evidence other than opinions on line. How much is the difference in $$$ between the Syn and reg oils?
#1294 of 1296 Re: What Kind of Oil is Used in the 2010 [almatti]
Apr 20, 2011 (2:02 pm)
In practice, you're not likely to see any noticeable mileage improvement, except during cold periods in the winter (due to better cold-flow properties of synthetic). Most of the cars I have now (and use daily) have not been driven with non-synthetic during my ownership, but, for the cars I had when I first transitioned, I found the winter improvement to be about one mile-per-gallon with synthetic. According to the numbers, summer differences were not significant.
In terms of protection, yes, synthetics are better. Will that translate to a difference for you, the owner of a given car for a given period of time? Not likely. If you tend to keep your cars a long time or run them hard, the internal health of the engine could be improved over that span by the oil. However, it is not likely something you will notice for a car that serves as basic, daily transportation.
The selling point for me is extended drain intervals. The quality of synthetic (a single oil change) over time is superior, safely allowing for extended drain intervals. I change my oil annually, with between 13,000 and 15,000 miles per vehicle during that time frame. So, not only does it save me significant amounts of time, I can also choose a time of year when I don't have to do it on ice in my driveway (July 4 weekend is my preferred time to do it). For that same distance traveled, depending on the car (newer cars have longer factory-recommended intervals), one might do three-to-five oil changes with conventional oil.
While the cost per oil change is higher for synthetic ($35-45 for the oil and a quality filter is a reasonable estimate versus $20 for conventional with same quality filter), the need to change the oil less frequently results in savings over time.
Nov 04, 2011 (12:29 pm)
My bluetooth is acting up, when I connect with my Blackberry the radio automatically registers "call" and cuts out the tunes. I can flip through with the mode button and get the radio back but I get a cackling sound in the background of the music. This is the second time this has happened, the first tim it happened for about a week and then suddenly went back to normal. It has now been over a week and still the same issue.
This is a Canadian 3.6R limited, the audio for the bluetooth does not go through the H-K radio, it goes through some low end speaker in the middle console (a pet peeve that of mine that only the Legacy and only the ones built in Canada seem to have this lousy set up). When I receive a call the H-K radio cuts out but does not take the audio.
Any help on this would be appreciated.
#1296 of 1296 Poor On-Center Steering Control
Sep 21, 2012 (7:25 am)
I have 1 2010 Outback that I absolutely "Love" except for the On-Center Steering Control. There seems to be excessive 'Play' in the steering at highway speeds (55-75mph). It is not that noticeable running short trips but I drive 80 miles to work every day and this getting extremely irritating. For example when making a slight steering correction to the right you have to follow up with a left correction to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. In the winter time I find myself driving slower than 2-wheel drive compact cars because I can't tell if it is ice throwing the car around or if it is drifting all over the road on dry pavement. My dealer claims it is because of the high ground clearance. I have owned an Explorer, Expedition, Tahoe, Suburban, and a 1 Ton 3500 and have never had this issue. Yes some of them were effected by a strong side wind but this happens on the outback whether it is windy or dead calm. I have never loved and hated a car so much than I do this 2010 Outback.
Aside from this problem I love every other aspect of the car. (Ride, Mileage, etc)
There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming feedback of problems with the drifting as much as the Vibration. I have not experienced any significant vibration at all.
Does anyone else know if they have corrected this on the newer models?? I have played with tire rotation, dealer alignment etc with no real solution.
I don't know if this has someting to do with the electric assist steering??